Monthly Archives: March 2017

Five Alarm Funk

The album Sweat will make the glands of a funk enthusiast work overtime when they cannot resist dancing its fast-paced rhythms. The Vancouver based band Five Alarm Funk are eight members with over a decade’s worth of knowledge about groove under their belt. Sweat contains the cry of high pitched horns and the groaning of a sonorous bass. Lead vocalist Tayo Branston guides his seven band mates in fun loving chanting while guitars enthusiastically plucked and drums are tapped with avidity. The feel-good vibes of this album will cheer up the most stressed individuals and will send them into a dopamine fueled funk frenzy.

– Jon B

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Hurray for the Riff Raff

Everyone has desired to run away from home at one point during their childhood. Alynda Segarra did just that at the age of seventeen. A Bronx native, she hopped on the car of a freight train and rode off into the sunset to start her musical career. Segarra, along with her band, are known as Hurray for the Riff Raff. They are an indie rock group, yet the listener will discover a folk sound deep in their roots along with a hint of Latin flair. Their album, The Navigator, tells the tale of Segarra’s hardships and the pride she possesses for her Porto Rican heritage. The songs are gentle and light, yet, heavy with emotion. Segarra cannot be solely categorized as a musician, she’s just as complex her music. She is a jack of all trades, a songwriter, a storyteller, and a survivor.

– Jon B

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