Looking Forward: Feb. 6-12
Lawrence’s own brothers, Matt and Mark Hill, are spending two nights at the Bottleneck bringing their Midwest tour to end, making sure we get our fill of funky fresh live electronic. After heading out of Lawrence, this two-piece powerhouse will embark on six-date tour as an opener for funk legend, Lettuce, and in support of latest album, Tell Your Mother, released this past fall on GRiZ’s new label, Liberated Music. No doubt, we’ll be getting some of that new stuff at the Bottleneck, and getting the live treatment.
“The core parts of the song are all intact, but we improvise within that quite a bit, and we can live loop and create new music entirely on the fly while blending different tracks together,” Matt says.
Their music influences range far and wide, naming just a “few” who takes notes from: Herbie Hancock, Rick James, James Brown, EWF, Amon Tobin, Lettuce, Pretty Lights, Gramatik, GRiZ, Chris Cornell, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Michael Jackson, and Robert Randolph.
The Hill brothers have a strong connection, never creating a setlist because they live on the same wavelength and they’re always improvising. The two-dayer in Lawrence will be an exception; they want to ensure a great show by not repeating songs for committed Floozies fans who will return the next day.
They are just as excited as we are to have them back in LFK.
“We love it,” Matt says. “It's hard to explain because even though we don't know most of the people at the show, we still feel like we do when we're playing at home. Like everybody just gets us here. Lawrence has always given us a lot of love and we try real hard to give it back.” Friday, Feb. 7-8, at Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire St., 9 p.m. $10.50-15.
Hailing from New Orleans, you better believe these guys keep it funky. Expected to put out a record this year with label Wind-up Records they just signed with in November, this genre-spanning jam-style rock band with undertones of funky New Orleans flavor, is touring to support 2012 album, City of Sound. With a pedal steel guitar and wailing vocals by frontman David Shaw in the mix, The Revivalists lean toward an older, more traditional rock sound, but with the saxophonist and trumpet player making funky solo appearances throughout, it’s hard to pin down the exact genre of this one. The good music of NOLA isn’t something they can fight, even though none of them are actually natives. Monday, Feb. 10, at Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire St., 8 p.m. $13.
At it since a serendipitous start in 2011, Houndmouth has quickly made a name for itself, opening the likes of Drive-By Truckers, the Lumineers, the Alabama Shakes, Lucero, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals early on. Rolling Stone’s David Fricke said of their 2013 SXSW performance, “They are all singers, leading with individual character and harmonizing in saloon-choir empathy.The music is earthy melancholy with a rude garage-rock streak.” Their debut album, From the Hills Below the City, showcases the folk rock quartet’s down to earth storytelling with warm vocals. The album with “On the Road,” a duet between vocalists Kate Toupin and Matt Myers, and closely resembling lovers-on-run songs by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. These guys know what they’re doing. The narratives keep you invested, and the instrumentation sounds like home. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire St., 9 p.m. $11-13.