After four years together, Black Crowes front man Chris Robinson's "second act" may actually have become stronger than his first.
Led by keyboardist Dan Hastie and guitarist Sergio Rios, Orgone represents everything good with music -- from wildly funky lyrics, to tightly coiled musicianship, to authentic grooves and equal spotlight for each member, including powerhouse vocalist Adryon de León, the group carried us to another planet with their brand of soul, funk and afro-disco.
Hard Working Americans may just be the best supergroup you've probably never heard of. The powerhouse sextet is a side project for its impressive roster that includes alt-country singer/songwriter Todd Snider; guitarist Neal Casal of Chris Robinson Brotherhood and (formerly) Ryan Adams' band the Cardinals; bassist Dave Schools of Widespread Panic, as well as its recent interim drummer Duane Trucks (nephew of Butch and brother of Derek); keyboardist Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi; and guitarist Jesse Aycock.
Sometimes it doesn't matter how a show starts, because it's all about how it ends. And Turkuaz made sure it ended with a bang.
Though "Gooey" made my top 10 list of favorite tunes last year, and even after seeing Glass Animals perform it live, I still haven't any clue what the song is actually about. But none of that mattered anyway, because dancing was what the night was really about.