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First Listen: Channel Tubes Presents The Far East (Full Album Premiere)

This past fall, as part of our women+in+reggae">Women In Reggae series, Rootfire published an women-in-reggae-maddie-ruthless/">article about Maddie Ruthless, alluring frontwoman for The Far East, a Brooklyn-based reggae band with a raw, throwback sound. During the interview, when asked about her aspirations for her band, Ruthless said, “The goal is to write and record the baddest riddims possible and watch Babylon tumble from the weight of pure bass.” (A quote so nice, we had to run it twice.)

Ruthless also mentioned that the band was close to releasing some new music.  Read More

First Listen: The Prizefighters – Along for the Ride


With the recent passing of Bob Marley’s birthday on February 6, it’s easy to be reminded how far reggae has spread from its birthplace on the Caribbean island of Jamaica. Now, almost six decades later, this magical music has taken root in every corner of the world, from Japan to Sao Paulo, New Zealand to Vancouver.Read More

Throwback Thursday: Little Roy + Prince Fatty – Battle for Seattle

In the early 1990s, Nirvana  released what is considered one of the greatest and most pivotal albums in rock history, Nevermind. Some sources credit album sales in excess of 30 million copies, but one thing is for sure: the album catapulted the Seattle-based band to mainstream success while popularizing a new subgenre of rock n’ roll, known more generally as alternative rock, and more specifically, grunge.ince-fatty-battle-for-seattle/" class="read-more">Read More

The “Or Die Trying Tour,” Pt. 2: Interview with Mike Garmany of The Holdup

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif – Mike Garmany’s just hit the lottery. Well, sort of.

It’s only a few hours before the final show of The Holdup’s “ing-tour-pt-1-across-california-with-the-holdup/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Or Die Trying Tour,” and himself and drummer Eric Bumb have just finished feeding a small sheaf of crumpled one-dollar bills into a brightly lit CVS scratch-off kiosk.… ing-tour-pt-2-interview-with-mike-garmany-of-the-holdup/" class="read-more">Read More

A Matter of Time: An Interview with Protoje

photo credit: Chance Nkosi Gomez

I had a minor freakout when I received word that I’d be interviewing Protoje. I mean THE Protoje, the powerful performer who is an absolute champion of authentic Jamaican reggae. Protoje, who has over a decade of experience under his belt, who is a role model for up-and-coming musicians, who gets invited to play all over the world.interview-with-protoje/" class="read-more">Read More

The Spirit of Bob Marley: Al Anderson of The Original Wailers

Keeping the spirit of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer alive is Al Anderson, the longtime guitarist for both Bob Marley and the Wailers and Peter Tosh. Anderson currently leads The Original Wailers, paying homage to not only the music of these patron saints of reggae, but also to the attitude of creativity and growth placed as a foundation by Robert Nesta Marley.… inal-wailers-us-winter-tour/" class="read-more">Read More