23 year old young Reggae artist Sara Lugo collaborates for this single with well-known Jamaican Reggae Lion Protoje for this island-style duet. Lugo stands out for her sweet, up-beat attitude, and sultry, clear vocals. She has a classical style, with a comfy soulful feel. Her album “Hit Me With Music” released in late 2014, and is currently touring in Latin America, where it was received with praise and is still playing consistently in many tropical venues. I think I speak on behalf of all reggae-lovers when I say we are happy to have her on the scene. If you are in the area, I highly recommend checking her out. She will be rocking an audience of Ticos, surfers and vagabonds at the Hotel Morgan Cove Resort in Jaco, Puntarenas, Costa Rica on March 26th.
Lugo, and many other artists like her around the globe, are proving that Reggae is not exclusively a Jamaican medium. Rastafari artists are becoming more and more, hailing from places around the globe. The movement speaks to the core prospect of Rastifarian culture, the concept of unity, One Love.
I am always excited to hear new music but when I picked this random show, it wasn’t so random. I felt a real connection when I perused Hollow Sidewalks’ first album, Ain’t No Way on Bandcamp. The connection was so real that I bolted out of the door and headed straight to The Liquor Store. No, I wasn’t suffering from withdraws or seeing pink elephants, The Liquor Store is one of the newer venues in SE Portland and as its name might imply, it is hip. Chic even. The upstairs is droll. I had flashbacks of every other bar put together in the last 5 years. But the basement–in spite of the clunky art work hung so low on the wall that I couldn’t lean back in my chair–was like stepping inside of a wonderland.
The sound was marvelous and Hollow Sidewalks sounded marvelous in it. They created a heavy wall of crunch that bent when the lead singer’s voice called out for a bend. The mixture was ghostly-meets-spaghetti western meets that magical time when glam was becoming grunge. I was enthralled to hear such an unassuming revival of the despondency I learned to love by way of L7, The Breeders, and The Pixies. I want to believe that Hollow Sidewalks have a future in making futureless music, music that radiates dead energy, zapped by heartache, anger, and a love that only a true pessimist could understand.
I was lucky enough to get a chance to ask lead singer Nora Murphy Hughes a few questions about music at [...]
Bomba Estereo – Pa’ Respirar Bomba Estereo, consisting of three members (Simón Mejía, Liliana Saumet, Julián Salazar), is a small band with a big sound hailing from Bugota, Columbia. Bomba Estereo (Stereo Bomb) has been nominated for Latin Grammy awards for Best Alternative Album (2013, 2015), and Record of the Year (2015). The group remains a source of pride for alternative fans across Latin America during their ascent to global recognition. This rainy, acoustic, rooftop session video is a beautiful artistic representation their eclectic talent with imagery by Vincent Moon.
Nahko Bear- Black as Night (Live Acoustic) This is one of my favorite acoustic session videos, Nahko Bear playing his track Black as Night. It is a candid session of the Portland Oregon First Nations native who reflects his morality heavily through engaging lyrics that can truly speak to the spirit connectivity and oneness. Very captivating imagery, Nahko is the kind of artist that can take the listener beyond the scene, which happens to be the back of a beat-up pick up truck in the forest. Very raw, open, and comfortingly familiar, Nahko’s message is one of power and healing.
I doubt you’ve ever heard anything quite like A Tribe Called Red. The Native Canadian group based in Ottawa, Ontario consists of three DJ’s, DJ NDN of Nippissing First Nations tribe, Tim “2oolman” Hill of Mohawk, Six Nations Grand River, and Bear Witness of Cayuga First Nations. They are a culture-bomb and have won awards, including the Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards for Best Group and Best Album for Nation II Nation. What sets this band apart from other modern artists who set their roots in culture and spirituality, is that these guys have invented the powwow-step, and effectively re-invented modern electro dubstep using authentic first nations cultural music. The music has a message and just as generations before them, Tribe Called Red are channeling the Spirit through urban DJ club beats. The tracks are diverse, invoking feelings of spiritual invigoration, healing, unity, and tap into the universal thirst for social reform that is resonating in people’s hearts today. Tribe Called Red transmits consciousness and positivism with textured mixes sampling dark, reverberating chanting, tribal war cries, blood-pumping drum beats, heavy bass lines, heartfelt guttural vocals, and ecstatic aboriginal dance rhythms, all buzzing and convulsing alongside bars of trip-hop, reggae, electronica, and moombahton. The style is a dance within itself, and even the most emotionally dead inside would be futile to resist being moved by the energy these three men express through their [...]