Just like the stuff they put in hot dogs, you're probably better off not knowing what makes "special" sauce so special. On the other hand, G. Love & Special Sauce have been brewing their lip-smacking concoction for more than a decade now, and they've got the recipe down pat — equal parts soul, funk, hip-hop, and blues simmered over a seriously laid-back vibe.
That recipe earned them a steady cult following that has grown since the band's self-titled debut in '94. G. Love & Special Sauce's most recent U.S. release, 2008's upbeat and light Superhero Brother — they dropped Long Way Down in 2009, but only in Australia and New Zealand — isn't music for brooding fans of gloom and doom, while never departing from the band's essence. Like "Cold Beverage" says, kick back and have a cold one. And that's just the recommended way to see them at Culture Room this week.