I get to do a lot of awesome interviews with a lot of awesome artists — I just got off the phone with Gwar, and you can check out my interview with Nigerian R&B artist Nneka in the latest issue of Magnet Magazine, just to name a couple — but rarely would I call my interviews inspiring. Informative, entertaining, and sure, thought-provoking. But I rarely hang up the phone with some random stranger feeling like I can take on the world. Inspiration just isn't a typical feeling at the end of an artist interview. The one huge exception to this rule is Mr. Charles Bradley. The 62-year-old soul singer — who's in town tonight supporting his ultra-excellent Daptone/Dunham records debut No Time for Dreaming — has an energy and enthusiasm that is as infectious as it is rare. In world of cynical, jaded musicians, Bradley is a shining beacon of positive vibes. And if his live show has on one-hundredth of the energy that our chat had, you can expect tonight's show to be a soul-cleansing, wrong-righting exercise in downright brilliant performance. I am so pumped for this one it's hard to put into words.
Check out my article on Bradley from this week's dead-tree edition here, and get your ass out to the Rock Block tonight. Show starts at 8, tickets are $15, and DJ Short Stack opens up.