NPR MUSIC TINY DESK – Jenny and the Mexicats

  Jenny and the Mexicats is a discovery from South by Southwest a few years ago that I haven’t been able to get out of my mind, and with good reason: The band’s high energy shows are unforgettable, as is its sound. Mixing flamenco, originally from southern Spain, with Jenny Ball’s jazz trumpet background and […]

Rootfire: Improvising Greatness: Matisyahu Interview

Vision. Integrity. Fearlessness. These are characteristics that give an artist the edge to be great. The edge to succeed. The edge to stay relevant, particularly after arriving into the mainstream. Matisyahu has been a staple of the modern reggae community since his debut in 2004. His second studio album, Youth, released just two years later, debuted at #4 […]

Telluride Daily Planet: Monophonics will funk you up Bay Area band channels Sly, Funkadelic, Beach Boys and more

The Monophonics’ set with French rapper Ben l’Oncle Soul at the 2015 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival was unforgettable. The California-based five-piece band laid down a funky, soul-infused backbeat to tight rhymes provided by the Parisian rapper. It was unlike anything I’d ever seen live and I was instantly hooked on Monophonics. Having seen three […]

Billboard: Roots of Creation Share Stephen Marley-Featuring ‘Fire on the Mountain,’ From Grateful Dead Tribute Album: Exclusive

Going to back to the days of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, reggae music was brought to the world with authentic songs of freedom and a rock n’ roll heart. Rock band Grateful Dead is known for their unique band interplay and extended jams giving fans goosebumps. Influenced by their music, reggae-jam staples Roots of Creation have […]