We’re back, on 4/20, to bring you something special from 9 Mile Roots

Pre-Orders Start for ‘ReEvolve’; New Album From 9 Mile Roots Out May 19

All Pre-Orders Receive Immediate Download of Lead Single “Drifting”
Pre-sale link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/reevolve/id1225562610

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“(9 Mile Roots) is definitely an Irie Magazine favorite.”

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Pre-orders are now available for 9 Mile Roots’ new album, ReEvolve, which is set for release on Friday, May 19. All pre-orders will immediately receive a download of “Drifing”, the lead single from the album. In addition to the start album pre-orders, 9 Mile Roots are giving another taste of their new material via a remix in the spirit of 4/20:

“ReEvolve iTunes Pre-Sale Link https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/reevolve/id1225562610

The video for “Drifting” which recently premiered on ThePier.org, can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdOdy225NZE. Irie Mag also featured a new track from the forthcoming album, including “On The Floor” in their April playlist, saying “This Suburban Roots Reggae band founded in 2009 and based out of the Baltimore / DC metro is definitely an Irie Magazine favorite.” Listen here: http://www.iriemag.com/irie-magazine/world-reggae/04-04/. And look out for the June, 2017 issue of Irie Mag, which will feature 9 Mile Roots on the cover.

9 Mile Roots’ is a dynamic eight-member band that serves up their music with equal doses of bouncy hip-hop flow and definitive rock edge centered around their reggae vibes. Never content to write and record the same types of sounds and songs, the band focused on the evolution of their sound on this release. For those that appreciate cerebral, poetically driven lyrics paired with rich layers of guitars and horns, 9 Mile Roots delivers strongly with their unique blend of music, which they dub Suburban Roots Reggae.

ReEvolve was a long time in the making, because as bassist Josh Behun puts it, “We are always evolving, reinventing ourselves, both as a band and as people. We don’t rush anything when it comes to making music, we only set out to make the songs that we really feel shine the light on who we are at a given time. We feel that ReEvolve is a really good reflection of who we are right now.”

ReEvolve Track Listing
1. Feel
2. Drifting
3. Bad Blood
4. On The Floor
5. The Battle
6. On The Wire
7 Premonition
8. Paper
9. Sun
10. Stand
11. Hands Back Up
12. Volcano

Links
Website http://www.9mileroots.com
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/9mileroots
Twitter https://twitter.com/9MileRoots
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVjZ7FptmvuSModAHJW2oqA
SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/9-mile-roots

Main Street Music Fest Band Spotlight – 10 Bands You Must See Saturday

Main Street Music Fest at Merriweather Post Pavilion
Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 11AM­ to 11PM
General Admission Tickets $12; VIP Packages Available
Festival Website: www.mainstreetmusicfest.com
Tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1284429
ALL PROCEEDS WILL AID ELLICOTT CITY FLOOD VICTIMS

Main Street Music Fest was originally created in the same vein of SXSW, but with a focus on homegrown talent. Over the last 5 years, the festival has stayed true to this approach, highlighting the strong and diverse talent pool the Maryland music scene offers. Here are 10 of this years performers that will showcase the strength of the local music scene, check out some of their recent videos as well.

Kelly Bell Band (Main Street Stage, 8:00PM-9:10PM) recorded their new version of “Homegrown” just for Ellicott City Partnership and Main Street Music Festival. It’s the theme song this Saturday, because we’re “So glad to meet ya”. “Homegrown”:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZVaGG7TWSs

The Henchmen (Tiber Park Stage, 5:15PM-6:00PM) bring their Mobtown groove rock to Merriweather. Led by Baltimore man-of-many-talents Kevin Hock, their set is one you will want to see. “Scoundrels”:https://www.facebook.com/TheHenchmenMusic/videos/10153924470974747/

9 Mile Roots (Tiber Park Stage, 3:00PM-3:30PM) have been steadily releasing new music, with even more to come. They are a staple of the East Coast reggae scene, with a big live sound that makes them mainstays of the summer club scene on the Eastern Shore. “Feel” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fasQ-fFI35s

Stacked Like Pancakes (Tiber Park Stage, 7:15PM-8:00PM) have rapidly climbed the ska ranks in recent years, playing Warped Tour, and most recently announcing they are going on tour with Ska legends Reel Big Fish. “Money Sucks”:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNvr4MrnjHc

FatMan CatBite (Tiber Park Stage, 2:15PM-2:45PM) blends unorthodox melodies and unpredictable shifts in rhythm and tempo with driving, in you face Rock and Roll. “Waiting”:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqdtr7TRTMw

All Mighty Senators (Tiber Park Stage, 6:15PM-7:00PM) is a rhythm fused quintet from Baltimore.Their live shows, fronted by the charismatic Landis Expandis and guitar-god Warren Boes, have remained one of the most revered on the East Coast. All Mighty Senators performing at Ram’s Head Live:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VGo4q-ACeE&spfreload=10

Sons of the Radio (Main Street Stage, 2:10PM-2:40PM) are intent on playing gimmick-free high-energy rock the way Maryland loves it. They’ve been playing Main Street Music Fest since the beginning. “The Suppliant”:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsmiXTEd8Dk

The Herd of Main Street (Tiber Park Stage, 3:15-4:15) play exciting, heart-pounding, cry-your-eyes-out-when-you-have-to, foot-tapping, soulful American music. “Treat Me So Mean”:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTPpozMIGsU&list=PLBtajlpyNSO2I-_eNxFmlPdHT7GaOPqG6

Thrillkiller (Patapsco Stage, 2:30PM-3:00PM) mixes elements of metal, rock, pop and others to delivers a viciously unique style of music. “A Reason”:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7GZpZm72z8

Milton J and the Leftovers (Patapsco Stage, 4:45PM-5:15PM) from Frederick, MD are known for their alternative rock/hip hop sound, and they make all of their own beats in production with real instruments. “Believe”:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV8yr2eLOT0

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We Were Pirates – “Matter”

WhenWe Were Pirates - Matter We Were Pirates puts out new music it gets me excited for a few different reasons. One is that Mike Boggs, the mastermind of We Were Pirates (WWP), is talented yet completely unassuming–the lack of pretense in his approach is refreshing in this day and age when many artists think that since they can record their sounds and have a social media account that they and their music should somehow be magically famous.

Where they miss the point, Boggs totally gets it. He makes the music that he likes, keeps the songwriting tight and puts it all together in a cohesive package. The lack of posturing, irony and whining gets two big thumbs up from this old-school music lover; it’s what also makes me respect him as an artist and musician. The good ones never need to resort to millenial-esque self-infatuation, they realize that the product will either be good enough to stand on its own, or it won’t.

For those unfamiliar with WWP, Boggs is the singular musician behind the band, recording every part of the songs he writes himself. On Matter, Boggs brings indie rock and synth-pop sounds together neatly, hearkening back to a warm and gauzy 80’s feel that smartly pulls off sounding familiar and new at the same time. Not sure what I mean? Try this on for size: when Hollywood gets around to remaking the brat pack movies (Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, etc), they need look no further than Matter for the soundtrack.

That’s not to say that the strength of this album is limited to pure nostalgia and throwback goodness. For those that like the lyrics in the music they enjoy to have meaning–true, real-life meaning, not insipid catchphrases that pander to the disengaged and simple-minded, Matter delivers strongly in that way. It’s not so much that Boggs weaves ornate tales or comes across too intellectually for some, but it’s the straightforward honesty in his lyrics that grab my attention and hold it there. There is something very refreshing about the reflective nature of the songs on Matter, which I wish more musicians would pay attention to. Truly no single song can solve the woes of our planet, but when real, honest lyrics cut through the mindless clutter surrounding our everyday lives to make us really think, that is when a musician becomes an artist. In my opinion, Boggs was already there with We Were Pirates. Matter just solidifies that feeling, and it makes me relieved to know that Boggs and We Were Pirates exist.

Give Matter a listen to hear what I am talking about. No need to give me credit when you feel these songs in your gut, wondering what personal tempests led Boggs to create them. They’ll make you pause and think, and the album is solid all throughout, cutting through the clutter and noise that make up so much new music to clearly stand out.

Get Matter for yourself:
iTunes: http://apple.co/1QuRrVH
Spotify: http://spoti.fi/219XSlV
Physical CD: http://bit.ly/1SlAEZP

Bumpin’ Uglies new EP has best title ever: Sublime With No One

BU-SublimewNoOneYeah, they went there with that title. Aren’t you glad they did? I am, because they just set the reggae/punk/rock scene back closer to a state of normalcy than it’s been in a loooong time.

If you listen to Bumpin’ Uglies enough, several things will hit you, perhaps unexpectedly to the uninitiated. First will likely be but that name! You may ask yourself, do they take themselves seriously? Is it a gimmick? What type of characters make up this band? Second will be the direct and from-the-gut lyrics lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Brandon Hardesty throws down. Third will be the characteristic humor and charm you find in him and his band, realizing that they make grooves that are immediately recognizable, memorable and loveable. Which I suspect is exactly how Brandon wants it.

Stream Sublime With No One  on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/album/0r8mVEt4LpixMYsrI5Ml8X

That’s not saying that Brandon doesn’t take his music seriously; he certainly does, however he holds nothing back in poking fun at himself and life in general, but it comes out right when it’s the true words boiling out. It’s just Brandon and Bumpin’ Uglies. See the final track title and lyrics for what I mean.

So it came as no surprise when Brandon contacted me to ask my thoughts about naming the next Bumpin’ Uglies release Sublime with No One. In my opinion there is no other band out there that could do something like this and have it make complete sense other than Bumpin’ Uglies. There will never be another Brad Nowell, we will never have Sublime again, especially the brutally honest and at times gut wrenching lyrics. It is something Brandon shares with the late legend, and it’s something that I applaud. Be who you are, be true, and own it. Brandon has never tried to be anything he’s not, nor has his music ever veered into places that were of questionable intent. In an age where everyone is becoming hypersensitive to words and speech they deem un-PC, Brandon flips them all the proverbial bird. And for that I am grateful.

Irreverence? Check. Humor? Check. Honesty? Check. Integrity? Check. Five new tracks of punky-reggae-dirty-rock-ska goodness from Bumpin’ Uglies? Yes please. These guys are slowly yet steadily developing legend status, mark these words: They are never going away. Sublime With No One just proves that they’ll never change, and obviously they’ll never sell out and try to be something other than Bumpin’ Uglies. Not many bands can say that…hell, not a lot of people can even say that.

Brandon and Bumpin’ Uglies approach is decidedly old school in a new school world. No pretense, no made up facade, no over-inflated sense of self-importance from them, ever. There was only one Sublime, and it should be said that there is only one Bumpin’ Uglies.

Sublime With No One track list:

  1. Warning
  2. Social Ladders
  3. Nostalgia
  4. Maturity
  5. Fuck It

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/bumpinugliesmusic

http://bumpinugliesmusic.com/