It's easy to be icked out by the term "blue-eyed soul". It conjures images of middle-aged white dudes raping the soul of Sam Cooke and it's been applied to everyone from yacht-rocker Michael McDonald to the Off the Wall stylings of Justin Timberlake. But in the case of Sam Russell's Harborrats, whose past EP's have run the rootsy gamut between the Killer and the Boss, the term is apt. Recently cementing their line-up with two new members (on keyboard and strings), tonight's gig will showcase tunes from the forthcoming full length,The Legend of Christoper Moon. Due out this spring, Moon is being produced by Conrad Uno and takes the band's sound in a new direction, sighting the influence of indie rockers like Sonic Youth. Fear not Harborrat loyalists, this record promises to deliver all the thematic swell and drama you've come to expect and love. With David Hilman and Lost Dogma. MACHELL DUMA LAVASSAR
Listen to a sample of The Harborrats' "The Replicants."
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Fri., Jan. 4, 9 p.m., 2008