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The Pier review
09.11.16

Once a Sublime tribute band always a Sublime tribute band, right? Not so fast.Audiodub does a great job of avoiding repetitive up-skank rhythms and instead focusing on...

The Pier review
09.11.16

Stick Figure absolutely has a unique sound that has been developing through their tours and releases for quite some time. With Set in Stone, Stick figure has produced and released...

The Pier review
09.11.16

Mighty Mystic has taken his third album, The Art Of Balance, in a relatively new direction from his two previous releases. Mystic sprinkles in his vintage hard roots verses and...

The Pier review
09.11.16

To everyone that wanted a reggae-rock album, you got your wish. Whether or not that makes Ohana a hit record is questionable. With the first track “Start You Up,” the album...

The Pier review
09.11.16

Roots of Creation has been tearing up the live circuit for years, but Livin Free is the New Hampshire-based band’s first studio album in about a decade. Just as likely to mix in a...

The Pier review
09.11.16

For the last couple years we’ve been witnessing the reggae revival taking place in Jamaica. Up until now, that movement has been largely spearheaded by solo artists, including...

The Pier review
09.11.16

For Freedom & Fyah Alborosie branches out from his rather roots-oriented compositions, integrating loads of dubstep, dub, and synth-ier drum patterns reminiscent of mid-career...

The Pier review
09.11.16

Named after The Gladiators’ 1978 song “Jah Works”, the eponymous Baltimore-based band deliver a worthy roots album for their 10th release. Believe is a soothing and spiritual set...

The Pier review
09.11.16

I doubt Rebelution ever felt they had anything to prove on Falling into Place, but I was looking for a quick rebound from the overall lackluster performance on their last album...

The Pier review
09.11.16

With the opening track, “Have It All,” the band immediately makes it known that they are no longer riding on the coattails of “Rude,” as the song features a uniquely upbeat sound...

Clash review
09.11.16

The man of Voodoo returns for a galactic quest/mess...

The Pier review
09.11.16

We wouldn’t expect anything less from Zach Deputy, but Wash It in the Water is an absolute melting pot of music. The album features everything from hip-hop and R&B, to soul, funk...

The Pier review
09.11.16

With a new lineup and sound, the Seedless of old is a distant memory. Now with Matthew Liufau at the helm, The Orange Album sounds like the work of a completely different band. So...

The Pier review
14.12.15

More Music More Family is a collection of songs about life—challenges, adversity and, ultimately, overcoming. This universal theme is woven throughout the album and infused with...

The Pier review
29.09.15

Every Iration album to date has sounded different than the last, and Hotting Up is no exception. While Time Bomb had a simple poppy likeability and Automatic featured more...

The Pier review
17.08.15

My expectations for this album were high, especially given the success of their previous self-titled release and their growing presence in mainstream media. Perhaps its because...

The Pier review
27.07.15

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...

The Pier review
20.07.15

There are 2 things I am certain of, 1…there is no way to write this review without pissing some people off and 2, fans seem to be split down the middle on what to expect from...

Punk News review
24.07.15

In the 1987 cult classic Stepfather, a young woman has to come to terms with the man her mother married after her father's death. Since this is a cult classic we're talking about...

The Pier review
14.07.15

Giant Panda returns to their americana and country roots on Bright Days. The album is an impressive sequel to 2012’s Country, with influences that range from The Band, Grateful...

Punk News review
09.07.15

Being born in the mid-'80s, I came of age listening to a lot of third wave ska bands like Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Later in life, I would...

The Pier review
29.06.15

I have been a big fan of the Expanders since the first time I saw them play. After buying a CD I quickly saw they were amongst a small group of bands that translate from the stage...

The Pier review
08.06.15

Morgan Heritage, the “Royal family of Reggae” has been a staple in the Reggae Scene for quite some time, known for their soulful and powerful vocals and roots approach. In...

Clash review
27.05.15

Impressive new statement from the bass collective...

Under The Radar review
22.07.15

The musical snob in all of us really wants to reject Diplo's third Major Lazer album, Peace Is the Mission, as obvious, party fodder that panders to the lowest common denominator...

The Pier review
16.03.15

The album starts off strong with a catchy horn line that introduces the listener to the overall feel of the album, which is relaxed and laid back. Karim Israel’s section in the...

The Pier review
09.03.15

The UK has always had a special connection with dub and roots reggae music, from the introduction of dub into the exploding punk scene by Don letts in 70’s, Bob Marley taking...

The Pier review
02.03.15

I have to say, at times I wonder the effect of reggae lyrics on the US market and if they were taken in their literal context. There is no denying the extremely religious content...

The Pier review
02.02.15

New Kingston’s third album, Kingston City, released on Easy Star Records, is a mix of roots, dancehall, R&B and hip hop influences. Kingston City presents itself as a very well...

The Pier review
26.01.15

Oh Canada, thank you for this album. While many bands have adopted an alternative/hip-hop sound, a la Beastie Boys or Linkin Park, few successfully maintain this multi-genre sound...

The Pier review
26.01.15

In some ways, The Expendables stayed true to their formula on Sand In the Sky, and in other ways, they went soft—again. The band’s mix of rock, reggae, punk, and, most importantly...

The Pier review
01.12.14

First and foremost, this isn’t your typical reggae album, but that’s why I like it. Dancehall Days strays from more cliché roots-y production values and offers a more experimental...