PREVIEW: LETTUCE at MARATHON MUSIC WORKS on 1/25/19

Bass players seem to be the unsung heroes of every band, but there’s one outfit whose renowned bassist is always front and center, delivering his low-end grooves and inspiring crowds of all shapes and sizes, from Coachella to clubs, to let the power of the music wash over them completely. That band is cosmic funk…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: TURKUAZ & LETTUCE

Haw River Ballroom was recently treated to a double-billed funk invasion featuring Turkuaz and Lettuce—these vastly talented groups bring the promise of hard-hitting basslines, sizzling horns, and jazzy guitar riffs. The mixed crowd spanning a few decades in age came ready to dance in the venue tucked away in small Saxapahaw, North Carolina.  Turkuaz opened…

PREVIEW: TURKUAZ at EXIT/IN on 10/25/18

“From day one. it was always the vision to have this exact band that we have, this setup,” says Dave Brandwine, guitarist and lead vocalist of Turkuaz. “We’re just fortunate enough that we’re not only a band of nine people but we’re a band of nine really close friends, like a family. Everyone intuitively knows…

ALBUM REVIEW: “LIFE IN THE CITY” by TURKUAZ

What is funk? Can it simply be qualified as a genre of music influenced by blues, jazz, and soul?  How about a lifestyle full of colorful and flashy clothes and an infectious positive attitude?  Is funk dead?   Turkuaz certainly doesn’t believe so and presses ahead with their latest release Life in the City.  Prolific chunky…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: TURKUAZ

While I can always find a bit of dancing—or at least some rhythmic toe tapping and finger pointing—at most concerts, the fans of Turkuaz showed up to the Exit/In ready to move.  Sneakers were the footwear of the evening, and it was clear the crowd was ready to get down with the nine-member funk band…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: LETTUCE in RALEIGH!

Lettuce continues to lead a groove funk revival with their evolved, 70s-infused acid jazz sound; camaraderie between bandmates flows out to the crowd through every note, creating a synchronicity with their fans.  The six-piece group was fresh off two sets at Suwannee Hulaween in Florida where they debuted several new songs, and it was apparent…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with VECTOR XING

Los Angeles-based enigmatic R&B/soul artist Vector Xing began life as a musical sort, but never dreamed he could make a career of making his own art. After graduating from Princeton, the undercover singer entered the management side of the music industry, working for the legendary Quincy Jones for several years. “I managed artists and saw…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: WILD ADRIATIC at THE HIGH WATT

Fresh off last week’s release of their new album, Feel, New York-based three-member touring machine Wild Adriatic took the intimate stage of the High Watt in Nashville.  Feel, inspired by a painful breakup, was written to highlight the band’s evolution both in life and music. With that theme on display, the trio focused on songs from…

“TEARZ” – NEW MUSIC from EL MICHELS AFFAIR ft. LEE FIELDS & THE SHACKS

El Michels Affair, the perennial purveyors of cinematic soul who have been churning out records for the likes of Lee Fields, The Arcs, The Shacks, and more, are back with Return To The 37th Chamber, the band’s highly anticipated follow up to 2009’s underground cult classic Enter the 37th Chamber. The album will be released April 14th via Big Crown Records. Producer…

ALBUM REVIEW: “FEEL” by WILD ADRIATIC

Wild Adriatic prides itself on its concert vibe, so the band decided to capture the thrill of their live show on their forthcoming album, Feel; as frontman Travis Gray explains, “These songs align with everything we’ve gone through in the last year.  They highlight hard times, but also underlying hope and optimism. We’re people. We’re…