Rolling Stone Music Now looks back at the life and career of one of the most important reggae artists of all time Before Bob Marley, Toots Hibbert (with his vocal group the Maytals) was Jamaica’s biggest star. Hibbert, who died earlier this month, was a key figure in the invention of reggae (he may well have named the genre), and lived a life full of triumphs, drama, and pain — including a prison stint just as his career was first peaking that he insisted was the result of a frame-up. On the new episode of Rolling Stone Music Now, Rolling Stone Editor Jason Fine —Read More →

In honor of the pianist’s centennial, Brubeck Editions will issue Time OutTakes, an album featuring alternate versions of iconic 1959 tracks “Take Five,” a 1959 track by the Dave Brubeck Quartet, was always a musical oddity: a swinging, instantly catchy jazz piece written in the uncommon time signature of 5/4. But it was also a huge hit and the first platinum-selling single in jazz history. Roughly 61 years after the release of “Take Five” on Brubeck’s Time Out album, the late pianist’s estate will release TimeOutTakes, a new album of previously unreleased alternate versions of pieces from the iconic LP. Wednesday, in advance of TimeRead More →

BBC Radio 2 special will also feature Lennon in conversation with his half-brother, Julian Sean Ono Lennon will interview Paul McCartney, Elton John and his half-brother Julian for an upcoming BBC radio special marking what would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday, October 9th. John Lennon at 80 will broadcast in two one-hour installments, October 3rd and 4th, at 9 p.m. BST/4 p.m. EST on BBC Radio 2. According to UDiscoverMusic, Radio 2 will pair these shows with a two-hour special, John Lennon at the BBC, featuring a mix of archival performances and interviews, that will air October 4th between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.Read More →

Oakland artists collide on update on rapper’s 1993 single Two Oakland artists unite as Fantastic Negrito has recruited E-40 for the singer’s new video for “Searching for Captain Save a Hoe,” an update on the Bay Area rapper’s 1993 single “Captain Save a Hoe.” The video for “Searching for Captain Save a Hoe” finds Fantastic Negrito and his many personas singing the track while walking around his native Oakland. While E-40 doesn’t appear in the video itself, the rapper delivers his updated verse via text message. “Working with E-40 is like working with the Godfather of Hip-Hop,” Fantastic Negrito said in a statement. “I amRead More →