The Lions are pretty much Southern California’s go-to band for classic Studio One-style roots, dub, and reggae, thanks to a roster full of alums and current members of Ocean 11, Hepcat, Fitz and the Tantrums, teamed up with players who’ve got serious credits from people like Big Daddy Kane, De La Soul and Macy Gray. This is a formidable crew and they’ve got the time-machine part down—you’d swear these songs came off the last glorious minutes of a Dave and Ansel Collins or Leroy Sibbles session. But they’ve got the righteous spirit, too, expertly delivering their music with enthusiasm, heart and precision deployment of ridiculously reverbed sound effects. Their recent 45s This Generation and Roll It Round are very necessary. One way or another, it’s the real thing.
Fri., Feb. 24, 9 p.m., 2012