Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Budos Band / Village Voice...

True, Staten Island—perhaps best known for its Godfather locations, the Wu-Tang Clan, and the distinct accents of its residents—is often the neglected stepchild of the Big Apple's five sibling boroughs. Yet "the Shaolin" has always been a hotbed of underground music talent, having birthed such in-your-face acts as the Wu juggernaut, the New York Dolls, and Force MDs.

Now you can add the Budos Band to the list, a 12-piece riot of juicy horns, frenzied drums, psychedelic Farfisa, and fat guitars that whip Afrobeat, Ethiopian, Latin, and funk ingredients into a uniquely danceable mess. Part of the burgeoning stable of Brooklyn's Daptone Records, the Budos (short for Los Barbudos, Spanish for "the bearded ones") brought their instrumental rough-and-tumble to a jubilant, sold-out crowd at Joe's Pub late one steamy Thursday night last month. (continue at villagevoice.com)

Budos Band perform Oct 12 at Highline Ballroom