On Thursday March 17th, Spinner‘s showcase at South By Southwest featured the old school funk of [lastfm]Charles Bradley[/lastfm] and [lastfm]TV On The Radio[/lastfm]’s infectious brand of neo-soul headlining a group of fellow indie recruits. The combination turned Stubb’s Bar-B-Q into an evening of unabashed fun that proved, above all else, funk is far from forgotten.
[lastfm]TV On The Radio[/lastfm] took the stage as a six piece, adding a trombone player to mix and a new bassist to cover Gerrard Smith, who is currently battling lung cancer. Their set revamped classics like “Satellite” and “Staring at the Sun” into full throttle chargers, amping up the tempo and volume of the originals into entirely distinct rockers. They indulged their love for funk too, hitting a ready and willing audience with avant-garde jams “Dancing Choose” and “Red Dress.”
62-year-old and ex-[lastfm]James Brown[/lastfm] tribute singer [lastfm]Charles Bradley[/lastfm] took the stage with the most impressive backing band of SXSW 2011 yet: the [lastfm]Menahan Street Band[/lastfm], comprised of members of both the [lastfm]Budos Band[/lastfm] and the [lastfm]Dap Kings[/lastfm]. [lastfm]Charles Bradley[/lastfm] has spent most of his career covering [lastfm]James Brown[/lastfm] songs, and the influence is obvious from Bradley‘s “shrieks and gyrations,” as Spinner suggests. For a man who could be many a person’s grandfather to rock the stage so hard, 2011 looks like it could be a great year for the veteran/newcomer.
[lastfm]Foster the People[/lastfm], whose interview with MySpace we posted yesterday, displayed their [lastfm]MGMT[/lastfm]-meets-[lastfm]Duran Duran[/lastfm] sound, whereas the rising folk outfit [lastfm]Noah and the Whale[/lastfm] kept things equally cheerful with acoustic instrumentation.