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Video Premiere: Gonzo – “Runnin’”

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Here is the video premiere for “Runnin’” by Gonzo off his latest album, Red. The video was filmed, directed edited by Jeff Pliskin of Raised Fist Propaganda. The video was shot in Brooklyn, NY while Gonzo was on tour with Tribal Seeds. Read more on how the video shoot came together by clicking HERE! Enjoy the song video…

Gonzo – Runnin’ from Raised Fist Propaganda on Vimeo.

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Mansfield MA Show in August Confirmed

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From Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers​ will perform at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA on Saturday August 15th, 2015 as part of the Workin’ n’ Playin’ Tour 2015. Special Guest for the show is Huey Lewis and The News. Tickets go on sale February 27th.

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Orange Beach AL show confirmed

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Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers​ will perform at The Amphitheater At The Wharf in Orange Beach, AL on April 24th, 2015. Tickets go on sale February 27th via TicketMaster.

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The Pier: Catching Up w/ Ras MG

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Last March, we published our first Exclusive Interview with Marshall Goodman of Sublime, more famously known as Ras MG. Since then, we premiered his debut single, “Words”, last July with Slightly Stoopid Jud Nester. Now, he sheds some light on what else he’s producing behind scenes, soon to be introduced to our ears.
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Since the release of “Words” last Summer, Marshall also produced a couple of remix singles for Rebelution’s Count Me In EP with the re-working of songs “De-Stress” and the titled track, “Count Me In”. Soon after this announcement, we saw Ras MG posting a photo of himself with Rome Ramirez of Sublime With Rome, which had us thinking what else he could possibly be up to – Is he producing music with Sublime with Rome? Slightly Stoopid is working on a new album, how about them?

[Related: Rebelution’s ‘Count Me In’ Remixes EP]

So we reached out to Marshall to see what he’s been up to and he was kind of enough to take a quick break from production, to catch us up.

When I asked Marshall if he was working with Slightly Stoopid on any tracks, he said: “For the past 10+ years working with Miles and Kyle, there’s always something brewing, year ’round. While working on one thing, we typically begin concepts for other projects.” One of those tracks Marshall is referring to is a potential remake of an old Slightly Stoopid song for their upcoming album.

“I produced one track for their album. It’s a remake of a song from their album ‘$lightly Stoopid’ named ‘Prophet’. It’s a song with a pretty impressive history – I was excited to be a part of the remake. Courtney Adams played the guitars and bass and I did the drum programming, percussion, scratches, and arrangement.”

For those not familiar, “Prophet” is an old Slightly Stoopid song first featured on their very first album that included Sublime’s Brad Nowell on bass. The song was later covered by Sublime re-released on Sublimes box-set Everything Under The Sun.

When asked what sort of style or production he brought to the remake, Marshall explained: “I’m still pushing the ‘Bluesman’-inspired style that Courtney Adams and I began developing years ago, it’s our interpretation of the “Bluesman” attitude in a modern context. The drum programming I’ve been focused on in recent times is based in Hip Hop, the ‘Boom Bap’ style specifically, and I keep to the same style-type for my scratches.”

[Related: Single Premiere – Ras MG’s ‘Words’ Stream’]

As for that picture we saw on Ras MG’s social media with Rome Ramirez, it had us wondering if the next Sublime With Rome album would once again feature two of Sublimes former members. Bassist, Eric Wilson is still in the band, but with drummer Bud Gaugh no longer in the group, this seems to leave an opportunity that makes sense for Ras MG to contribute to the next album.

Goodman saw Rome at the Manny movie premiere and said “While we were talking at the premiere, Rome suggested that we work together on something and I agreed. That’s where it stands as of today and I am really interested to see what we can come up with. I’ve heard some songs that he’s written and they are outside of the typical and familiar boundaries for ‘Southern California’ Reggae-Rock music. I definitely think we could collaborate and develop some magic.”

Ras MG and RomeWhen asked further about Rome as an artist, Goodman said: “He’s a very talented musician, songwriter, and producer. From what I’ve heard, he’s got great vision and a well balanced knowledge of music which are both necessary for success and longevity as a musician, song writer, and producer. Again, I look forward to a time that Rome and I can collaborate, I like working with musicians that have respect for and knowledge of our art.”

As for the backlash Sublime With Rome has received moving forward from longtime Sublime fans, he acknowledged: “Everyone involved with the project had to have known that there was going to be some sort of backlash, Sublime fans are true fanatics! I’ve always felt that SWR is good for Sublime’s legacy in that they are taking the music world-wide for people to experience. I think they are a big part of the legacy catching hold in a new generation and they represent a more authentic presentation of the Sublime material than any of the other groups that tour playing Sublime songs. In addition, they have their own songs and evolving style, very similar to what we did with the Long Beach Dub Allstars. Overall, to me, SWR has not been a bad thing at all. But at the same time, I can not deny any person their position regarding SWR and Sublime–their experience with the music is most likely different than mine and they deserve to express themselves as humbly or harshly as they wish.”

In addition to his recent releases and the remake of “Prophet” with Slightly Stoopid, Marshall is also in the studio working with Krooked Treez on a song that is currently titled “Time Flies”. The new line-up of Krooked Treez, including the song Marshall co-produces, will feature vocalist Moi of Tomorrows Bad Seeds LIFE. Marshall is co-producing the song with Diego Nunez from Argentina.

Ras MG Presents will continue its series as Marshall has plans to release the next single soon. “I’ve been doing a lot of writing with my team which is headed by the gifted Courtney ‘Clavious’ Adams. I am also developing a media company, named Industrial Complex, with a long-time friend who is a director/writer. We are focusing on music-based branded entertainment and documentaries during this first phase and we’ve got a number of hot projects in the works.”

Stay tuned for more updates and in the meantime, you can find some related links information below.

Related Links:
Ras MG Website
Ras MG Facebook
Ras MG Twitter
Ras MG Interview Pt 1
Ras MG Interview Pt 2

Article By: Mike Patti

Listen: Ras MG – “Words” (ft Slightly Stoopid Judd Nester)

Listen: Rebelution – “De-Stress” (Ras MG Remix)

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Video of Buffett talking about the Set List Contest

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Jimmy Buffett talks about how he narrowed down the list of songs for fans to choose from to create a set list of 27 songs for the Key West show. BuffettNews gets mentioned in a video at about 1:30. You have until March 2nd, 2015 to enter the contest, enter at

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The Pier’s Triumphant Return to Paradise

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The Pier is returning to Hawai’i this month from Feb 24th – March 1st to attend the EKM Records “Tune-In” party in Honolulu. The Pier will also be featured on Island 98.5, Hawai’i’s number one reggae radio station, for on-air interview with the infamous Wake Up Crew at 9:00AM HST. on Feb 26th.

The indie record label, EKM Records, is a “Hawai’i born based independent record label/music event promotion family” representing the rising talent from the small island, including The Jimmy Weeks Project, Siaosi, Kiwini, Jah Maoli The Late Ones and Kaipo Kapua. The label is made up of seasoned industry professionals with the goal to bring the sounds of paradise to a vast audience outside of the secluded island chain. EKM stands for Eia Ka Manawa, which literally translates to “now is the time.” An appropriate name for a record label focused on spreading aloha to the mainland and beyond.

We were fortunate to meet with label founders back on June 6, 2014 when The Jimmy Weeks Project and Sammy J opened for the Common Kings in Tacoma, WA. The commotion and craziness of tour life can prevent us from really getting to know these artists and the “Tune-In” Party is a perfect way for us to hang out and find out what really inspires them. The Pier feels so blessed and is looking forward to adjusting to island time once again in order to collaborate with the hard working artists at EKM to bring our ohana together. Headed to Hawai’i from February 24th to March 1st will be Editor-Mike Patti, Photographer-David Norris and yours truly!

[Related: Common Kings, Jimmy Weeks Project Sammy J, Stay Grounded (6-6-14)]

The work does not stop there – Two days after the “Tune-In” party, we will be doing research for a feature about Island 98.5, Hawai’i’s number one reggae radio station. The feature will include interviews with the station staff in addition to an on-air interview with the infamous Wake Up Crew at 9:00AM HST on Thursday, February 26, 2015.

Mike, David and myself will take over the Hawaiian airwaves to discuss the reggae scene, what it’s like promoting aloha over the airwaves in paradise, and anything else that may come up. Be sure to tune in by clicking HERE to listen to us three talkin’ Reggae-Rock in Honolulu, HI!

After the broadcast that Thursday, we will be having lunch at Sprout Sandwich Shop at 1154 Koko Head Ave in Kaimuki so come by and say “ALOHA!” The mouth-watering sandwiches are made with the freshest ingredients the island has to offer and have received stellar reviews since the doors opened last year. Go eat some ono grinds and tell the shop owners Steve and Steph that Blake Taylor from The Pier sent you!

Related Links:
EKM Records Website
EKM Records Sound-Cloud
Island 98.5 Website
Listen Live on iHeartRadio
Sprout Sandwich Shop on Yelp!

Article By: Blake Taylor

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Video: Arise Roots – Bring It All

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Los Angeles, CA’s roots reggae group, Arise Roots, have released a new music video for their single “Bring It All”. The song is off the groups August 5th, 2014 album release for Love and War. The video, directed by Stephen Miles, follows an attractive woman from the beach to the club while vocalist Karim Israel comes in and out of the shot singing along with the song. You can download a FREE Arise Roots song inside our MP3 Massive section by clicking HERE! Enjoy the song video…

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Out and about in Destin

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Destin continues to be busy for our so-called off season. It looks like Destin is really becoming a year round destination. We even heard Destin mention on Good Morning America the other day. I guess the secret is out.

Friday night Sunshine Cindy and I went to Panama City Beach to party with our Parrot Head friends over there. Jeff and the Camaro’s were having a CD release party. Steve and Dottie also went from our club to party with our friends in PCB. No one knew we were coming so it was a surprise. We had a blast. Driving over traffic was heavy taking us over an hour to get there. Then coming home we made it in 45 minutes. Much easier!

I hope everyone had a nice Valentine’s Day. Personally I don’t think you need to show the love of your life that you love them only once a year. You should do it every day. But I know, if we did that the Hallmark’s and candy companies would not make any money!

We went to Niceville to visit with her parents. We all went to a late lunch at The Boathouse in Val-P. It was a nice time. When we headed back across the Mid-Bay bridge we were amazed at the amount of traffic heading north. It was a steady stream. In Destin we stopped at TGI-Friday’s for a nightcap. There was a line waiting for tables. I don’t know but I can think of a few better places for a romantic dinner. lol  Friday’s has been going downhill recently. But they did have some new bartenders who were hustling making sure everyone was taken care of. That’s a good first step.

Sunday Funday saw Sunshine Cindy and I down on the harbor. I had a chance to talk to Carlos about our upcoming Trop Rock music at the Cantina. We are working on getting a schedule together. Sunshine Cindy and I listened to Flash Flood perform on the big stage then walked down and talked to Matt at his charter booth. We kept going heading to the Boathouse. On the way we saw and talked to Jonelle. She also books charters for some of the boats.

At The Boathouse we ran into a bunch of friends including some folks from Louisiana who we had not seen since the fall. They were back in town for a few days. I also ran into some guys that I work with. Everyone was having a good time. The Boathouse was packed. After Kelly Byrd finished playing we went up to the Red Door Saloon. We hung out there for a while then tried to get in to see Rusty at The Boathouse. The snowbirds had the placed packed. We didn’t want to sit outside so we took off.

We made a stop at Landshark Pizza for some food. They had a decent crowd in there. Hailey and Ryan were working and they were training a new girl, Liz. We got some food and headed home to call it a night.

I know most of the country is in the deep freeze. It’s colder than normal in Destin but not too bad. We are still in the 60’s during the day and will be in the low 40’s at night with a few nights coming up in the 30’s. It’s still better than below zero and tons of snow!

Have a great week. See ya next Monday!

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Review: Riotmaker – Welcome to CaliRock

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Riotmaker – Welcome to CaliRock
riotmakerTrack Listing:
1.) Afterall
2.) Forevernever
3.) A Lot Like Rain
4.) Busted Crown
5.) Everything Is Out (ft. Hennessy)
6.) Almost Over
7.) Razorburn
8.) Ritalin Kit (ft. Melissa McGregor)
9.) To The Moon

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Release Date: February 20th, 2015
Official Website: Riotmaker Website

Artist Background:
Riotmaker is a band from Northern California. The origins of this band are unique, given that their lead singer, Jeffry Valeiro, was once part of the band, Shakedown. Although that group disbanded in 2005, it would take Valeiro four years to come back to the music scene. Eventually, he started a new musical venture in 2009 called Riotmaker. After finally getting a whole band together, the group is going to release their first full-band album this month. This will be the second album by Riotmaker, the first being originally a solo project called, The Sun Has Set. Nevertheless, the new five-piece Reggae/Alternative Rock band brings an interesting sound to the table with their new album.

Album Review:
The album kicks off with the track, “Afterall,” and the introduction features a mildly distorted upbeat reggae riff with a complex bass line. Not very long after, however, the band transitions into a pre-chorus that’s more heavily hard rock oriented than anything. Overall, it’s a great short song that welcomes the listener and gives them a feel of what type of variance to expect for the rest of the album.

The theme of the album is a hybrid of reggae and hard rock in almost every song. “Forevernever,” is a prime example of that, since it starts off with a more pop-reggae feel to it. The bass lines in these sections are what you would expect to hear from a reggae-rock band. For the most part, they have a good groove to them. Near the end of the track, the band transitions into rock mode, and the reggae bass lines are traded in for a chugging of the guitars that are complemented by the bass. One of the features of the album is the omnipresence of held out vocal notes during the rock parts that, although similar in nature, make the end product of these sections to be very palatable.

The best introduction lies in track number three, which is called, “A Lot Like Rain,” and features a multitude of guitar tracks that complement each other to provide a melodic feel for the rest of the song. The theme is then perfectly transitioned to the reggae part where two guitars harmonize prior to the first verse. Valeiro’s voice delivers quite an outstanding amount of energy during the heavier sections of this tune. This is one of the reasons why the album was so pleasant to listen to.

The band had two collaborations for this album. One of them is with Hennessy in the track, “Everything Is Out,” and brings a bit of a hip-hop feel to the primarily reggae tune. The immediate transition between Valeiro on vocals directly to Hennessy is very commendable, as it is perfectly executed. This reflects the overall album, which was produced very well. “Ritalin Kit” features Melissa McGregor, and it’s a bit of a darker hard rock tune. The introduction would more aptly resemble what you would find in a song by a band like Three Days Grace. The highlight of this track is the collaboration between Valeiro and McGregor. The delay in the vocals that would generally be followed after a phrase is instead substituted by McGregor’s voice. The phrase, “leave us,” that is interchanged between vocalists is at times chilling to hear, and McGregor brings a voice that resembles that of the hard rock goddess, Amy Lee.

One track worthy of praise is “Almost Over,” for its Arena Rock qualities that features a delayed vocal experience and an overall heavy rock feel with killer drum fills.

Although this album has its qualities, I believe the band’s ability to kill it on their heavier rock-themed sections overshadows their efforts to blend in the reggae element to their songs. The band has something absolutely amazing going for it as far as rock goes, and fans should clamor at the opportunity to see this band live. That being said, this short album has some outstanding tunes in it, and very little fluff to worry about.

Written Reviewed By: Tommy Dubs

[Editors Note: All reviews are reflective of the album in it’s entirety, from start to finish. These reviews are the honest opinion of each writer/reviewer expressing their feedback as a genuine fan of the music. Each star rating reflects their review of the album, NOT the band. Music is subjective. Regardless of the review or star rating, we encourage you to listen to the music yourself form your own opinion. Spread the awareness of all music in its art contribution]

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Gonzo’s New Music Video & Upcoming Tour

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On Friday, February 20th, The Pier will premiere the new Music Video by Ryan Gonzo of Tribal Seeds, with his song “Runnin’”. The video was shot in Brooklyn, NY while Tribal Seeds Gonzo was on tour. Our new Photo-Journalist, Jeffro Pliskin of Raised Fist Propaganda shot directed the video explains how the shoot came together last summer…

Last summer, in between shooting for the Summer Sessions tour for Slightly Stoopid and the Marleys, I was lucky enough to link up with Ryan Gonzo of Tribal Seeds at the Fortunate Youth house, where I had been staying in California.
I had been shooting a music video for Fortunate Youth, called “Burn One,” which in my eyes had been one of their classic songs. Gonzo stopped by and I immediately threw him into the video. He didn’t seem to fight me too much on the idea!

After shooting the Fortunate Youth video, we sat down and started talking about a collaboration project. Knowing that I was from New York, Gonzo asked if we could film his video in Brooklyn, when Tribal Seeds were playing in August of that summer. After a text message exchange or two, we set it up for August 13, 2014 in Williamsburg.

I met Gonzo outside of his tour bus that day. E.N. Young Stephen Suckarie of New Kingston were chillin’ as I rolled up with my boy Vinnie Reggae of the Long Beach crew and we rolled through some ill graffiti spots off Bedford Ave in Brooklyn. We included some cameos of the Rasta Beamer and strolled up to the Roebling Tea room, one of my favorite spots for Green Tea. I gotta say, it was one of my favorite shoots – chill and humble.

Here is what Ryan Gonzo has to say: “Jeff at Raised Fist is the best in the industry. After I saw his work with Slightly Stoopid, I had to collaborate. He works fast and has a great eye. He filmed the video with a 30minute period and really captured the vibe in a short time. Jeff doesn’t make filming seem awkward or uncomfortable. Working with him was very natural and fun.”

Come by The Pier on Friday February 20th, 2015 to view the first official Music Video of Ryan Gonzo with the song “Runnin’”. In the meantime, Gonzo, will be taking his show on the road in Hawaii starting on February 27th being backed by Inna Vision while also performing with The Steppas. You can find details below with tour dates links to purchase tickets.

gonzo Tour Dates

Related Links:
Gonzo Website
Gonzo Facebook
Raised Fist Propaganda Website

Article Photos By: Jeff Pliskin

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