BeachLife Fest 2019: Day Two

Day Two BeachLife Festival was upon Redondo Beach: one exciting day in the books, capped by Grateful Dead icon Bob Weir, and another yet to come for this first year fest. Saturday on the ocean brought with it perfect weather on May 4th, 2019. Attendees lined the entrance fence as opening band Latchkey Kid serenaded the early birds already inside. […]

Surf’s up, buns out at the first ever BeachLife Festival

BeachLife Festival’s inaugural weekend spanned May 3rd-5th, 2019 and was as cool as the California breeze with an organic, laid back atmosphere, a stacked lineup and weather like you couldn’t imagine. Redondo Beach’s seaside lagoon location was primo for catching rays, indulging in delicious food, making friends and, obviously, dancing like there’s no tomorrow. The […]

A talk with BeachLife band Tomorrows Bad Seeds

The turnover rate for bands in the reggae-rock scene is unfortunate. Over the past few decades since the genre got popularized, bands have risen to the tippy top (cough, Stoopid, Reb) as others dissipated faster than vape smoke, rendering themseles a minor blip on the reggae-rock radar. RIP to all those fallen soldiers. You did […]

One Love Cali Reggae Fest 2019: Day Two

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The full experience of One Love Cali Reggae Festival 2019

With the statuesque Queen Mary, the glistening Pacific Ocean and the stunning Long Beach skyline as the festival back drop, sold out crowds packed the cold and wet Queen Mary Events Park on Friday February 8th for Day One of the 4th Annual One Love Cali Reggae Festival. LA-based Arise Roots kicked the day off […]

Kyle Smith interviews after his Tower 12 performance

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One Love Cali Reggae Fest 2019 announced

Back in its 4th year and returning to its upgraded spot along the shores of Long Beach at the Queen Mary is One Love Cali Reggae Festival: southern California's fastest and fiercest reggae-rock festival to date. Now stretching three full days February 8th-10th, jumping from one its inaugural year, One Love 2019 has taken shape just […]

Same Same But Different 2018: Day Two

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The strange, yet sophisticated Same Same But Different Festival

Rolling up to Riverside County on a bright Saturday morning in September is quite a beautiful drive. The summer heat had scorched the inland empire terrain and cooler temperatures lay just ahead – an ideal time for a weekend of camping. To be clear, the weekend of September 22nd and 23rd, 2018 still brought with […]

Get stoked for Same Same But Different Fest

There are two truths to music and arts festivals these days. One is that they break you away from the mundane when you really need it to be anyone you want to be for a solid 48-72 hours. The second is a little less uplifting and it's that fests – especially in southern California – […]

Ease Up ‘Return to Sender’ EP review

SoCal’s sunny ska-reggae-rock ensemble, Ease Up, is showing off their edgier side with a double-single EP out today off MNO Records. The release consists of two main tracks, “Return To Sender” and ” Turn Around”, both of which cater to the skanking end of the tempo scale. Not feelin’ the skank pit? The double-single also […]

Kaya Fest Preparty at Garden Amp

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Tomorrows Bad Seeds release “Trinity” video

SoCal scenery and postive vibrations overflow in the newest music video for “Trinity” from South Bay reggae-rock collective Tomorrows Bad Seeds. From their start in 2001, TBS has consistently been a cornerstone of the Cali reggae movement, combining reggae with rock with pop with hip hop to render one of the top sounds in the […]

One Love Cali Reggae Fest 2018: Day One

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One Love Cali Reggae Fest 2018 revealed

It’s the most exciting Southern California event, and it’s officially taken shape – One Love Cali Reggae Fest 2018 is here, ladies and gentlemen! Back in its third year, One Love returns to the LBC bigger and badder than ever this upcoming February 10th and 11th, 2018. With breathtaking views of the Queen Mary ocean […]