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Ballyhoo! w/ Passafire 

When: Wed., Jan. 15 2014
Price: $10/adv., $12/door

ska-pop, 8 p.m.

Energetic Maryland-based ska-poppers Ballyhoo! formed when its band members were teenagers almost two decades ago, but the group didn’t get serious until its second album, 2006’s Do It for the Money! That’s when the guys in the band began touring with gusto and releasing albums at a steady clip – 2009’s Cheers!, 2011’s Daydreams, and last year’s Pineapple Grenade. Over time, they’ve sharpened their craft with each release, and with Pineapple Grenade, the Ballyhoo! boys have achieved their finest blend of infectious reggae rhythms and pop melodies to date. The best track on the disc, “Beautiful Day,” would nicely bookend Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day” — it’s cut from the same uplifting adult-pop cloth. Other standouts include the lazy beachy jam “She Wants to Destroy Me,” the Specials-esque “Battle Cry,” and “No Good,” which sounds like an R&B version of Sublime. A strong theme of self-acceptance and peaceful coexistence (“A Lesson in Gravity,” “Take It Easy”) runs through the 14-track disc. —Chris Parker NEXT WEDNESDAY



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