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Laura Thomas Band | Live At Rockwood

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Live At Rockwood

by Laura Thomas Band

The Laura Thomas Band combines the power of rock and funk with probing lyrics and emotional songwriting. Textured by a multi-layered guitar, and funk-rock rhythm section, the band is led by Laura’s powerhouse vocals.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. It's Like Love
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2. Hold Me
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3. Downers
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4. Why
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5. Fucked Together
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6. Dp
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7. You Know
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8. Follow
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9. Go
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10. Stormy Monday
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11. Louder
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12. Sparky
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13. Come Janie Come
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14. Blazer
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15. Kashmir
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Funky and fierce, the Laura Thomas Band is a New York group with a sound like no one else in the industry. The LTB combines the power of rock and funk with probing lyrics and emotional songwritng. Textured by a multi-layered guitar, and funk-rock rhythm section, the band is led by Laura’s powerhouse vocals. Laura sings with Ani Difranco's tell-it-like-it-is defiance, Alanis Morissette's sheer, clear power, and the sultriness of Rachael Yamagata. The result is an audio-shock of emotional truth.

The Village Voice recently praised Laura for her "thick-skinned song-poems in jazzoid rhythms." The Washington Post said that "Her voice is capable of tracing melodies as sinuous as the Rock Creek Parkway, and she has a soft spot for writing tender, compassionate or introspective ballads that help set her apart from the rant'n'roll crowd."

Over the past 6 years, the Laura Thomas Band has taken the stage across the country, from San Francisco to New York, packing to the hilt such prestigious venues as the Crash Mansion, Rockwood Music Hall, and Joe’s Pub, among others.

In 2002 Laura co-produced her first album, "On My Sleeve," followed by her 2004 release, "Slow." In September 2005, the Laura Thomas Band released its first full-band album, "Step to the Wire," featuring the song "Blind Trinity," a political allegory about the Bush administration's foreign policy. And in October 2008, the band released its first live album, “Live at Rockwood,” which was entirely financed by donations and pre-orders from a dedicated fan base.

Laura's biting, crafty lyrics, massive voice, and passionate, proficient band make for an emotionally charged show.

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Doug Lapp

Laura Thomas Band Live At Rockwood
If you haven't had a chance to catch Laura's band live this is the CD to have. There are Laura's originals plus a few covers such as Kashmir and Stormy Monday. These were recorded during the summer of 2008 at one of New York's premier live rock music venues. Laura has a great voice and her band is the best and play great together. When in New York please go see them. :)
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Lindsay Sterling

This is art, not air freshener.
We all need different things from music at different times. I equate radio listening to freshening life's breath, chewing a piece of gum to freshen up the boredom, even cover up the stink.

A live show, put on by a serious artist and musician like Laura Thomas, is something else altogether. It's less a product, and more a thick, messy charged and beautiful act of human sharing.

Thomas's heart-ache, anger, and commitment to life's double-edged swords are all carved out of emptiness with her amazingly elastic Southern voice, birdlike one moment, big, brassy and deep the next, then straight, then warbly, then whispering, then pure.

The songs range from dissonant and hard ("It's Like Love," "Blazer," and "Fucked Together,") to purely sad ("Why") to Aretha-like soulful ("Hold Me"). That last one I had on repeat for over an hour.

Her act is brave, courageous and original, a force meriting your full attention. This is art, not audio gum.

Replays of the album etch songs deeper and deeper, rewarding you with the consistent surfacing of new images, more acute and illuminating than some of the best contemporary poetry. You may find your own voice amplifying anthems you would never have chosen for yourself. I wouldn't condone "At least we're fucked together," as my life philosophy, but it sure felt good to belt it out with Thomas.

An album worth many listens - and pouring over the lyric sheet.
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