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April 08, 2013THE PIER HAS JBB SONG FOR FREE DOWNLOAD
"Building up further anticipation for the release next week of John Brown's Body's new record KINGS AND QUEENS, leading US reggae website The Pier is featuring the track "Dust Bowl" as their MP3 Leak of the Week. Click here to download the track.
The Pier also ran a 4-star review of the record, check it here. They say that KINGS AND QUEENS "...is a bold attempt to reclaim the band’s rightful position atop the progressive-reggae throne," among many other strong praises. " More info »
March 28, 2013GREEN ANNOUNCES TAKE ME ON TOUR
"The Green has just announced the 'Take Me On Tour' with special guests The Expanders! They will be playing shows up the west coast in California, Oregon, Texas, Arizona, and Nevada. Along the way they will play some of the biggest festivals in the country, including the California Roots Festival, Wakarusa Festival (in Ozark, AR), Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Reggae in the Desert, and Rockin Roots Festival.
The Green also has new merchandise, which can be purchased here. Send a photo of you with your The Green shirt on and they’ll add it to the Your Green Shirts album! Post your photo on their Facebook wall and tag "The Green" in your photo, or Tweet your photo to @TheGreen808, or email it to email@example.com. " More info »
March 05, 2013ESA PLAY PERU AND ARGENTINA IN MARCH
"After a successful trip to South America this past December, Easy Star All-Stars are returning to play two shows in Peru and Argentina. This will mark the fourth time the band has played in Buenos Aires (March 24), but only the first ever show in Lima, Peru (March 22). Check the band's tour page for more info on the shows. " More info »
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 »
January 20, 2015REBELUTION'S COUNT ME
IN REMIX EP OUT NOW
Rebelution had a milestone year in 2014 with the release of their fourth studio album, Count Me … More »
January 12, 2015THE SKINTS SIGN
TO EASY STAR
Reggae-dub four-piece The Skints, described by Clash Music as "the torchbearers for modern British … More »
December 17, 2014PRE-ORDER
KINGSTON CITY NOW
New Kingston's upcoming release KINGSTON CITY is now available for pre-order in two formats: for di… More »
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