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Austrailia's Hiatus Kaiyote

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Austrailia's Hiatus Kaiyote

When: Thu., Aug. 15, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $20-25

Melbourne's Hiatus Kaiyote is a quintet to watch. The band's home-crafted 2012 debut, Tawk Tomahawk, caught the ear of tastemakers Questlove and Erykah Badu as well as famed producer Salaam Remi. In late 2012, Remi transitioned into an A&R role at Sony Music and scooped up Hiatus Kaiyote, who re-released Tawk Tomahawk in July with a bonus remix featuring A Tribe Called Quest leader Q-Tip.

The band proudly labels itself an ambassador of "future soul." While that might read as a pigeonholing and presumptuous niche, Hiatus Kaiyote avoids any musical potholes with rich instrumentation and singer-guitarist Nai Palm's commanding vocals. It's a refreshing blend of Little Dragon's bouncy synth-pop and the incense-laced R&B of the Soulquarians, J Dilla and Questlove's onetime supergroup. Soul's future is evident on one of the band's loose tracks, the aptly titled "Shaolin Monk Motherfunk," performed live to help raise funds for a then-upcoming U.S. tour. Finally, that's happening. —Andrew Martin

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