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Artist of the day: Indigenous Ways

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Tampa's Indigenous Ways play a head-bobbing fusion of hip-hop, world beats, rock and jazz. With horns aplenty and a spacey but laid-back flow, the group has an eclectic sound that calls to mind everything from Red Hot Chili Peppers to the Roots.

The group -- vocalist ?nowledge, guitarist Tyler Mulder, bassist Dro, drummer Antonio Williams and horn player Luis Rodriguez --  has been together since April, and in that time has garnered a handful of quality appearances, including one at Jannus Live.

"We all come from completely different backgrounds," said ?nowledge. "For instance, I'm hispanic and come from a mainly hip hop/neo-soul background; whereas my drummer grew up playing gospel in the church; our bassist is more into classic rock and funk; our guitarist is a really spacey kinda guy who's majorly influenced by eccentric music like Incubus and Mr. Bungle; and our horn player comes from a salsa/merengue background. Yet somehow all those influences really mesh well together and makes for a pretty experimental sound that still has a lot of widespread appeal."

Sound interesting? It does to us. You can check them out Saturday at Gasoline Alley in Largo. Click here for details.

[Last modified: Friday, October 8, 2010 3:14pm]

    

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