The American reggae community continues to grow, with talented new artists sprouting up in many communities throughout the United States. California and Florida have always led the pack when it comes to the number of bands and strength of the fanbase, probably due to the… Read More
Dave is the author of "The Cosmic Burrito", a tale of two friends who drive across the USA in search of the ultimate burrito. In the past, he has written for various music publications and interviewed a range of artists including Sublime, Everclear, Burning Spear, Big Mountain, Bad Brains, Neal Casal and Lucky Dube. Dave has a deep passion for reggae music, Rasta consciousness and island culture. In reggae circles, he goes by the name "Rootsdude," and he has dubbed his extensive music collection “Rootsdude Sound System.” David plays ice hockey weekly for two recreational teams he founded and manages, Team Rasta and The Wailers.
Are you one of those reggae fans that scours the internet, including social media groups, message boards, eBay and record distributor websites in search of rare vinyl? Do you pull over to the side of the road for every garage sale to rummage through milk crates of dusty old… Read More
One of my favorite aspects of the progressive roots scene is the fraternal sense of community that is not only evident amongst fans, but also shared amongst the artists themselves. One of the ways that this endearing characteristic surfaces on what has become a regular basis are artist… Read More
It’s probably an overrated season, although it gets higher marks just because it comes on the heels of winter, which can be so displeasing that it has been known to trigger a depressive disorder in some people.
“Learning to Swim,” the track that kicks off the new Skints album Swimming Lessons, starts off innocently with a sunny lovers rock feel: a light reggae beat, gentle piano riffs and singer Marcia Richards’ raspy yet cheerful vocals referring back to the swimming lessons of her… Read More
Everyone gets fired up when one of their favorite bands is set to release a new album. That emotion is magnified exponentially when said band hasn’t put out new music in eight years. Case in point: The Aggrolites.
For… Read More