J Boog’s bio reads like something you’d expect to find in a uplifting movie of some sort: A dude of Samoan descent is born in Long Beach, raised in Compton, and is inspired as a wee one by his sister’s piano-playing. Later, he meets one of his favorite artists and moves to Hawaii, where he gets serious about music.

A few twists and turns later, and this is how his music is described in his ReverbNation bio: “The results are apparent when listening to Boog’s new music. It is authentic island music and genuine Jamaican reggae at the same time. Truly a new and exciting combination. There is a natural theme to Boog’s writing: love. It recurs throughout his work and never once seems contrived. When you listen, you will feel he truly knows matters of the heart.”

It’s easy–in fact, it’s almost mandatory–to read that, and roll one’s eyes with the “truly a new and exciting combination” and all the “love” crap. But if you actually listen to his music, you’ll find that bio is not all that ridiculous. J Boog’s music is good stuff.

Catch J Boog, with Hot Rain and Jae Rankwell, at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Date Shed, 50725 Monroe St. in Indio. Tickets are $12. For more information, call 775-6699, or visit the Date Shed’s website.

To listen to some of J Boog’s music, scroll down toward the bottom of this page. (We’re still working out the layout kinks. Ah, the fun of building a new website!)