The Pressure Lounge, a local “modular” funk band whose shifting lineup churns out a unique mix of hip-hop, punk, pop and, of course, funk, will be releasing their debut EP and hosting a release show at the MOMO Lounge (2708 J St). Their frontman, Joshua Krage, formed the band in 2012 when, after 10 years of gigging around Sacramento, he finally decided that his music needed to be released to a wider audience. Their selection of recordings is a little sparse (though it includes “Desk Job,” a great blues jam about whitecollar woes), but they have released their debut single: “Pertinent Groove,” a funky dance track styled as a sales pitch for the song itself, complete with a cheesy (but fun) rap presentation on its merits.

Also appearing with the group is The New Crowns, another local funk band that is a little slimmer at three members. Whereas The Pressure Lounge tend to be highly variable and strong in number, The New Crowns specialize in punchy, stripped down soul grooves. One of our favorites is “2nd Grade,” a love story told from the perspective of a second grader stuck in time-out. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7. Tickets are $12 in advance, and $15 at the door. For tickets, info and more, see or

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 10 of issue #298 (Aug. 14 – 28, 2019)**