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Haiti Benefit w/ Dylan Flanagan Band, Jai's Jazz Youth All Stars, The Stems, The Throw Togethers; Malcolm Holcombe; Elonzo, The Explorer's Club CL Recommends

When: Sat., Jan. 14 2012
Price: $12; $7
THE EXPLORERS CLUB A couple of years ago, I bagged some on this Charleston sextet for aping the Beach Boys a little too well. As good as they were, the band’s 2008 debut, Freedom Wind, teetered on the verge of tribute album/covers LP. But the band has recently released a trio of free EPs online that suggest they’ve gone crate-digging further into the era to good result. In addition to “under-construction” versions from their upcoming release, Grand Hotel, they cover Burt Bacharach, Vanity Fare and the Classics IV. It’s unabashedly soft rock, but these guys have found a paisley niche of their own to explore and, more importantly, they do it well. (John Schacht)

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