La Grassa is usually pegged a jazz singer and keyboardist, but her compelling contralto owes more to Grace Slick than Sarah Vaughan.
Alligator’s brand has become the blues that isn’t sad blues—“blues to make you forget your blues, to make you holler and dance and throw away your troubles.”
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“I came up with the idea of having, instead of an album of tunes, an old-school album where you have to listen to the whole thing.”
If it sounds like Man’s Body are trying to be all things to all people at times, you might not be wrong. But rather than “trying,” I get the impression that they just kind of “are.”
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The quartet’s third full-length, while still capturing their orchestral essence, has a more muscular backbone, crackling with rock impulses.
“I feel like film, comedy and music go together really well. Especially in Chicago, because it’s such a big community and everyone does at least two of them.”