Can't say I'm a huge fan of new American reggae, but if any band's going to convert me to its charms, it would have to be the Aggrolites. The L.A.-based quintet reverently recreate the soulful vibe of vintage '70s Kingston Studio One productions. Modern-day reggae isn't exactly a hotbed of innovation; rather, it's all about tapping into that deep, ganja-laced skank that erases all your stress and cares with well-executed choppy guitar licks, gently pumping keyboards, snappy rimshots and cymbal splashes, and uplifting vocals. All of which the Aggrolites accomplish with convincing authenticity and traces of Meters-like funk.
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They'll be celebrating the release of their new album, Reggae Hit L.A. (Hellcat) Wed. June 6 at Santa Ana's Galaxy Theatre. You get a free CD when you purchase a $17 ticket. Such a deal! Doors at 6 p.m., show at 8.