Friday: Brooks Long and the Mad Dog No Good, J. Pope and Funk Friday, Lafayette Gilchrist

May 13

Let's start by focusing on 'The Runaround,' the eleventh song on sticky R&B revivalists Brooks Long and the Mad Dog No Good's record, "Mannish Boys." It's a breezy, pop-soul track that seems to fuse the energy of say, Love's cover of 'Little Red Book' with the rollicking R&B of Jerry Butler's 1969 album "Ice On Ice." Great retrolicious stuff. A couple of years ago, in City Paper's Best of Baltimore issue, we awarded Brooks Long "Best Real R&B," in contrast to our award for "Best Fake R&B" for Bosley. It was supposed to be funny and we thought it was a tacit acknowledgement that the real/fake dichotomy is a big load, but Long called bullshit on it—rightly so—on his website by tying our little joke to a loaded history of when black R&B were called "race records." He goes on to write, "questions of authenticity and legitimacy distract from actual things I'm trying to express to you." I appreciate that he wasn't just happy to take our award and smile. And all of this is further evidence that Long and his band (Joe Martone on bass and Dan Samuels on drums) think very, very hard about the music they make and what it all means. Celebrate the release of "Mannish Boy" with them. 8 p.m., The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., (410) 662-0069,, $10. (Brandon Soderberg)

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