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Hipster

Joe Olnick Band

An artistic statement on night life in the modern world, with a slinky, searching vibe. Also includes a dub version, in tribute to the roots dub master, King Tubby.

With a similar vibe of other instrumental rock acts, such as Khruangbin, Thievery Corporation, and New Mastersounds, the Joe Olnick Band continues to evolve and adapt to modern times.

"Sometimes in the studio the band is just on fire, and in this case it was recorded in very high quality," says Olnick. "The hipsters of the world have had to adapt to the modern age with all of its challenges, and with night life currently shuttered due to the pandemic, the music really reflects that vibe of cool people searching for somewhere to go where they can be seen and enjoy themselves. Yet, that funky groove is still within them, just a little subdued. It's a fundamental part of who they are, going from club to club in normal times. The surreal world we live in now is mirrored in the music and accompanying videos."
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Iguana

Joe Olnick Band

The Joe Olnick Band has a rocking vibe of “avant-jam” and fusion like Medeski, Martin & Wood, New Mastersounds, Phish, and John Scofield. The band's latest release, Iguana, tells the musical story of a misunderstood hero who overcomes challenges to eventually get what he is looking for. It is their most rock-oriented recording project so far.

Vents Magazine drew comparisons to Ian Dury, James Brown, and Steve Howe. Andy Goldfinger at 92.7 KOCF FM also noted “Joe’s album has that feel of cool. It crosses the boundaries of genre and lets the listener just feel the music.” Finally, Jeff Collins at The Rock Jukebox called Iguana "A really wonderful album. One of the best of the year."

More info at https://www.joeolnick.com
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Downtown

Joe Olnick Band

Indie/groove guitarist Joe Olnick and his band return with his sixth album of original instrumental compositions, Downtown. His latest CD explores the increasingly urban world that he lives in, based in the mid-Atlantic area near both Philadelphia and Baltimore.

Building on the success of last year's Defiant Grooves album, which received airplay at college/independent stations including WXPN, the Joe Olnick Band takes the grooves into more sophisticated territory similar to Medeski, Martin & Wood as well as Soulive. His previous work has drawn comparisons to visionary artists like Pink Floyd, Phish, and Miles Davis.

Joe Olnick Band live performances (such as this year's World Cafe Live Philadelphia show) start with basic themes and expand on them with thrilling group improvisations keyed to the immediate environment. The combination of classic guitar elements and new, creative approaches has created a growing fan base that is spreading the word of uniquely powerful atmospheric & unforgettable concerts.

As with the previous album, Downtown is mastered by Grammy award-winner Reuben Cohen (Foo Fighters, Ryan Adams) at Lurssen Mastering in Burbank, CA for the highest quality sound.
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Defiant Grooves

Joe Olnick Band

Changing musical gears and moving from recent ambient experiments back into the instrumental rock/groove/jam aisle, it's the highly anticipated follow-up to the Up All Night CD.

Soulful and adventurous, Joe's fifth album is a new collection of original music recorded in 2016. Joe plays everything but the drums once again, as well as mixing and producing.

This album was mastered by Grammy award winner Reuben Cohen of Lurssen Mastering in Burbank, CA for exceptional sound quality.
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Up All Night

Joe Olnick

The remastered and extended version of the classic Up All Night CD, featuring the singles "Dire" & "Beach House". Mellow jams, modern acoustic guitar, jazzy moods, watery grooves, house dance and massive power chords are all present on this album.
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