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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 Watch: The Far East – “Magic Moments”

Let’s face it – for most, life is a struggle or, at the least, a grind. Even the most fortunate will inevitably face their share of troubles. Sometimes the human experience can seem a cruel hoax, the gift of consciousness a heavy burden as we move through life trying not to fixate on our inevitable deaths, and those of everyone we love.Read More

Kellie Nowell Speaks About The Nowell Family Foundation

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The bittersweet Odyssey of Sublime is both a Cinderella story and a tragedy.  

Fusing ska, dub, roots and dancehall reggae, punk, hip-hop and even heavy metal and acoustic-folk, the Long Beach trio incorporated disparate influences along with samples and sound-bites to concoct an original sound that would unexpectedly propel them from playing backyard barbecues, college parties and dive bars around Southern CA.Read More

Artist Spotlight: Crazy Baldhead

About five years ago, Jayson “Agent Jay” Nugent, guitarist of the internationally adored NYC-based ska/reggae band, The Slackers, had been cycling north on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. After hitting a patch of construction that was not barricaded, Nugent badly broke and dislocated his shoulder, paralyzing his whole right arm within minutes.Read More

Arise Roots featuring Slightly Stoopid & Eric Rachmany

Last week, Los Angeles, CA roots-reggae champions Arise Roots released “ink.to/comegetit">Come And Get It,” the lead single from their eagerly anticipated new album dropping early next year on ineffablemusic.com/label">Ineffable Music. Aside from being a killer tune in its own right (always the case regarding new music from this top-ranking group), the track has the notable and, frankly, historical distinction of being the first recording to feature two of the American Reggae scene’s best known figures: Kyle McDonald of Slightly Stoopid, and Eric Rachmany of Rebelution.… Read More