At the time of his death, in May 1981, Bob Marley was 36 years old, reggae's biggest star, and the father of at least eleven children. He was not, however, a big seller. For Dave Robinson, this presented an opportunity.
Five days of reggae royalty, mixing it up on-screen
During my high school years in the early 2000s, I wanted to be in a ska-punk band. This fantasy could have been sparked by an Operation Ivy record, Save Ferris's prom-night concert in 10 Things I Hate About You, the genre's sartorial trappings, or the sound of trumpets. But one thing's for sure: Any ... More >>
by Chris Gray "What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area." Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive You don't have to spend much time at South By Southwest to know that all of ... More >>
Caveman Bowery Ballroom Friday, January 20 Better than: That Geico commercial sitcom spin-off. Caveman couldn't have felt more at home than they did at the cavernous echo chamber of the Bowery Ballroom, an ideal setting for the soft distortion and hazy reverb of what might be best described as tro ... More >>
by Vivien Goldman Jimmy Cliff with Pat McKay Miss Lily's Variety Monday, November 28 Better than: Anywhere else in the world. "I can't believe it! My first night in New York and I'm getting to see Jimmy Cliff! In a tiny place like this!" The gobsmacked girl reggae journalist over from London had ... More >>
Featuring the odd return of 1995, in the persons of Soundgarden and Green Day, modern arena-rock surrogates the Strokes, Arcade Fire, MGMT, Phoenix, the National, and the Black Keys, and who else but Lady Gaga? Music is a befuddling tapestry in which Cypress Hill will always have a home. Comp ... More >>
Yeah, some wacky and/or poignant stuff happened at last night's Rock Hall induction, but rest assured that this moment, captured by the NYT's Dave Itzkoff, was the highlight. "Roll over Woodstock, we won," Iggy declared, upon the Stooges' official acceptance, alongside ABBA, the Hollies, Jimm ... More >>
This is exactly what it'll be like. Iggy Pop on live television: Always a treat. The Stooges join Genesis, the Hollies, Jimmy Cliff, and ABBA, who're triggering the usual that's-not-rock hoo-hah; our own Jason Gross grapples with the Rock Hall's legacy/future/point here. Lotta love for Chicago out ... More >>
Tips on how to expand its reach—or blow it up entirely
The Stooges, who patiently rocked behind Iggy while beer bottles flew at the Michigan Theater in the late 60s and early 70s, have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rendering the honor bittersweet is guitarist Ron Asheton's death earlier this year, and music in general. Also ... More >>
The Waco Brothers play the Highline Ballroom on Tuesday, June 3rd. "[The Waco Brothers] had a number of different names. We started off, I think, as Jon Boy and Deano... Then it was Ranch Quake. . . Elephant Ears was one. We'd play and it'd be so awful, you know, that we'd change the name for the n ... More >>
Melisma Manchester? Not Bloody Likely.