An introduction to…Dancehall

Dancehall music, a derivative form of reggae and sometimes considered the predecessor of rap, is a genre of urban folk music that often consists of the layering of speech over pre-recorded music. Think reggae meets relaxed rap. This musical style native to Jamaica first became popular in the ‘70s before becoming the dominant music of […]

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Review: Submotion Orchestra

Filing the room with a live fusion of dub, bass-driven grooves, ambient electronica, jazz and complex rhythms; Submotion Orchestra immerse the crowd with their unique and powerful sound.  The stage is spread with a keyboard, trumpet, guitars and drums, encircling singer Ruby Wood, whose soft, soulful voice flows effortlessly over the dense textures and deep […]

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Review: Those Ruffians

Something about their shiny new strings, the graphic t-shirts and the ambitiously open guitar case told me that the buskers playing a bar chorded version of “Valerie” on Turl Street were directing a feel-good movie starring themselves. I see it as a cross between Walk the Line and Superbad. In their head the movie would […]

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