April 2014 Album Releases

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As April ends and May moves in, Spring is in full blossom, and new music especially has especially bloomed. April has delivered a ton of highly anticipated records, many from artists who have not put an album out in years. All-in-all The Pier has 20 excellent new releases to discuss this month!

Interview: Opie Ortiz (Part 2 of 2)

Welcome to Part 2 of our Exclusive Interview with southern California artist, Opie Ortiz, who brings a strong tattoo influence and culture to his art. Ortiz's work is best recognized as the visual art for Sublime and Long Beach Dub Allstars. He designed the infamous 40oz to Freedom sun and his face is on Sublime's [...]

Meet Ballyhoo!’s New Bassist

April 14th, 2014 came the end of an era for a band that boasted the same line-up for 10 years when bassist J.R. Gregory announced that he would be leaving Ballyhoo! to progress to the next chapter of his life. While J.R. will be missed, the next chapter of Ballyhoo! starts with their new bassist […]

Ragga Ragga Ragga 2014 Dancehall Compilation


On May 6th, 2014 Greensleeves Records releases the Raw and X-Rated Dancehall Series RAGGA RAGGA RAGGA 2014. The annual dancehall series compilation will feature artists such as Spice, Vybz Kartel, Busy Signal, Elephant Man, Gyptian, and Christopher Martin.

Video: Alborosie – Rock The Dancehall

On April 15th, International Reggae star, Alborosie released a new music video to this song Rock The Dancehall. The song is the 3rd track off his latest June 2013 release of Sound the System. Alborosie will be doing a Meet N Greet at The Pier booth at this May’s California Roots Music & Arts Festival, […]

MP3 Leak of the Week: Micah Brown

Southern CA singer/songwriter, Micah Brown recently contacted The Pier with a new song, fresh out of the studio, titled “Roller Coaster”. He wanted to share it with The Pier Community, for FREE, this week only! Read more about Micah Brown & the new song here…

SNWMF: 3 Day Fest of Roots Reggae!

Festival season continues as The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival celebrates their 21st annual festival, June 20, 21, & 22nd at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville, CA. This year, headliners include Shaggy and Rebelution…

The Expanders 2014 Spring Tour!

As Spring is in full effect, so are the Spring Tours that are bringing reggae music to people all around the nation. However, very rarely do two bands from the same region meet up clear across the country to do a string of shows in the middle of their own tours.