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The New Mastersounds


At 9 p.m. Sunday, May 1

Loco’s Grill & Pub, 301 W. Broughton St. $10

Now here’s something special. Fleet–fingered guitarist Eddie Roberts started this deliriously hot funk and soul band in Great Britain in 1999, and in the intervening years the NM’s have become the premier act on England’s (surprisingly vibrant) jazz/funk scene.

Reviewing the tour opener this past Saturday night, the Boston Globe raved: “The groove was the thing, and no slow songs the order of the day. The crowd responded to the band’s stretched-out, hard-driving jams by turning itself into a sweating, gyrating mass for the duration.”

Joining the red-hot stringbender Roberts are drummer Simon Allen, bassist Pete Shand, and Joe Tatten on organ and synth.

The New Mastersounds have collaborated with Corinne Bailey Rae, among others – the list of jam partners and studio–mates is impressive: Everyone from George Porter of the Meters to Karl Denson of Lenny Kravitz’s outfit to Portishead’s Andy Smith.

The Leeds-based quartet is about to release an all-new album, Breaks From the Border; the Savannah show will be followed by a hotly-anticipated two-night stand at New Orleans’ House of Blues (“with special guests”). Come July, they’ll play the Fuji Festival in Japan, alongside Wilco, Widespread Panic and the Avett Brothers.

To sample the real deal, go to and get a free download of “This Ain’t Work,” recorded live earlier this year in San Francisco.

Will the Savannah audience turn itself into a sweating, gyrating mass? Take a tip from Dennis Cook of Jambase: “In a time where far too many people think bunk like Black Eyed Peas and John Legend is soul music, the New Mastersounds are around to keep things honest and true.”


At 8 p.m. Thursday, April 28

Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St. $6

From Grand Rapids, Mich., where fans use this band's smoking-hot grooves to keep warm. UV Hippo is a tight jam-rock band fusing funk, rock and jazz in a rich amalgam of high-tech stoner stuff and delightfully proggy forward motion. Traveling with a killer, Pink Floydian light show, the guys utilize keyboards (from B3 organ to moody electronica), congas and other dexterous percussion, great guitars, bass and thunder-drums. They've got three albums out of original tunes (Background Music, Songs For the Reaper and the new Square Peg, Round Hole). See


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