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JC Brooks And The Uptown Sound On World Cafe | February 2, 2012

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JC Brooks and his band The Uptown Sound have made a name for themselves by bringing back the essentials of 1970s soul. Blending rock and R&B from the early '70s — with nods to the underground punk and hip-hop movements of the same period — the group is known for its classically retro sound. Guitarist Billy Bungeroth, drummer Kevin Marks, keyboardist Andy Rosenstein and bassist Ben Taylor provide the nitty-gritty groundwork for JC Brooks, a singer with funk flowing through his veins.

The band's latest release is the fun and infectious Want More, which is full of danceable, emotional tunes. JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound recently played WXPN's Live Friday Free at Noon concert, and was named the station's Artist to Watch for December. Here, the band performs songs from its new record, as well as a soulful cover of Wilco's "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart."(link)


Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Polica "Dark Star" Give You the Ghost
Jack White "Love Interruption" Blunderbuss
The Kills "Baby Says" Blood Pressures

((JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound "Want More" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))

JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound "Beat of Our Own Drum" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound "I Got High" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound "Everything Will Be Fine" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

((The Revelations "Heavy Metal" Deep Soul))

Wilco "Dawned On Me" The Whole Love
John Butler Trio "Zebra" Sunrise Over Sea
Foster the People "Don't Stop" Torches
First Aid Kit "Emmylou" The Lion's Roar
Edie Brickell "What I Am" Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars

Hour 2

Lloyd Cole & the Commotions "Brand New Friend" 1984-1989
Craig Finn "New Friend Jesus" Clear Heart Full Eyes
RL Burnside "Let My Baby Ride" Let My Baby Ride
The Barr Brothers "Give the Devil Back His Heart" The Barr Brothers

((Glossary "Bend With The Breeze" Feral Fire))

Bonnie Raitt "Right Down the Line" Slipstream
Michael Kiwanuka "Tell Me a Tale" Tell Me a Tale EP
Me'Shell Ndegeocello "Who Is He and What Is He to You" Peace Beyond Passion
The xx "Crystalised" xx

((Pete Yorn "On Your Side" Musicforthemorningafter))

Kathleen Edwards "Sidecar" Voyager
Soul Asylum "Runaway Train" Grave Dancers Union
Tommy Keene "Places That Are Gone" Poptopia
The Decemberists "This Is Why We Fight" The King Is Dead
Kevn Kinney "Never Gonna Change" A Good Country Mile