The New Mastersounds with Springdale Quartet

New Mastersounds with Springdale Quartet plays 8 p.m. today at Old Town Pub, 600 Lincoln Ave. Tickets are $15 and are available at All That Jazz and the Old Town Pub. Online: Watch a video of the band on "Most contemporary studio funk and soul albums can't hold a candle to the pillars of the '60s and '70s. There's something missing, some essential rawness or more simply, not enough attention to the details or enough chops to make things sting. With Plug & Play U.K. lions The New Mastersounds staked their claim as one of the finest purveyors of hip shaking goodness since, well, James Brown and Grant Green were new faces on the scene. It isn't work to be swept away by the wah-wah addled seduction of "Thermal Bad" or the organ splash of "Altitude," but even better, they never let things fall into a same-y pocket, varying their funkin' with smart, flexible songwriting and playing touched by a churchly fervor. Cherry female vocalist Dionne Charles ladles abundant soul into her four cuts, but even when there's not a singer the Mastersounds maintain interest with their crisp, dexterous playing and snaky, purely enjoyable tunes. In a time where far too many people think bunk like Black Eyed Peas and John Legend is soul music, The New Mastersounds are around to keep things honest and true." - Dennis Cook


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