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JT & The Clouds: The City's Hot Yeah The City's Hot

Jeremy "JT" Lindsay is one of those neo-roots devotees who can perceive the touch points between scattered subgenres. Like Joe Henry, Stew, Greg Dulli, and others, Lindsay and his band The Clouds work with a seductive, slinky sound that cuts across folk, rock, and R&B, deconstructing the music in a loving way. JT & The Clouds' sophomore album, The City's Hot Yeah The City's Hot, sometimes tugs at genre strictures too much, resulting in fragmented experiments that get by solely on their smoky café mood. But the horn-pumped "Wildin' Blues" and the Afrobeat-via-Memphis concoction "Jump Up Jump Up" are proof enough that Lindsay and company have a rare vision.

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