Fame, for most artists, is short-lived. When stars come and go, a core network of lyricists, producers, crew members and musicians persists through the decades, typically unseen, giving support from one fresh face to the next. Errol Brown is a sound engineer who, within the industry, carries muc ... More >>
Look no further for proof of Bob Marley's legacy than the vast number of bands influenced by his work and the multitude of Marley posters that adorn dorm-room walls. More than 30 years after his death in 1981, Bob Marley and the Wailers touch people of all ages. Mostly because of the mind-boggling s ... More >>
Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the coolest, our top five must-see shows this week.
There was something about reggae riffs and smoking weed that really appealed to yesterday's Fall Frenzy crowd. In between the harder rockin' lineups scheduled for Friday and Sunday was a hippie day. California bands The Dirty Heads, Sublime and Weezer had a lot to offer locals who enjoy good jams ... More >>
The name The Wailers conjures our best thoughts about reggae. As well it should: Not only was Bob Marley in the group, it also served as springboard for the arguably equal Peter Tosh.So, yeah, the Wailers name is strong enough to tour on 30 years after Marley's death. The Original Wailers, who co ... More >>
Victor PalaganoThe Aggrolites on stage at The Clubhouse.In it's pure, island-bred, form reggae tends to make pretty poor sing-along music for white people. Sure, "Buffalo Soldier" seems like a good sing-a-long, given it's perfect pace and easily learnable lyrics, but when push comes to shove, in t ... More >>
From the music blog run by our sister paper in Houston comes a piece on the upcoming Peter Tosh box set that's got two DVDs documenting the ex-Wailer's life and one CD of Tosh rarities. Ernest Barteldes, one of our freelancers, penned the piece, which has some cool videos included in it.
Ten of the year's most timeless records
The one-man-band lights up the Marquee
Reaching beyond the Jamaican borders
While stretching the boundaries of old-timey bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band has reached a peak
Run Come Save Me (Big Dada)
The kiddies should be lining up as we slap a parental advisory on the latest batch of jazz, blues and heritage releases
Catch a Fire: Deluxe Edition (Tuff Gong/Island/Universal)
While they may not top the Billboard charts, this month's batch of jazz, blues and heritage releases is definitely worth hearing
Seasoned musician Walt Richardson shares his tasty licks with the neighborhood.
Local music bedrock Hans Olson looks back on a lifetime of ups and downs and 30 years of making music in the Valley
Wailing Souls take their vintage reggae skank into the realm of psychedelia
Tribal War plays the reggae music, mon. With a Havasupai flavor, don'cha know.
HIP-HOP IS GOING TO POT. LITERALLY.