Cynics should be forgiven, so to speak, if they're initially suspicious of a band calling itself The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers. Surely such a group of musicians must be trying to be hip or ironic or funny with a name like that, but the local coed octet is going for something much more surprising – they're absolutely sincere. Their song “Little Light” is a fiery plea for salvation, handed down with such a knowingly groovy piano line that even nonbelievers can appreciate the tune's rollicking, R&B funkiness. A track like “Simple Shining” is a fascinating contradiction, combining a traditional, rousing gospel chorus with a sinfully bluesy beat and rebellious post-punk guitars. It wasn't so long ago that many Christians decried such influences as the devil's own music, which goes to show that even the devoted can (eventually) see the light.

Mon., March 3, 9 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 03/03/14)

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