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January 07, 2016
THE SKINTS 2016 U.S. WINTER TOUR
"UK-based reggae-dub four-piece The Skints are excited to announce their upcoming North American tour kicking off January 7, 2016 with Tribal Seeds and The Steppas. This will be the band’s second major tour in the States and is hot on the heels of their critically acclaimed album FM, which was released on the premier independent reggae label Easy Star Records.

FM is The Skints' fitting tribute to the radio culture they love as music fans as they pull from a variety of influences ingrained in the group while growing up listening to a number of different styles and sounds. Progressing through the bubbling sound of grime and garage to summertime sound system reggae, roots, dancehall, traditional rocksteady, Motown soul and punk, the East London-based group takes listeners on a whistle-stop tour of the capital’s underground culture in their latest venture.

The UK band has been openly embraced in the U.S. with their standout performance at 2015’s California Roots Music & Arts Festival coupled with major press support from The Wall Street Journal calling their music “deep hypnotic dub” and Large Up stating “The Skints represent the present and future of the genre [reggae].” The Skints’ vocalist and guitarist Josh Waters Rudge enthusiastically says, “We're so ready and excited to be kicking off 2016 with our second USA tour and are buzzing to be supporting Tribal Seeds on this one. Touring the States always has been and still is a dream for us, so we are very humbled and grateful to get down with the nice and decent people in the dance.”

Tour Dates:
Jan 07th – Ventura, CA - Majestic Theatre
Jan 08th – Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
Jan 09th – Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
Jan 10th – Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
Jan 13th – Reno NV, - Cargo Concert Hall
Jan 14th – Petaluma, CA - Mystic Theatre
Jan 15th – Chico CA, - Senator Theatre
Jan 16th – Redway, CA - Mateel Center
Jan 17th – Bend, OR - Midtown Music Hall
Jan 20th – Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
Jan 21st – Seattle, WA - The Showbox
Jan 22nd – Bellingham, WA - Wild Buffalo House Of Music
Jan 23rd – Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
Jan 24th – Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
Jan 26th – Missoula, MT - Top Hat Lounge
Jan 27th – Jackson, WY - Pink Garter Theatre
Jan 29th – Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
Jan 30th – Flagstaff, AZ - Orpheum Theatre
Feb 1st – San Francisco, CA - Elbo Room *HEADLINE*
Feb 2nd – Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy *HEADLINE*
May 28th – Monterey, CA - California Roots 2016
June 4th – Garberville, Ca - Summer Arts & Music Festival

Tickets at www.theskints.co.uk/tour " More info »

November 13, 2015
GDC'S THE BIG SMOKE OUT NOW
"The new album from Gentleman's Dub Club, The Big Smoke, is out now! Featuring the singles "Music Is The Girl I Love," "Bad Girl," and "See Them," as well as guest appearances by Natty and Josh Arcoleo, this one is sure to help spread the infectious good vibes the Gents bring far from the UK. Pick the record up at your local store, or via iTunes, or check this page for more links to find it physically. " More info »

October 15, 2015
JOHN BROWN'S BODY 2015 FALL TOUR
"American reggae pioneers John Brown’s Body (JBB) continue their 2015 Fall Tour, hitting up Philadelphia next on October 22 and other East Coast cities before hopping out to the West Coast in December for stops in Utah, Colorado and California. JBB’s 2015 Fall Tour finds the band fresh off an intense set of summer festival plays including California Roots, Reggae On The Mountain – California, Gathering of the Vibes, and most recently, Reggae on the Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado, among others. The rest of the Fall Tour is included below.

JBB’s 2015 Fall Tour crosses many markets for the first time since their recent dub release on Easy Star Records, Kings And Queens In Dub (April 7, 2015). The album offers twelve re-produced dub tracks from the band’s much–hailed 2013 release King and Queens, and features dub producers Dubmatix, UK legend Dennis Bovell, Yesking, Lord Echo (The Black Seeds), Dubfader (10 Ft. Ganja Plant), Ticklah (Antibalas), Michael G (Easy Star All-Stars) and others.

John Brown’s Body 2015 Fall Tour Dates:
10.22 Ardmore Music Hall - Philadelphia, PA
10.23 The 8x10 - Baltimore, MD
10.24 Gypsy Sally's - Washington, DC
12.03 Aggie Theatre - Fort Collins, CO^
12.04 Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO^
12.05 Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO*
12.06 Belly Up - Aspen, CO
12.07 State Room - Salt Lake City, UT
12.10 Slim's - San Francisco, CA
12.11 The Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA
12.12 The Emerald Cup – Santa Rosa, CA
12.13 Belly Up Tavern - Solana Beach, CA
12.14 Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV
12.31 The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA +

^with Juno What?!
*Hoppy Holidays with Anders Osborne,
Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Jennifer Hartswick
+with 10 FT Ganja Plant

For info and tickets visit
www.johnbrownsbody.com
www.facebook.com/johnbrownsbody " More info »

August 24, 2015
GENTLEMAN'S DUB CLUB SIGNS TO EASY STAR RECORDS
"Gentleman’s Dub Club, the beloved UK reggae act that plays to packed venues and festivals in their home country, is poised to release their second full-length album, THE BIG SMOKE, partnering with indie reggae powerhouse label Easy Star Records, on November 13, 2015. Gentleman’s Dub Club (GDC) will be touring The Big Smoke live with a UK run starting in October. The London show will be at Brixton Electric on October 16. Joining the Gents will be Scotland’s finest, Mungo’s HiFi featuring YT on vocals and a Jungle set from the mighty Kenny Ken.

GDC’s debut album, FOURtyFOUR, drew upon the city of Leeds - the birthplace of the band - as inspiration for a collection of songs that reflected on their initial development period. A few years later the Gents can all be found in and around the capital, and it was this shift of location, and the band’s experiences within the big city, that inspired the new record. Using London as a backdrop, The Big Smoke explores everything from the personal to the philosophical and is peppered with the trademark GDC sense of fun and vitality. A return to a more raw roots sound is evident, along with a markedly upfront writing style, underpinned by the band’s familiar monstrous horn riffs and cavernous bass lines. This is immediately palpable in the romper-stomping opener “Music Is The Girl I Love,” a record already championed by the legendary David “RamJam” Rodigan: “This new song from GDC is outstanding and I am hooked big time! Please hail up the gents for me!”

The Big Smoke takes listeners on a well-paced and diverse musical journey, with guest appearances by major UK reggae talent and “Bedroom Eyes” writer Natty (on “One Night Only”) and tenor sax star Josh Arcoleo (best known for his work with the legendary Pee Wee Ellis as well as Joss Stone, Katy B, and many others). Up-tempo tunes (the catchy single “Bad Girl,” “Pressure”) mix with dubbier tracks that veer closer to Fat Freddy’s Drop’s style (“Earthquake”, “Extraordinary”) and instrumentals (like “Enter The Chamber,” which fans will recognize as often being the band’s live show opener).

Working with Easy Star Records on the release will give GDC more opportunity to continue their push to become a worldwide phenomenon and not just a UK favorite. This past summer the band traveled to the US for the first time and plan to follow with more shows in 2016, as well as trips to continental Europe along what expects to be a busy touring and festival year in their home country. Easy Star has been releasing reggae for nearly two decades, and in recent years has been at the forefront of a burgeoning US reggae scene, while helping to cultivate a fast growing UK scene that includes label mates The Skints and Backbeat Soundsystem. Gentleman’s Dub Club now joins a family that includes those acts, as well as Easy Star All-Stars, The Black Seeds, Rebelution, The Expanders, New Kingston, John Brown’s Body, Cas Haley, The Green, and more.

The Big Smoke comes out November 13, but pre-orders for digital and physical (including on vinyl) will launch September 25 (more info on that to come soon). The Gents just finished shooting a music video for “Bad Girl,” which will premiere in October close to the band’s upcoming tour.

TOUR DATES
2015
02 SEP - OUTLOOK FESTIVAL - PULA, HR
21 SEP - ANTWERP MANSION - MANCHESTER, UK
25 SEP - PARTY IN THE VALLEY - KESWICK, UK
26 SEP - FOOLS PARADISE FESTIVAL - LEEDS, UK
09 OCT - ENGINE ROOMS - SOUTHAMPTON, UK
10 OCT - THE GLOBE - CARDIFF, UK
16 OCT - BRIXTON ELECTRIC - LONDON, UK
17 OCT - BULLINGDON ARMS, OXFORD
23 OCT - EPIC STUDIOS - NORWICH, UK
24 OCT - ARTS CLUB - LIVERPOOL, UK
13 NOV - M11 - MILTON KEYNES, UK
20 NOV - MR KYPS - POOLE, UK
21 NOV - MADNESS HOUSE OF FUN - BUTLINS, UK

2016
12 FEB - MOTION - BRISTOL, UK
13 FEB - PRINCESS PAVILION, FALMOUTH, UK
16 MAR - HORIZON FESTIVAL - BANSKO, BGR

" More info »

August 12, 2015
NEW KINGSTON ANNOUNCES "THE PROTECT ME TOUR"
"BROOKLYN-BASED REGGAE BAND TO EMBARK ON FALL TOUR PROMOTING NEW SINGLE & VIDEO “PROTECT ME” FROM THE #1 BILLBOARD REGGAE ALBUM KINGSTON CITY

New Kingston, the NYC-based, chart-topping reggae band, will embark on an extensive fall tour in support of their new single and music video “Protect Me,” off their #1 Billboard album Kingston City. “Protect Me,” which features guest vocals from the legendary reggae group The Wailing Souls, is available to stream here: (https://soundcloud.com/newkingston/protect-me-feat-the-wailing-souls). The debut of the accompanying music video will be unleashed in September shortly before the band launches a 30+ city national tour. Fans can keep up with all the tour happenings via social media with the hashtags #TPMT and #NEWKINGSTON. Tickets go on sale for most shows at 10am EST on Friday, August 7, 2015 at http://newkingstonmusic.com

New Kingston is a true family affair, featuring three brothers (Stephen, Courtney Jr., and Tahir), who all sing and play instruments, joined by their father, Courtney Sr., who plays bass. With their Jamaican roots, reggae is in the band’s blood, but having grown up in the musical melting pot of New York City, the three brothers bring in plenty of other influences as well. The latest record includes 12 songs and guest appearances by members of Tribal Seeds, Hawaiian singer-songwriter Kimie Miner, Sister Carol, The Wailing Souls, and the late, great reggae legend Sugar Minott.

The song “Protect Me” revolves around the positive message of staying true to your core values especially in the face of the many distractions the universe throws your way. Stephen elaborates, “The song is about protecting yourself from the different entities that take you away from your path and staying strong. It’s asking for protection from a higher force. Tahir’s verse states ‘They try and clip our branches, but can’t kill our roots,’ and this is exactly the statement we want our single and tour to promote.” Don’t miss the opportunity to catch what FDRMX calls, “a refreshing brand of reggae that is as authentically Jamaican as it is refreshingly unique among other U.S. reggae outfits.”

--- TOUR DATES ---
SEP 24 Providence, RI - Fete
SEP 25 Virginia Beach, VA - Shaka's Live
SEP 26 Asbury Park, NJ - TBA
OCT 2 Vienna, VA - Jammin' Java
OCT 3 Myrtle Beach, SC - Carolina Roots Sessions
OCT 4 Atlanta, GA - Smith's Old Bar
OCT 7 Sanford, FL - West End Trading Co.
OCT 9 St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live
OCT 10 Boca Raton, FL - Funky Biscuit
OCT 11 Jupiter, FL - Guanabanas
OCT 12 New Orleans, LA - Blue Nile
OCT 13 San Antonio, TX - Jack's Patio Bar
OCT 15 Houston, TX - Scout Bar
OCT 16 Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
OCT 17 Mesa, AZ - Club Red
OCT 18 Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock
OCT 22 San Diego, CA - Tin Roof
OCT 23 Los Angelos, CA - The Mint
OCT 24 Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
OCT 26 Sacramento, CA - Harlows
OCT 29 Portland, OR - Goodfoot Lounge
OCT 30 Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
NOV 2 Aspen, CO - Belly Up
NOV 4 Denver, CO - Cervantes' Other Side
NOV 5 Fort Collins, CO - Hodi's Half Note
NOV 6 Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
NOV 7 Minneapolis, MN - Cabooze
NOV 8 Chicago, IL - Schubas
NOV 13 Burlington, VT - Nectars
NOV 14 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
" More info »


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January 07, 2016
THE SKINTS 2016
U.S. WINTER TOUR
UK-based reggae-dub four-piece The Skints are excited to announce their upcoming North Ameri… More »

November 13, 2015
GDC'S THE BIG
SMOKE OUT NOW
The new album from Gentleman's Dub Club, The Big Smoke, is out now! Featuring the singles "M… More »

October 15, 2015
JOHN BROWN'S BODY
2015 FALL TOUR
American reggae pioneers John Brown’s Body (JBB) continue their 2015 Fall Tour, hitting up Philade… More »

August 24, 2015 official
GENTLEMAN'S DUB CLUB
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