Sunday, March 31, 2013

Ticket Giveaway: SOJA at Kaka'ako on 4/20!


If you came to last years 5000+ turnout for the SOJA Concert at Kaka'ako in Honolulu, HI, then you know what were in for this time around. SOJA, ATMOSPHERE, 4/20.. need I say more. We want to give our fans the chance to go for free so find out how to enter our TICKET GIVEAWAY for the show! Simply follow this link: CLICK ME and find out how you can win (Note: You must be fan of our facebook page to enter). Good luck and see you there! 



Friday, March 29, 2013

BOOM TUNE OF THE WEEK

Bless My Soul | Luciano

Coming off of the unreleased Tallawah Riddim, which is set to be released April 9th by Larger Than Life Records.

Album Review: The Order of Melchezedik


Chezidek is back after a three-year intermission from his last album, Judgement Time, and has once again teamed up with JahSolidRock Music to present his latest, The Order of Melchezedik.

In terms of quality, this album is right on par with his last -- the production is top-notch, and Chezidek, with his undeniably unique voice, delivers a strong vocal performance across all 12 roots tracks. From front to back, Order of Melchezedik is a nice, robust reggae album, with good variation in tempo and vibes. I think with this album and his last, Chezidek has proven his talents as a modern roots reggae artist, and really seems to have come into himself - truly able to harness the uniqueness of his voice across many different styles of reggae production.



Related Posts:
Album Review: Judgement Time



Thursday, March 28, 2013

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Green: "Take Me On" Summer Tour Announced Ft. The Expanders!

The Green has just released new dates for their US summer tour Take Me On featuring one of my favorite bands supporting, The Expanders! This run is going to be dope and features several prominent music festivals including California Roots Festival, Wakarusa, and Sierra Nevada World Music Festival. Catch these guys in action and look out for some revolutionary new music on the horizon! 

Tickets go on sale today: http://thegreen808.com/tour-dates/

Tour Dates
April 20 - Pozo, CA - Higher Groundz Music Festival
May 24 - Monterey, CA - California Roots Festival
May 29 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room
May 30 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
May 31 - Bellvue, CO - Mishawaka Amphitheatre
June 02 - Ozark, AR - Wakarusa Festival
June 04 - Austin, TX - Stubb's
June 06 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
June 07 - Agoura Hills, CA - The Canyon
June 08 - Bakersfield, CA - Rockin Roots @ Stramler Park
June 12 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
June 13 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
June 14 - Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
June 15 - Las Vegas, NV - Reggae In The Desert
June 17 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
June 18 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
June 21 - Boonville, CA - Sierra Nevada World Music Festival



Monday, March 25, 2013

New Reggae Compilations


Two Reggae compilations have been released recently that everyone should have checked out by now.  However, for those that have not, Set Up Shop, Vol. 1 was released through Ghetto Youths International and the more recent #SaveReggae, Vol. 1 through 21st Hapilos.  It is nice that these records were dropped in similar timing because they both provide a different Reggae genre.

Set Up Shop, Vol. 1 is under the Marley-founded record label so there are a ton of Marley's (Damian, Julian, Stephen, and Daniel Bambaata) throughout.  This album had more artists and tunes that I was hearing for the first time, which had me interested hearing more from a few of them — Black-Am-I, in particular. And overall, it seemed to provide more of a Dancehall vibe than the other release.

However, if you keep up on your Reggae you should know almost every song on #SaveReggae, Vol. 1.  Not to say this is a bad thing as they did a good job of highlighting almost every top Riddim and single in the last year, plus some classics from Jah Cure, Sizzla and Tarrus Riley.  The Rootsman Riddim, Chill Spot Riddim, Corner Shop Riddim, and Tropical Escape Riddim are all featured.  And the artist lineup is insane!  I don't know if there could be a better list of young artists that are killing it on the culture/roots reggae scene these days.

Check out both of these albums on iTunes!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Fortunate Youth: It's All A Jam


Cali's Fortunate Youth has just dropped their 2nd full length album titled It's All A Jam! Really stoked to see how far these guys have come since their debut album back in 2011, hitting the road hard and staying true to their sound. Although former vocalist Gonzo has split from the band to do his own solo career, they still came strong on this album with Dan Kelly leading the way! Some great tracks with guest appearances from Josh Heinrichs, Tribal Seeds, The Green, and more. Make sure to check out the album for yourself on ITUNES and catch one of their amazing live performances on their upcoming headline Spring ROOTS Tour alongside Hawaiian reggae band Inna Vision. You can find dates on their website at fortunatemusic.com!




Thursday, March 21, 2013

Katchafire 2013 US Tour


Yupp. One of Aotearoa's best is about to be On The Road Again with support from Hawaiian reggae band Maoli. Check out Katchafire on their US tour kicking off next month in Hawai'i! Dates include the Cali Roots Fest, The Higher Grounds Music Festival, and some international dates to be released soon as well. Also seen some videos indicating they may have some new music in the works! Cant wait 



Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Matisyahu: Spark Seeker Acoustic Album


Matisyahu has recently dropped another acoustic album titled Spark Seeker: Acoustic Sessions. Check out this new music video featuring the track "Crossroads" off the album featuring J.Ralph and check out his tour dates here! His look may have changed.. but his music is still good as ever! 



Anuhea: New Single "Forever Summer" ft. Justin Young


New single from Anuhea ft. Justin Young titled "Forever Summer". You can catch the duo on the remainder of their US tour throughout the rest of March. Tour dates here

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Mt Zion The Movie


Check out the trailer for this recently released Aotearoa (New Zealand) Film Mt. Zion featuring Temuera Morrison from Once Were Warriors and Australian Idol winner, Stan Walker, written and directed by Tearepa Kahi. The story is about a talented musician, Turei, who dreams of his band being the support act for Bob Marley’s 1979 tour in New Zealand. Turei’s family are hard-working potato farm workers in rural New Zealand, but his dream challenges the traditions and values of his upbringing and will set him at odds with his family - particularly his father, a true man of the land. Can't wait to see this film! Check out the movie trailer and the music video "Take It Easy" featuring Stan Walker with film from the movie (big ups to my sister Kera for showing me it!). 



Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Monday, March 11, 2013

Rainy Day Music






Its a rainy day here in the islands so I figured Id post some music to match the vibe. Fat Freddyʻs Drop, BW, Josh Heinrichs, & SOJA.. Enjoy!  

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

KIMIÉ Releases New EP "To The Sea"


Female Hawaiian Artist KIMIÉ has just released her new EP To The Sea. The music is rooted in Hawaiian, island and reggae music with a blend of acoustic and urban soul and inspired by "love, my Hawaiian upbringing, and my new endeavors,” says KIMIÉ. The project was funded through her kickstarter campaign in 2012 with the support of all her kickstarter backers, whom the album is dedicated to, and released independently giving KIMIÉ the creative freedom to produce music that is simply her  

Gotta say that Im really diggin the new vibe on this EP. You can feel KIMIÉ has grown as an artist as she continues to find her true musical self. My favorite tracks are To The Sea, Living In The City, and Make Me Say ft. Imua Garza. The EP also has a couple of her popular previously released singles as well including Shame On You and Is This Love. Get a copy of the album for yourself off Itunes and lets help get Kimie to #1 on the Itunes reggae chart!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

European Reggae: Portugal's Richie Campbell



Recently scoping the Itunes international reggae charts and found this guy Richie Campbell as one of the top European artists coming out of Portugal. Seems like hes doing it pretty big over there. What do you guys think of his music? You can check out more of his music and story on his Reverbnation page as well as a cool news piece on a documentary he is producing of his experience in Jamaica and the European reggae scene.  
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