In a rags-to-riches story for the ages, classic soul and R&B singer Charles Bradley spent decades doing music on the side (including as a James Brown impersonator) while working as a cook and doing odd jobs until being discovered by Daptone Records' Gabriel Roth. Two highly praised albums and a string of incendiary, acclaimed performances later, Bradley is riding high, the toast of the retro-soul brigade. Bradley's initial release, No Time for Dreaming, had a greasy, Southern soul vibe, his marvelous, gritty voice etching heartache and woe. This year's Victim of Love has a more optimistic tint, along with an infusion of horns closer to Motown than Memphis, plus a psychedelic-funk thang that somehow makes Bradley's fiery pipes burn even brighter. 18+.
Thu., Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m., 2013