Joe Lewis (guitar and vocals) was working in an Austin, Texas, pawnshop when he first picked up a guitar. He began playing around-town gigs as part of a blues trio, but, inspired by the likes of Lightnin’ Hopkins and Iggy Pop, his interests also included, rock, soul and R&B. So Lewis branched out musically and eventually started playing with different people. Then things clicked: Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears—rounded out by Bill Stevenson (drums), Jason Frey (tenor sax), Derek Phelps (trumpet), Joseph Woullard (baritone sax) and Eduardo Torres (drums)—have a big, full sound, and so even the songs that are straight to the point, like “I’m Broke” or “Big Booty Woman,” will keep you moving. The Honeybears have earned comparisons to Stax Records groups—although keeping it local, they don’t sound too dissimilar from the Dap-Kings—and with his big, shouted vocals, Lewis’s name is mentioned alongside Wilson Pickett’s. After a four-year break, Lewis and Co. (above, performing “PTP” for KEXP FM) returned with their fifth album, Backlash (stream it below), two weeks ago. “There aren’t many acts out there throwing down with this kind of high-energy trashy intensity,” says American Songwriter. “For those unafraid to get the neighbors calling the cops during their next party, Lewis and his growling Honeybears bring the dangerous, hard-charging soul goods to tear the roof off the sucker.” See them do it live, tomorrow night at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Vampire Weekend drummer Chris Tomson’s Dams of the West open the show.
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From rock to free jazz to fusion to soundtracks to avant-garde to Cuban music, eclectic, genre-hopping guitarist Marc Ribot has been a vital cog in New York City’s downtown music scene for decades—performing and recording with the likes of Wilson Pickett, Elvis Costello, Elton John, the Black Keys and Tom Waits just to name a few (it’s a really long list) along the way. And even when recording his own albums, Ribot doesn’t go it alone. He performs “the mind-blowing harmolodic punk-funk of Ornette Coleman’s first Prime Time band and the sweet, optimistic pulse of 1970s Philly Soul” alongside Jamaaladeen Tacuma (bass), G. Calvin Weston (drums) and Mary Halvorson (guitar) as the Young Philadelphians. Their newest album, The Young Philadelphians Live in Tokyo, comes out on Friday, and Marc Ribot & the Young Philadelphians celebrate its release tomorrow night at The Bowery Ballroom. A pair of Brooklyn musicians—singer-songwriter Inyang Bassey and soul-and-funk man (and Dap-King) Binky Griptite—open the show.
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