Category Archives: Soul

Live Last Night: Raphael Saadiq at the 9:30 Club

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He is the real damn deal. Reviewed for Post Rock.

Live Last Night: Bettye LaVette at the 9:30 Club

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Sadly, Bettye did not wear that belt at the 9:30 last night. Reviewed for Post Rock.

Bettye LaVette at the 9:30 Club, Monday, March 9, 2009

The Setlist

01 The Stealer
02 Still Want to Be Your Baby (Take Me Like I Am)
03 Choices
04 Joy
05 My Man, He’s Loving Man
06 You Never Change
07 Let Me Down Easy
08 He Made a Woman Out of Me
09 The High Road
10 Souvenirs
11 Somebody Pick Up My Pieces
12 Your Turn to Cry
13 Talking Old Soldiers
14 ?

ENCORE

15 Close as I’ll Get to Heaven
16 Before the Money Came (The Ballad of Bettye LaVette)

Live Last Night: Lucinda Williams

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Any cover of an AC/DC tune is inevitably going to struggle not to taste like nonalcoholic beer or fat-free ice cream, but Lucinda came as close as anyone could to pulling it off. Reviewed for Post Rock.

Lucinda Williams and Buick 6 at the 9:30 Club, Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Setlist

01 People Talkin’
02 Ventura
03 Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
04 Circles and X’s
05 Pineola
06 Drunken Angel
07 Side of the Road
08 Everything Has Changed
09 Something About What Happens When We Talk
10 Overtime
11 Tears of Joy
12 Are You Down
13 Real Love
14 Essence
15 Come On
16 Real Live Bleeding Fingers and Broken Guitar Strings
17 Honey Bee
18 Joy
19 Righteously

ENCORE:

20 Angel (Jimi Hendrix; performed by Lucinda alone)
21 Little Rock Star
22 It’s a Long Way to the Top (AC/DC)

The Band

Chet Lister – guitar, lap steel, keys, vocals
Butch Norton – drums
Eric Skimmerhorn – guitar
David Sutton – bass, vocals
Lucinda Williams – lead vocals, guitar

Live Last Night: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit at the 9:30 Club

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He’s good. Really good. Too good to stay in the Drive-By Truckers and sing four songs per night.
Reviewed for Post Rock.

The Setlist

01 Brand New Kind of Actress
02 Decoration Day
03 Seven-Mile Island
04 Chicago Promenade
05 The Last Song I Will Write
06 Never Gonna Change
07 Goddamn Lonely Love
08 Soldiers Get Strange
09 Dress Blues
10 Psycho Killer (Talking Heads)
11 Danko / Manuel
12 Try

ENCORE
13 Outfit
14 Hurricanes and Hand Grenades
15 The Assassin (Patterson Hood)
16 Coda

The Band

Derry deBorja — keyboards

Brownan Lollar — guitar, vocals

Jimbo Hart — bass, vocals

Chad Gamble — drums

Jason Isbell — vocals, guitar

Live Last Night: James Hunter and Ryan Shaw

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Reviewed last night at the Birchmere; showed up on Post Rock and in Thursday’s Paper of Record.   My all-new, all-earlier deadline makes we write things like this:

“If melisma is The Force and Mariah Carey is Darth Vader, then Shaw would be Obi-Wan Kenobi, a steady, beneficent presence who uses his potentially destructive powers for good.”

Binky Griptite didn’t lie.

sharon_brown-dress.jpgSharon Jones was as great as he promised she’d be when he took the stage with the Dap Kings in advance of her arrival at the Black Cat Thursday night.  My DCist write-up was just a quickie, but sometimes that’s all you need — or all you have time to write.   For a more thorough, eloquent account, check Monsieur du Lac’s review in Saturday’s Paper of Record. 

I’ve already downloaded Binky’s Christmas single, “Stoned Soul Christmas” b/w “World of Love.”  The former, at least, will definitely make my 2008 Christmas compilation