Rude Boy Abroad (Lazare Breakdub)
Label: SideOneDummy Records
These guys are like your favorite bar band that you really, really hope is going to make it. And they just might. A song like "Gyasi Went Home" brims with a reggae-bruised sweetness that kind of, like, makes you feel good -- it's hook-filled and smart at the same time. Fans of Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros, check this out.