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St. Paul and the Broken Bones w/Steelism 

When: Thu., Feb. 27, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $15
Hailing from near the epicenter of Northern Alabama soul, Birmingham R&B revivalists St. Paul and the Broken Bones happily wear their homestate influences on their sleeves. Led by precocious crooner Paul Janeway, the brass-section-boasting band tears through a revue of ’60s and ’70s soul like “Call Me,” the ballad “Broken Bones and Pocket Change,” and the amazingly titled rave-up “Sugar Dyed Honey Pants” with a greasy gusto worthy of the Muscle Shoals wrecking crew. Although the gawky and bespectacled Janeway looks more like your garden variety office tech than a chitlin’ circuit superstar, he’s a vocal dead ringer for Wilson Pickett, with a cutting rasp to match and a cache of well-studied James Brown moves. The band’s debut full-length, Half the City, dropped this month on Single Lock Records, a label recently launched by Civil Wars singer John Paul White and Alabama Shakes keyboardist Ben Tanner. Local Western-swing instrumental outfit Steelism opens.
— Adam Gold

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