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The Mahlors 

When: Tue., Jan. 29, 8 p.m. 2013
Price: Free

The Mahlors come to the ska/reggae scene via jazz, metal, and rock with a healthy dose of punk thrown in for good measure. They've got the bouncy rhythms of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones or Reel Big Fish, tempered with an occasional burst of aggression from drummer T.J. Haslett or vocalist Justin Jones. "Even though we have a good reggae sound, the thing that separates us is that we don't try to sound reggae," Jones says. "We try to sound like a rock or punk band." Jones and bass player Anthony Villar both studied jazz, and the genre's syncopated rhythms make their way into the Mahlor's music every now and then. Metal shows up sometimes too, especially in the song "Can't Relate." That might be partly due to Haslett, who Jones says "was a huge metalhead." The Pennsylvania-based band released their second album, Stay True, this past summer, and they're still riding that wave — they've played 170 shows this year alone. "That was hands down our best work," says Jones. "It's gonna be hard to top." Hear those hard-to-top songs on their website at —Elizabeth Pandolfi


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