2 Mar
2021

For Rebelution, Everything Is ‘Falling Into Place’

first_imgReggae rockers Rebelution have released their fifth studio album, Falling Into Place. The Santa Barbara-based group has been making music together for more than twelve years and has managed to maintain a consistent sound without going stale. Released on the band’s own 87 Music label in partnership with NYC’s Easy Star Records (just as with their last album “Count Me In”), Falling Into Place is a cohesive display of bandmates rooted in reggae, yet comfortable enough to experiment with their collective influences, including dancehall, hip-hop, and funk.Listen to the album below, streaming via Spotify.Never shy about singing for and about the ladies, frontman Eric Rachmany delivers racy lines like “Slap on some reggae, get the room to bubble up / So I can work your body from sundown to sun up” in the sensual tune “Pretty Lady.” The equally sultry “Santa Barbara” is a love song dedicated to a wild-eyed one that got away, as well as the city where it all began for Rebelution. “Upper Hand” bemoans a power struggle, and while some critics have been quick to call this track “pop”-y, others have come to the band’s defense to explain that what we’re hearing is traditional Jamaican dancehall-inspired beats. Speaking of haters, Rachmany explained on his live stream of the album this past Thursday, that the opening track, “Know It All,” is a big middle finger to all those who spew hate online, hiding cowardly behind their computer screens. Preach it! (Before learning this, the fan theory that this song was about Donald Trump was also hilariously viable…)A Rebelution album would be incomplete without a solid ganja anthem or two, and “Inhale Exhale” is just that. This song features Jamaican reggae artist Protoje, and gives a shout-out to the impressive lift provided by cannabis from California, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, and of course, Jamaica. Nothing will quite top 2007’s “Green To Black,” but it’s still a dope track that will no doubt incite the urge to spark one up, if you hadn’t already.Things get personal on “Those Days,” which Rachmany professed is his personal favorite, and features a chord progression he developed before Rebelution even existed. This autobiographical track really gives listeners a peek into the frontman’s upbringing in San Francisco. Influenced by the Bay area rap, hip-hop, and funk of his childhood, “Lay My Claim” is his second favorite, and is both inspirational and cocky (in the best sense of the word). The album concludes with “Breakdown,” a cautionary tune pleading us to slow down and enjoy time, as we have it.Overall, Falling Into Place delivers the feel-good vibes we’ve grown to depend on, along with fresh energy and the confidence that comes from being one of the most well known and loved reggae roots bands in the game. This release, combined with a supporting summer tour, will assuredly capture the hearts of a wide array of old and new fans all across the country.You can purchase a physical or digital copy of the album here. Sit back, relax, and let the music get up in ya!last_img read more

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18 Jan
2021

Lessons of the Tony Awards! Kelli O’Hara, Darren Criss & More

first_img Darren Criss Star Files This year’s Tony Awards were totally out of this world. Fun Home took home the trophy for Best Musical, a tearful Alex Sharp transformed from recent Juilliard grad to Tony winner before our eyes, and oh right, Kristin Chenoweth wore an E.T. costume for some reason. Stop playing “Ring of Keys” on repeat for a sec, because it’s time for the Lessons of the Tony Awards!2015 Tony Winners Respect Your TimeUsually, Tony winners make the awards ceremony all about them. “There’s so many people I’d like to thank.” “This award means so much to me.” “I’d like to dedicate my award to the memory of my late mother.” Geez, how selfish can you be? This year, however, the winners made it all about you by keeping their speeches short and sweet. The show ended on time, and you were in your jammies by 11!The Worm Isn’t Kelli O’Hara’s Only MoveThe sixth time’s the charm for The King and I star Kelli O’Hara. The Broadway sweetheart is finally a Tony winner, and she celebrated by proving that she can, in fact, do the worm! And tap dance! She even busted out some weird interpretive stuff we’re not really sure how to categorize! You’re our favorite Tony-winning worm, Kelli. Wriggle the night away—you’ve earned it.Alan Cumming Has a Not-So-Secret CrushLove was in the air—no, not just Mr. and Mrs. O’Hara’s love for their Tony winning daughter—Alan Cumming’s giant-super-borderline-creepy love for Josh Groban. The co-host swooned, fawned and fainted over the Grammy-winning singer all night long. Alan, after seeing your convincing impression of Kelli O’Hara, there’s no doubt you could dress as Kat Dennings and put one over on Groban at the after party.Josh Groban Might Be a SoothsayerBy the way, was Groban trying to send us a secret message during the “In Memoriam” tribute? Call us crazy, but while he was singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” we could have sworn we heard him whisper, “Carousel is coming to Broadway next season.” Maybe it’s just wishful thinking, but #soreadyforaclambake.Ruthie Ann Miles Is an EnvironmentalistThe King and I star Ruthie Ann Miles became the official Broadway Recycling Ambassador when she opted to bring her cell phone on stage to read her acceptance speech instead of a piece of paper. Way to do your part, Ruthie! Hey, um, we know we said we’d take compost duty at the post-show party but uh, we’ve been working all night and we’re kinda tired. Rain check?Didn’t Get Nominated? You Still Win!The Tonys typically showcase the plays and musicals that actually, um, you know, were nominated for Tony Awards. But this year, a ton of air time was given to shows like Fish in the Dark, It Shoulda Been You and Finding Neverland, which were completely snubbed. Hey, we’re all winners at the Tonys…especially the woman who wrote that random email David Hyde Pierce read.Darren Criss Took Manganiello TechniqueWhen Magic Mike hunk Joe Manganiello asked Darren Criss which teacher made an impact on his life, the Hedwig star quipped that he learned everything he knows from watching Magic Mike. Darren, we know you’re kidding, but we just had a brilliant idea. You. This. Next season. And bring Carousel with you.Young Stars Stole the ShowWhile seasoned celebs like Helen Mirren and Tommy Tune were honored at this year’s awards, the evening was really made electric by 11-year-old Sydney Lucas, who performed the emotional “Ring of Keys” from Fun Home, and Curious Incident’s Alex Sharp, who won his first Tony after graduating from Juilliard. Congratulations! You’ve made us all feel horribly inadequate.Everyone’s Shagged Bradley CooperWhen Alan Cumming joked that he’d slept with Tony-nominated The Elephant Man star Bradley Cooper, his co-host Kristin Chenoweth revealed that she, too, had slept with Bradley. Wow, are we the only ones who haven’t slept with him? Bradley, why won’t you return our calls? We’re here for you. Always.Cheno Is the Hostess with the MostessThe On the Twentieth Century powerhouse may not have won a Tony this year, but she proved she’s capable of absolutely anything. She sang, she danced, she phoned home, she jumped out from under a dress, she sang some more, she danced some more, she changed costumes about 87 times and OH RIGHT HOSTED THE SHOW. Your move, SNL.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

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