Anybody Catch Hank & The Cupcakes On The Jimmy Lloyd Show?

The thing I love about music is that you can be the biggest music geek in the world, convince yourself that you've got your finger on the pulse, and still be completely unaware of a great band like Hank and Cupcakes.

Of course, that would mean that you missed out on their completely inspired cover of Joy Division's "She's Out Of Control" (which appeared on our "Friday the 13th playlist" just a few days ago), their magnificent debut album, Naked, and perhaps even their recent appearance on "The Jimmy Lloyd Songwriter Showcase", wherein the duo announced their presence with all the confidence of Michael Jordan unleashing a jumper at the buzzer.

In less than five minutes, bassist Ariel "Hank" Scherbacovsky lays down the groove while his wife, singer Sagit "Cupcakes" Shir, chews up the scenery while wrapping her confident, rock-steady voice around "Countdown", a new song from their as-yet-unfinished second album.

In a musical age where public meltdowns and topless tweets have become commonplace replacements for talent, it's refreshing to see a female performer just shut up and sing like a canary, joyously immersing herself in song.

Those who investigate further and check out the duo's mesmerizing full-length, Naked, will be taken by the album's genre-hopping breadth, from oonce-oonce dance numbers to 80's inspired funk pop and beyond.  Every track on the album simply jumps out of the grooves, making it ten times more muscially challenging and satisfying than any current platters from Kanye, Miley, or Lady Gaga.

Let's all make a resolution to no longer tolerate the tabloid crap that passes for popular music these days and make Hank and Cupcakes the new mainstream in 2014.

The first step, of course, is for you to get Naked.

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