Rock & Pop, Seasonal Special Happenings

Shrub CD Release/Wanyama/Vibe & Direct/Riptide

When: Fri., Jan. 10, 9 p.m. 2014

Fusing rap, reggae, and dancehall with the utmost deftness, Columbus-based Shrub has landed on a number of musically inclined radars in recent years. And that’s not without cause. The seven-piece band carves up its own twist on multiple music traditions. They’ll bring their energy to Cleveland this evening (with locals Wanyama, Vibe & Direct, and Riptide in tow). Tonight’s gig doubles as the band’s CD release party, so everyone in attendance will get a copy of Highceratops. It’s a full-bodied album that covers a hell of a lot of ground. “Herbavore” boasts both a fine, stripped-down riddim and a dash of welcome wordplay in the chorus. Upbeat tunes like that one contrast well with the super-chill vibes of “Coconut Tree,” for instance. Stop by the Beachland tonight for your opportunity to see the goods in action. (Sandy)

Price: $8

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