Rock & Pop, Seasonal Special Happenings

John Brown's Body/Easy Star All-Stars

When: Fri., April 4, 9 p.m. 2014

High on something that can really only be called progressive reggae, John Brown’s Body have been building a castle of enticing grooves for nearly two decades now. At times buzzing along like the Wailers on acid, JBB has always focused on how far they take the music - both outwardly and inwardly. That plan is heard most definitely on All Time and Spirits All Around Us, early albums that threw down a bass-heavy gauntlet. The band has only expanded on its sound since then, releasing Kings & Queens in 2013. The new stuff, like “Step Inside,” still bears the same jazzy-reggae DNA that first flared in tunes like “33 Rpm” and “Garden Tree.” Semi-relatedly, JBB alumni dot all corners of today’s jam and reggae scenes. (If you haven’t yet, do look up Alex Toth and Kalmia Traver in Rubblebucket, which carries the JBB torch quirkily well.) (Sandy)

Price: $18 ADV, $20 DOS

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