APRIL 25

Jaunty and sanguine since giving up, well, some of the drugs he used to indulge in, Shaun Ryder and his new crew, Black Grape, provide the Happy Mondays shuffle with a ragga update on It’s Great When You’re Straight Yeah. All is not happy in paradise regained, of course: The band was barred from the U.S. last year because of its history of drug busts, and at last report “dancer” Bez was AWOL. Still, the beat-happy spirit of songs like “Kelly’s Heroes” and “In the Name of the Father” is undeniable, and sometimes it even renders Ryder’s glossolalia unexpectedly pungent: Was he straight when he slipped a few lines about Nazi sympathizers at the Vatican into “Reverend Black Grape”? At 10 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $12. (202) 393-0930. (Mark Jenkins)