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Lespecial @ Knitting Factory 3/23

Lespecial Brings Late Night Heat to Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory

Lespecial is a band sometimes best-suited for a late-night time slot, as they bring a dark and driving energy to every set they perform. The power trio, made up of Jon Grusauskas (lead guitar, keys, samples, vocals), Rory Dolan (drums, rhythms), and Luke Bemand (bass, keys), brings a varied and unique sound to every show, as they can touch on some funk grooves, some heavy metal riffs, some synthy-spacey points, a little reggae, and generally rock as hard as anyone in the scene at the moment. The band can jump between sounding like Umphreys McGee or The Disco Biscuits to Primus or Nine Inch Nails or even Sublime. They just finished a 12-show, multi-city east coast tour with reggae/hip hop group Zion I, and were happy to be returning “home” to Brooklyn for this gig at Knitting Factory.

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Review: Soul Rebels Brookyn Bowl 3/22/18

Soul Rebels Bring Their Version of NoLa Brass/Hip Hop Fusion to Brookyn Bowl

On Friday, March 22, Soul Rebels played their second show of a 3-night run to New York’s famed, sold-out Brooklyn Bowl. The band is comprised of two cornet players, one sax, two trombones, one sousaphone, one drummer and one percussionist, and the show was billed to include special guests Smoke Dza, Curren$y, and Wu Tang’s Gza.

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Review: JRAD at Brooklyn Bowl 3/9

Looking back at a JRAD show and trying to write a recap can always be a fun project, as most JRAD shows that I’ve seen (easily over 20) has a standout performer from that night. The standout performer, in this one writer’s humble opinion, from the 3/8 show was Scott Metzger, as he was given many of the lead guitar solos. When re-examining the 3/9 show, it would be hard to pick one particular member of the band that stood out, but rather a combination of the boys. However, last night, in my mind, Dave Dreiwitz on bass and Marco on keys particularly shone. And I’d say that that was a rarity for me, as I oftentimes cannot pick up on specific major moments from Dave. But he was driving the train last night, and man was that train raging!!

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Review: JRAD at Brooklyn Bowl 3/8

A 3-night JRAD run at Brooklyn Bowl always begins with such high energy, anticipation and excitement. For the Freaks and non-Freaks alike in the crowd, the pre-show energy is palpable, with many greeting each other, “Happy JRAD!” The best part about a JRAD run is that you never know what you’re going to get. What songs might they play (anything new)? What teases are they boing to bust out? Are they going to hit the Terrapin Suite? Any other surprises in store, like an acoustic half-set over the bowling lanes?

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Will Hanza & Friends @ 11th St. Bar 3/1

The 11th Street Bar, located at 510 E. 11th St. in Manhattan’s east village, typically hosts bands or open jams most days of the week. On Thursday night, the Freaks’ own Will Hanza, frontman for the band Escaper, hosted an open jam night from 9-11p, playing mostly with the Escaper boys but inviting other friends to come up and jam with them. The “band” did some noteworthy covers, from Tom Petty’s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” to Weezer’s “Hash Pipe.”

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Review: On The Spot Trio @ The Mugshot 2/24

The music was a nice mix of original tunes that they had recorded with Alan Evans (Soulive) a few years back, as well as some well-received covers. From their album “Shag,” the band ripped original songs “Critically Acclaimed Shit,” “Jabo,” and “For 1.” Then they invited up Mary Corso (singer with the Eric Krasno Band), who provided vocals for “Kissing My Love,” the sexy Bill Withers original, “If You Want Me To Stay,” from Sly & The Family Stone, and three originals tunes they wrote together (“Losin My Mind”; “Follow Me”; and “Take You There”). Mary’s voice is both beautiful and sultry, reminding many in the crowd of legend Janis Joplin.

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