Bus Stop Stallions

Don't Block It!

Texas Platters

Bus Stop Stallions

Don't Block It!

With sophomore effort Don't Block It!, Bus Stop Stallions have joined the increasingly crowded ranks of throwback local R&B outfits. Formed in 2006, the 10-piece Stallions (including two backup singers) trot in the tradition of Austin's mid-1970s Fable recording artists, channeling Starcrost on the spacey jazz fusion of "Never Is Forever" and mining the same white boy funk vibe that made Steam Heat a local favorite. "Make Me" and "The Gift" aim directly at the early 1970s Stevie Wonder canon with bubbly bass lines and a heavy dose of synthesized keys in the glorious tradition of "Superstition." The Bus Stop boys fall into an easy rhythm on midtempo groovers "Taxi Driver" and "Baby I Want You," which may not cause a stampede to the dance floor but seem to find the band's sweet spot, while "Without a Sound" crawls into a sunny reggae-inspired rhythm before rocking and skanking into a crescendo.

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