Grimy Styles

Taking their cues from dub pioneers like King Tubby and Lee "Scratch" Perry, Austin-based quartet Grimy Styles seems glad to respectfully step away from anything old school and focus on ushering in a new wave of exploratory dub. Listen to the group's freshly released LP, Rewind, and you'll hear tracks that sound like tweaked-out Jewish klezmer dub, gypsy dub, and a host of other global grooves that are creatively rehashed in dub fashion. Consistently laying heavy, syncopated beats underneath a surging rhythm section, then mixing it all live on stage is how the band has developed such a solid reputation outside of Texas. Founded as a trio in 2001, they've already gigged with a few global heavyweights, including the Skatalites and Thomas Mapfumo, and they have also crafted riddims for reggae artists such as Capleton, Luciano, and I-Wayne, to name a few. They're in South Florida playing two shows, and since the hazy days of summer are drawing to a close, why not kiss the season goodbye with a couple of dubbed-out concerts before the equinox arrives?

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Jonathan Cunningham