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Shawn Smith, Hearts of Oak, Stenner Glen 

When: Sat., Feb. 22, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $7
Shawn Smith's voice could caress wallpaper from the walls, like panties in Prince's proximity. The two share a soulful, funky vocal fortitude, but I think Smith's rocking through the religious era of the Purple One's history right now. And it turns out Jesus-y music does not make for great sexytimes. (I know, right?!) Smith has made some fantastic albums in his two-decade career, with Seattle bands Brad (Shame), Satchel (The Family), and Pigeonhed (The Full Sentence), and don't even get me going on his collaborations with Greg Dulli in the Twilight Singers (Twilight as Played by the Twilight Singers). Now that he's turned his recent solo efforts to singing about redemption—as on the prolific musician's newest album Kid Bakersfield—his songs feel a little toothless, garnished with a certain number of religious platitudes, which makes for sadder, older, life-questioning fare. Yet his talent is undeniable—see album standouts "The Life You Saved" and "The Man that You See in Me." Smith's voice is still a really awesome instrument; I just wish he were still into singing soul instead of saving souls. I suspect everyone's underpinnings will stay firmly in check at the show... unless the back catalog comes out to play. COURTNEY FERGUSON

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