August 13th, 2014 GIANT PANDA GUERILLA DUB SQUAD SET TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM “STEADY” ON SEPTEMBER 30th, 2014

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Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, the boundary-pushing reggae band from Rochester, NY, will release its latest studio album, Steady, on September 30, in its first collaboration with independent reggae label Easy Star Records. A first single from the album, the title track “Steady,” has been made available at LivePanda.com for listening and free download, to give fans an early taste of what to expect from the record.

The bulk of the songs on Steady were recorded in 2013 with Craig Welsch of 10 Ft. Ganja Plant co-producing. Two other tracks were recorded after those sessions and added to the sequence - the title track was co-produced by Danny Kalb (The Green, Ben Harper), while live show favorite “Mr. Cop” was recorded with Matt Saccuccimorano (John Brown’s Body). A few of the other tracks are longtime staples of the band’s heralded live sets, like “.45″ and “Solution,” but neither has had satisfactory studio versions until now.

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (GPGDS) is known for a very jamband-influenced approach to reggae, taking compositions in unexpected directions. In addition, the band also performs acoustic Americana music, as in their well-received Country album from 2012. Steady captures these disparate vibes with different styles, excellent instrumentation and arrangements contributing to the overall sound of the record, yet it is unmistakably a groundbreaking reggae album.

“This is without a doubt the best sounding record we’ve ever made,” says singer-bassist James Searl. “But it’s also the most consistently solid set of songwriting we’ve done to date.” This despite the fact that the band’s last reggae record, In These Times (2012), was picked as a Top 10 reggae album by iTunes. The band’s three primary singer-songwriters (Searl, singer-guitarist Dylan Savage, and singer-guitarist-banjo player Dan Keller) are each represented throughout the record. Savage, who tends to write classic-sounding reggae anthems in a ’70s vein (”Solution,” “Whatever Cost,” “Not The Fool”), is balanced by the often more experimental Searl (”Hurt Up Your Brother,” “Wolf At The Door,” “Favorite Song”) and the more romantic/pop elements of Keller’s writing (”Move,” “Home”). Drummer Chris O’Brian continues to add amazing percussion and harmony vocals, while keyboardist Aaron Lipp shines in some of his final sessions with the band (he has since been replaced by Tony Gallicchio).

As for ending up as part of the growing Easy Star family, Giant Panda couldn’t be happier to be on the label with a roster that includes The Green, Rebelution, John Brown’s Body, Cas Haley, The Black Seeds, and Easy Star All-Stars (with whom GPGDS is touring the West Coast in September). The band and the label had been friends since 2008, but the timing was never right to join up forces until now. “Sometimes it takes a while for the stars to align right,” Easy Star CEO Eric Smith says. “We always bounced around the idea of working with each other, but after hearing the growth on these latest sessions and seeing how good the band’s live set had become, we knew now was the time to finally make it happen.”

Steady will be followed in early 2015 by a sequel to Country called Bright Days, which will take the band’s Americana acoustic persona even further than before. This is also due to come out on Easy Star, along with a vinyl version of Steady. In the meantime, fans both old and new can revel in the startlingly good Steady.


U.S. Tour Dates

Aug 16: Philadelphia, PA @ Hard Rock Cafe

Aug 28: Naples, NY @ Purple Pig Music Festival
Aug 30: Roanoke, VA @ Martin’s Downtown
Aug 31: Stuart, VA @ Front Porch Fest
Sep 12: Washington, DC @ Tropicalia
Sep 13: Wilmington, NC @ California Roots The Carolina Sessions
Sep 17: Tacoma, WA @ Jazzbones *
Sep 18: Vancouver, BC @ Venue *
Sep 19: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
Sep 20: San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s *
Sep 21: Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades *
Sep 24: Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues *
Sep 26: Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern *
Sep 27: Los Angeles, CA @ House Of Blues *
Sep 28: San Juan Capistrano, CA @ The Coach House *

* with Easy Star All-Stars

June 28th, 2014 SOJA SET TO RELESE NEW “ALBUM AMID THE NOISE AND HASTE” AUGUST 12TH!

It has been a year and half since the release of SOJA’s Strength to Survive, the crowd pleasing album ,which debuted in the TOP 40 on the Billboards.      These Reggae Superstars are currently touring with Michael Franti and Spearhead.   Franti was featured on the first single released off the album entitled “I Believe”. The New Album “Amid the Noise and Haste” will be released on August 12, 2014 on ATO RECORDS. The album was produced by multiple GRAMMY award winning Jamaican producer Supa Dups (Bruno Mars, Eminem, Rihanna, John Legend) and and features Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Michael Franti, Nahko, and more.  SOJA has always been known for their very creative and multidimensional  album art.  This album is no different, beautifully designed by British artist Steven Wilson and was carved by original wood pieces.

Pre-order the album now at iTunes and you will immediately download “Your Song (feat. Damian Marley)” + “I Believe (feat. Michael Franti and Nahko)”: http://smarturl.it/SOJAAmid_itunes

Amid The Noise And Haste Track listing
1.   Tear It Down
2.   Your Song (feat. Damian Jr. Gong Marley)
3.   I Believe (feat. Michael Franti and Nahko)
4.   Easier (feat. Anuhea and J Boog)
5.   Shadow (feat. Trevor Young of SOJA)
6.   Once Upon A Time
7.   Promises And Pills (feat. Alfred The MC)
8.   Signature
9.   She Still Loves Me (feat. Collie Buddz)
10. Wait
11. Better
12. Treading Water
13. Lucid Dreams (feat. Nahko)

June 19th, 2014 STICK FIGURE HEADLINES LIVIN’ IT FALL TOUR!

Photo: Excited to announce that we'll be going to coast-to-coast with Pacific Dub & HIRIE for the Livin' It Fall Tour! Tour dates start this September and limited fan club tickets are on sale now on www.stickfiguremusic.com/tour-dates  Tour Dates — 9/2 — Flagstaff, AZ — Orpheum Green Room 9/3 — Albuquerque, NM — Launchpad 9/5 — Dallas, TX — Gas Monkey 9/6 — Austin, TX — Stubb's Jr 9/7 — Houston, TX — House of Blues (Bronze Peacock Room) 9/10 — New Orleans, LA — The Parish at House of Blues 9/11 — Tallahasse, FL — Pug's Live 9/12 — Athens, GA — Melting Point 9/13 — Charleston, SC — Music Farm 9/14 — Wilmington, NC — California Roots The Carolina Sessions 9/17 — Gainesville, FL — High Dive 9/18 — Fort Lauderdale, FL — Culture Room 9/19 — Orlando, FL — Social 9/24 — Philadelphia, PA  — World Café Live 9/25 — Washington DC — U Street Music Hall 9/26 — New York, NY — Webster Studio 9/27 — Boston, MA — Brighton Music Hall 9/28 — Burlington, VT — Higher Ground 10/1 — Columbus, OH — The Basement 10/2 — Ann Arbor, MI — Blind Pig 10/3 — Grand Rapids, MI — The Stache 10/4 — Chicago, IL — Bottom Lounge 10/5 — Madison, WI — The Frequency 10/8 — Minneapolis, MN — 7th St. Entry 10/9 — Ames, IA — Maintenance Shop 10/10 — Omaha, NE — The Waiting Room 10/11 — Denver, CO — Bluebird Theatre 10/12 — Colorado Springs, CO — Black Sheep 10/15 — Petaluma, CA — Mystic Theater 10/16 — Santa Cruz, CA — The Catalyst 10/17 — San Luis Obispo, CA — SLO Brewing Company 10/18 — Los Angeles, CA — The Roxy

The band that released the anthem of the Summer, “Smokin’ Love feat Collie Buddz has just announced their HEADLINING “LIVIN’ IT FALL TOUR” with special guest HIRIE and PACIFIC DUB. Currently a special gust on the Rebelution “Count Me In Summer Tour” with The Green and Iration, the band has done a tremendous job opening the show and capturing the crowds attention with their original blend of roots reggae music.   This will be the bands first major headlining tour, since their very first fall tour in 2012 where Stick Figure finally came alive for many of us on the east coast.

LIVIN’ IT FALL TOUR DATES w/ special guest HIRIE and PACIFIC DUB

9/2 — Flagstaff, AZ — Orpheum Green Room
9/3 — Albuquerque, NM — Launchpad
9/5 — Dallas, TX — Gas Monkey
9/6 — Austin, TX — Stubb’s Jr
9/7 — Houston, TX — House of Blues (Bronze Peacock Room)
9/10 — New Orleans, LA — The Parish at House of Blues
9/11 — Tallahasse, FL — Pug’s Live
9/12 — Athens, GA — Melting Point
9/13 — Charleston, SC — Music Farm
9/14 — Wilmington, NC — California Roots The Carolina Sessions
9/17 — Gainesville, FL — High Dive
9/18 — Fort Lauderdale, FL — Culture Room
9/19 — Orlando, FL — Social
9/24 — Philadelphia, PA — World Café Live
9/25 — Washington DC — U Street Music Hall
9/26 — New York, NY — Webster Studio
9/27 — Boston, MA — Brighton Music Hall
9/28 — Burlington, VT — Higher Ground
10/1 — Columbus, OH — The Basement
10/2 — Ann Arbor, MI — Blind Pig
10/3 — Grand Rapids, MI — The Stache
10/4 — Chicago, IL — Bottom Lounge
10/5 — Madison, WI — The Frequency
10/8 — Minneapolis, MN — 7th St. Entry
10/9 — Ames, IA — Maintenance Shop
10/10 — Omaha, NE — The Waiting Room
10/11 — Denver, CO — Bluebird Theatre
10/12 — Colorado Springs, CO — Black Sheep
10/15 — Petaluma, CA — Mystic Theater
10/16 — Santa Cruz, CA — The Catalyst
10/17 — San Luis Obispo, CA — SLO Brewing Company
10/18 — Los Angeles, CA — The Roxy

www.stickfiguremusic.com

June 17th, 2014 Rebelution - “Count Me In” Album Review

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June 2nd, 2014 STICK FIGURE TO DROP NEW SINGLE “SMOKIN’ LOVE” feat. COLLIE BUDDZ JUNE 3rd

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We are less than 24 hours till this gem of a tune  by one of the biggest up and coming Reggae stars Stick Figure featuring one of today’s hottest reggae stars Collie Buddz has the pleasure of entertaining your ears.   Just in time to bump on your way to senior week, your first get away; weather it’s to the beach, hiking, camping or to a kick ass festival.    This is not only Stick Figure’s official first single but it’s his first release since his smash hit “Burial Ground” which debuted at #1 on the iTunes Reggae Charts in June of 2012.  If you have yet to get your hands on that masterpiece, I’d encourage you to pick up both Burial Ground and “Smokin’ Love feat. Collie Buddz at 12:00 am tomorrow.

The track is one of Stick Figure’s most catchiest tunes to date.   “I want to get high, I want to get low, Come on, I want to smoke a little spliff with you.” Woodruff sings.  The track is keys driven layered with percussion providing a very chill beat, layered with Woodruff’s original vocals it’s a recipe for a great tune.   Now if you brig Collie Buddz on the track, who absolutely kills it than you have one of hell of a track.

Collie Buddz has been or is slated to be featured on many artist new albums this year, including SOJA and Rebelution’s.   I have been fortunate enough to hear Rebelution’s new album and so far I think “Smokin’ Love” gets my vote for best featured artist on a track.

May 19th, 2014 California Roots Festival - FRIDAY SINGLE DAY TICKETS ALMOST SOLD OUT

Come see SOJA, Steel Pulse, JBoog, Katchafire, Stick Figure, Passafire and so many more, Friday, May 23rd in Monterey, California. This may be your last opportunity to be a part of music history at the worlds largest and most progressive reggae-rock festival to date, California Roots Music and Arts Festival 2014.

May 19th, 2014 The 2nd Annual California Roots - The Carolina Sessions - TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

The California Roots: The Carolina Sessions Festival is returning to Wilmington, NC for a second consecutive year on September 13th and 14th, 2014. The festival will once again bring together some of the biggest names in reggae, as well as many of today’s rising stars, to the idyllic setting of Battleship Park overlooking the downtown district and Cape Fear River.

Based on the success of last year’s Carolina Sessions festival, organizers listened to many fans suggest that more bands would make for an even better experience this time around and added a second day. With double the bands on two stages over the course of a weekend, tickets are already going quickly, even though full lineups have not been announced yet. Have a Little Faith regular and VIP tickets were released for sale prior to the first lineup announcement and quickly sold out, a testament to the quality lineups that have routinely been assembled for both the California based festivals as well as last year’s Carolina Sessions festival. Early Bird VIP tickets are also sold out. Regular Early Bird tickets are still available; however they are expected to go quickly, so fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible, as the supply for them is limited.


The first lineup announcement took place last week, naming 12 bands that will appear at Carolina Sessions for the first time, including Iration from Hawaii, Collie Buddz from Bermuda, and Rootz Underground from Jamaica among them. Per festival co-producer Zack Johnson, the lineup that has been released thus far brings a mix of both roots and rock reggae to the festival. “We’re excited to bring bands like Rootz Underground from Jamaica who don’t hit the southeast very often, if at all. On the other hand, Iration has been playing Wilmington the past several years and have garnered a great following in the area.”

Headliners and the rest of the lineup for the 2nd California Roots: The Carolina Sessions Festival will be announced on June 3rd. Once the full lineups for both days of have been announced, single day tickets to the festival will go on sale.

First Lineup Announcement:

Iration
The Expendables
Collie Buddz
Stick Figure
Katchafire
Rootz Underground
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
B Side Players
Hirie
Thrive
Three Legged Fox
Sun Dried Vibes

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