B-Side HNL 45: Ragamuffs

Fresh off news of their selection as an official artist of 2020’s SXSW music festival, Ragamuffs are enjoying a banner year. First, a whirlwind West Coast tour last summer, followed by their maiden album-slash-EP (kicked off by a packed house at Crossroads at Hawaiian Brian’s with fellow Honolulu performers The Mauve, Goon Lei Goon, Kill Tuco and Wide Eyed Kids — video included!).

Next came the addition of their music to highly-coveted online playlists curated by Spotify’s editors, which earned the band hundreds of thousands of listens around the world and a whole new international fanbase. In an exclusive interview with B-Side HNL, Ragamuffs dish on their history and the sky-high aspirations of a young band on the rise (complete with tour photos courtesy of Andre Nuestro).

Also featured is a music vid by gifted minstrel Jay Som (coincidentally, also an upsurging Filipino-American indie rock act) brought to you by HIP Video Promo.

Written by Shawn "Speedy" Lopes

I am a lifelong Honoluluan whose true calling is to tell the stories of others, whether through photos, film, video, audio or the written word. Here is a collection of my works – some previously published in periodicals like Billboard, the Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu Star-Bulletin and Honolulu Weekly, though most of what you read or view here has never been seen before.

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