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Video: SOJA – Everything To Me

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On Oct. 20th, 2017 SOJA released their sixth full-length studio album, Poetry In Motion. The 11 track record, released via ATO Records, was written, arranged, produced and recorded all in the same room for one top to bottom cohesive record. The latest single from Poetry In Motion is the song “Everything To Me” with a video you can enjoy below. Read our most recent interview with SOJA front-man Jacob Hemphill further discussing the album and their 20 year musical career by clicking HERE!

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Sublime’s Brad Nowell’s 1988 Letter To His Sister From College

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Before Bradley James Nowell created a genre of reggae-rock music as the singer, songwriter and guitarist of Sublime, he was attending college at UC Santa Cruz. Thanks to his sister, Kellie Nowell, this is what Brad wrote her a year before starting Sublime.

The original publish of this letter can be read by clicking HERE! This deserves its own headline as we continue to celebrate the music and life of Brad Nowell on what would have been his 50th birthday.

Brad’s 1988 Letter to His Sister From College:

Bradley Nowell formed Sublime in 1989, but in April of 1988, he was going to UC Santa Cruz. When I reached out to Brad’s sister, Kellie, she didn’t have any stories to re-tell, but was kind enough to share an amazing letter that a 20 year-old Brad wrote her before moving back to Long Beach from Santa Cruz, CA. Sublime had not yet been founded and you get to experience a peak of who Brad was, in his own words, at the age of 20; even asking his sister for suggestions on a new band name! Enjoy:

Dear Kellie,

Howz it goin’ down there? Life up here is just swell! The waves haven’t been so good so I’ve been doing a lot of mountain bike riding weight lifting – that is, when I’m not in the library studying…RIGHT!!? Well anyway, I wanted to thank you for the beautiful card you sent; it really meant Brad Nowella lot to me. I want you to know that I feel the same way about you. It’s important to have people believe in you – but, of course, you must first believe in yourself. ‘Tis the same way w/ love! Anywho, I’m looking forward to coming home very much. I’m more than ready to get the _ _ _ _ out of hippy town! (Even though it is a beautiful place.) I find myself wishing more more that I was back in L.B. I can’t wait to jam again w/ da boyz. It gives me great joy, even if they are a couple a freaks! I’m trying to come up w/ a name for our band – something nice – so I’m quite open for suggestions. (Sloppy 2nd’s simply will not do this time around!) Oh – I’m not sure if I told you or not but Spike is VERY pregnant right now. I’d give her another 2 weeks max! I think the gestation period of cats is around 60 days. I’m not sure. Needless to say (or maybe not so needless), we have stopped indulging in “kitty flips,” much to her amazement delight! Well actually I think she kind of like them, even though she did always run hide. Nevertheless, the cat who knocked her up really sliced her up bad with his claws. (She was no easy catch… that’s my girl!) I’m almost positive it was that fat piece of shit Earl from down the street… I’ve seen the way he leers at her!

I hope all is well down there w/ you your homegirls. Please give my love to our darling mother Kirk – our loving father Janie. About moving back down – I’m pretty sure I can fit all my stuff in my truck. (If not I’ll call.) I’m hoping to sell my mountain bike right before I leave so I can start to raise enough cash to purchase a PA. There’s really no place to ride it down there anyway. Well, I love miss you very much. Can’t wait to see you again! As they say up here:

May your beer waves women never be flat! (Or something like that!)


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    These stories don’t have to be limited to just those that knew him. Brad touched all of us with his creativity and his punk-rock soulful approach to the music. Share with us in the comments below how Brad and Sublime impacted your life. We find that the best way to honor the man and his music, is to continue to celebrate it at the highest possible volume. Today, we celebrate his birthday as much as we celebrate his music – Thank you and Happy Birthday Bradley!

    Special thanks to Kellie Nowel for taking the time to share this with letter.

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    Watch: Sublime – “What I Got”

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    John Feldmann & Travis Barker’s ‘Back To The Beach’ Festival

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    It was announced this morning on the World Famous Kroq that singer, songwriter and producer, John Feldmann of Goldfinger and Blink-182 drummer, Travis Barker, are putting on the Back To The Beach Festival on the state shoreline of Huntington Beach, CA boasting an unbelievable line-up of nostalgic 90’s ska-punk.
    Feldmann met Barker back in the nineties when Barker was the drummer for The Aquabats who would open up for Feldmann’s Goldfinger. Fast forward more than 20 years and they’re teaming up to put on a first of its kind ska-punk music festival.

    The idea for the festival came to Feldmann last year while on tour with NOFX, telling KROQ: “The first show I ever saw was the English Beat at the Greek Theater up in Berkeley. Ska music has changed my life, since I was a kid. I’ve always been into 2nd wave, two-one, Madness, the Specials and I’ve never been to a festival that is just all feel good music.”

    John continues on, explaining: “I hit up Travis Barker and said we should do something that no one has done before. John Reese, our friend, had the idea of doing it on the beach in Huntington Beach, the epic-center of ska-punk, and Travis was in.”

    John Reese is known for doing a number of festivals, most recently partnering up with Barker on his Musink Festival that combines Punk Rock, Tattoos and Cars.

    The Back To The Beach Festival will be a 2-day event taking place on Saturday, April 28th and Sunday, April 29th. The line-up for this festival is something about as ideal as it gets for any fan of the 3rd-wave ska sound of the 90’s. What makes this festival so outstanding, in addition to its 90’s nostalgia, is all of the new music that most of these bands will likely be playing, if not have out by the time of the festival. Then there’s there imagination of the on-stage collaborations which makes this even more exciting.

    Saturday April 28th:

    Day One Line-up:
    311, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Aquabats, Hepcat, Less Than Jake, Mad Caddies, The Suicide Machines, Big D The Kids Table + more!

    311 continues their 90’s nostalgic run of shows in 2018 as they’ll close out night one after Mighty Mighty Bosstones appear to play direct support. Less Than Jake, The Suicide Machines, Mad Caddies the BossTones are all rumored to have new music set to drop this year as I’m sure this festival will be a great platform to debut much of the new music live. With Travis Barker putting the event on, I wonder if he returns to his roots and suits up in his old Aquabats uniform to play drums? If there was ever a time, Travis, we would all agree that this would be it!

    Watch: Mighty Mighty BossTones – “The Impression That I Get”

    Sunday April 29th:

    Date Two Line-up:
    Sublime with Rome, Goldfinger (w/Travis Barker), Fishbone (original line-up), Save Ferris, The Interrupters, Mustard Plug, The Aggrolites, The Untouchables + more!

    Sunday has the sexier line-up of bands, especially when you have Travis Barker playing drums for Goldfinger’s set. Fishbone is performing with their OG line-up which sounds terrifyingly fantastic, especially for long-time fans or for anyone who has seen their documentary, “Everday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone.”

    What are the odds Sublime with Rome plays “April 29th 1992″? Save Ferris has embarked on their resurgence with plans for a new record in 2018. Same goes for what John Feldmann calls the best 4th Wave Ska band in The Interrupters who have brought new life to the genre of ska-punk to a new generation of rude-boys gals.

    Watch: The Interrupters – “Take Back The Power”

    In Closing:

    I don’t know if the order in which the line-up was presented will be the actual order in which the bands will play. It clearly states more groups will be added. One big name that is surprisingly missing is Reel Big Fish. It’s hard to imagine a festival like this taking place without their presence and I’d have to imagine they’d feel the same — Same could be said about No Doubt.

    I think the only bands on this entire line-up that we’re unable to verify some form of new music being pursued for 2018 would be the Untouchables. 311 has been seen in the studio but they’re still promoting last years Mosaic while Goldfinger continues to celebrate their first record in 9 years with 2017’s The Knife.

    Tickets will be available starting Friday, February 23rd at 10am PST with 2-day VIP Lounge tickets going for $199.00. Kids under 10 get in free with paid adult admission to the Lil Punk Kidzone full of carnival games of chance, inflatable bounce houses and even sand castles to build! You can find out more information at

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    Article by: Mike Patti

    Watch: Fishbone – “Party At Ground Zero”

    Watch: Goldfinger – “Tijuana Sunrise”

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    Roots of a Rebellion to Release Third Studio Album

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    Nashville-based 6-piece Roots of a Rebellion recently launched a PledgeMusic campaign to support their next studio album. ROAR have once again teamed up with producer Craig Welsch (John Brown’s Body, The Avett Brothers, State Radio) to bring their 3rd full-length album to life. This spring, the band also plans to drop a live album from their performance last summer at legendary Nashville venue Exit/In.

    Roots of a Rebellion have crafted over a dozen unique packages and experiences to reward fans interested in supporting their upcoming project. Just a few weeks since the campaign launched, the band has already reached 25% of their goal. According to lead singer Austin Smith, the band has roughly 30 songs written, and they’re ready to record the best of the bunch with Craig Welsch at Rear Window Studio in Brookline, MA. Roots-of-A-Rebellion-2018-Press-Image

    The live album, expected out in the coming months, is also coupled with a high-quality video of the performance. Many of the PledgeMusic packages will include the audio and video for the upcoming live album, and upon release ROAR plans to put the album on digital platforms such as Spotify and YouTube as well.

    Roots of a Rebellion are looking to jump off the success of their 2016 album A Brother’s Instinct, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart. Since first forming out of Nashville’s esteemed Belmont University, ROAR have gone on to play alongside top acts such as 311, Rebelution, and Slightly Stoopid, as well as at major festivals like Bonnaroo and Hangout Festival. ROAR consists of Austin Smith (guitar/lead vocals), Marco Martinez (lead guitar/harmonica), Jeremyck Smith (keys/vocals), Justin Smith (trumpet), Adam Quellhorst (bass/vocals), and Troy Wiggins (drums).

    Speaking on their big plans for 2018, Austin Smith says, “We’ve got some great music planned for this year that we’re excited about. Fans may recognize a couple songs from our recent shows, but most of the songs have never been heard outside of the band!”

    Check out the link posted below if you’d like to learn more about Roots of a Rebellion’s PledgeMusic campaign in support of their forthcoming studio album. You can also catch the boys on the road as they bring their Nashville-branded reggae around the US this winter and spring.

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    ROAR PledgeMusic Campaign
    ROAR Official Website
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    Article By: Brian Winters

    Watch: New Album + Pledge Music Campaign!

    Watch: Roots of a Rebellion – “No Control”

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    Video: Koffee – “Burning”

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    Having just turned 18-years-old on February 16th, Jamaica’s new rising star, Koffee, released her debut single, “Burning,” this past October. Koffee might be the youngest artist we’ve ever covered and the first in quite sometime that we can confidently say is the next household name representing a new generation of reggae roots and culture. Read more about her by clicking HERE! Enjoy the song and video…

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    Behind The Beat: Understanding Ethan Tucker

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    In May of 2015, Olympia, WA’s singer-songwriter Ethan Tucker released his last studio album Misunderstood, a 14-track record produced by Beastie Boy’s Mario C., featuring a guest appearance by Michael Franti.

    Ethan first showed up on our radar back in October of 2009 when we published a live video of him performing “Morning Time.” The video was captured by Josh Heinrichs, whom Ethan was sharing the stage with that night. It turns out, that published video was the first time Ethan Tucker’s music had been documented by a media source. In November of 2010 he released his debut album, Lost Between.

    We drove out to meet with the Olympia, WA native in his hometown to get a better understanding of who Ethan Tucker is. We came to learn that he’s a self-taught vocalist and musician. Through his own passion, charisma and persistence, he created opportunities for himself that included working with Michael Franti, be-friending actor/comedian Craig Robinson, being featured on NBC’s The Voice as well as being picked up by Silverback Music Management that has lead to collaborative affairs with Slightly Stoopid.

    Tucker even released a hometown beer called Cool Kids Kulsch with O Town Brewing. Tucker describes the beer as “Not quite a lager, but a light beer with a hint of citrus. Like a less thick version of a Blue Moon.” It’s only available in the summer in his hometown. No matter where his music or fame may take him, Olympia, WA will always remain his home.

    Understanding Ethan Tucker: Calling Olympia, WA Home

    Ethan was born in Olympia as a baby before moving to Montana. When his parents divorced, his mom moved to Sun Valley, ID and his dad moved back to Olympia, WA. So growing up, Ethan would spend the summers in Olympia while going to school in Idaho. Sun Valley is a small town of a few thousand people that isn’t uncommon to visitors such as Bruce Willis to Lebron James. But if there was anywhere in the world that Ethan would call home, it would be Olympia, WA. EthanTucker_OlyWa_EricSchoep

    He tells The Pier: “Olympia, WA to me is the epicenter of the Pacific Northwest. Oly is the Capital of Washington State and sits almost exactly halfway between Seattle, WA and Portland, OR. It’s cool man. Its like a melting pot. You have a mix of people — You have super liberal hippies, you have super business type, because it’s the state capital, so you have the political people, and state people, state workers etc. Then you have the gangsters and hustlers too. But its just this chill town where everyone gets along. I dig it, its a funky spot.”

    He’s a humble, hometown artist with raw talent of someone who burst on to the scene with his laid back soulful jazzy songwriting, and infectious vocals. One thing you might not know about Ethan is that he is not professionally trained whatsoever. So what you’re listening to in his records Lost Between and Misunderstood is someone projecting self-taught, raw emotion over songs with little vocal guidance as he explains to The Pier that he didn’t take any vocal lessons until he caught on with NBC’s The Voice in 2016.

    [Related: Ethan Tucker Performs On NBC’s The Voice]

    During that time, he was assigned a vocal coach to which Ethan tells The Pier: “The first vocal lesson I ever had, I didn’t even sing. She had me sit on my back and told me to focus on my breathing. It was just all breathing. I found myself paying more attention to my breathing and making sure that I have full lungs”

    With a new album expected in 2018, Ethan Tucker is putting an exclamation-point on his 2015 record, Misunderstood, with the music video for “Never Be.” Directed by Garret Laver, the video had been shelved for more than a year with inspiration coming from the phrase “I’ll Never Be Fooled Again.” Ethan Explains: “The song is about believing the facade that some people put on in a relationship before exposing their true colors.”

    Watch: Ethan Tucker – “Never Be”

    Understanding Ethan Tucker: Working on New Music

    Ethan has recently worked with Toko Tasi on the 2017 Jungle Josh produced “Rockstar” (Remix) to which he was also featured in the music video for the song. Tucker collaborated with Slightly Stoopid and was featured on a version of Stoopid’s “Prophet” with a guitar solo that didn’t make the album cut on Meanwhile… Back At The Lab. Ethan is known to join to Stoopid on stage for songs “Ain’t Gotta Lot of Money,” and “Baby I like It.”

    When it comes to his own material, Ethan is experimenting with newer material that includes funk and pop in the vain of Bruno Mars meets Maroon 5 and Ben Harper. As mentioned EthanTucker_InsTudio_EricSchoep inside our 2018 Most Anticipated Albums feature, Ethan Tells The Pier he plans to release a 10-13 track record of songs that fit together in telling the strongest story. He’s worked in production with Jungle Josh, Dru Decaro and Max Watters.

    In writing and singing on his newer material, he has taken the vocal lessons from The Voice in addition to that of Dru Decaro and Andy Cooper. Those two, Ethan points out, have been working him in the studio in helping him better recognize the different notes to hit in vocal harmony, a training of the ear that has been new to the otherwise self-taught, raw talent.

    Ethan tells The Pier his thoughts toward the records theme, saying: “I have been throwing around a few ideas back and forth the one I keep coming back to is ‘Phoenix’ it is the title of one of the tracks but I like the idea of a bird that continually grows by burning down and then rising from its own ashes.” Ethan continues, sharing: “This record I’ve been experimenting with blending more electronic sounds of drums and synths with my signature blend of acoustic and electric guitar. There are so many sonic layers that most people have never heard from me before and it’s taking my music to another level.”

    Ethan is someone who has created his own opportunities through his own hustle that has led him to working with a slew of respected artists. With a combination of raw talent, poetic charisma and a persistent hustle, he’s found himself in the room with Mario C., Michael Franti, Slightly Stoopid, Jungle Josh, Toko Tasi, to creating his own hometown beer and befriending Craig Robinson at one of his own shows. He’s a very organic artist who establishes organically authentic relationships. Like his hometown of the Pacific Northwest, his music has some fun night life funk, gloomy blues to soulful jazz and bright spots of pop and classic rock.

    Ethan Tucker is the vocal battle cry of Olympia, WA, showered in the soul of it’s Pacific Northwest culture.

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    Article By: Mike Patti
    Photos By: Eric Schoep

    Watch: Toko Tasi – “Rock Star” (Remix) [ft. Ethan Tucker]

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    Kabaka Pyramid Drops New Single “Borders”

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    Kabaka Pyramid is heating things up ahead of his debut album Kontraband. On February 2nd, 2017, the Jamaican artist dropped “Borders,” the 2nd single from his upcoming album. The brand new song features the breakout Ghanaian vocalist Stonebwoy, and was produced by the one and only Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley. The single is also coupled with an official lyric video produced by Luti Media.

    Much like the 1st single “Can’t Breathe,” and all of his music for that matter, Kabaka Pyramid’s latest track goes deep beneath the surface to deliver a powerful message. Creating lyrics with a theme and an underlying message for each of his tracks has always been a priority for the Kingston-based artist. “Borders” tackles the continuing refugee crisis occurring across the globe, and the record number of people seeking a more peaceful and prosperous place to call home. Borders Kabaka

    “I wanted to do this song because we as human beings need to do something about the refugee crisis around the world. It’s a shame to see the levels of separation displayed by governments and people when now is the time for unity. I also wanted to connect with my African family so I’m grateful that Stonebwoy could lend his voice to the song and vision. We’re looking forward to big things this year and this song is the way we wanted to start it off” says Kabaka Pyramid of his latest single.

    Kabaka Pyramid’s upcoming album Kontraband is set to release in the coming months of 2018 as a joint release with Ghetto Youths International and Bebble Rock Records. In addition to working with Damian Marley and Stonebwoy, Kabaka recruited fellow rising stars Chronixx, Protoje, and Pressure to contribute features on the album. The project looks to continue and build upon the success of Kabaka’s head-turning 2013 EP Lead The Way.

    Kontraband is expected to contain roughly 14 tracks, and will likely coincide with a world tour beginning in spring 2018. Kabaka Pyramid’s team hinted at an extensive tour continuing through the summer and fall that would hit North America, Europe, South America, Africa, and the Caribbean islands.

    Sharing his excitement for his fans to hear Kontraband, Kabaka says, “I’m really excited to drop my debut album because the 1st one is the one all the others will be compared to, and I think Kontraband will set a foundation for me for many years to come. My aim is to take conscious lyricism in reggae music to another level and connect with listeners from all walks of life across the globe.”

    Be sure to check back with The Pier when a precise release date is announced. Until then, enjoy Kabaka Pyramid’s newest singles “Borders” and “Can’t Breathe.”

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    Article By: Brian Winters

    Kabaka Pyramid – “Borders” ft. Stonebwoy [Official Lyric Video]

    Kabaka Pyramid – “Can’t Breathe” (Official Video)

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    Shaggy Raises Over $800k For Jamaican Children’s Hospital

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    When Shaggy isn’t pursuing a new album with Sting, he’s nonchalantly raising $800,000 for a Children’s Hospital in Jamaica! The money was raised from his annual benefit concert held through his Shaggy and Friends foundation that included Sting, and Wyclef Jean, among others.
    The $800,000 raised, which amounts to $100million in Jamaican currency, will be used to improve the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Bustamante Hospital for Children. “Big Thanks to all who were involved! All Artists, All Production Crew, Shaggy And Friends Staff, All Management and Staff at Bustamante Hospital,” Shaggy said.

    Since its 2009 inception, his foundation has raised over $3million US dollars. The recent donations will be used to provide more beds for the hospital’s intensive care unit which currently only has five beds.

    “What we are doing is helping a government-operated hospital, that’s all me a say. We are trying to make it easier for the Government and to ease a burden,” Shaggy says. “The ICU is very small and cannot even hold an extra bed so we have to find a way to move forward. We are still going to need partners, which includes a good and affordable construction company. We also have 150 pieces of medical equipment to turn in but we need to have the building ready first.”

    [Related: Sting Shaggy To Release Joint, Island-Influenced Record, 44/876]

    Shaggy presented the check to the hospital on February 2nd following his January 6th benefit concert that included Doug E. Fresh, Aidonia, Barrington Levy, Capleton, Christopher Martin, Dexta Daps, Shenseea and more. We salute Shaggy on his charitable contributions and using his platform for the better.

    On April 20th, Shaggy will release a joint record with Sting, titled 44/876.

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    Article By: Mike Patti

    Listen: Sting Shaggy – “Don’t Make Me Wait”

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    Video: Goldfinger – “Tijuana Sunrise”

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    Goldfinger released their last studio record, The Knife, last July via Rise Records. One of the top songs from the record was “Tijuana Sunrise” and now the group has put out a music video for the single. Describing the song, front-man John Feldmann tells The Pier:
    “I had always wanted to write a song about my experiences as a kid, living in San Diego, drinking in Tijuana. I’d been a fucking hope-to-die alcoholic and was drinking for a long time, and they say I survived by seconds and inches. I drank with this guy named El Diablo that ended up being the meth dealer of Tijuana, and I survived but my roommate got kidnapped by this guy. It could have been me, the guy that was kidnapped and tortured… it could have been me. I needed to write a song about that three-year period in my life where I survived.”
    Read more in our Interview with John Feldmann by clicking HERE! Enjoy the song and video…

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    Rebelution Announces Summer 2018 Tour with Stephen Marley

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    Full steam ahead in anticipation of their sixth studio album expected to drop later this year, Rebelution has officially announced their 2018 Summer Tour plans, alongside a staggering lineup including Stephen Marley, Common Kings, Zion I and DJ Mackle. The Free Rein tour will include 25 dates across June and September with the potential for more to be announced.

    The accolades and honors for Rebelution have not slowed down for quite some time. Seeing Rebelution headlining the biggest festivals as the first name on the bill is considered a normality at this point – feel free to reference this year’s Cali Roots, Reggae Rise Up, One Love Cali Fest and Levitate Festival to name a few. The argument can be made that the hype has never been bigger for the Isla Vista reggae phenoms, as their follow-up effort to 2016’s Falling Into Place is imminent with full detailed announcements expected sooner than later. Rebelution-Free-Rein-Summer-Banner

    Stephen Marley hardly needs any introduction either. Not to be overlooked, his most recent album Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life was one of 2016’s greatest releases featuring plenty of epic tracks, including collaborations with notable hip-hop artists including Rakim, Rick Ross, Waka Flaka Flame and other tracks with guests including Pitbull, Shaggy, DJ Khaled and more. Hopefully you’ve heard it by now, but if for some nonsensical reason you haven’t, find “Rock Stone” below – the track was featured as the highlight song from Marley’s most recent album and has the tastiest of basslines.

    Common Kings enjoyed quite the banner year in 2017. Not far removed from being considered an “up-and-coming” breakthrough artist, it’s safe to say the Orange County 4-piece has immersed themselves into a sought-after name across the reggae community. Their debut full-length album Lost in Paradise received GRAMMY nominations for Best Reggae Album, and they have stayed busy touring for well over half the year – including their most recent “Broken Crowns” tour run supporting Matisyahu. Suffice to say that fans will want to make sure they are in the crowd by the time Common Kings hit the stage.

    Enter Zion I, the eclectic hip-hop machine spearheaded and survived by Baba Zumbi from Oakland, CA that will keep things moving playing tracks dating back to their inception in 1996. As a side note, the duo also included Amp Live as their former DJ until 2014 – Amp Live is also the other half of Eric Rachmany’s side project Unified Highway.

    Related Links:
    Exclusive Rebelution Blog
    Rebelution Website
    Stephen Marley Website
    Common Kings Website
    Zion I Website

    Article By: Brian Glaser

    Watch: Rebelution – “Feeling Alright” (live at Red Rocks)

    Watch: Stephen Marley – “Rock Stone” (featuring Capleton and Sizzla)

    Watch: Common Kings – “Today’s A New Day” (featuring ¡Mayday!)

    Watch: Zion I – “Coastin”

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