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Ropeadope X Jellowstone X RVA

Here it is folks - the next addition to the Ropeadope network of labels. Jellowstone reps the vibrant Richmond (RVA) scene from Dj Harrison's studio, with Devonne and Reggie Pace leading the way. Music from Pace Cadets, Dj Harrison, NOBS Brass Band, Butcher Brown, Marcus Tenney Trio, Ohbliv are lined up at the gate. Check out what Count Bass D has to say and preview some of the tracks right over here.

The Sax man

We are proud to announce that Frank Catalano is joining the Ropeadope family. The energetic sax player has played on Grammy winning recordings and has played with so many greats we can't fit them in the post. Frank has a new band with Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins) and they're hitting the ground running with two shows this weekend in Chicago. Their first EP Love Supreme Collective (which needs no explanation) drops on July 29, and a full length is due in early 2015. Oh, and he's a race car driver. 

Elephant Wrecking Ball

When Scott Flynn isn't on the road with John Brown's Body he's on the road with Pretty Lights. When he isn't doing either of those, he's composing and touring with Elephant Wrecking Ball - a drum (Neal Evans) and bass (Dan Africano) combo with Scott's trombone up front and many pedals below. This is creation, this is pushing boundaries, this is Elephant Wrecking Ball. Their new release, Barren Serenade drops right here next Tuesday. Put the cans on and dig in. 

Nippon Son

A young Japanese boy is classically trained from the age of seven, hears rock and roll music and trades his violin for a Hofner bass. Thus begins the musical exploration of Takashi Tsuzuki. After four long years Takashi returns to Ropeadope with two releases - 'From Japan' and 'From Tokyo'. Takashi's compositions are a mix of organic and electronic sounds that are deep, emotive, and dramatic - as if he is musically narrating the subconscious mind or an ancient subterranean world. Both albums are set for worldwide release on June 24 th, and we highly recommend them as a set.Tune in right here for a sneak listen.  

mdcl X Blue Note NYC

Join us this weekend at The Blue Note in New York as Revive Music Presents Mark de Clive-Lowe. The stellar band from Mark's recent release, Church, will be on tap with special guests Nia Andrews and John Robinson. We'll be there, standing just to the left of the stage tapping our feet. Details are right over here...

She’s not bringing me my sandwich tonight

Human To Human LIVE X NYC

Join us in NYC next Thursday night for the first in our new series - Human To Human LIVE. It all goes down at Baby's All Right in Williamsburg, with a full roster of Ropeadope artists - Russ Kaplan Plus, MK Groove Orchestra, and Underground System. We'll be there mixing with the crowd early, and spinning some Ropeadope faves and unreleased tracks between sets. Human To Human Live is an ongoing discussion about independent music, hosted by yours truly.    


The first single from Malika Tirolien's upcoming release drops today - you may remember the live recording (with Snarky Puppy) of this soulful track. Head on over to Malika's bandcamp page and pick up the single, or if you are inclined to preorder the album you'll get the track for immediate download. If Itunes is your jawn, jump in right here and get it, love it, give it some stars.

Fade Out

From our resident Miami groove master Bruce Cohen comes the newest Big Fun 3 release - Fade Out. Harder, heavier, funkier - the new record is full of heavy percussion, crazed guitar, and Bruce's steady Hammond playing. Fade Out drops on Tuesday June 17 - get a taste right here and support these cats.