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KEXP Song of the Day: JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound's "Howl"

Seattle radio powerhouse KEXP dubbed JCBUS's title track "Howl" their song of the day.

"The band’s third album, Howl, is a gritty and vulnerable album of R&B cuts that sound like a gritty soul take on Ryan Adams’ Heartbreaker."

Have a listen, read the full interview and check out an in studio performance of Awake from their last album Want More filmed when the band stopped by last year.






cobra lounge flyer

Seething with envy that you don't get to see the bounteous music and depravity of South by Southwest this year?  Pissed that you can't partake in all the Bloodshot-friendly events in the warm weather of Austin TX?  Tired of the drabness of late winter Chicago?

Fear not, we're bringing some of the action to you right HERE, friends!


Chicago SXSW Send-Off Party!
Sunday March 3rd, 7pm at Cobra Lounge

JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound
Jon Langford & Skull Orchard

plus eats by ManBQue

RSVP for entry:
RSVP is subject to capacity.

We shall see you there as we get our livers into fighting shape.

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound + Jameson the puppet = BEST!

It's cold and dreary in Chicago today—but nothing cured our blues like this video of JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound and their muppet friend, Jameson (who also cameos in the JCBUS video for "Sister Ray Charles"), covering Otis Redding's "Dock of the Bay":

Jeff Tweedy crashes JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound show

Check out THIS video from Wilco's big Solid Sound Festival in Massachusetts at the end of June.

At around 1 minute, Jeff Tweedy helps JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound on their cover of Wilco's I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.  It surprised JC so much, he does a James Brown spin and fall.....Now THAT'S showmanship.

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound sign to Bloodshot

Any band that get the new mayor of Chicago to do THIS is worth signing, we figured.

For a few years now, JCB&US have been scorching clubs all over this town and we got tired of people telling us "You HAVE to sign these guys."   So, we got in the BS corporate jet and flew Uptown and woo-ed them with bottles of Osco's house champagne and inked the deal.   We hope you come along with us in our love of the Uptown sound.  You will sweat.

Look for their BS debut "Want More" in October.