With machines replacing instruments and songs manufactured on an assembly line, it's hard to find the soul in music nowadays. But there was a time when bands boomed with rich brass, and singers gained notoriety for their talent without having to compete on a TV show first. This era, known as Sixties Motown, is where Gainesville's Soulphonics gets their inspiration.


Soulphonics perform with Suenalo Sound System on Saturday, April 28 at Transit Lounge, 729 SW 1st Ave, Miami. The show starts at 10 p.m., and admission is free. Call 305-377-4628.

The ten-piece troupe keeps it old school with horns, an organ, and dapper suits, while the two lead singers (male and female) take turns belting out lyrics. The Soulphonics' self-titled debut features seven songs of slinky funk, jaw-trembling vocals, and sassy rhythms — all elements undeniably influenced by the late James Brown and his brethren. The band isn't striking a nostalgic pose. It offers an authentic tribute to the roots of R&B, a wall of sound that will make you want to dust off the turntable and listen to your parents' vintage vinyl.

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