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Gig Alerts: Under the Rasta Influence

Monday, December 07, 2009

Every weekday, we're offering downloadable songs from artists playing in the New York City area that night. Here's one from an adventurous reggae band with roots upstate.

 

Under the Rasta Influence
"Complications in the System"
Playing at: Southpaw
(125 5th Ave., Park Slope)
Get: Tickets | Directions

This tight, six-piece reggae band is without a label, but well-connected. Since lead singer Donovan Ernest formed the group while studying at Purchase College, Under the Rasta Influence (U.R.I.) has opened for hip-hop acts such as Dead Prez and The Beatnuts, and the award-winning reggae artist Everton Blender. U.R.I. isn't afraid of pushing the boundaries of their genre; the band employs the usual reggae instrumentation, but one member, Taylor Cannizzaro, also plays violin. She provides a surprising mournful solo on this track, an intriguing layer on top of the infectious groove of the song.

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