Miracles are best left to the saints. Those with a calling and a talent. Higher beliefs and a hatful of hope. At Off Broadway on Friday night, two bands delivered two very different sermons; if not quite miraculous, the music came very close.
St Paul and the Broken Bones take y'all to church in a live session filled with knee-dropping soul and rhythm and blues.
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings survive and thrive in their blast-to-the-past exposition of soul and funk, "Give The People What They Want."
The smoothest soul and funk outfit in Nashville, Tenn., DeRobert & the Half-Truths returned with the album "I'm Trying" earlier this year. As evidenced by the track "The Dole, Pt. 2," the band is laying down some of the most finely textured and socially conscious music on the soul-revival scene.
Crafty and intricate, the music of Forsthays has undeniable echoes of Frank Ocean while still venturing into wholly new, wholly eclectic electro-R&B vistas. Case in point: the new track "Better Off Now."
At long last, St. Louis shed its Siberia-like temperatures this week and reached 70 degrees by Thursday; the desire to hibernate melted with the snow.
Caroline Smith, a Minneapolis singer-songwriter, will not be pigeon-holed. The self-proclaimed, and unabashed, fan of '90s rhythm and blues, pop and neo-soul makes music influenced by all of them, but in a way that doesn't exactly resemble any particular style, other than her own.