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Sheryl Crow, Francis and the Lights, Jimmy Gnecco, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Ruth Gerson and Frazey Ford

0 Comments · Monday, August 9, 2010
For her seventh studio album, '100 Miles from Memphis,' Sheryl Crow takes a page from the Shelby Lynne handbook and returns to her southern Midwest roots for an album full of vintage Soul/Pop sounds. Horns, crystalline back-up singers and slinky rhythms dominate, but Crow wisely weaves the Soul thread into her existing and highly successful Roots Rock tapestry.  

Francis and the Lights with Drake

May 28 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Monday, May 24, 2010
Drake, the hot rapper from Canada who has a sold-out Bogart's show Friday, has an unusual background. So it's fitting that he's picked Francis and the Lights for his opening act — they're not rappers but rather a mixture of New Romantic, Neo Soul crooning — think mid-1980s British Pop elegance a la Bryan Ferry, Spandau Ballet, Human League, Blow Monkeys and ABC with sexy post-Prince (and maybe post-Antony) falsetto singing accompanied by synth-infused, heavily percussive Modern Rock.  

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