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Van Hunt – What Were You Hoping For? review

Van Hunt has made out very well through label changes, a shelved album, and starting his label. Van Hunt has come back stronger and edgier than before releasing the long awaited new material What Were You Hoping For? The album is eagerly received since “Use in Case of Emergency” was given to hold fans over.   What you were hoping for is all over the place and collectively coherent at the same. As an avid follower of hunt this album musically is very different from his previous albums.  As if “On the Jungle Floor” was a hint to where he was going this album is the clear defined picture as to where he is now.  What were you hoping for gives off sounds of punk, heavy rock, psychedelic guitar tunes with slight R&B bass line undertones all served straight no chaser.

Vivid melodic story telling is what Van is all about and this album is no different and still with his very clever stand out lyrics. Van explains about his familiar city and slides his instruction of “the fastest way to a man’s pocket is on his rocket” over a gusty guitar rift on “North Hollywood”. A song that I absolutely love is  “Plum” tells the story of a love of the untouchable booty, but  sounds like an ode to a lusty confused confession. He doesn’t stray away from ballads “Moving Targets” and the country twanged “Falls (Violet)” showcase the familiar voice and tunes of his self-titled 2004 album.  Jumping right back into the rock heavy gutsy “Cross Dresser” or “Designer Jeans” with solos to remind you he is a musician and damn good too.

Chances are if you’re a follower of Van Hunt like me this is exactly What You Were Hoping For!  Van never plays by the rules and always takes the listener on a new journey. What were you hoping for pushes the envelope just enough to take you to the next rock level and guiltily wanting just a bit more. Definitely Foxx Approved.

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SOULIVE ANNOUNCES NEW ADDITIONS FOR BOWLIVE 2 MARCH RESIDENCY at BROOKLYN BOWL Set to Feature Special Guests MATISYAHU, VAN HUNT, COREY GLOVER, JOHN SCOFIELD, PHAROAHE MONCHE, BERNIE WORRELL & Many More

SOULIVE ANNOUNCES NEW ADDITIONS FOR BOWLIVE 2 MARCH RESIDENCY at BROOKLYN BOWL Set to Feature Special Guests MATISYAHU, VAN HUNT, COREY GLOVER, JOHN SCOFIELD, PHAROAHE MONCHE, BERNIE WORRELL & Many More

WHAT: Soulive is heading back to Brooklyn Bowl for ten shows in March. The two-week residency, aptly dubbed Bowlive 2, marks the second year in a row that America’s preeminent organ groove trio hosts a funk-infused, multi-night blowout, glittered with special guests each and every set. Having already released a first round of musical co-conspirators set to join the festivities, including Corey Glover, Karl Denson, Lettuce, Maceo Parker, Matisyahu, Questlove and Van Hunt, Soulive is pleased to announce the additions of Bernie Worrell, Ivan Neville, John Scofield, Kofi and Oteil Burbridge, Pharoahe Monch, Robert Randolph and Wax. Over the course of ten nights, the band will delve deep into their decade-plus repertoire, while also paying special tribute to Parliament, Sly & The Family Stone and the music of New Orleans with a Mardi Gras celebration on Fat Tuesday.

In March of 2010, the members of Soulive hauled their instruments through the doors of a newly-opened warehouse-turned-music venue in Brooklyn that they would call home for the next two weeks. Eric Krasno, Alan Evans and Neal Evans called on a multitude of their closest friends and musical comrades to join them over the next fortnight – creating an incredibly broad guest lineup that included some of the greatest guitar virtuosos of the time (Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes), a handful of the biggest names in hip-hop (Questlove, Rahzel, Talib Kweli), and many of the most inventive improvisational players in modern rock n’ roll (Robert Randolph, Marco Benevento, Oteil & Kofi Burbridge).

The Brooklyn Bowl quickly became the mecca for these very distinct yet like-minded musicians, where they returned night after night, donning the dress code for good times (bowling shoes) and sharing famous Blue Ribbon fried chicken. The common thread that tied together all these disparate ingredients quickly became palpable — from the transcendental heartfelt improvisations onstage to the homey & playful atmosphere provided by the bowling alley, the Soulive residency was like nothing that had come before it because all of those diverse elements fused to ultimately bring the Soul to Brooklyn Bowl.

Along with this decade milestone, the trio launched its own label, Royal Family Records, with a focus on digital distribution and the releases of the Soulive family member’s projects. Look for numerous Royal Family label mates to appear at Bowlive including Lettuce, Adam Deitch, Nigel Hall and others.

The complete Bowlive 2 line-up is:

March 1
Maceo Parker
Lettuce

March 2
Lettuce
Pharoahe Monch
WAX *

March 3 – Tribute to Parliment
Bernie Worrell
Questlove (DJ Set)

March 4
Robert Randolph
Corey Glover

March 5
Robert Randolph*

March 8 – Mardi Gras Celebration
John Scofield
Ivan Neville
Kofi Burbridge

March 9
Ivan Neville
Oteil Burbridge
Kofi Burbridge

March 10 – Tribute to Sly and the Family Stone
Ivan Neville
Van Hunt
Questlove (DJ Set)
Kofi Burbridge
Karl Denson

March 11
Karl Denson
Van Hunt

March 12
Matisyahu

WHERE: BROOKLYN BOWL

61 Wythe Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11211

WHEN: MARCH 1-5 & MARCH 8-12

DOORS: 6PM

SHOW: 9PM

TICKETS: 21+ ONLY

ADMISSION: $15.00