Soul, Funk, R&B, & Hip-Hop


When: Wed., Nov. 13, 9 p.m. 2013

Smoota wants you to know that he’s about sexy times. On the cover of his groovy debut album, Fetishes, the singer and trombonist crouches, naked and shaggy-haired, over what appears to be a pile of rocks, looking hilariously primal and not at all self-serious. The opening lyric to a song titled “I’m Sorry” is I came inside of you. Elsewhere on Fetishes, Smoota sensually sings lines like I just want to be the man/Who brings you pleasure every night. Thankfully, these evocative lyrics are paired with equally funky and sexy instrumentals. As amusing as his Seventies porno persona is, Smoota also has musical chops: He performs regularly with TV on the Radio and toured with Sufjan Stevens for his trombone-heavy album The Age of Adz. The Harvard alum will bring his steamy, psychedelic act to The Night Light (311 Broadway, Oakland) this week, with neo-psychedelic folk singer Jordannah Elizabeth, lo-fi punk-jazz duo Disappearing People, and gothic doo-wop outfit Gun/Her.

Madeleine Key

Price: $6

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