Cali-Roots 2016 Artist Line-Up

The 7th annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival is on its way and the highly anticipated lineup announcements are underway. Festival organizers have announced almost all the performers expected to perform at this year’s festival, and the lineup so far coincides with festival organizers Dan Sheehan and Jeff Monser’s commitment to increasing diversity.

MP3 Leak of the Week: Thicker Than Thieves

“Dance In Heaven” features guest appearances by Dan Kelly of Fortunate Youth and David Ornelas of Stranger as they join San Diego’s Thicker Than Thieves via The Pier ahead of their upcoming The Compound Sessions EP release…

Live: The Expendables, Thrive, Ribsys Nickel (11-25-15)

Date: Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 Line Up: The Expendables, Thrive & Ribsys Nickel Location: The Catalyst Club. Santa Cruz, CA The Expendables Live @ The Catalyst. Santa Cruz, CA Santa Cruz got Down Down Down with local boys The Expendables, Thrive and Ribsys Nickel as they took over the Catalyst Club last night for a [...]

Rebelution Back In The Studio

Embarking on their second decade together, with no signs of slowing down, what can we expect next from Rebelution? Is there a new Rebelution album coming our way? Get ready for it, because Rebelution has something brewing for us. They are hitting the recording studio like wildfire and are excited to be making new music […]

Video: Tunnel Vision – Live This Way

Here is a new music video shot by The Pier’s own Jeff Pliskin of Raised Fist Propaganda. This is of the young 5-piece ska-reggae group based out of San Clemente, CA known as Tunnel Vision with their song “Live This Way”. The song is off their recent 15-track self titled record that they dropped on […]

Dreadtown: A Documentary About Steel Pulse

When you’ve been around for 40 years as an iconic roots-rock reggae group, such as Steel Pulse, then its no surprise that there’s a story there to be told. That story is here with Dreadtown, the first official documentary film to tell the story of how Steel Pulse took the Black British experience to the […]

MP3 Leak of the Week: Rootz Underground

We’ve been talking about the release of Rootz Undergrounds’ Return of the Righteous Vol. 1 since late 2013. Now that it has finally dropped, we’re giving away their new song “Rootz & Culture” for FREE this week only. Read up on the Kingston, Jamaican group and their new album …

November 2015 Album Releases

The year ain’t over yet and bands are still releasing new music to take us into 2016. This month, there are a handful of notable releases by Stick Figure, Cas Haley, Rootz Underground and Gentleman’s Dub Club…