Charles Bradley Q&A

Charles Bradley Interview

Little by Listen: I saw you this summer at Millennium Park in Chicago, and I found your show to be really inspiring and also just really fun.  It was a free show, and a friend of mine and I always talk about how artists sometimes mail it in at these free shows where it isn’t all just your fans, but you did the complete opposite of that. What motivates you to pour every ounce of energy you have on stage?
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Jim James “Know Til Now” Review

Jim James
“Know Til Now”

Jim James solo song review "Know Til Now"

There is no hiding the fact that we at LxL love Jim James and his Kentucky bearded brethren in My Morning Jacket. I was admittedly ecstatic when I heard that the long-awaited Jim James solo record was finally announced (called Regions of Light and Sound of God), which also came with the release of the album’s first single, “Know Til Now”. Jim James had previously released an EP (under the silly pseudonym Yim Yames) in tribute to my favorite Beatle, George Harrison, called Tribute To, which was full of stripped-down and southern-tinged Harrison covers. This new single couldn’t be more different from that solo material, as the song swings with an electro-soul swagger only to finish off with an instrumental jazz close.
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Charles Bradley Show Review

Charles Bradley and Abigail Washburn

Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park

Chicago, IL

July 16th, 2012

Charles Bradley Show Review in Chicago
Screaming Eagle of Soul

One usually goes into a free show being excited about the price of admission but rarely that excited about the act you are actually seeing. That’s because it always seems to me most free shows are that way for a reason – they either are a lesser known local band you are seeing for nothing or the artists seem random and rarely catch my eye. Last Monday’s free show as part of Millennium Park’s concert series broke both of those things bringing Charles Bradley and Abigail Washburn – two known great performers who I have never seen. While I have only heard Abigail Washburn’s cultured folk and bluegrass a time or two, I have been knee-deep in Charles Bradley 2011 classic soul debut No Time For Dreaming since the beginning of this year. The two made for easily the best free concert I have ever been to and Charles Bradley’s performance was the most soulful I have ever seen.
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The Black Keys Review: El Camino es Muy Bueno

The Black Keys
El Camino

Not Pictured: El Camino

First off, I would like to apologize for the delay. This review was supposed to surface yesterday, but do to a hectic work schedule recently, it was not possible. When I finally began writing the review, I was so eager to talk about The Black Keys, that I wrote 700 words without even breaking into a single point about the new album. So I decided to split it up and write a Thoughts @ Work piece as well, that will be posted later today.
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Janelle Monáe Show Review

Janelle Monáe
October 15th, 2011
IU Auditorium
Bloomington, IN

Five years ago, Todd and I had the pleasure of seeing the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, James Brown, three months before he passed. The show was astounding, as even in his very old age (73) Mr. Brown could still kill it, personified by his 12 minute show-stopping performance of “Sex Machine” to close the night with his lively band. Now five years after his passing, the spirit of James Brown still seemed alive on that stage with an energetic, theatrical performance from relatively newcomer Janelle Monáe, a Neo Soul talent and Outkast protégé who clearly models her music and performance style after the Godfather of Soul as well as Prince and the King of Pop, not a bad group of rock royalty to emulate.
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