In Concert: The Phenomenal Handclap Band

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The Phenomenal Handclap Band gave a concert at Joe's Pub in NYC on July 21st. FotonovaNYC/Alex Solmssen hide caption

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The Phenomenal Handclap Band makes music that's as sprawling and unwieldy as its name: To watch the group on stage is to witness what seems like several bands at once. With eight members — from hipsters and beautiful women to long-haired rockers and what look like everyday office workers — the group has been painstakingly engineered to generate a big, bold sensory overload.

Fortunately, its sound is outrageously danceable, fusing grimy funk with cooing disco, retro rock and sweet pop. The Phenomenal Handclap Band was the subject of breathless buzz well before its self-titled debut came out this month, and its live show makes it easy to see and hear why.

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