Holiday vacay in the club! In just a couple of weeks, Miami and South Beach will be swarmed with famous rappers, slow jammers, reggae heads, and bad girls wearing bikinis to the beach, bikinis on the streets, bikinis in the VIP. Sometimes known as Urban Beach Week. Also, Memorial Day weekend. Here ... More >>
Memorial Day weekend is among us ... For us 305 peeps, that means we're either gonna run for our lives and avoid SoBe at all costs, or start our summer vacay early with Kid Ink, Sunghosts, Beenie Man, and the rest of the artists putting on kick ass shows for us. And judging from our relentless par ... More >>
One hit is all it takes for an established musician to make the crossover into international stardom. For Bob Marley, it was "Judge Not." For Shaggy, it was "Oh, Carolina." For Trinidadian ragga soca artist, Bunji Garlin, that song has been "Differentology." "The purpose of it was to transcend beyo ... More >>
"Don't leave your flags at home!" That's an important tip from the Best of the Best folks. 'Cause this year's Memorial Day Weekend concert in Miami is a "100% Caribbean show," just like the last few editions, swapping the Ricky Rozays and DJ Khaleds for steady shots of straight reggae, dancehall, ... More >>
Everyone's 'bout to get long-weekend wild. It's almost Memorial Day in Miami. There are way too many megaclub and nudie bar parties. But "yeah, yeah, uh," we're still gonna attend 'em all. As Mr. Trinidad says: "Got new shoes, got new clothes ... We got bad bitches and a ton of brew." It's work ... More >>
Sanchez is the anti-Pat Boone. Where the conservative crooner made early rock and roll "safe" in the '50s by taking all the edge of out of songs like "Tutti Frutti," Sanchez has made a career of refashioning the schmaltziest pop and R&B songs into dangerous, seductive dancehall and reggae. The Kin ... More >>
It's Monday, and although it may feel like the end of the world, here are a few things to cheer you up. El Heat made it to round three of the playoffs. Memorial Day is exactly one week from today, which means we'll have an extra day to party our asses off. And there are plenty of good concerts happ ... More >>
Come summer, reggae festivals are as commonplace in the States as Bob Marley tees are at reggae festivals. Held every Memorial Day weekend in downtown Miami since 2007, Best of the Best is one of the only annual fests in the U.S. that puts the emphasis squarely on dancehall, and it's certainly the ... More >>
Left to right: Switch, the Major, and DiploWhat do you need to know that you don't already know? Over the last few years, Switch (real name Dave Tayor) has become one of the most massive masterminds of mash-up music in this new-ish millennium. He and Diplo (real name Wesley Pentz) were the guys b ... More >>
Miami Carnival time is here. If you're not familiar with the festival, just know this: They don't stop. It's not a party, or even a series of parties -- it's a party marathon. If Miami Carnival was a U.S. president it would be called Drinkard Fillmore. Check out this slick video ad to get info on ... More >>
The International Caribbean Music Festival runs tings.
Festival announcements are happening all over the place. Last week, while most local music lovers were caught up talking about Langerado's surprising decision to host the 2009 edition of that concert at Miami's Bicentennial Park, a lot of people missed that the on-again, off-again International C ... More >>
Johnny Louis Barrington Levy performs at Best of the Best Sunday, May 25, 2008. Last Night: Best of the Best Concert 2008 featuring Super Cat, Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Sizzla, Junior Reid, Barrington Levy, Tony Matterhorn, etc. Sunday, May 25, 2008 Bicentennial Park, Downtown Miami Better Than: Be ... More >>
Not everybody hates Buju. According to a story that came out in the Jamaica Star last week, Apple Inc has recently removed some songs deemed homophobic from their catalog. Buju Banton's "Boom Bye Bye" was one of those songs and according to this article, some Canadian gay rights organizations are h ... More >>
Reggaeton artist Lashy is back in Miami for Calle Ocho
Memorial Fest will be the best reggae concert in years
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Dance music, Stevie Wonder, pot-smoking teens, and Leona Helmsley
You may not have heard of Tony Kelly, but you have probably heard him
Dancehall, soca, and protests
Thanks to Pitbull and Nina Sky, Scatta Burrell's beat was the riddim of choice this summer
Back to Basics Virgin Records
With the success of "Dude," Beenie Man and Ms. Thing prove they are the wickedest duo
In 2003 reggae and dancehall ruled the roost
Vybz Kartel debuts to the yard and the world
Poverty, dancehall, and sound systems in modern-day Kingston, Jamaica
Diwali lives on, but new riddims for the New Year will put ants and more in your pants
Buzz "Black Shadow Records"
Belly Skin "Greensleeves"
Strictly the Best, volume 29 and 30 "VP Records"
How does Miami love its music fests? Let us count the ways
TOK is no barbershop quartet
Tropical Storm "Virgin"
Mr. Vegas is still Damn Right
Lovers rocker Beres Hammond is back in Jamaican hearts
Blues, son, dancehall, compas, and Maradona
Raul del Sol
Reynaldo and Roberto Martino are T-Vice
Sizzla, Charlie Haden Quartet West with the Chamber Orchestra