Roots

Wareika Hill is the cream of Philadelphia's crop, rising to the top with a JA tip. From the ashes of Rathskeller, the Blue Roots and Bagga Riddim Band comes a hot blend of roots, soul and funky reggae. Veterans of the Philly reggae and ska scene, Sean "MacIrie" McPhillips (drums), "Lord" Tedford Juachon (lead vocals/trombone), [...]

2006's Chicago Massive was perhaps a bridge too far for the Drastics, a sprawling two-CD set that, while eminently entertaining, was at times a study in excess. Waiting, in contrast, returns the group to their roots, a sharp, tight set that's a potent reminder of the band's power to thrill. Every number within is a [...]