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Reggae revival

Booming in Boston's underground, Caribbean riddims are about to burst back into the mainstream
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.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 21, 2009

Timeline: Reggae in Boston

1968 - 2009
A timeline of reggae milestones in Boston
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 21, 2009

Clik tracks

Buckshot and Black Moon get live
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.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 13, 2009

Will Brandeis lose its swagger?

Pass the Hat . . . Again
Ethnomusicologically invigorated Brandeis students and alumni are hoping for an outburst of criticism for the probable downsizing of Wayne Marshall.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 02, 2009

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

Music news in brief
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 .
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 19, 2009

Starting from Scratch

The Upsetter screens at the Coolidge
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 rest of us with sweet events that rarely dent the pocket.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 25, 2008

The South shall rise . . .

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

Sharp accents

Forro in the Dark and Marta Topferova talk the talk
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!).
By JON GARELICK  |  June 30, 2008

Raising the bar

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

Beyond illbient

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

Tears and joy

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


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

Cuban gold

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

Seminal ska

More gems from the Studio One vaults
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.
By WAYNE MARSHALL  |  December 06, 2006

Rebel rouser

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry speaks
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.
By SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON  |  December 05, 2006

DJ C freeks out

Jake in NYC; Bomshot and Mighty Mystic throwing down; roller-boogie time
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.
By DAVID DAY  |  November 27, 2006

Número uno

Tego Calderón hits a reggaetón peak
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
By WAYNE MARSHALL  |  October 20, 2006


The rise and triumph of Luny Tunes
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
By SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON  |  July 25, 2006

How to waste a DJ

Prince Paul and Lovebug Starski fall on deaf ears at Axis
“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’.”
By MAC CARROLL  |  July 21, 2006

I'm a believer

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

Flashbacks: May 19, 2006

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

Various Artists: Galore Riddim

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

Sound Lab

Clement “Coxsone” Dodd’s Studio One genius  
When people think reggae, the first name that comes to mind is Bob Marley.
By WAYNE MARSHALL  |  April 12, 2006

Flashbacks: March 31, 2006

The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Ian Sands.
By EDITORIAL  |  March 29, 2006

Pop fundamentalism

Matisyahu and Madonna embrace a holy plan
I keep waiting for Madonna to have her James Frey moment.
By JOSH KUN  |  March 02, 2006

The rise of reggaeton

From Daddy Yankee to Tego Calderón, and beyond
That beat you’ve been hearing — the steady boom-ch-boom-chick  rattling the trunks of passing cars and moving masses in the club — isn’t just another fleeting hip-hop trend.
By WAYNE MARSHALL  |  January 19, 2006

The Wailers

A Marley celebration
Following Bob Marley’s death, the Wailers have survived in various forms over the years, all of which include only one key player from their peak years: bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett.
By DAVID BOFFA  |  January 13, 2006

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