that's a wrap - john brown's body and joseph israel @ southpaw - 8/14/08
    • TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2008

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    photos by Stefanie Giglio. See more photos HERE.

    One of reggae's preeminent, modern acts, John Brown's Body let the good vibes flow last Thursday, stirring an eager crowd into an absolute tizzy over the course of their hour and a half long set. Previewing material from their upcoming album Amplify, JBB proved they're an absolute force; one we're sure you'll be hard pressed to ignore once they drop their new record this September.

    For those not up on the Boston bred band, JBB dont exactly specialize in reggae alone. Their's is a much more hybrid take on the genre. Dub, electronica, hip hop, rock, ska...JBB transform reggae into a vessel for bringing other influences and genres to the surface. The result is an utterly explosive blend of sound and style that recalls the classic offerings of Marley and Toots and the Maytals, as well as the more modern sonic ventures of 311.

    You wont miss Joseph Israels message. The Arkansas born reggae artist need not hide behind symbolism and metaphor to get his urgent point across. Injustice, poverty, violence; the spiritually minded Israel confronts man's greatest challenges with a humanistic sermon too important to be obscured. Offering a simple, yet undeniably healthy dose of roots reggae, Israel stripped his craft down to bare bones, acoustic numbers for his set at Southpaw last Thursday.

    photos by Stefanie Giglio. See more photos HERE.

    Stay tuned to Baeble in the weeks to come, as we'll be debuting both shows in their entirety.

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    Joesph Israel on MySpace

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