By Kyle Anderson
Updated June 19, 2013 at 02:00 PM EDT

J.C. Brooks & the Uptown Sound

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This groovy, way-back kind of summer that began with Daft Punk, shimmied on through Bruno Mars, and took a Steely spin with Mayer Hawthorne, now continues with JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound — with a little help from their fancy TV-star friends.

“Rouse Yourself,” from the Chicago quintet’s new album, Howl, perfectly encapsulates what they call their “post-punk soul” sound. And apparently it inspired New Girl star Jake Johnson (Johnson is friends with the band’s guitarist) and Parks and Recreation‘s Aubrey Plaza to act like total deranged ninja (okay, that’s mostly Johnson) in the clip.

Check out the exclusive premiere of the “Rouse Yourself” video below:

JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound’s third album Howl is out now. Pick it up at iTunes.

Want to crash a JC Brooks show of your own? Check out the tour dates below, and remember: He does not take kindly to nunchucks.June 19 – Pittsburgh, PA (Smiling Moose)June 21 – Dover, DE (Firefly Music Festival)June 22 – New York, NY (Mercury Lounge)June 23 – Washington, DC (Rock & Roll Hotel)June 28 – Ann Arbor, MI (Ann Arbor Summer Festival)June 29 – Indianapolis, IN (Northside Opti Park)June 30 – Milwaukee, WI (Summerfest)July 4 – Louisville, KY (Waterfront Park)July 6 – Iowa City, IA (Firecracker 500 Festival)July 11 – Grand Rapids, MI (Pyramid Scheme)July 12 – Toronto, ON (Horseshoe Tavern)July 13 – Rohcester, NY (Highland Bowl Amphitheater)

July 20 – Chicago, IL (Sheffield Gardenwalk)

July 26 – Madison, WI (The Majestic Theatre)Aug 9 – St. Louis, MO (Off Broadway)

Aug 11 – Combined Locks, WI (Mile of Music Festival)

Aug 14 – Seattle, WA (The Triple Door)

Aug 15 – Portland, OR (Lola’s)

Oct 6 – Austin City Limits Music Festival

Oct 13 – Austin City Limites Music Festival

J.C. Brooks & the Uptown Sound

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