By Steve Weinstein
By Bryan Bierman
By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
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Jones and the Dap-Kings have two recordsthe latest, Naturally, is dominated by "My Man Is a Mean Man" and a slow, grinding, cathartic reinvention of "This Land Is Your Land," which brought the tent down in Austin. Look for a third full-length in the fall, and, after she's through beguiling Europe again, more New York shows at which to dig what you always suspected you would and invariably will.
My music-hating friend, seeking respite from the cynicism that grips most SXSW survivors, asked me to ask Sharon where soul comes from. "To me soul just comes from within," she offers. "It's feeling something. Look at my band. Some people tell me, to have soul, you gotta be black. No you don't. My band is Italian, Jewish, Spanish. But they play. They feel. Soul is somethin', you gotta feel it. You don't play music with soul. You gotta feel soul."
Just take care you're not illicitly feeling anything, or anyone, else.
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings open for the Isley Brothers April 13 at United Palace Theatre, theunitedpalace.com.