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The Caravan

Known for acoustic hip-hop covers of “Mama Said Knock You Out.”

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Known for outlandish acoustic hip-hop covers of “Mama Said Knock You Out,” The Caravan has been silently gaining a cult following and is now putting its debut album, Emerald City, out on wax June 12 at the Seahorse---fronted by NSLC employee/potential Playgirl cover model Kyle Mckenna, with Freddie Prinze Jr. look-alike Mark Bachynski on the drums, Bachynski’s high-school best friend Mike Ritchie on the guitar and Matt Fudge on the bass.

The Caravan’s music cleverly fuses rock ’n’ roll, jazz, soul and hip-hop into a combination that is uniquely their own. The group’s charm isn’t just about its catchy and clever songs or decades of collected musical experience, but the strange comic interplay between members. The band has a slightly Flight of the Conchords feel to its live performance, giving full rein to its eccentric personalities, and you can hear this unquantifiable chemistry in the recordings as well. Rowdy, fun and intelligent, Caravan is hell in a hand-basket.

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