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JC BROOKS AND THE UPTOWN SOUND

http://jcbrooksandtheuptownsound.com

What does post-punk soul look like? Six and a half feet of raw emotion and sweat, with one leather boot planted in gutsy R&B, the other in taut minimalist grind. Snarling at the crowd beneath an afro pompadour, while indulging in a sly wink, singing to you directly, and here to make you dance. What does post-punk soul look like? It looks like JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound.
JC Brooks was born the son of a Jersey funk diva, his voice erupts with heart and heartache over the ferocious rhythm and star-time charisma of guitarist Billy Bungeroth, drummer Kevin Marks, keyboardist Andy Rosenstein, and bassist Ben Taylor. With a take-no-prisoners live attack and lyrics speaking of the torment and triumph of these tumultuous times, it’s no wonder that the Chicago Tribune called JC Brooks “the real deal”. This is a soul band rallying against our disaffected and disengaged era, connecting with people the old-fashioned way, by whipping them into a frenzy with honest appeal and unbridled enthusiasm.
The Uptown Sound has attracted a true-blue grassroots following, with MOJO Magazine identifying them as “one of the hottest US soul acts”. Since unleashing their Bloodshot Records debut in 2011 Want More (“A lively set of gritty old-school soul and funk injected with raw garage-rock aggression” – KEXP), and 2013’s follow up Howl (“At once a confessional break-up album and a critique of the whole concept of telegraphed heartache, Howl is soul with its jacket off”. NPR Music), they’ve barnstormed North America and Europe relentlessly, while burning up NPR and AAA radio with their stomping cover of Wilco’s “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart” (which they performed with the song’s composer, Jeff Tweedy, at Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival) and the soulful motivator “Rouse Yourself” from Howl.
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound have toured, warred, scored, and they’re not to be ignored. Bear witness, for these young men are on the move and they know what post-punk soul looks like. It looks like the future.
BASSEL & THE SUPERNATURALS
http://basselmusic.com

Bassel & The Supernaturals is an eclectic souljazz ensemble led by the soulful vocals of Syrian-American songwriter Bassel Almadani. Their music combines soul, jazz, and funk with captivating lyrics about love, loss, corporate life, and a war in Syria that has directly affected Bassel’s family along with over 10,000,000 others. In addition to their invigorating live performances across the country, Bassel offers humanitarian seminars in regards to Syria and current issues facing Arabs & Muslims in the US.
“Bassel Al-Madani doesn’t want audiences to just have a good time getting down at shows. He wants fans to leave Bassel & the Supernaturals shows with a sense of connection and, perhaps, new political awareness. The bandleader of the contemplative indie-funk ensemble is first-generation Syrian-American and has been using the band’s shows and releases to benefit humanitarian efforts in war-torn Syria.”

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