Monday, August 31, 2009

26 Aug 09

Hey, Fearless fans, there was a time when artists like Stevie Wonder, Barry White, and Marvin Gaye dominated the music charts. Their soulful R&B/funk sound especially in love ballads was the way to get your groove on. Well, SouthSide suggests checking out her friends, lo/fi pioneer. This local band brings back the old school sound with a slight modern twist for the new generation. They have been wowing audiences around town with their smooth R&B music. Recently, they performed at the Elbo Room in a soul/rock originators show sponsored by Maven. The lineup also included Empire Drift, Hershel Abram and Purpose.

Opening with a version of Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy, lo/fi wasted no time in getting the audience in the mood for some hot soul/funk music. SouthSide enjoyed how they took this popular funk-pop hit and flipped it in a smooth R&B groove. With Aryk’s vocals, this cover took a slow ride to another plateau that was pleasing to the ears. Add part of White Stripes’ 7 Nation Army in the middle – wow, Fearless fans, it was one hot beginning for this band. Somehow that pizzazz was lost in the middle of the performance. Not saying this reviewer didn’t enjoy hearing the classic lo/fi songs such as Got to Know or Thick. She liked the extended guitar riffs and instrumentals which allowed the audience to savor each sultry rhythm.

Yet SouthSide was waiting to be dazzled with more. The more being how this funk/soul/R&B band can take their music towards the next level. She does recommend their throwback 70s ballad style in Your Man. Ladies, this was the slow jam that you need to play during those romantic winter nights by the fire. Swoon if you must upon hearing Aryk’s vocals but it will be worth the extra kisses received with this song is over. Lots of passion …pizzazz from his voice could heard in this track. lo/fi’s final song, Ready, Set rocked out their performance. This was the “more” SouthSide was searching for them. This song had lots of funky rhythms to groove that the audience was ready for more.

If you want to get your groove on with a unique modern twist, check out lo/fi pioneer where R&B/soul never goes out of style. For more information about this local band, visit lo/fi at or

Until next time, Fearless fans, support your local artists and music.


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