The Secret B-Sides are celebrating the release of a new album, entitled Easy Magic, which successfully contributes another forty-five minutes to the world’s supply of “solid gold baby making music”. Known in Western North Carolina as a top Soul band, the Secret B-Sides technically remain a ‘secret’ to most of the world. With the release of albums like Easy Magic, Flowers & Chocolate, and Live on the Mothership (not to mention, lost EPisodes) the B-Sides provide musical escape pods for a selective constellation of listeners–folks who appreciate the occasional psychedelic jaunt through vast regions of space-time. B-Sides albums also feature sincerely sexy slow-jams, thoughtful brass and woodwind arrangements, as well as articulated rap verses from some of the region’s best eMCees. Imagine Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, and Shuggie Otis get together and make a Hip-Hop album, heavy on hooks, with just a touch of country swagger. Controlled chaos distilled in the recording studio translates beautifully on stage at live B-Sides shows. Consistency squares with spontaneity, presented as a stripped-down quartet–drums, bass, keys, and guitar, with three-part vocal harmonies–or accompanied by any number of guest collaborators. This band is here on the planet, ready to help the people of Earth get together, feel a little sexy, and have some good, clean fun. (Despite rumors to the contrary, the B-Sides are still, in fact, all about flying saucers, dinosaurs, and love.) Since conception, the Secret B-Sides have opened in direct support for Lee Fields & the Expressions, Soulive, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, SPAM Allstars, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Dwele, and many more, including a very special performance as the backing band for Gift of Gab, from Blackalicious. Asheville, North Carolina’s “reigning kings of soul” will continue winning hearts and minds of Earthlings, satisfying the diverse musical tastes of multiple generations, in one Soul-full sound. How do the Secret B-Sides sound in your neck of the space-time continuum?