Buffalo, NY groove-rock quartet Aqueous is a lot of fun, both in the way they compose their tunes and how they deliver them in concert. I know some of you will read this, see the word “Jam,” and immediately peg the group as a bunch of Deadhead wannabes, but that couldn’t be further from the truth… Praise Jeebus.
Great interview with Tommy Benedetti from John Brown’s Body; Playing #Syracuse, NY TONIGHT 1/18/13!!! @johnbrownsbody
You’d be hard pressed to find a current roots-reggae band with more drive, innovation, and straight up talent than Ithaca, NY’s John Brown’s Body. If you have ever been to one of their performances, you know what I’m talking about. If you call yourself a reggae fan and haven’t seen them yet, you should either hustle up and get to one, or drop the “fan” moniker from your self-description. These guys wail!
Interview with Dan Keller from GIANT PANDA GUERILLA DUB SQUAD; Playing Buffalo and Syracuse with @UmphreysMcGee this week!!! @giantpandadub
Rochester, NY’s Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad don’t seem to slow down, and who’d blame them? Hot off of two new, vastly different releases in 2012, Country and In These Times, fans of G.P.G.D.S. can’t seem to get enough of the jam/reggae band, and that is exactly what this talented quintet wants. Persistent, dedicated, and entertaining, PANDA! shows are flowing with positive energy and happy movement.
With a host of releases, several taped live recordings, and a spotlight on NPR, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad represents one of the best examples of the modern day reggae scene, in all its glory. Alongside other notable acts such as The Green, John Brown’s Body, and Tribal Seeds, G.P.G.D.S. captivates audiences wherever they play. It kind of gives me an idea for a touring new school reggae festival… Any takers?
Tampa Bay 4-piece COPE is heading out on a bunch of weekend warrior tour dates coming up, and that means warm weather vibes, groovy tunes, and smiling audiences all around. Their songs often incorporate a wide variety of diverse styles and embellishments, but it all ends in a scintillating batch of well structured tunes that’ll get you happily bouncing along to the melody and rhythm offered by the players.
Interview with Joshua Waters Rudge from THE SKINTS (@theskints); Someone bring them to America already!!!
The Skints need to come to America, like yesterday. Representing East London Reggae, this UK quartet’s brilliant mix of ska, dub, reggae, hip hop, and punk is possibly the best thing I’ve heard come out of the current wave of the underground in a long time, and we needed it. If you need even an ounce of proof, watch this video for “Ratatat.” Go ahead… We’ll be here when you’re done.