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Jun 18, 2014
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Northside Festival took place last weekend in Williamsburg, and I had the pleasure of seeing some incredible musical acts. Among those that stood out was this three piece band -- BadBadNotGood. Hailing from Toronto, the experimental jazz trio consists of a drummer, bass guitar player, and keyboard/synthesizer. They managed to successfully wow a packed crowd at Glasslands last Thursday night. 

The energy that these three put out was apparent from the immediate start, as they entered the stage in a mellow manner, relatively quiet and relaxed to the audience. However, their set could only be described as a conglomeration of high energy, particularly for a jazz group. That's what I appreciate most about their sound.

At a certain point, I remembered feeling like the energy in the room was so vast and incredible, that something would explode if nothing was done. The band picked up on this too, as drummer Alexander Sowinski asked the audience to give the last couple of songs their absolute all. "Jump up and down in place," and "let loose," to make that physical energy known. At each drop (not like an electronic song drop, but more like a balloon about to burst), the crowd erupted into movement and spontaneity. Zero expectations and no rules made for a uniform and chaotic movement of bodies, all at once. 

It was beautiful.

Here's a track off their newest album, III, released just this year. If you like the track, I can assure that you'll dig the rest of the record.

Jesse Futerman - Don't You Know That I Love You (Rough Mix)
Sounds like: Madlib, Romare, Mo Kolours
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Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Deeper
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Harold's
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Thundercat - King of the Hill (Ft. BADBADNOTGOOD & Flying Lotus)
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