The Alternative Reggae Blog

Discovering the Bumpin' Uglies

Their New EP, Sublime with No One, is Dropping Friday

bumpin uglies imageThe democratization of the music industry has made it easy for bands to create music, which is great for fans who have many more choices. Unfortunately, the downside is a lot of great bands toil in obscurity, sometimes for a very long time. Some of my favorite alt reggae bands still remain largely undiscovered by a wider audience; bands like . . .

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October 14, 2015

Dirty Heads Kill It at Riot Fest

Rocked the Roots Stage on Friday

Dirty Heads at Riot Fest Photo from AltPress, check out all their great Riot Fest photos.

Dirty Heads rocked Riot Fest on Friday night and grabbed a whole new following of fans with the performance. If you read my blog, you know The Dirty Heads are my favorite band and this was the second time I have had the chance to see them live. They played a spirited set that . . .

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September 13, 2015

Slightly Stoopid at Riot Fest Chicago

Riot Filled Set full of Interesting Guests

Riot Fest PosterSlightly Stoopid played a rousing set at the Chicago Riot Fest last night. One of the premier alt reggae bands, I was really excited to see them for the first time and they did not disappoint. The set was more reggae than alternative, but that was because of all the interesting guests they brought out on several songs.

They played two songs . . .

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September 12, 2015

Alt Reggae fans Need to Get on Periscope

See live performances of great Alt Reggae bands

Periscope buttonIf you are a music fan and have not been following the rise of Periscope, then you are missing out. Periscope allows anyone to live broadcast on a smart phone from anywhere in the world. While this is great for seeing the world, political events and other breaking news, it is perfectly suited for music and many top bands have begun to embrace . . .

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September 05, 2015

Wild Belle live at Lollapalooza

wilde belle image I got a chance to catch Wild Belle at Lollapalooza this year and really enjoyed their chill alt reggae vibe. I have liked their music for quite a while but had yet to see them live and was not disappointed. Now just to be clear, they are a chill group so if you are looking for an high energy live act, you should look elsewhere. But if you . . .

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August 09, 2015

Discovering The Lonely Biscuits

Live at Lollapalooza 2015

lonely biscuits image One of the things I love most about music festivals is discovering new bands on the smaller stages. This year I loved catching young rapper, Pell, the hilarious and wild, Elle King, and one of my new favorite alt reggae band, The Lonely Biscuits. Although lets be clear the Biscuits are so unique they absolutely defy categorization. Their . . .

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August 04, 2015

Alt Reggae Revolution at Riotfest

You need to be there if you live in the Midwest

Riotfest bannerRiotfest Chicago just announced its line-up and it knocked me off my feet. Finally, Alt Reggae is getting some serious traction beyond Cal Roots and Wakarusa. Whether you like Alt Reggae, Alternative/Punk or Rap, there are great bands that should compel you to join us 9/11 - 9/13.

Alt Reggae Bands
Dirty Heads
Slightly Stoopid
No Doubt
Damian . . .

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May 29, 2015