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Norwegian Escape features first Margaritaville at Sea

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Norwegian Cruise Line’s next ship which will be based in Miami will have a Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant and a 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar on board.

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Sea will be a complimentary restaurant on the Norwegian Escape which will begin week-long Caribbean cruises out of Miami starting Nov 14, 2015. The restaurant will have as it’s signature item a “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and is located on the sun deck (deck 17).

The 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar will be an indoor/outdoor bar on the ship’s Waterfront zone and will feature live music nightly. It will be located on deck 8 with other restaurants and bars as part of 678 Ocean Place.

Norwegian’s port at Harvest Caye, Belize, will have a Margaritaville when it opens in the fall, and a 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar will open next year on Norwegian’s Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas.

Margaritaville eventually will be expanded to the rest of the fleet, but details haven’t been set yet, said Vanessa Lane Picariello, Norwegian’s director of public relations.

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Bad Brains Returning with New EP

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Blending reggae and punk since the seventies, Bad Brains recently announced plans for a new EP. Filling in for the Brains’ iconic lead singer H.R. will be Jamaican jammer Jesse Royal. While details for the new release are limited, the collaboration between Brains and Royal will certainly cause fans of the band’s reggae side to rejoice.

Formed as a jazz-fusion band in 1975 called Mind Power, the band that became Bad Brains has been one of the longest tenured groups in the business. Releasing music that could be placed under a multitude of sub-genres, including hardcore punk, funk metal, and reggae, Bad Brains’ versatility has been the band’s hallmark.
Based out of Washington D.C., Bad Brains has not been without its trial and tribulations since their formation. As chronicled in the 2012 documentary A Band in DC, inconsistent live performances from on-again, off-again lead singer H.R. have tested the band’s cohesion.

Having H.R. for the last album, Into the Future (2012), definitely helped make it a critical success but fellow members Darryl Jenifer, Dr. Know, and Earl Hudson decided to go a different route with this EP. Bringing in the younger, dancehall-heavy Jesse Royal seems like a positive substitution that will add to the reggae repertoire of an already experienced group.

[Related: Bad Brains 35th Anniversary]

The process for this project was, like many things Brains related, unorthodox. On May 30th of this year the group recorded the EP with Royal in front of a live audience at Applehead Recording in Woodstock, New York. The ‘Woodstock Sessions’ were attended by 60-70 of the band’s most loyal followers as they spent the day hanging out with the Brains while they were recording.

A date for the release has not been set but rest assured Brains fans, it should be sometime in the near future. While hardcore, fast paced music is Bad Brains’ bread and butter, the mellowed-out music they have produced in later years are some of the best jams the band from D.C has to offer.

Keep checking the Internet and your local record store, the Bad Brains are back (minus HR) with new music.

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A Band in DC Website
Woodstock Sessions Website

Article By: Keenan Donath

Listen: Bad Brains – “I Luv I Jah”

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Live: 2015 NW Roots Festival (7/24-25th, 2015)

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Date: Friday Saturday, July 24 25th, 2015
Line Up: Josh Heinrichs, SkillinJah, Ethan Tucker, The Steppas, The Approach, Stay Grounded, Inna Vision, Valley Green, Black Salt Tone and more…
Venue: Cooks Farm. Carnation, WA.

Live: 2015 Northwest Roots Festival

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Many of the organizers of last year’s Northwest Homegrown Reggae Festival joined forces with Da 808 Music Entertainment under the new banner of the Northwest Roots Festival. It was a different name but many of the same great artists who make up the thriving reggae and island music scene in the Pacific Northwest showed up to partake in the event of the weekend.

After a quick stop for camping provisions I rolled onto Cook’s Farm about 30 miles East of Seattle on Friday, July 24th. Although grey skies covered the area, there was sunshine in the smiles of all the organizers who frantically moved around the grounds to finalize details before the gates opened at noon.

Volunteer Kari Brown, who checked IDs and tickets as she waved each vehicle through, welcomed the first festival attendees. The rain began to fall on the grounds; just enough to pack some of the dust being kicked up. Organizer Mike Drumma assisted a few other volunteers in covering the main stage near the barn with a tarp to keep the electrical equipment dry. With the help of seasoned festival veteran Alec Strigen and his partner in crime, Becky Madigan, the proverbial and literal stages were set for a beautiful weekend, rain or shine.
Cook’s farm is an ideal festival setting on a few acres and one dirt road onto the property. The unforgiving thorns of the blackberry bushes create a natural security fence and a delicious summer snack. Tents and RVs filled the surrounding area around a few food trucks and vendor booths. In true Washington fashion, the beer garden was placed next to the dab booth from Pacific NW Roots and Alchemy Labs. Not surprisingly, parked next to the dab booth were Josh Heinrichs and Skillinjah who were enjoying the scenery, visiting new friends, and killing time before their set later that night.

I was able to find a window of time with no rain to set up my tent and began to explore the property. I perused the set times and the reality of the talent that was scheduled set in. The NW Roots Festival kicked off with locals Mystic Arrows and our friends in Valley Green.

Southern California’s Black Salt Tone completely caught me off guard and I was transfixed on their unique reggae/rock/dub blend. As I was sitting to the side of the stage enjoying the music, a cymbal tipped over and I was given the opportunity to become a stagehand. If anyone from Black Salt Tone reads this, please hit me up if you need a long-term roadie.

NWRoots10One of my personal favorite Washington groups is Stay Grounded with their mix of RB melodies, reggae beats, and soothing saxophone of Brett “Big Chill” Cummings.

At last year’s Homegrown Northwest Reggae Festival many of campers were blasting Los Angeles’ True Press who were invited to perform this year. Their dedication to reggae while supporting their fellow musicians in different corners of the country is particularly noticeable and commendable.

Next up was Seattle local band Kore Ionz who brought its own special blend of reggae and island music lead by Hawai’i-born Daniel Pak.

I cannot even begin to describe the energy the Ethan Tucker Band exudes. The pure and raw talent tells anyone that plays Ethan’s tracks that he is going to be around for an extremely long time. His music is the stuff legends are made.

The rain that fell did-not stop Josh Heinrichs and Skillinjah from closing out the first night of the NW Roots Festival. Heinrichs was rocking to a soaking wet crowd until at least 2:30am. Unfortunately, this writer’s age has begun to show and I was snug in my tent as I heard the DJ music blasting all night. It seemed like only an hour after they shut down before the sun came back up and we were ready to go again.

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

True Press and Valley Green were awake early packing their gear before heading to Freedom Festival a couple of hours away. Organizers were already running around preparing two stages for Saturday and plumes of smoke rose from the dab tent. Up and comers Perfect By Tomorrow were performing their sound check when gravity took over and dumped a couple of gallons of rainwater right on one of their pedal boards. I am not sure if they got them working again but it did not stop their spirits from playing their set to the early risers.

The mellowed out Juice Band played their blend of Pink Floyd meets Jack Johnson on the side stage. A quick look at some of the Washington music Facebook pages and you will most definitely notice Sick Donkey and The Lights. Two Story Zori has spent most of their year refining their craft while opening for acts like Fiji, House of Shem, and Jimmy Weeks Project.
We were treated to some of last year’s talent Big Blue Van and The Hooky’s while our friends in The Approach nearly rocked the main stage thirty miles away into the Puget Sound. Seeing a tight set from young kids is a refreshing realization that the future of music is in good hands.

By the time Seattle’s own Tribal Order took the stage the Kalua pig was cooking in the ground to celebrate the arrival of The Steppas and Inna Vision. There could not have been a friendlier group of musicians as the When We Forward Tour closed out the inaugural NW Roots Festival and continued on their way making the Hawaiian Islands proud.

Even though the bands were finished for the festival, a size-able group of party animals packed into the DJ tent to get out of the rain and dance the rest of the night away. Live art lined the side of the canopy and the dancehall crowd powered through the blisters and aching muscles doing their best to keep the event of ending.

But all great things must end. Clean up the next morning was full of nearly lost voices and bittersweet goodbyes. “See you next year” could be heard throughout the grounds and a successful festival was in the books. When all satisfied artists and attendees left the festival it was apparent the organizers have a “good vibe gold mine” on their hands.

The crew immediately began to fix the failures and streamline the successes for next year. Rest assured their loyalty to the cause of music while making everyone feel welcome will make this the party to be at each summer. Be sure to include the Pacific Northwest in your vacation plans for next summer because you will not see a closer or more capable group of artists in the country.

Related Links:
Northwest Roots Festival Website
Northwest Roots Festival Facebook

Article By: Blake Taylor
Photos By: Mike Deal

In Loving Memory of Erik Bassy Madsen

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Steady Riot – 2 Singles

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Steady Riot2 Singles
[Reggae Rock]
(File Type MP3, 2 MP3s)

1.) Hit Run
2.) Slow Motion

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Buffett spending time in Greece

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Jimmy Buffett is spending time on vacation in Mykonos, Greece. He stopped by Jimmy’s in Lakka, Mykonos


Then he took a selfie at Aphrodite Beach in Kalafati (wearing a Jack O’Neil SOL hat)



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Bob Marley’s Island Years Box Set

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As reported in February, the Marley family allowed unprecedented access to UMe, a division of the Universal Music Group, together with Tuff Gong International, to cherry pick from their personal and private collections of unreleased material in order to compile a special release in honor of what would have been Bob Marley‘s 70th birthday year.

Last week, Ume announced the release of two new box sets, The Complete Island Recordings and The Complete Island Recordings: Collector’s Edition. These two vinyl collection sets, which will be released on September 25th, will feature eleven albums on 180-gram vinyl spanning a decade’s worth of Bob Marley The Wailers releases on Island Records.

[Related: Bob Marley’s 70th Birthday Celebration]

The Complete Island Recordings will include 11-LPs packaged in a rigid card box with lift top lid, and wrapped in silver paper that simulates the brushed metal finish of a hinged zippo lighter. The Complete Island Recordings: Collector’s Edition will include 11-LPs, a 70th anniversary slip mat and two photos in glassine envelopes, all packaged in a unique metal box set, numbered and lined with velvet and connected Complete Island Recordingsto emulate a hinged lighter. Both boxes will include Bob’s 70th Birthday logo and all nine Bob Marley The Wailers studio albums recorded for Island Records, featuring some of their most celebrated releases, including Catch A Fire, their 1973 label debut, and Rastaman Vibration, their 1976 breakthrough album in the United States, along with two live albums Live! and Babylon By Bus.

LP’s in The Complete Island Recordings and The Complete Island Recordings: Collector’s Edition include:

– Catch A Fire
– Burnin’
– Natty Dread
– Live!
– Rastaman Vibration
– Exodus
– Babylon By Bus
– Kaya
– Survival
– Uprising
– Confrontation

Apart from the actual disc labels, which will feature more recently reissued artwork, the LP’s will faithfully replicate the original album pressings. The Live! album will include the original poster with the vinyl, while the Exodus album will feature the original gold metallic jacket with embossed lettering. The Babylon By Bus album will feature the die-cut cover with the color printed inner sleeves showing through.

Be sure to get up, stand up, and head to your local music retailer on September 25th to get your hands on this unique collection. However if you don’t want to wait, both collections are available for pre-order by clicking HERE, with The Complete Island Recordings selling for $235.98 and The Complete Island Recordings: Collector’s Edition selling for $649.98.

No matter which option you choose, you’re sure to own the most envious collection of Bob Marley The Wailers music to date.

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Bob Marley Website
Bob Marley Facebook
Tuff Gong Website
Tuff Gong Facebook

Article By: Andrew Aroche

Watch: The Island Years Box Set – Bob Marley The Wailers

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Another Great Week in Destin Florida

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Okay, every week you are above ground no matter where you are is a great week. But living and playing in Destin is like being on vacation every day. As some of our friends like to say, “Our life is better than your vacation.” LOL  This past weekend is a perfect example of that philosophy.

Saturday had Sunshine Cindy and I heading to the harbor to hang out for a while. I pulled BadAss3 into the parking garage figuring we would not have a problem finding a place to park in the early afternoon during tourist change-over time. I was wrong. The garage was packed. I got out and ended up finding a shady spot to park by Brotula’s. We walked down to the boardwalk and made our way to Johnny O’Quigleys oyster bar to get a cold drink.

For being the middle of the afternoon the boardwalk was busy and the bar was about half full too. We enjoyed our beverages and headed to Crab Island Cantina. We were able to get our usual spot at the bar looking out at the Destin bridge and Crab Island. The Cantina was staying busy with a couple of large (about 20 folks each) parties coming in. Sunshine Cindy and I shared a taco salad that was great. Judy stopped by and gave us a hug. She was just starting her day. While there we had a nice rain shower blow through. It helped cool things down a little.

Our next stop was back down the harbor. We looked in the Boathouse but there was no air moving so we went to Harbor Shack instead. While I was at the bar getting us some drinks I recognized the guy sitting next to me. Turns out it was James. We had not seen him and his wife Vickie in about a year. Vickie was working and James had just got off work. We chatted with James for a long while. While there another big thunderstorm blew through. We stayed dry but it poured for a while.

Off we went again. We decided to stop in at Brutula’s. They have a great bar that overlooks the harbor. I was impressed with the management of Brutula’s. They were making sure everything ran smoothly. They are a new place but gaining a good reputation for great food and service. From there we walked down to The Crust Pizzeria to see if Charley was there. Walking along Hwy 98 was like taking your life in your hands. Vehicles were coming from all directions. The sidewalk is right next to the street so cars are buzzing by only a few feet from you. This whole situation is an accident waiting to happen. Well, Charley was not there so we retraced our steps back to the car.

I got BadAss3 into the traffic and onto a side street. The Rotten Apple was our next stop. The place is a locals spot and was not busy yet. Sunshine Cindy and I enjoyed relaxing and solving some of the world’s problems. Sheri came in after a while. She is part owner of the place. It was nice seeing and talking to her. She also has a water sports rental business and is busy this time of the year but she was able to relax for a few minutes that evening.

Now it was getting late and we were getting hungry again. Off to Landshark Pizza to get a pizza to take home. Austin, Ryan, Sue were all working. The place had been crazy busy but now was just normal busy! We got home and sat on the back porch. Next thing we know our neighbor Rhett walked over. We invited him and his wife Becky to join us. We ended up on the porch till after 11. It was a long day but a fun one. Typical Destin!

Sunday was slower. We went to McGuire’s in the afternoon for some lunch. We timed it just right as most of the church people were done and the early dinner folks were not there yet. You never leave McGuire’s hunger and Sunday was no exception. We saw Melisa (from Fishheads) there. We had a good time. At one point the Unicorn Song played on the house system. Of course we had to act out some of the song but we really needed Russ who does the animals perfectly!

After we ate we called Julie to see if she was home and wanted a couple of guest for an hour or so. She did so we stopped and hung out by her pool. It was a nice way to end the weekend.

It was not all fun and games though. It took me about an hour and a half to get home from work on Friday. A thunderstorm hit about the time I got off. It was raining so hard on the island you could only go about 35 or so. There were power lines down in Destin. It was a mess. We stayed in once I got home. We were supposed to go to KC’s in Ft. Walton but I was not going to fight the traffic to get back over there. Oh well, next time!

For those of you who might want some Crab Island Mambo tee’s, tank tops or long sleeve shirts you are in luck. We are having a special sale. Any size or style is now just $15 each plus shipping. All details are here on our web page.  Don’t delay and miss out on this fantastic opportunity to bring some “Destin” home with you as we are selling out of some of the most popular shirts!

Have a great week. We will be back to “Embrace the Chaos!” next Monday! See ya then!!!

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Buffett performs surprise show in East Hampton NY

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Jimmy Buffett performed a free concert at Amagansett Square in East Hampton, NY on July 18th, 2015. He also received a recognition award for his support and commitment to Soldier Ride / Wounded Warrior Project .

From “Jimmy Buffett Surprises Wounded Warriors METRO Parrot Head Club

The METRO Parrot Head Club had 28 volunteers reporting for duty at 6:00 a.m. to our east end Commander, Joe Lombardi. Joe has been coordinating the club’s participation in this wonderful event since 2007 when the ride route passed the location of our annual family picnic.
Wounded Warrior/Soldier Ride was established through the dedicated efforts of East Hampton’s own Chris Carney and Peter Honerkamp. The Soldier Ride program offers a variety of services to injured service members including the therapeutic physical benefits of cycling. Soldier Ride takes place all year in various locations throughout the United States and overseas. For the past several years the Hampton’s Ride has been dedicated to Lance Corporal Jordan C. Haerter, a Marine from Sag Harbor who was killed in Iraq in 2008.

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Review: Lefty at the Washout – That Just Happened

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Lefty at the Washout – Tunnel Vision
Lefty At The WashoutTrack Listing:
1.) The Get Down
2.) Roll On
3.) That Just Happened
4.) That’s Cool
5.) Boogie Man
6.) Rules
7.) Lyrical High (ft. Ben G)
8.) Mucho Culo
9.) Be Mine
10.) Reeses To Pieces

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Release Date: July 1st, 2015
Record Label: Washout Records
Official Website: Lefty at the Washout Website

Artist Background:
Lefty At The Washout is one of those rare reggae groups that make it out of some uncommon state like South Carolina. They’ve been at it since 2007, and the band says it all started as a group of guys just trying to have fun making music. They just recently released an album called, That Just Happened, and the end product turned out to be pretty good. New listeners will be able to hear influences from some of the bigger bands in the reggae scene today, but they’ll have a southern spin to them.

Album Review:
The first song, “The Get Down,” is a good indication of all the musical elements the band has got to offer. The intro is diverse, with scratches, saxophone action, and a guitar solo that turns the listener on to the song. The lyrics and composition on this track makes for one the album’s strongest songs. The vocalist, Charles Wilkie, has a voice that’s pleasant to listen to, and the saxophone outro is epic. It’s rare to hear fade outs in music today, but Lefty went for it, and it worked out.

The next three songs are the band’s radio friendly endeavors, and would fit well in an alternative rock station mix. The songs are concise and to the point, but lack that energy that is found in some other songs in the album.

“Boogie Man,” is an eerie song with a strong compositional structure. The pauses in the song during the chorus are original and keep the listener on their toes with effects flying at them left and right. While on the topic of effects, the outro for this song features an appropriate usage of a low fidelity transition. The song was meant to be eerie, and the lo-fi hits the mark on that goal.

“Rules,” is by far the strongest song on the whole album. The vocal mix makes Wilkie’s voice a feature on this track. The varieties of effects on the vocals throughout the song are well thought-out, and keep the listener interested. Although it’s a bit on the slower side, the little saxophone fills make this quasi-rock-reggae ballad a great listen. The delay on the saxophone solo is perfect, providing that warm tone directly and then decaying immediately to the right to create the effect of a dual saxophone presence.

In the production sense, this album is absolutely phenomenal, which is rare for a band that isn’t really big or that doesn’t tour often. The only thing that would benefit the band would be easing back a tad on the vocal effects, which at times seem slightly overdone.

“Mucho Culo” is a perfect example that this band is doing this just for fun. It’s a song that highlights what is probably one of the band’s favorite past times. It’s a playful and enjoyable track. A nicely thrown curve ball was then thrown to finish off this song in what seems to be a sample from a 70’s/80’s track. With this band, you never know what’s happening next, and that’s a good thing.

The next ballad on the table is “Be Mine,” and this one is a bit more heavily skewed towards the rock spectrum. It seems as though whenever the saxophone was added to any song, the song instantly became better. This song was no exception to that rule.

Overall, this band is strong and has the potential to make headlines and stir up the national reggae scene as a whole. The album is a very good sequel to their debut album that was released in 2009. This band, although they say the play music just for fun, seem to be very good at having fun because the music is great. Give this album a listen and hear it for yourself. Also, we’d like to have Lefty play a show on the west coast soon.

Written Reviewed By: Juan Barragan

[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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July 2015 Album Releases

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Looking back on 2015, the year has been a great one for new music, and the supply doesn’t seem to be slowing down. The second half of the year kicks off with another impressive list of original music. In this issue of our on-going monthly feature, we have another round-up of new releases. Looking for some fresh summer tunes?!… Check out these 12 great recommendations of new albums in July.

If there was ever a time to discover new music, now would be it. This month includes a great debut release by Tunnel Vision and a hidden gem in Lefty at the Washout’s sophomore release. Collie Buddz will drop his new EP and Perro Bravo definitely crashed the month of July with an out of the blue album drop. Check the details of each release below and let us know which new release in July you’re most excited about!

If there are any albums we missed, drop them in the comments below or on our Facebook or Twitter.

Check out the Album Releases from prior months:

  • January 2015 Album Releases
  • February 2015 Album Releases
  • March 2015 Album Releases
  • April 2015 Album Releases
  • May 2015 Album Releases
  • June 2015 Album Releases
  • July 2015 Album Releases

    Lefty At The Washout- That Just Happened
    Release Date: July 1st

    Five years is a long time, especially in the music industry where tastes change with the charts. For Columbia, South Carolina reggae rockers Lefty at the Washout, that is how long it has taken for them to follow up their debut record Forty To Five. That interim has not affected their already polished sound. If anything, it has allowed the band to mature into a focused, funky, beat-driven presence

    On July 1st, Lefty at the Washout officially released their sophomore album titled That Just Happened. Despite the title, this isn’t an off-the-cuff project. The ten new songs point to a different vibe than the first album, but the choice to again work with noted South Carolina producer Cory Plaugh at his Plaugh’s House studio means that the sound is still recognizable as Lefty’s. “I’ve produced a lot of records that I’m proud of, but this will remain as one of my all- time favorites that I’ve had the privilege to be a part of,” Plaugh says. “The sonic palette that is Lefty at the Washout is an awesome foundation to start with; from a producer and engineer’s perspective it is a whole lot of fun to be able to help create a painting with so many vibrant colors.”

    You can pick up That Just Happened on Amazon now, by clicking HERE!


    Perro Bravo – 3 On The Tree
    Release Date: July 7th

    Started by Sublime sound maestro, Miguel Happoldt and rounded out by Greg “Mudd” Lowther on drums and Mike Long on bass, Perro Bravo has been playing up and down the coast of California for about 4 years now. Veterans of the stage and studio, the trio is more focused on the grassroots approach to bringing music to the people, along with a DIY work-ethic in the studio. Their sound is a Southern California concoction as Miguel explains: “We like to try and sound like an old school skunk sampler live: Sublime, Long Beach Dub Allstars, Slightly Stoopid and The Ziggens all rolled into one. I love playing those songs because I have a deep connection to all of those groups. Surf, punk, dub, and rock, that’s the formula.”

    Following the release of the Long Beach band’s debut record, Smoking Scorpion Tales, which dropped on 11/12/13, just less than two years later Perro Bravo is back with their latest studio effort. Titled 3 On The Tree. The new album features a total of 10 tracks packaged in artwork illustrated by the infamous Opie Ortiz. Released alongside the record is a Raised Fist Propaganda music video for the lead track “4 On The Floor”. The video was shot out in Sunset Beach, CA a neighboring community of Long Beach that Happoldt refers to as his second home and a place where his good friend Brad Nowell lived and surfed.

    Preview or download the record from Perro Bravo’s Bandcamp page, or…

    You can pick up 3 On The Tree on Amazon now, by clicking HERE!


    Dubbest – Light Flashes
    Release Date: July 7th

    Out of Boston, the 5-piece experimental reggae-dub group known as Dubbest has dropped their new album, Light Flashes. Following 2012’s Avoid the Pier, the band’s third independently released album contains 12 brand new tracks. Produced by Craig “Dubfader” Welsch of 10 Ft. Ganja Plant the album was recorded at Rear Window Studios in Brookline, MA. Light Flashes includes guest appearances by Elliot Martin of John Brown’s Body on backing vocals and 10 Ft. Ganja Plant’s Mark Berney, Jared Sims, and Brian Thomas on horns and Steve D on synthesizer.

    You can pick up Light Flashes on Amazon by clicking HERE!


    Tunnel Vision – Tunnel Vision
    Release Date: July 7th

    Out of South Carolina, Tunnel Vision’s self-titled debut album hits music outlets this month via Whiskey Barrel Records. Featuring 15 tracks, the record was produced by Slightly Stoopid’s sound wiz, James Wisner, along with Anthony P Levato. Also aiding the band in their effort was Stoopid-saxophonist Daniel Delacruz and the band’s frequent collaborator, Angela Hunte who added vocals for the record’s lead track Citrus Skies. Mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge, the front cover of the record’s packaging was illustrated by the scene’s well-known artist, Shaun Logan, while the back cover was designed by Maris Johnson. Fans can preview the record on Youtube.

    Read our review of the album by clicking HERE!

    You can pick up Tunnel Vision on Amazon now, by clicking HERE!


    Jah Cure – The Cure
    Release Date: July 10th

    On July 10th, Jamaican-born singer Jah Cure released his seventh album entitled The Cure via his own Iyah Cure Productions and VP Records. An Artist with tracks in the ‘real roots,’ Caribbean pop and RB formats, Jah Cure has become known for his hooks and street-poet verses in songs about urban struggles as well as romantic ballads of lovers rock. In keeping with the tradition of Jamaican reggae, his stories bridge social commentary with uplifting hopefulness.

    In his new 13-track record Jah Cure showcases how this fusion has progressed. The song “Life We Live” features a modern dancehall anthem, while “Set Me Free” and “Show Love” come straight from the heart. The record also features an impressive cover of John Legend’s No. 1 hit, “All of Me.” The Cure is available digitally and in limited blue vinyl. Be sure to check out the music video for the record’s single ”Made In California.”

    Read more about the album by clicking HERE!

    You can pick up The Cure on Amazon now, by clicking HERE!


    Wilco – Star Wars
    Release Date: July 16th

    On a seemingly random Thursday night, July 16th to be exact, Wilco released, a new album. Entitled Star Wars the band’s ninth studio album dropped without any announcement or big-to-do. The first recorded work from the band in four years, word spread quickly of these 11 new original songs, before the veteran American rock group announced they were heading back on tour.

    Consider it a gift from Wilco, says guitarist-singer Jeff Tweedy, who also called the release, “a jolt of joy: a fun surprise.” Explaining, Tweedy continues “Why release an album this way and why make it free? Well, the biggest reason, and I’m not sure we even need any others is that it felt like it would be fun. What’s more fun than a surprise!?”

    Now available as a free download, for a limited time until until August 13th, the record is easy to access on the homepage of the band’s website, Wilcoworld. The record can be picked up on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play and can also be heard streaming on Spotify, Apple Music and Rdio. Digital downloads remain free until August 13. Physical copies in cd and vinyl are now available in the Wilco store for pre-order, to be released in August and November, respectively.

    You can pick up Star Wars on the band’s website now for FREE, by clicking HERE.


    Sublime With Rome – Sirens
    Release Date: July 17th

    Four years after their debut release, Sublime with Rome is back with their second full length album titled Sirens. Working with infamous studio engineer and producer Paul Leary, the bulk of the songs on Sirens were written by singer/guitarist Rome Ramirez, while Eric Wilson remains the one remaining active member of the original Sublime cast. While this all continues to bring the controversy of using the name ‘Sublime’ the group continues to tour past it, and now with the added infusion of new tracks from the first record with current drummer Josh Freese.

    Packaged with cover art by renown surf artist Drew Brophy, 9 of the 11 album tracks was recorded live at Sonic Ranch Studios on vintage equipment using basic instruments in an effort to minimize any excessive production. The only songs on the new album not recorded live were the title track, “Sirens” and “House Party”. The album also includes a guest appearance by Dirty Heads and loose covers of Fishbone and Dennis Brown. Be sure to check out the music video for the album’s first single with “Wherever You Go.”

    Read our review of the album by clicking HERE!

    You can pick up Sirens on Amazon now, by clicking HERE!


    Various Artists – Reggae Gold 2015 Compilation
    Release Date: July 17th

    Since 1993, New York based label VP Records has released an annual compilation of the year’s top reggae, dancehall, and roots songs called Reggae Gold. This month the label releases their 22nd compilation album. Reggae Gold 2015, includes an eclectic mix of artists and musical styles that will appeal to reggae fans of all ages and preferences.

    Reggae Gold 2015 is the ultimate reggae music compilation with the big hits and crucial crossover tracks from the past 12 months. The record features everyone from Magic, the year’s biggest pop-reggae band, Beres Hammond, a mainstay in most of Reggae Gold’s releases, and even Actor/Comedian turned singer Eddie Murphy, whose released a string of reggae singles over the past several years.

    Another great addition to the compilation is the last song on the album with Inner Circle revisiting “Tenement Yard” featuring the legendary Jacob Miller with Jamaica’s top rising reggae artist, Chronixx. The Compilation is also far from being male-dominated, as it features songs from Etana, Toian, Ikaya, Queen Ifrica, and more. Compared to the 2014 release, Reggae Gold 2015 seems to have a wider variety of artists, and even one of the longer track lists in the compilation album’s history. The album will be available on CD, vinyl, and digital download. Preview Reggae Gold 2015 on the VP Records Soundcloud page.

    Read more about the album by clicking HERE!

    You can pick up the Reggae Gold 2015 Compilation on Amazon now, by clicking HERE!


    The Revivalists – Men Amongst Mountains
    Release Date: July 17th

    After years of playing seemingly every music festival around, and touring all through the country, season after season, The Revivalist have become known for their blend of rock, RB, soul, folk, and funk. The New Orleans based septet has become more than just any other funk/soul-rock group, the musicians posses a talent of varied instrumentation that when played together can create a live show with moving jams.

    In 2013, after signing with New York based Wind-Up Records, the band set out to record their third album. In the meantime, Wind-Up reissued their most recent release City of Sound in the spring of 2014 and it wound up hitting the lower reaches of the Billboard 200. Recorded meticulously straight to tape, after mush anticipation Men Amongst Mountains, the band’s third studio long player, arrived on July 17th, 2015. The Revivalist themselves make the announcement best:

    “At times it seemed next to impossible. At times the ideas and notes seemed to flow like magic. Today, after thousands of hours of work by many many people, we release ‘Men Amongst Mountains’ to you… Today is a special day. For the last two years we have been pouring our hearts into making a record. A record that captures all of our struggles and triumphs. Something that shows how we, as seven people, come together to create an energy not possible apart. A record that a person who drives hours to stand in the rain for 90 minutes at a festival can take home as a token of our appreciation. A snapshot of what we call “The Revivalists”, as heard through microphones, mixers, and speakers. These 14 songs have traveled with us in vans, busses, planes and boats to all corners of this country and then beyond, and have ended up on disc, record, and cloud for you to play whenever you desire.”

    You can pick up Men Amongst Mountain on Amazon now, by clicking HERE!


    Galactic – Into The Deep
    Release Date: July 17th

    In May of 2015, Galactic announced a label deal with Provogue of the Mascot Label Group and a new album entitled Into the Deep. On July 17th the New Orleans funk/jazz/jamband Galactic released their first album on Provogue and tenth studio effort. In their twentieth year of exploring the musical possibilities that arise of the the group dynamic of Galactic, Ben Ellman, Robert Mercurio, Stanton Moore, Jeff Raines and Rich Vogel have created an album founded on elements of Galactic’s past, filtered through the lens of where they’re headed.

    On Into the Deep the band draws inspiration from people and ideas that have long been close to the artists’ hearts and in turn, to the development of their sound. 11 Tracks produced and arranged by the band’s own Ellman and Mercurio, the LP features collaborations with artists they’ve made connections with over the past 20 years. Collaborators include the tracks on this record feature guest appearances by a range of vocalists including long-time collaborators Macy Gray, and Maggie Koerner, JJ Grey, Ryan Montbleau, David Shaw of The Revivalists, Brushy One String, soul singer Charm Taylor, and soul/RB/gospel legend Mavis Staples. Be sure to preview the tracks on Youtube.

    You can pick up Into The Deep on Amazon now, by clicking HERE!


    Collie Buddz – Blue Dreamz EP
    Release Date: July 24th

    Available worldwide on July 24th is Collie Buddz’s new EP Blue Dreamz. Along with the title track the EP is said to feature five more tracks. The EP is just a teaser to the new Collie Buddz album due out later in 2015.


    Taco Da Mofos – Nocturnal Gold
    Release Date: July 31st

    The humorously named Taco Da Mofos are a 5 piece reggae-rock group from Tennessee. The group, whose real names are kept hidden for your protection, consists of: Taco (Vocals/Guitar), Keela (Vocals/Production/Keys) Charlie Mofo (Lead Guitar), Reno (Drums), and Boggy (Bass). Since 2001, Taco Da Mofos have been spreading their party ambiance to thousands of fans across the country, and are hoping to strike gold with their newest release.

    Nocturnal Gold, dropping July 31st, is the bands most recent project. Containing 13 songs + 3 bonus tracks and features guest appearances by Howi Spangler of Ballyhoo! and Dirt Nasty. The group’s first release since 2013’s Suns of Beaches, this is the band’s 5th release and nationally distributed album. Taco Da Mofos best explains the sound of their upcoming release: “Although reggae rock is the main stay for our sound and is what drives our style, we always like to push boundaries with different sounds and make them our own. Adding styles from rap to heavy rock, ska, pop, and even a little country ‘ish’ on one track.” Be sure to check out the music videofor the record’s single ”One Night.”

    Read our review of the album by clicking HERE

    You can pick up Nocturnal Gold on Amazon now, by clicking HERE!


    Article By: Aaron Solomon Mike Patti

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