Video: Iseo & Dodosound – “Roots In The Air”

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Iseo Dodosound are a fairly new duo founded in 2014 with 2 full-length studio albums with 2015’s Cat Platoon and 2017’s Roots In The Air. Based out of Spain, Madrid, female vocalist Iseo crossed paths with producer Dodosound to bring a fresh and original dub-reggae sound that we look forward to further exploring. Below is a live video of their album-titled track “Roots In The Air.” You can stream their music or own it via iTunes by clicking HERE! Enjoy the song and video…

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The UK’s Hollie Cook Set to Release ‘Vessel of Love’ & Tour U.S.

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On January 26th, Hollie Cook drops her 3rd full length album, a 10 track record titled Vessel of Love via Merge Records. The second single from the record has now been made available with “Stay Alive,” further justifying her inclusion inside our 2018 Most Anticipated Albums.
Back in the day I remember waiting outside of record stores for albums to be released and sometimes I was allowed to stay up late for stores to open their doors at midnight. This day in age, it is few and far between that I feel that same excitement, that same anticipation as I felt standing in those lines — Hollie Cook drums that excitement up in my musical soul as her songs are in constant rotation on my playlists. Although Hollie considers her music to be “tropical pop,” she has one of the most unique and haunting voices in Reggae.

Hollie comes from a deep lineage of music — her father was Paul Cook of the infamous Sex Pistols, her mother was a backup singer for the Culture Club, and was part of the last lineup of the Slits which was an all-female British punk/reggae band.

“Stay Alive,” is a wonderful track that features Hollie’s soulful lovers rock inspired vocals as you can hear below. Discussing the new single, Hollie explains: “This was the second song written for the album! For me it’s about having bad days and feeling together in loneliness, as well as what we do to feel alive.” A Hempolics remix and dub version of the track has also been released which can be heard by clicking HERE!

The new single has picked up steam, being added to BBC Radio 6 Music A-List and foreshadows an exciting upcoming album. Hollie regularly receives praise from critics for her accessibility and listen-ability, and much attention is paid to her musical legacy. If this song is any indication, Vessel of Love will find its home among vinyl collectors and fans of lovers rock, further cementing Hollie as one of the most original and beautiful voices in reggae music.

You can stream her music on all of the platforms or you can own it via iTunes by clicking HERE!

Luckily, we don’t only have to admire this UK songstress from afar as she has released select US dates for March that includes stops on both the East West coast. To view her upcoming dates, click HERE!

Hollie Cook – Vessel of Love Track List:
Hollie Cook_Vessel of Love1.) Angel Fire
2.) Stay Alive
3.) Survive
4.) Ghostly Fading
5.) Freefalling
6.) Lunar Addiction
7.) Turn It Around
8.) Vessel of Love
9.) Together
10.) Far from Me

Listen: Hollie Cook – “Stay Alive”

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Listen: Hollie Cook – “Survive”

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Stick Figure Releases ‘Easy Runaway” Ahead of New Record

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Scott Woodruff and the Stick Figure crew aren’t slowing down anytime soon. After releasing one of 2017’s top songs in “Above The Storm,” Stick Figure has revealed another new track from their forthcoming album this year entitled “Easy Runaway” – a song that the band claims to be one of their favorites from the upcoming album.
Stick Figure-Easy Runaway
While 2017 was a huge year for Stick Figure with their brand soaring even higher from their “year of festivals” and tour runs, 2018 appears to be no different with the forthcoming seventh studio album from Scott Woodruff and company. Woodruff informed The Pier late in the year that the new album would be dropping around Summer or Fall 2018 with 10-12 tracks featuring an undisclosed guest appearance that Stick Figure describes as one of their favorites! The album is being recorded at the home studio of Great Stone Studios in Oakland, CA. As of this writing there is no title assigned to the new record, but Woodruff informed The Pier that the album’s theme is similar to “Above The Storm,” which was released in October.

[Related: Stick Figure Releases New Single Above The Storm]

Following suit to its predecessor, “Easy Runway” can be described as uplifting and laid-back in nature, highlighted by atmospheric instrumentals with build-drop sequences showing up subtly throughout the track. The melody of the verses are addicting, and lyrics echo the sentiment of positivity from “Above The Storm” with verses such as “So look and you shall find / leave the past behind / have a little faith / everything’ll be just fine.” Fire up the track below and hear for yourself!

[Related: The Pier’s 2018 Most Anticipated Albums]

Stick Figure is currently in the midst of kicking off their “Above The Storm Tour” alongside Twiddle and Iya Terra, spanning 16 dates through early February. Later in the Spring and into the Summer fans can catch Stick Figure at Sweetwater 420 Fest as well as a headlining show at Red Rocks with support from Twiddle and The Hip Abduction. Fans can expect to hear new live debuts along the way, so check out the full list of tour dates and grab your tickets today by clicking HERE!

Watch: Stick Figure – “Easy Runaway”

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Ali Campbell’s UB40 to Release ‘A Real Labour of Love’

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Founding UB40 members, vocalist Ali Campbell, second vocalist Astro and keyboardist Mickey Virtue are back as they return to their roots with the upcoming release of A Real Labour Of Love.

Since 2013, there have been two groups touring under the name UB40 –- one led by Ali and the other by his brother, Duncan Campbell, whom Ali refers to as the Dark Side. Ali left UB40 in 2008 and was later joined by original UB40 members, Astro Mickey. They have since released two acclaimed albums with 2014’s UB40_Ali_Astro_MickeySilhouette and 2016’s Unplugged, their first ever acoustic album.

On March 2nd, via Universal Music Group, Ali, Astro Mickey will release A Real Labour of Love.

It’s a 16-track album under the signature voice of Ali Campbell the sing-jay style of Astro backed by an 11-piece band. They chose a mix of both well lesser known reggae songs to cover by artists such as Barrington Levy, Gregory Isaac, Beres Hammond, Ken Boothe, Culture and more. The albums leading single is “She Loves Me Now,” a cover on the Beres Hammond classic from 1992.

[Related: UB40’s Unplugged Greatest Hits Release]

Between 1983 and 1998, the original UB40 produced three Labour Of Love albums, bringing to life most notably their cover of Neil Diamond’s “Red Red Wine.” Now, with A Real Labour Of Love the modern day trio of Ali, Astro Mickey have produced a continuation of their legendary ‘Labour of Love’ series, this time putting emphasis on interpreting reggae tracks from the 1980’s.

“The first three albums featured the songs we grew up listening to,” says Ali Campbell. “This one is built around the records we were listening to once UB40 were on the road.”

Recorded and mixed at Dean Street and RAK Studios, A Real Labour Of Love was produced by Ali Campbell. The cover-art was painted by American painter Mark T Smith who incorporated elements from the songs in an effort to create a unique contrast to the band.

Colorful vinyl copies of the record will be available upon release and we’ll have more details on the albums official U.S. debut, shortly. In the meantime, you can pre-order the new vinyl record by clicking HERE!

UB40 – A Real Labour of Love Tracklist:
UB40_ARealLabourOfLove1.) Making Love
2.) She Loves Me Now
3.) Strive
4.) A Place In The Sun
5.) Here I Come
6.) Moving Away
7.) International Herb
8.) Hard Times
9.) Ebony Eyes
10.) Telephone Love
11.) Hush Darling
12.) Tune In
13.) Once Ago
14.) In The Rain
15.) How Could I Leave
16.) Under Me Sleng Teng

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Article By: Mike Patti

Watch: UB40 – “Red Red Wine” (Unplugged)

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Buffett adds Charlottesville VA to the 2018 tour

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band
I Don’t Know Tour 2018
John Paul Jones Arena
Charlottesville, VA
Mar 31, 2018
Tickets go on sale Friday, January 26th.


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Video: Dirty Heads – “Celebrate” (ft. The Unlikely Candidates)

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Dirty Heads are promoting the latest single from their 2017 Swim Team release with the song “Celebrate” featuring The Unlikely Candidates. The video is similar in theme to their “Oxygen” single but takes on a more personal touch to match the tone of the song with homevideos being projected over the group as they perform. The song is a tribute to their fans, friends and family who have supported them on their journey in becoming a globally touring and recognized group. You can stream Dirty Heads latest album, Swim Team, via all streaming platforms or own it via iTunes by clicking HERE! Enjoy the song and video…

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Will Kubley of Passafire to Release New Music with ‘The Hugeness’

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Passafire bassist, Will Kubley, has never been one to pump the brakes. When he’s not tearing up the stage or writing and recording music with Passafire, he’s likely still working on music in other capacities. Enter ‘The Hugeness’ – Kubley’s new project that is slated to release a full-length album in 2018 as a follow-up to their self-titled nine track release from 2016.

The Hugeness can best be described as a four-piece rock outfit – along with Kubley, Dustin Hall, Patrick “Pleshuh P” Simon and Henry Muehlhausen fill out the rest of the lineup. Listeners will find their music more in the realm of experimental rock, bolstered by powerful moments of healthy distortion. For example, if listeners load up the track “Painted Eyes” below from their release in 2016 (highly recommended), they will find themselves jamming along to the tastiest of riffs reminiscent of Death From Above 1979 or Royal Blood. The Hugeness

But perhaps the most appealing aspect of the quartet is that the music is inspired by simply having fun and creating sounds with one another. The Pier received several updates directly from Will Kubley and Dustin Hall regarding the details for the forthcoming release, and the camaraderie between the group seems to be at an all-time high.

Dustin shares: “This the first album conceived top-to-bottom by all of us with Will in the lineup. In many ways, it’s the first complete iteration of what The Hugeness truly sounds like. This is a rock album. A conceptual rock album at that. So, it’s going to have some weird adventurous shit going on in tandem with the soaring, borderline-ridiculous outros we love to create.”

Kubley also added that the album will feature 10 tracks with a Summer 2018 release. Similar to Passafire’s latest 2017 record, Longshot, the album is being recorded at the acclaimed Sonic Ranch studios in Tornilla, TX. He also mentioned that he believes the band captured something special from being able to work so collaboratively, citing that the recordings were done as a full band, live – with “minimal pro tools trickery.”

Kubley gave The Pier additional insight, stating: “Simply put – these guys have pushed me to sing and play in ways I never have before. A lot of the vocals were left to finish as we were tracking. There were moments of genuine holy-fuck-surprise it felt so good to actually capture that spontaneity.”

Check back in a few months as more details are released for the new album and find some tracks from their self-titled release The Hugeness below!

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Article By: Brian Glaser

Watch: The Hugeness – “Painted Eyes” (Official Track with Studio Footage)

Listen: The Hugeness – “Grace”

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Possible Margaritaville Resort coming to Jacksonville Beach

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From Action News Jax: “Jimmy Buffett ‘Margaritaville’ hotel possibly coming to Jacksonville Beach

Jacksonville Beach will have the opportunity to get into the “Margaritaville state of mind” after the beachside city confirmed a proposal to construct a “Margaritaville” hotel project.

Jacksonville Beach director of planning and development Bill Mann said the project is planned for the vacant, oceanfront block between 6th and 7th Avenues North.

Mann said the hotel project would connect with the city’s seawalk boardwalk to the south along the oceanfront.

The project is in development plan review with the city’s Planning and Development Department. Mann said there’s no start date yet for the construction.

Mann called the project “a great addition to our downtown area.”

Longtime Jacksonville Beach resident Carol Wakefield couldn’t agree more.

“An ocean front hotel with an amazing bar and restaurant. What could be better than that?” Wakefield said. “It’s something we need, you can see there’s a gap here. Something needs to make this area come alive.”


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Buffett named ambassador for the Les Voiles de Saint-Barth

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From ABC News: “Jimmy Buffett sails to aid of regatta on storm-hit St. Barts

Jimmy Buffett knows all about hurricanes and sailing, so it’s appropriate that the singer-songwriter has been enlisted to help promote a regatta on the Caribbean island of St. Barts and show that life is returning to normal after a direct hit from Hurricane Irma in September.

Buffett will serve as U.S. ambassador for the Les Voiles de Saint-Barth, April 8-14, a mainstay on the Caribbean yacht racing circuit.

“I sailed into the harbor in 1978 and it’s always kind of been my second Caribbean home, after Florida,” Buffett said by phone from New York, where he’s getting ready for the Broadway premiere of his musical, “Escape to Margaritaville.” ”My kids all kind of grew up down there. I have a fond attachment from those early days. I’ve seen it in a lot of phases and I think it’s one of the most unique spots on the planet.”

Buffett owns a villa on St. Barts that was undamaged by the storm. He said he’s impressed with how the island residents are bouncing back and he’s eager to help.

“They’re pretty resilient people there. They always have been,” he said. “They did an amazing job, I thought, in getting the place in any way presentable.”

Buffett played a free concert on the main dock in Gustavia on Dec. 27 to give locals a break from the recovery work and attract visitors to the island.

“People know St. Barts as a ritzy place, but what makes it so unique is the people in the service industry, the working people on the island,” he said. “They don’t live in mansions on the hill. They live in houses that took the brunt of storm. Everyone has worked together to get back to normal.

Buffett will be onsite for the regatta but won’t be sailing and isn’t scheduled to play a concert. But he has done impromptu sets at local bars.

“It’s been known to happen,” he said, adding: “It’s always fun. It’s always been a sailing community. Sailors sing, sailors sing in bars and all the accouterments that go along with it are there.”


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Supergroup ‘Saudade’ ft. Members of Deftones, Bad Brains & Cro-mags

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Never one to shy away from pushing the experimental envelope, Deftones lead singer Chino Moreno announced formation of the supergroup Saudade in 2016 featuring Dr. Know and members of Bad Brains, Crosses and Cro-Mags. After one track was released, reports have come in from the studio that the ensemble is now finalizing the album anticipated for a 2018 release.

Supergroups are always a nice treat, especially when you can explicitly tell that there is chemistry, cohesiveness and the music isn’t forced from the band members. When Chino Moreno made the grand announcement of Saudade’s activity in late 2016, the expectations were inevitably high. The full lineup was reported to include Chino Moreno (Deftones), Dr. Know (Bad Brains), Mackie Jayson (Bad Brains, Cro-Mags), Chuck Doom (Crosses) and John Medeski (Medeski, Martin Wood). Moreno has also previously spearheaded his other side-projects Palms, Team Sleep and Crosses.
Saudade Chino Dr Know Bad Brains
While it was known the project would take some time to fully materialize, bassist Chuck Doom has been taking to social media to post progression as recently as November and December from Applehead Recording in Ulster County, NY. This project gained more traction and anticipation in the recent documentary release of HR from Bad Brains entitled Finding Joseph I. The documentary was a telling tale of the triumphant career, life and struggles of HR. Chino Moreno was tagged to the project (a long-time supporter of Bad Brains) and produced a track made available to those who purchase the DVD documentary.

[Related: Bad Brains HR Documentary Released to Theaters]

Chino Moreno dropped their self-titled first track ‘Saudade’ in 2016 and confirmed that there will be a full-length album to follow in the near future, confirming “roughly 12-13 songs written.” Perhaps the reasoning for the release getting pushed would be due to health issues from Dr. Know two years ago (don’t worry, it has been expected that he has since made a full recovery) and Chino Moreno being engulfed in a hefty touring schedule following the release of the most recent Deftones record, Gore, in April 2016. Touring will not be expected once the album is released, however Moreno did offer up some additional insight of what to expect from a sonic perspective for the forthcoming release:
“Most of it is instrumental. There may be some stuff with me singing on it, but mostly I’m just playing guitar. It’s just fun. At this point it’s not so much a band as a project. These are guys that I admire and I’m lucky to be friends with them – so we made a batch of songs together.”

The single that was released is entirely instrumental – sonically it can be described as mysteriously-dark and atmospheric before transitioning and building to a heavier movement paired with Dr. Know shredding a nice guitar solo. Stay tuned for more updates as soon as they’re made available to us.

Watch: Saudade – “Saudad”

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Bad Brains Website
Cro-Mags Website

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