Sam Smith is the real deal. Something about the way he belts lyrics that sound like his deepest, darkest secrets makes his music simultaneously painful and cathartic. Since appearing on Disclosure’s breakthrough single, “Latch” in 2012, 22-year-old Smith has been rising on his own, seeing his career skyrocket with the release of his debut EP, Nirvana, a bewitching sampler of what would come on his follow-up full-length album, In the Lonely Hour, released in May. With a bite like Amy Winehouse and a knack for perfectly capturing the many facets of love and heartbreak à la Adele, Smith keeps British soul alive in a way that makes you want to curl up inside the walls of his vocal range.

Tue., June 17, 8 p.m., 2014

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on June 11, 2014

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