Is Cris Cab the Cure for Sucky Soul Pop by White Guys With Acoustic Guitars?

C'mon ... Why aren't you a fan of reggae-ish soul pop played by white guys with acoustic guitars?

Do John Mayer's douchey jokes make you wanna knock his perfectly coiffed hair off his perfectly shaped head? Do Jason Mraz's sugary vocal croaks cause your ears to bleed uncontrollably? Do Jack Johnson's naked, hairy, beach bum toes put you on the edge of vomiting?

Well, whatever your problem with this particular brand of pale-faced balladry, Crossfade's got a reasonable compromise for you and his name is Cris Cab.

He's an 18-year-old singer-songwriter from Miami with a good hairdo and a decently shaped skull. His singing voice is silky without any unnecessarily affected flourishes. And most importantly, he almost always wears closed-toe shoes.

Plus, he's shown a knack for counteracting the wimp factor, making friends with Pharrell Williams, tossing some hip-hop flavor into the mix, and covering rap hits like Wiz Khalifa's ode to athletics, "Black and Yellow," while still dropping sweet summertime anthems, i.e. "Good Girls," that don't suck.

Chris Cab's EP-Release Party. Saturday, June 4. Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami. The party starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets cost $10 via Call 305-377-2277 or visit

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