Like his Daptone labelmates Sharon Jones and Lee Fields, Charles Bradley records music influenced almost exclusively by the soul titans of his younger years — JB, Otis, and Al to name three. Distinguishing Bradley from his peers is the fact that he got the opportunity to do so (on a broad scale) only recently. Long story short, poverty and bad luck kept the now-64-year-old out of studios so long that 2011's excellent No Time for Dreaming — featuring a stunning indictment of the American Dream, "Why Is It So Hard?," among other gems — was his full-length debut. Understandably, the new Victim of Love is less of a surprise, but it's certainly more personal, and songs like the title track epitomize how organically pain can be turned into something beautiful. With Paul & the Tall Trees.
Tue., May 7, 7 p.m., 2013