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Charles Bradley’s final album will be released posthumously this fall

Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

It’s been nearly a year since the passing of The Screaming Eagle of Soul, Charles Bradley, who lost his battle with cancer not long after performing at 2017’s XPN Fest. This fall, though, Bradley’s music will live on in the form of Black Velvet, his posthumous final album.

Compiled by Bradley and his producer/co-writer Thomas “TNT” Brenneck, the 10-track album will feature songs spanning the soul and funk singer’s decade-long career, and will include covers of Nirvana’s “Stay Away” and Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold.” Dunham and Daptone Records will release Black Velvet on November 9, and lead single “I Feel a Change” is out now. The accompanying video shows black-and-white footage of Bradley as he records and performs. Continue reading →

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Watch Charles Bradley give his second-to-last performance in this video from Pickathon

XPoNential Music Festival | photo by Joe Del Tufo | deltufophotography.com

Thinking back on the artists we lost over the year 2017, one name looms large: Charles Bradley. The powerful vocalist and commanding funk/soul/rock and roll frontman lost his battle with cancer this autumn, not even two months after his thrilling performance at the XPoNential Music Festival.

From XPNFest, Bradley and the band traversed the country to Portland, Oregon, to play his final two shows at the Pickathon music festival…and today, video from night one has made its way into the world, care of NPR Music. Watch a remarkable performance of “Lovin’ You Baby” below. Continue reading →

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Watch a heartfelt homage to soul singer Charles Bradley in this Daptone Records video

Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

On September 23rd, soul revivalist Charles Bradley passed away after a battle with cancer. Bradley’s vintage rasp will be immortalized in the soul history books and his charismatic energy will continue to touch the hearts of anyone who has heard his music.

Since the beginning of his career, Bradley has been a signee of soul revivalist heavyweight Daptone Records. Recently, Daptone has released a seriously touching video that follows Bradley through a short trip to Vienna where he gets inspired by a beautiful middle-aged church in the heart of the city. The four minute tribute video effectively shows the late Bradley’s piety, positivity, and compassion. The world lost a great voice and an even better man in Bradley and Daptone does a great job in remembering the soul legend in the video below.

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XPN Fest Recap: Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires supply plenty of soul to close Saturday’s Wiggins Park slate

Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

If you didn’t know better, you might have thought Charles Bradley was a soul pioneer, still belting out decade-old classics for an audience reliving the music of their childhood. The reactions from the crowd after every number played by Bradley and his Extraordinaires during their closing set on the River Stage Saturday evening pointed to such a notion being true. Heck, even Bradley’s age would make that seem like the logical interpretation. He’s 67 years old.

These assumptions would be incorrect. Bradley broke out just six years ago when he was finally discovered. After experiencing his live product for the first time, I can say with confidence that we were robbed of many years of heart-on-his-sleeve performances that would have been rivaled by few. Because that’s what Bradley and his band gave us in Wiggins Park Saturday. His age did not factor into his performance, except for the fact that he’s had more years than most to perfect his dance moves. I’d have a lot of fans too if I could pelvic thrust and do the robot like he does. But all jokes aside, Bradley and his Extraordinaires brought wicked amounts passion to each breath, whether that was from his howling, soulful vocals or the blasting brass courtesy of the band. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s (Non-KeyFest) Concert Picks: Into It. Over It. at TLA, Christine Havrilla at Tin Angel, and Charles Bradley at Union Transfer

Into It. Over It.
Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It. | photo by Cameron Witting | courtesy of the artist

Key Fest comes to close tonight, featuring Americana headliners Hezekiah Jones. But if you have your eye on some other shows, check these three out.

Into. It. Over It. is the emo-rock project of Chicagoan Evan Thomas Weiss. Having just released his new record Standards, Weiss is stopping by TLA tonight. If Into. It. Over It.’s own emo-revival music wasn’t appealing enough, the band is also touring with the acclaimed The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die. Find tickets and more info at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Galactic and Charles Bradley bring a funk / soul feast to the Electric Factory

Galactic | Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker | laurajanebrubaker.tumblr.com
Galactic | Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker | laurajanebrubaker.tumblr.com

Saturday night the Electric Factory shook with a satisfied rumble that only the sublime brew of funk and soul can provide. Headliners Galactic rolled into town to lay down their NOLA-born jams and their fans were out in force, but one would be hard-pressed to say the show hadn’t already been stolen by opener Charles Bradley, the Screaming Eagle of Soul, the Black Rose, the Doctor of Love. With his signature wail and phenomenal moves, sporting not one but two sequins-encrusted outfits, Bradley gave what many would call the performance of a lifetime, but which for him is probably just another night on the town.

(Hear More – Charles Bradley rocked Free at Noon)

Check out photos of both bands’ Electric Factory sets in the gallery below.