The Quebe Sisters are singing sweetness
personified. A lot of what works for Hulda, Grace and Sophia Quebe is
the same thing that has made sister (or brother) acts shine over the
years — close sibling harmonies.
Over the past decade, the Wood Brothers
(which also features Jano Rix on a variety of instruments) have recorded
two live albums, an EP and five studio records, including last year’s
acclaimed The Muse.
When you come on the scene as a young man
who performs Dancehall Reggae mixed with Rap and other genres, and do
it as a bearded, Orthodox Hasidic Jew who touts his spirituality in his
grooves, you will be noticed by believers and non-believers alike.
“Drive-By Buddy,” the opening track on the Black Lips’ recently minted Underneath the Rainbow,
sounds like Faces by way of The Monkees, its Honky-Tonk guitar riff and
galloping beat leavened by the quartet’s usual assortment of lyrical
goofiness: “Well brother, what’s the matter/Do you hate the life you’ve
chose/Well I hope it doesn’t flatter, when you’re bathing with a
hose/But as long as your butt’s clean, then it’s all good.”