The Resolvers Hit Florida with a Sunny Disposition: "We Are Drawn Together by the Music"


South Florida mid-summer can be a grind. In between the inescapable and sustained heat, the sky growls and bellows short sharp shots of rain. Floridians need a happy place this time of year.

Well, we need look no further than to see wherever Floridian big band reggae merchants the Resolvers are playing to find it. In the next few weeks, we are blessed with two performances coming our way. Tonight, the band plays at Fort Lauderdale's Culture Room before a slot at the Afro Roots World Music Festival on August 9 in Miami.

This is a guaranteed good time, where the feel good factor is constantly turned to high, and all get heady on the positive vibes emanating from the stage. The 10 members of this reggae collective are enthusiastic and effective, able to shift effortlessly between the frantic pace of swing to the casual skank of dub. It's an eclectic jumble of an inspired live act, a carnival of squawking brass, lurching rhythms, sweet vocals, and intoxicating anthems.

Moreover, the band has just released two new records Nate's House and Bigger Is Better. Two albums that act as a prequel and sequel to 2012's Big Band Reggae. These are good times for the Resolvers. Bandleader and guitarist Ron Eisner took a breather to tell us more about the band's past, present and future.

See also: Best Reggae Band Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach 2013 - The Resolvers

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The Fray: "We're Just a Bunch of Guys From Denver!"


The Fray's Isaac Slade, Joe King, Ben Wysocki, and Dave Welsh have been riding a wave of success sprinkled with intensely memorable moments since 2005.

The Grammy-nominated band even had the opportunity to meet the Boss at one of the group's own shows. A recent interview with drummer Ben Wysocki details how it all went down. "We met Bruce Springsteen a few years ago when he brought his daughter to one of our shows. And just the fact that Bruce Springteen's daughter knows who we are was crazy. We were like, 'What the heck? We're just a bunch of guys from Denver!'"

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First Last & Always, aka FLa, Calls The Band's Sound "Casual Intensity"

Sam Diaz

Florida natives First Last & Always go way back. Most of these music-loving locals have been homies since middle school. And how many friends do you still have from middle school? That's what we thought.

After playing in different bands for years, the five musicians finally found the right sonic cocktail as First Last & Always. The group is seeing an increase in aurally thirsty crowds lately with the support of Lake Worth's J Street hotspot Propaganda.

First Last & Always has a secure spot on the venue's Summer Daze bill this Saturday. Closing out the show, the band will be able to say that Lit was its opener. The guys are also excited to play for a bigger crowd and a hungrier audience. Before the show, we chatted with lead singer Andrew Rodriguez and guitarist Jake Smith about why Propaganda feels like home and what you need to know before seeing First Last & Always live.

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Printz Board: From Working with the Black Eyed Peas to Macy Gray to CeeLo Green


If you're playing a musical version of the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, Printz Board is a good name to know.

The Ohio native who resides in Los Angeles has written hits and worked in the studio with the Black Eyed Peas, Dr. Dre, James Brown, Katy Perry, and Sheryl Crow, among many others. Currently working as musical director for CeeLo Green on a tour that hits Cruzan Amphitheatre July 15, New Times spoke to Printz Board as he shopped for drum kits at a Guitar Center in Mobile, Alabama.

The good-humored man shared with us what to expect from his upcoming solo album, Board Games, his responsibilities collaborating with CeeLo, and how he got into his current career.

See also: Why Everybody Should Love CeeLo Green

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Coral Skies Music Festival 2014 Lineup: Cage the Elephant, the Hold Steady, and Others

Photo by Ian Witlen
"All day music. Two stages. Food Trucktopia. Craft Beer. Garden of Art."

That's what the Coral Skies Music Festival promises to bring to West Palm Beach when it takes over the Cruzan Amphitheatre October 26, and Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater the day before.

Over a dozen indie bands will bring their rockin' tunes to the Amp, including the indie pop rock of Cage the Elephant, former Strokes singer Julian Casablancas with his new band the Voidz, the Hold Steady, and a slew of others.

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Why Everybody Should Love CeeLo Green

With so many platforms with which to access music, it's almost impossible for everyone to be humming the same new tune. No longer are radio DJs or MTV producers the guardians of the sounds we hear regularly. Now you can type any song into your browser and hear it instantly.

While this freedom is great, it also means we, as a society, have lost common sonic ground. People either dance excitedly to songs of the past -- '90s hip-hop and the Rolling Stones -- or just kind of do a limp-arm shuffle to all the "freshest" stuff played at frat parties, weddings, hipster clubs, and quinceañeras. There is, however, one artist in this millennium who not once but twice was the exception to this loose rule: CeeLo Green. "Crazy" and "Fuck You!" got everyone singing the same song and that same quirky name.

In 1995, if you were going to pick an artist in hip-hop who would still be relevant two decades later, you might have named Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest or Andre 3000 from Outkast, but few would have selected CeeLo Green, the rotund member of another Atlanta group, Goodie Mob. Coolio probably even seemed a safer choice.

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Kobra and the Lotus' Kobra Paige Calls Touring with KISS and Def Leppard "Insane!"


"Nineteen years ago, I was watching Def Leppard with some friends up in Calgary, standing in the nose bleeds, now I'm getting to support them on tour... This is surreal!" says Brittany Paige, aka Kobra Paige.

She's the lead singer and chief song writer of heavy metal revivalists, Kobra and the Lotus. Her band is currently on a mammoth tour of the States, supporting rock behemoths Def Leopard and KISS, heading to West Palm Beach's Cruzan Amphitheatre on July 22.

The magnitude of it all is certainly not lost on her. "The other night, I was standing amongst all the KISS props back stage while Def Leppard played," continues Paige, "I was just standing there looking at Rik (Allen) playing on the drums, and I'm like, 'this is insane!'"

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Tom Jackson Says "PETA Can Kiss My Ass"

Consider Tom Jackson the Ted Nugent of county, but like Ted Nugent light, so minus the ignorant, alienating xenophobic outbursts. When we chatted with the Belle Glade native about his music, we not only got an in-depth look at all four of his songs on his newest EP, but also hunting tales and what he really has to say to PETA. One of the things that really gets this guy fired up is talking about what country music is today.

The outspoken musician explained the top three components that really make country music: the fiddle, peddle stool and a good guitar. "It's gotta make me relate," Jackson explained. "I don't want to hear a song that talks about one thing over and over again, like getting dunk and hanging out with buddies. I don't want to hear a song that puts down people, I don't want to hear a country song with more rap than vocals. It's not what I grew up on. I grew up on real country."

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Candyland Will "Get Wild" at Revolution Live on July 12

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Kids love candy, and then, when they grow up and start going to raves, they upgrade to Candyland.

No, seriously, the young rave crowd eats this shit up like it's covered in high-fructose corn syrup and dies your tongue neon blue. This DJ duo has some of the wildest and most loyal fans in the EDM scene. In fact, their entire career is founded on that adoration -- they were signed to Spinnin' Records after becoming the first act ever to win back-to-back Beatport remix contests.

So, what's the appeal? Candyland's original productions, remixes, and edits are packed with as much high-power energy as 20 pixie-sticks straight to the vein. They'll drop anything with nasty bass; dubstep, trap, hardstyle, moombahton, electro house, drum 'n' bass, glitch hop, whatever. It's all about making the kids jump up and down and "Get Wild."

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Martha Davis of the Motels: "I'm Still a Storyteller"

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Every city has had its scene at one time or another. In the '60s, it was London; in the '70s, New York; Boston ruled as far as the folk crowd was concerned, and today Austin and Nashville are at the essence of Americana.

Nevertheless, the '80s belonged to Los Angeles, and it was there, during that time, that Martha Davis and the Motels first emerged at the dawn of the decade. Originally from Berkeley California, the first incarnation of the band emigrated to L.A. in the mid '70s, but were dismayed to find that none of the local venues -- specifically, the Whiskey A Go-Go and the Troubadour -- offered a place to play for any band that wasn't signed to a label.

"I had to leave my two kids, my house, my life, and move to L.A. where I didn't like it, and where we couldn't play," Davis recently recalled, speaking by phone from her manager's L.A. office. "That was the first real 'whoops!' moment, like maybe this was a mistake. But we put together an event we called the Radio Free Concert with three bands -- the Dogs, the Pop and the Motels -- and we did our own original music. It was really well attended and very successful. Shortly thereafter, the Whiskey called and said, 'Maybe you should play here.' So there was that kind of camaraderie with different bands that all clicked together. We all had to stick together just to survive. Yet there was so much individualism as well. It was an interesting time."

When the record labels subsequently began seeking out the hottest local bands to sign, the Motels were at the center of the action.

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