Hi Rhythm

On the Loose (Fat Possum)

SXSW 2013 Records

Hi Rhythm

On the Loose (Fat Possum)

What happens when you kick all the stars out and let the house band rule the roost? If it's 1976 and you're Memphis' Hi Records – home of Southern soul giants Al Green, O.V. Wright, and Ann Peebles – you get a record that sounds like Al Green on acid. Oddly, the eight-track collection doesn't encapsulate the classic Willie Mitchell sound of a thousand Wu-Tang samples. That's part of the mix, of course, as is a heavy dose of Sly Stone-styled funk and an off-kilter country twang. "Purple Raindrops" makes a strong case for most bizarre cut in the Hi catalog, while "You Got Me Comin'" starts up-tempo before crashing into a crescendo and slowing down by half, a precursor to Houston's chopped-and-screwed clique. The vocals are wildly off-key throughout – often to hilarious effect – but the brothers Hodges (Teenie, Leroy, and Charles) and company cook up some serious stank-faced funk and have a damn good time doing it. (8pm, Stage on Sixth Patio)


A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Music Reviews
Review: A Giant Dog, <i>Bite</i>
Review: A Giant Dog, Bite
Bite (Record Review)

Laiken Neumann, Sept. 1, 2023

Review: Holy Wave, <i>Five of Cups</i>
Review: Holy Wave, Five of Cups
Five of Cups (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Sept. 1, 2023

More by Thomas Fawcett
Dispatches From a New Decade of SXSW
Dispatches From a New Decade of SXSW
Our favorite musical moments from the fest

March 25, 2022

The Best Music We Saw at SXSW on Friday
The Best Music We Saw at SXSW on Friday
Seventies funk GOATs, queer nu metal, and so much more

March 19, 2022


Hi Rhythm

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Keep up with happenings around town

Kevin Curtin's bimonthly cannabis musings

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle