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Photos: Charlemont Reggae Festival 2011

Charlemont Reggae Festival comes to the Charlemont Fairgrounds on August 13, 2011.
Charlemont Fairgrounds | August 13, 2011
By ALI DONOHUE  |  August 19, 2011

Photos: Soulshot, The Itals, Bushman and more at the Newport Reggae Festival

Soulshot, The Itals, Bushman, The Skatalites, Mykal Rose and Yellowman & The Sagittarius Band perform at the Newport Waterfront Folk Festival on August 13, 2011.
Newport Waterfront Folk Festival | August 13, 2011
By DAN WATKINS  |  August 19, 2011
Love for Bob Marley, 30 years Later (RIP)

Love for Bob Marley, 30 years Later (RIP)

Bob Marley and the Wailers performing at Paul's Mall folk club on Boylston Street, July 1973. Photo by Clif Garboden.The founding father of reggae spread...
By Ariel Shearer  |  May 11, 2011

Dorm room essentials

This is totally going to be worth it!
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  August 27, 2010
Boston Youth Violence Prevention community on Big City 101.3 FM

Boston Youth Violence Prevention community on Big City 101.3 FM

  As a result of the wide response (both negative and positive) to my War Over Peace Phoenix cover story from this past week, legendary...
By Chris Faraone  |  February 17, 2010

People, Get Ready

What folkie force Moore, Wild, and Lynch have been up to


Main man of Mattapan

Ask any group of teens on Blue Hill Ave how many of them rap and you'll get more affirmatives than you would surveying kids at Mass and Boylston for slap-bass skills. Allston might be a crab bucket of indie-rockers, and one in three JP residents is an a
From the curb to the club with Singapore Kane
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 04, 2009
The Slackers

The Slackers

  SLACK ON That rarest of things - a reggae band with a sense of humor - arrives in Portland in the form of the...
By webteam  |  July 01, 2009

Timeline: Reggae in Boston

A timeline of reggae milestones in Boston
1968 - 2009
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 22, 2009

Reggae revival

The climate is tropical, sweet skunk fills the air, and reggae jams are hitting such lofty decibels that I can't even feel my phone vibrate.
Booming in Boston's underground, Caribbean riddims are about to burst back into the mainstream
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 22, 2009

Clik tracks

Hide your naughty daughters and aspiring MC sons: Brooklyn’s Duck Down is that kingly retrofitted, incomparably propped hip-hop label that all of the boys and all of the girls are begging to fuck with.
Buckshot and Black Moon get live
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 17, 2009


Will Brandeis lose its swagger?

Ethnomusicologically invigorated Brandeis students and alumni are hoping for an outburst of criticism for the probable downsizing of Wayne Marshall.
Pass the Hat . . . Again
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 01, 2009

The Big Hurt: Marley pimped, Miley sorry, Kanye secure

This goes to print a week after I write it because of the damnable pre-Web technology of the printed page, but I swear to God that I was the first son of a bitch to think of it: Jackson Browne, James Brown, Bobby Brown, Chris Brown .
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 19, 2009

Starting from Scratch

If the hip-hop generation ever calls for martial law, the revolution will be sponsored by Scion. The rectangularly adventurous car company is our closest corporate ally, bankrolling a large segment of the low-slung-pants community, and providing the res
The Upsetter screens at the Coolidge
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 25, 2008

The South shall rise . . .

The singing groups of the South of France draw on everything from mediæval pilgrimage chants and troubadour poetry to contemporary rap and ragga.  
France's Occitan New Wave
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 01, 2008

Sharp accents

Boston has its own vital scene of pan-American jazz and folk (hey, Mili Bermejo, Alex Alvear, Sergio Brandão, and everyone at Ryles on Wednesday nights!).
Forro in the Dark and Marta Topferova talk the talk
By JON GARELICK  |  June 30, 2008


Raising the bar

This week, Zox releases its first album for premier indie label Side One Dummy, home to bands such as Flogging Molly and Bedouin Soundclash.
Zox take it to the next level on Line in the Sand
By BOB GULLA  |  January 16, 2008

Beyond illbient

When I get DJ Spooky on the phone a week ago Tuesday, he’s fresh home in New York City from Antarctica.
DJ Spooky goes global
By JON GARELICK  |  January 14, 2008

Tears and joy

Yet soon, lo and behold, we find ourselves in a comedy, and the only battles are between the sexes.
PBRC’s Two Can Play finds a moving balance
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  October 16, 2007


Purists often debate the definition of “DJ.”
At the White Heart, January 14
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  January 17, 2007

Cuban gold

Since riding a crunked-up reggae riddim to popular acclaim with the 2004 single “Culo,” Miami rapper Pitbull has been angling for club dominance.
Pitbull takes the boat to the bank
By WAYNE MARSHALL  |  January 17, 2007


Seminal ska

Heartbeat Records’ Studio One reissue series continues not only to shore up the legacy of Studio One honcho Coxsone Dodd but to present an expansive, rich portrait of Jamaican popular music.
More gems from the Studio One vaults
By WAYNE MARSHALL  |  December 06, 2006

Rebel rouser

As a producer at Clement “Coxsone” Dodd’s Studio One in the ’60s and later at his own Black Ark studio, Lee “Scratch” Perry played a critical role in developing the steady grooves of ska and roots into the addled atmospherics of dub.
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry speaks
By SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON  |  December 05, 2006

DJ C freeks out

One of Boston’s favorite mixmasters and music makers, DJ C (a/k/a Jake Trussell), was invited to play New York City, sort of out of the blue, alongside Chicago ragga MC and fellow Mashit artist Zulu at the Freek Factory party.
Jake in NYC; Bomshot and Mighty Mystic throwing down; roller-boogie time
By DAVID DAY  |  November 27, 2006

Número uno

Tego Calderón’s debut album, 2003’s El abayarde , caught the ears of both the reggaetón street and the critical elite. The rise of reggaeton: From Daddy Yankee to Tego Calderón, and beyond. By Wayne Marshall
Tego Calderón hits a reggaetón peak
By WAYNE MARSHALL  |  October 20, 2006


When in 2002 Francisco "Luny" Saldana and Victor “Tunes” Cabrera left their jobs at a Harvard University cafeteria to make music full-time as Luny Tunes, the word “reggaetón” meant nothing to most English speakers. Listen to five Luny Tunes classics
The rise and triumph of Luny Tunes
By SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON  |  July 25, 2006


How to waste a DJ

“This is real nostalgic for me,” Lovebug yelled on the mic. “Twenty-three years ago I was at this exact same club, performing my number one single ‘You Gotta Believe’.”
Prince Paul and Lovebug Starski fall on deaf ears at Axis
By MAC CARROLL  |  July 21, 2006

I'm a believer

It was one of those nights: Apollo Sunshine brought basketballs, Atmosphere brought an emo band, and Matisyahu played “King Without a Crown” twice .
Matisyahu crowns part two of the 2006 Best Music Poll Party.
By Simon W. Vozick-Levinson  |  May 26, 2006

Flashbacks: May 19, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Ian Sands.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By EDITORIAL  |  May 17, 2006

Various Artists: Galore Riddim

Every year, there’s one dancehall riddim to beat.
By CHRIS NELSON  |  May 17, 2006