Trevor Hall: Thursday

You might know Trevor Hall from his song "Other Ways" on the "Shrek the Third" soundtrack. He did a version of "Life is a Carnival" on a so-so tribute to The Band a couple of years ago, and he put out a few albums on his own, kind of in the soulful Jack Johnson school of sensitive acoustic music.

He's on a new label, Vanguard, and his self-titled debut there comes out later this month. He's also moved heavily into an acoustic reggae that is becoming very popular lately with, shall we say, decidedly unJamaican musicians. It's a very listenable CD, though some may struggle with created accent.

Hasidic reggae rapper Matisyahu joins him on "Unity," which has very a Matisyahu-like spirituality. Much of the album has some pretty esoteric lyrics, but cities of gold across the ocean fit pretty well with reggae, anyway.

Hall plays Thursday night at Jack Rabbits. Admission is $8.