Best rebirth of rockin’ soul

The Laurel Canyon

Singer-guitarist Shawn Kyle and drummer Max Norton always brought a bit of soul to The Beauvilles, but we’re not sure anyone was prepared for the full-on wall-of-blues onslaught the pair debuted as The Laurel Canyon. Intense, dynamic and steeped in cathartic sounds from gospel and hill country blues to Motown shouters, this pair reinvigorated both themselves and their fans by filtering their influences through mountains of coiled fuzz and some of the best, most engrossing live sets the scene produced this year.

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