5-21: Tortured Soul at the Grog Shop

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31ef/1242763886-tortured-soul-dymm.jpgWhen you hear the words “house music,” you probably picture a DJ huddled over a couple of turntables. But you’ll see no such thing with dedicated masters of the genre Tortured Soul. The Brooklyn trio performs its tunes the old-fashioned way: with drums, bass and some vintage keyboards. The organic approach has opened up the group’s dance music to many who typically may be turned off by the genre’s usually impersonal live show. Started in 2001 by singer-drummer John-Christian Urich, Tortured Soul sparked some major buzz with “I Might Do Something Wrong,” which netted them primo NYC gigs, as well as a spot in the crates of some of the nation’s biggest DJs. Word is, even Barry Manilow is a huge fan. He may not be hipster-approved, but he’s a sure sign of the group’s broad appeal. Tortured Soul mix their signature house sound with R&B and disco on their latest album, Did You Miss Me. The smooth record manages to sound fresh and modern while still maintaining a certain level of retro-ness. Their tunes may sound great on headphones, but Tortured Soul’s dynamic live show shouldn’t be missed. Whoever said dance music isn’t fun to watch has never seen these guys onstage. Captain Kneal and the Noisemakers open at 8 p.m. at the Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216.321.5588). Tickets: $10 advance, $12 day of show. — Eddie Fleisher

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