Riding fat guitar riffs and a funky little shimmy-shay, Raleigh locals LOVEHEAD & THE REAL give a soulful edge to their chunky bar rock. Fronted by former Veldt guitarist Chris Wells, backed by Mike Davis (The Amateurs) and John McClain (Leadfoot), they've got a plat-wearing, glam rock vibe that puts the booty into gear and onto the highway on their new record. If you're feeling it, you can tap their grooving, living color at SLIM'S in downtown Raleigh on Friday, Jan. 20, where they'll be celebrating the release of their debut, The Definition of Love. Vernon Reid will only be there in spirit, but no one has to walk through walls to get in free.>
IWTDI's craftsmanship has steadily increased, tightening the screws on a brimming, bracing power-pop sound. The new volume and frisson on this stunning seven-song EP builds on their sound without razing the room.