Eight Gigs: Stick Figure
Tue., Jan. 14, 7 p.m., Ace of Spades, $15
Set In Stone, Santa Cruz reggae group Stick Figure’s sixth album, is the first after it became a live act. The last, Burial Ground, was recorded while Scott Woodruff was hanging around San Diego making albums in his bedroom, and to his surprise, it became a hit in reggae circles. Offers poured in to hit the road—so he put a band together. Despite this, Woodruff recorded Set In Stone the same way as his other records: all by himself. He makes good use of electronics and synths, creating a reggae album that is trance-inducing and mesmerizing. But live, the group gets that classic-roots groove going. 1417 R Street, www.stickfiguremusic.com.