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Arts and Entertainment

Republic of Loose: funky-fresh, sleaze-core, goodness.

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The Republic of Loose is only a "new band" to Americans. In Ireland they have been drawing huge crowds, and impressing the pants off of anyone they encounter since 2005. The best way to describe their sound is: if James Brown had a baby with Rick James, and the baby grew up the be a gang-bangin, gospel-singin, cowboy of funk.

Last night LAist attended their only Los Angeles show at the Troubadour, which was the 3rd and final stop on their US mini-tour. It's sorta like being first in line to find out about the next big thing, because Republic of Loose are going to take the US by storm. There's no question about it.

The show was great, and LA came ready to jump around and bust a move. We certainly don't want these Irish chaps to take back to Dublin the impression that Los Angeles is full of whiney hipsters who are too cool to dance and have fun (even though that IS what LA's full of, as well as being full of shit). Nobody danced harder than Big Tanky, of course.

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Don't sleep on this! Act now. pick up their cd and perhaps for once you won't be the last to know about the next cool thing.

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