[Editor's note: Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday. Be sure to also check out the archives.]
Reggae was spawned during one broiling Kingston, Jamaica, summer, spread to the world via the mesmerism of Bob Marley, and now serves as a dorm-room rite of pas ... More >>
Rap battles have always been important in hip-hop. Many aspects of the genre's evolution and spirit of competition have sprung from the art form, and each generation has had its landmark battles. The 1981 Kool Moe Dee vs. Busy Bee battle at New York's Harlem World took MCing to the next level, while ... More >>
American soul music and Jamaican reggae are closer kin than you might think. "Basically every '60s ska and reggae band refers to Curtis Mayfield as one of their biggest influences," says Mark Morales, a concert promoter and DJ based out of Los Angeles. Tomorrow, Morales' Hot Shot Sounds will host a ... More >>
Ben WesthoffToddla T comes into a room with the movement and energy of Russell Brand, hair akimbo, limbs constantly in motion. The 26-year-old Sheffield native producer -- whose real name is Thomas Bell -- also talks in a similarly manic, slang-riddled accent. In town to perform at Dim Mak S ... More >>
What's a lady gotta do to get off a cruise ship?
That's a question Eunice Gayle must have asked more than once, as she desperately tried to seek an emergency blood transfusion while aboard a Princess cruise line voyage through the Caribbean.
Stricken with complications from sickle cell anemia, ... More >>
"Reggae fans, they love their reggae," says Jason "Roy Corduroy" Mason. He sees around 800 loyal fans shuffle into the Echoplex every Wednesday night for the party he puts on with Tom Chasteen and Eddie "Dungeonmaster" Rouche. "If there is a reggae club within twenty miles of their house, the ... More >>
Thom Yorke and M.I.A. guestSo, you know, the cat's out of the bag on whether or not M.I.A.'s one-time lover and longtime producer Diplo has relocated to Los Angeles.
And as Pitchfork and others have reported, that scorned pussy (sticking with the metaphor here, folks) is now taking shots at ... More >>
We've been thinking a lot about the cancellations of gigs by Buju Banton during his recent tour. The latest, according to the Minnesota Independent (via the Daily Swarm), is at First Avenue in Minneapolis. The impetus for this internal conversation is a comment left on our recent post about AEG Live ... More >>
British-based Switch is one artist who lives up to his name. Known in the super-club world for his left-field, tech-flavored up-tempo sets, the DJ born as Dave Taylor has also become a certified name-brand pop producer, having working with the likes of M.I.A., Diplo, Santogold and up-and-coming rap ... More >>