July marks the thirtieth anniversary of the release of Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers, the compilation released after Marley's death that brought reggae to the forefront of rock-music popularity (read all about it in our current Bob Marley Backbeat feature). Marley fathered nearly as ... More >>
At the time of his death, in May 1981, Bob Marley was 36 years old, reggae's biggest star, and the father of at least eleven children. He was not, however, a big seller. For Dave Robinson, this presented an opportunity. Two years after Marley's passing, Chris Blackwell, the founder of Marley's lab ... More >>
Music is life. Or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon now. Sharing is caring. Don't ho ... More >>
The Decemberists latest effort, The King is Dead, continues to hold on the top spot at Twist & Shout, while Gregg Allman's Low Country Blues, released last month on Rounder, came in first at Albums on the Hill for the week ending February 13. Akron/Family's new album, meanwhile, S/T II: The C ... More >>
As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. ... More >>
As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. For t ... More >>
Dwight Yoakam Dwight Sings Buck (New West) At first blush, the notion of Dwight Yoakam devoting an entire disc to the work of Buck Owens seems much too obvious. After all, he’s a well-established Owens acolyte and booster who often drops cover tunes into his live sets, and he famously paired with ... More >>
Bob Marley and the Wailers Roots, Rock, Remixed (Quango) Since most remix/tribute discs bite, the listenability of Roots, Rock, Remixed comes as a pleasant surprise. With a couple of exceptions, the album’s programmers wisely steer clear of the most overplayed Marley material in favor of less kno ... More >>
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A guide to new holiday discs, from surprise presents to Tannen-bombs.
Four new discs show that reggae is bigger than just one mon.
This week's concert pick.
Aston "Family Man" Barrett of the Wailers is keeping a reggae tradition alive.
AFTER THIRTY YEARS OF SKA WARS, THE SKATALITES ARE STILL FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT.