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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Last week, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound released their Bloodshot Records debut, Want More

Last week, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound released their Bloodshot Records debut, Want More, an 11-song collection of soul crooning, R&B horn pops, and a raw post-punk aesthetic. Metromix mentioned that the album, “Sounds like the MC5 jamming with Otis Redding’s horn section.”
Following the release of their first single from the album, “Everything Will Be Fine” (available for download below), the band has followed up with a music video for the song as well. Co-created by the band and folks at Chicago’s storied Second City, the video is a fusing of retro ‘80s Dial-A-Lawyer commercials and a narrative that brings JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound from the street to the board room.


In addition to the main video, the band also made five short teaser videos that showcase their well-intentioned but somewhat misinformed manager, Glenn Peacock.
#1 “The Interview” - http://youtu.be/RaLWkVibVoQ
#3 “Bullies” - http://youtu.be/gcHAYcinJ8M
#4 “Shocktober” - http://youtu.be/MgkaMRqiik0
#5 “The Manager” - http://youtu.be/C_TRhRQ3n0E
*STREAM>>NPR Music Song of the Day spotlighted the tune “I Got High.”
Want More 2011 Tour Dates:
11/3/2011
The Book & Stage at the Cosmopolitan
Las Vegas
NV
11/4/2011
The Book & Stage at the Cosmopolitan
Las Vegas
NV
11/5/2011
The Book & Stage at the Cosmopolitan
Las Vegas
NV
11/7/2011
The Doug Fir
Portland
OR
11/8/2011
The Triple Door
Seattle
WA
11/10/2011
Bottom of The Hill
San Francisco
CA
11/11/2011
Satellite
Los Angeles
CA
11/12/2011
Soda Bar
San Diego
CA
11/13/2011
Club Congress
Tucson
AZ
11/14/2011
Crescent Ballroom
Phoenix
AZ
11/16/2011
The Mohawk
Austin
TX
11/29/2011
Horseshoe Tavern
Toronto
Canada
12/1/2011
Beachland Tavern
Cleveland
OH
12/2/2011
The Basement
Columbus
OH
12/9/2011
Main St. in Over The Rhine
Cincinnati
OH
12/10/2011
Off Broadway
St. Louis
MO
12/14/2011
Black Cat
Washington
DC
12/15/2011
Kung Fu Necktie
Philadelphia
PA
12/16/2011
Mercury Lounge
New York
NY
12/30/2011
Schubas Tavern
Chicago
IL
12/31/2011
Schubas Tavern
Chicago
IL
Here’s what folks are saying:
JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound describe themselves as a post-punk soul band, but their sound is so much more expansive than that. Uptown Sound is on par with soul musicians from the heyday of the genre’s popularity. – Paste Magazine
This Chicago band’s second album is a lively set of gritty old-school soul and funk injected with some raw garage-rock aggression. An energetic blend of tight, funky rhythms, stabbing horns, keyboards and guitars accompanies frontman JC Brooks, whose impressive vocals gracefully glide between grainy shouting and smooth crooning with some spine-tingling falsetto on songs ranging from hedonistic party starters to socially conscious anthems. – Don Yates, KEXP
Neo-Soul glory. – New York Times
A cross between the Chambers Brothers and agit-punks The Make-Up, Mr. Brooks and Co. are one of the hottest US soul acts right now. – MOJO Magazine


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