We at the Voicehave waxed rhapsodic about Mayer Hawthorne, the Detroit troubadour of sweet Curtis Mayfield melodies and brassy pop giddiness. Well, this week welcomes back Hawthorne's main contender for the retro-soul title: Eli 'Paperboy' Reed, a dapper Massachusetts soul acolyte of similar Motown throwbacks. His Capitol Records debut, Come and Get It!, remains one of last year's most exciting discs, a jolly thumb-through of classic Stax elevated by his young enthusiasm and worldly croon. "Help Me" and "You Can Run On" are as thrilling refrains as this soul's ever heard; Reed's live show is said to deliver 'em home even better.
Wed., Jan. 12, 8 p.m., 2011