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Detroit band has its Sights set on bigger things

for Journal Register Newspapers

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The Sights are on a roll.

The Detroit soul-rock troupe released its seventh album, "Left Over Right," and placed music in three Chevrolet ads. It also opened for Tenacious D during most of its recent North American tour, and the comic duo will be taking the Sights with them to Europe in October.

"We got to play a lot of famous rooms, and the shows were if not all sold out then mostly sold out," says frontman and founder Eddie Baranek, who also won a local Emmy Award for his theme for the PBS show "Under The Radar Michigan." "I never really pay attention to the Sights' Facebook page, but the guys have show me the flurry of activity on the page and there are just more people paying attention to the band. So there's tons of momentum."

Baranek, 31, says the group is "plotting every day" about how to take advantage of its circumstances. And its greatest ally is "Left Over Right," which came out in May and represents a bit of a change from the Sights' previous releases.

"It's maybe a more conscious effort to be less bluesy guitar soloing and more of an ensemble piece in terms of having the horns playing more, having the (keyboards) playing more, bringing in more of a Memphis, New Orleans-type feel with less of the Detroit guitar tone," Baranek explains.

"That's always been in our (sound), that R&B flavor. We're just bringing that up a little more. It came naturally; I just don't pick up the guitar as much."

The Sights celebrate the release of "Left Over Right" on Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. The Hard Lessons and Katie Grace will also perform. Tickets are $10, $12 for those under 21. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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