Despite self-identifying as a "post-punk soul band," on first pass JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound don't seem to be innovating within the genre. Instead, they stick to absolutely killing within templates that have existed for what feels like eons.

Despite self-identifying as a "post-punk soul band," on first pass JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound don't seem to be innovating within the genre. Instead, they stick to absolutely killing within templates that have existed for what feels like eons.

Then you hear them turn Wilco's "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart" into a brisk rave-up without removing the artsy atmospherics, and you realize these guys are on to something special. (They brilliantly throw the bridge from "Theologians" in there just for the fun of it.)

They'll rock The Basement with Vitek this Friday.