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February 21, 2013NEW JBB ALBUM COMING APRIL 16
"We are excited to announce that the first new full-length studio album from John Brown's Body is due for release on Easy Star April 16!
As reggae music continues to reach new heights in America, John Brown’s Body (JBB) has been there from the beginning, constantly pushing and evolving the U.S. reggae scene through explosive live shows and critically-acclaimed recordings. Their new album, Kings And Queens, out April 16th on Easy Star Records, is no exception. Kings And Queens is the band’s most ambitious release to date, encompassing the entire history of the band’s sound and legacy. Lead vocalist Elliot Martin reaches new levels of songwriting by striking the fine balance between classic JBB roots and a fresh new JBB sound. A perfect example is the track "Old John Brown,” available for FREE download on the band’s Facebook page.
After releasing their exceptional and (mostly) instrumental JBB In Dub EP late in 2012, the band is already back with their eighth studio album, and first full-length since 2008’s chart-topping (#1 Billboard Reggae) Amplify. Kings And Queens features twelve new songs that are dripping in their signature “Future Roots” sound influenced by British Reggae (Aswad, Steel Pulse), roots classics (Burning Spear, Alpha Blondy), dub experimentation (Scientist, King Tubby, Sly & Robbie), and modern electronica. The results are a thicker, heavier style than most modern reggae.
Over the past five years, the Boston/Ithaca/Brooklyn-based octet has toured throughout Europe, New Zealand, and of course the U.S. performing at notable festivals Bear Creek, Gathering of the Vibes, Jam Cruise, and Wakarusa and with acts including Galactic, Groundation, and label mates The Black Seeds and Easy Star All-Stars. This road warrior-like behavior has lent its influence in the studio by capturing the infectious energy of a JBB show throughout Kings And Queens.
Easy Star Records, one of the leading reggae labels in the world, has been working with JBB since 2004. Easy Star co-founder Lem Oppenheimer enthusiastically states, “JBB has been a large part of our roster for a long time, because it’s rare to find a relationship where both label and artist have the same drive to be progressive and push each other forward. JBB and Easy Star are like family.”
In the age of fickle trends and gone tomorrow music, John Brown’s Body provides refreshing integrity and longevity. Don’t miss what All Music Guide calls, “some of the most gorgeous melodies in all of modern reggae music,” when JBB tours this spring to celebrate their new release. " More info »
February 20, 2013ESA AND JBB JOIN FORCES IN BKLYN 4/19
"Two years ago, Easy Star All-Stars and John Brown’s Body united for a sold out and very memorable 4/20 show at the Highline Ballroom in New York. Now the two bands are joining up again, this time to countdown to 4/20 with a special co-bill on April 19 at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The two bands have a great history of playing shows together, including tours on the west coast and in the UK, so there’s always good vibes in the house when they team up. It’s an early show, with doors opening at 6 PM, and show starting by 8 PM, so plan accordingly. The perfect way to kick off your 4/20 weekend! " More info »
February 12, 2013THE GREEN RETURNS TO THE ROAD
"The Green's Final Chapter of their Liars and Lovers Tour starts today in California with special guest New Kingston! After successfully returning from New Zealand's Raggamuffin Festival, The Green is ready to perform some awesome shows in CA, NV, UT, CO, ID, and WA! The tour features 23 dates, including stops in San Luis Obispo, Sacramento, Tacoma, Aspen, Spokane, and many more that you can check out on the band's website. To get a good idea of The Green's performance live, check out a new video of their fall 2012 tour here. Also, feel free to share something with the band: Post a photo of you with your "The Green" shirt on their facebook page and it will be added to their "Your Green Shirts" album! " More info »
January 11, 2013TWO DUB SIDE LIVE PLAYS IN FEBRUARY
"To kick off celebrating the 10th anniversary of the release of DUB SIDE OF THE MOON, The Easy Star All-Stars will be playing two shows in Colorado in February, which will include full plays of the groundbreaking album (along with plenty of other tribute hits and original material as well). The first show is at one of the band's favorite spots, Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, in Denver on Valentine's Day, Feb 14. The second show is two days later, in a free show at 3 PM, sponsored by Bud Light, at Snowmass Base Village in Aspen. " More info »
December 07, 2012ALL-STARS KICK OFF TOUR IN MEXICO
"The Easy Star All-Stars begin their last run of the year tonight in Cholula, Mexico, kicking off a tour that will also take them to Guatemala (for the first time) and Brazil. The time in Brazil features 7 shows, including stops in Porto Alegre, Brasilia, Curitiba, Florianopolis and Recife, as well as the major cities Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. The band's shows will continue to emphasize the release of EASY STAR'S THRILLAH, as well as cuts from all of the past tribute albums. Check the tour dates page for the latest details. " More info »
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