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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...

The Pier review
03.11.14

Groundation is hard to nail down. So many influences can be heard in this album and although this is as Roots as it gets, Groundation brings a strong Jazz backbone to their music...

The Pier review
03.11.14

As soon as you click play, you realize that you are listening to a talented group of musicians who know what they’re doing. The horn riffs are catchy and exciting to listen to. In...

The Pier review
06.10.14

The first song on the album, “Black Out,” catches the listener’s attention by having a mix of the classic reggae offbeat guitar riff during the verse followed by a well crafted...

The Pier review
08.09.14

Resistance is an assembly of genres, scattered without much direction. Although the band is instrumentally at the top of their game, they are lacking lyrically. This is evident in...

The Pier review
20.08.14

Rebelution’s new album, Count Me In, is a good sequel to the band’s previous effort, Peace of Mind. The band does not really deviate from their signature style of groovy bass...

Insound review
12.08.14

Bunji Garlin is a ragga soca artist from Trinidad and Tobago.

The Pier review
11.08.14

In many ways, SOJA stayed true to their formula on Amid the Noise and Haste. Let’s see, two parts passionate, social commentary. Check. Familiar reggae melodies; got that too. But...

Alt Press review
08.08.14

Punk News review
18.08.14

The Interrupters certainly seem to have invested a lot into the possibility of another wave of ska taking place with their self-titled debut album. Granted, not all of the tracks...

The Pier review
05.08.14

Thicker than Blood, is a strong Alternative-Reggae release from Florida based producer/musician and front man, Benjah. At 15 songs, the album is packed with guest artists and...

The Pier review
05.08.14

From the opening of Space Echo Beach Scene I was immediately captivated by the distinct song-writing and playing style of this Canadian Quintet. Giraffe Aftermath can play & they...

Alt Press review
23.07.14

The Pier review
05.08.14

Within three minutes of “Ruby Cumulous”, Chris Tsagakis has already hit nearly all pieces of percussion, Matt Embree uses his guitar to tell new fans that he doesn’t write your...

Insound review
08.07.14

When Ben Crook -­- one third of spectral electronic trio Eaux -­- describes his group's songs as "never finished, just abandoned" he's describing a creative process that burrows...

The Pier review
13.06.14

In their latest release, Representing, Tribal Seeds establishes a heavy roots sound paired with production values that drum up old tones from the studio one days. Album was...

Punk News review
11.06.14

What can be said about Tim Armstrong that hasn't already? Whether you want to admit it or not, the man's a living legend and is known for creating numerous punk anthems that have...

Insound review
13.05.14

Monsoon Season is a thunderous opus of haunted psychedelia. While punishingly heavy, the album is cloaked in texture and dynamics, casting aside the tropes of hard rock in favour...