The Brooklyn quartet Black Taxi has a thing about art — their stop-and-start rhythms betray the influence of reggae and dub, and guitarist Bill Mayo anchors the group with his deft mixture of big, sharp chords and intricate single-note lines. Yet for all their structural ingenuity, the band embraces the essential cheesiness of the ’80s music they so expertly essay. On their 2009's full-length Things of That Nature, Mayo's inventiveness makes every song interesting, and vocalist Ezra Huleatt weighs on in such pressing matters as self-definition and no-good women. "Shoeshine" features a narrator who has been seduced from his country-club existence: "I used to pay to get my shoes shined / I think I used to have a car," Huleatt sings. The dislocation of their lyrics often matches their slightly bent music, and that's good. Expect a new full-length early next year.