Nov 21, 2014
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VIDEO: Christopher Ellis’ “Roller Coaster”

Words by Jesse Serwer

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Christopher Ellis is rocksteady royalty. But the son of the great Alton Ellis has been making a name for himself recently, with a soulful sound that sits somewhere between reggae and the retro R&B vibes of an Aloe Blacc. If you were at last year’s Okayplayer Holiday Jam you might have seen Chris jamming with the Roots on a cover of his pops’ classic “I’m Still in Love With You.”

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GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets To See Hollie Cook on the West Coast

Words by LargeUp Crew

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After getting her first US tour to a roaring start in Brooklyn Monday night, and hooking up with Yuna for shows in Boston (Tuesday), Philly (tonight!) and D.C. (tomorrow), Hollie Cook is heading to the West Coast. We’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to each of the first four shows on her West Coast leg, in Boulder, CO (Sunday Oct. 19 at Fox Theater); Seattle (Monday Oct. 21 @ Nectar Lounge); Portland, OR (Tuesday Oct. 22 at Alhambra Theater) and Oakland, CA (Wednesday Oct. 23 @ Leo’s Music Club).

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Throwback Thursdays: Peter Tosh on “Behind The Music”

Words by Jesse Serwer/Photo by Richard E. Aaron

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James Brown, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix… It seems like every iconic artist is getting a biopic these days. It’s only a matter of time before Bob Marley inevitably gets the Hollywood treatment, but we’ve always thought Peter Tosh’s story would make for a great movie. Much of Tosh’s story remains untold, and those re-tellings tend to center around “Legalize It”/weed, his relationship with Bob, and anecdotal stuff like the infamous bumbaclot interview. Somewhere in there the person himself seems to have gotten lost.

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Toppa Top 10: Ten Classics Featuring Style Scott


Words by LargeUp Crew, Photo by Martei Korley

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The Chicken Gunman: Jamaica Makes Art From An Epidemic

Words by Erin MacLeod

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While the rest of the world fixates on ebola, the most popular topic of discussion in Jamaica’s route taxis and buses is chikv, or chikungunya, a mosquito-borne sickness that strikes down even the healthiest folks, causing high fever and severe joint pain. Though the government insisted until very recently that it wasn’t an epidemic, it would seem that amongst Jamaica’s population, you’ve either already been shot by the chicken gunman or you’re just waiting for the inevitable. The virus is a massive productivity suck for the country, as offices struggle to soldier on with so many people ill for days, and sometimes, weeks. But, being Jamaica—a place where even hurricanes have inspired hits—it’s been a boon for artists who have been quick to provide some musical relief… if the recommended Panadol, pawpaw leaf juice, bissy tea and plenty of water aren’t working.

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Special Delivery: Hollie Cook Drops Off Her New “Postman” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Martei Korley

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Hollie Cook’s inaugural US tour kicks off today, and she’s celebrating in a big way. In addition to her first-ever New York City show tonight at Glasslands in Brooklyn, she’s dropped a brand-new video, for “Postman” (from her brilliant sophomore LP, Twice, which you can hear here) off via Vogue magazine, no less.

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