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February 02, 2011  | by: Dania McDermott

Penrose, a band of brothers. Literally.

Offering New Yorkers its brand of bluesy, psychedelic funk rock, the Philadelphia-based band of brothers better known as Penrose hit The Studio at Webster Hall last week.

Touted as the band’s album release show, Penrose was the last to appear before an onslaught of eager headbangers, showering the space with unpretentious and deftly handled instrumentations that brimmed with Led Zeppelin-like zeal.

Of the three distinct opening acts, Hollis Brown also channeled the spirits of both blues and 70′s hard rock with several cover songs and an underlying hillbilly vibe that makes their New York lineage surprising. Image aside, Hollis dove expertly into their set, playing with the verve of a band who knows their stuff.

New Madrid, by contrast, offered a novel marriage of Latin meets alternative, an undoubtedly unique and relatively unchartered musical territory amidst the larger segment of U.S. indie bands.  Though the components to their sound have clear roots, it’s the fusion of the two (Latin and rock, English and Spanish) which make this band worth paying heed to.

The Yes Way

But it’s The Yes Way who seemed most primed for stardom during their set last Friday. With a sound that borders on the intimate and retrospective elements of Radiohead, to the easily digested guitar riffs and smooth vocals, The Yes Way appeared nearly radio ready in a venue rife with nods to the past or grabs at the future. The cute lead singer also didn’t hurt.

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