Armed with male and female vocals, vintage keyboards, electric guitar, a hard-grooving rhythm section, and a roaring horn section, Ithaca, NY’s Samuel B. Lupowitz & The Ego Band wave the flag of rock ’n’ roll tradition while pushing stylistic boundaries with their original material. Though firmly rooted in 1970s soul-rock, the band has shown a willingness to try just about anything: jazz standards, ‘80s pop, Dixieland, even covering Led Zeppelin’s entire Houses of the Holy album in a hometown show in the summer of 2014. The group’s self-produced, crowd-funded debut LP, Songs to Make You Wealthier and More Attractive, made the list of best local music releases of 2012 in the Ithaca Journal. Since then, the group has steadily gathered momentum, opening for artists such as Boston’s Jesse Dee and Brooklyn’s X Ambassadors, and winning the grand prize of $2000 at the VF Outlets corporation’s annual Battle of the Bands. The Ego Band’s new album of Ithaca stories,Ten Square Miles, is available now on iTunes, Amazon, and samuelblupowitz.com.
Mark has mixed both Ten Square Miles and Songs to Make You Wealthier and More Attractive. Selections from these two albums can be found below.