• Spampinato Brothers

For most of my life NRBQ was one of those “seminal” bands I heard about far more than I actually heard. I appreciated their fearless bar-band aesthetic on paper, but I just never got into their music. It’s probably sacrilegious to admit, but I’ve yet to rectify that situation and dig into their old recordings (the band’s studio work was famously inferior to their onstage output—playing shows was their raison d’etre). I’m almost as embarrassed to admit that what’s forced me to rethink my dismissal of NRBQ has been a handful of recordings by spin-off groups, released since the band went on hiatus in 2004.