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Hey, everyone: the excellent writer Monica Kendrick has a blog now! Go pay attention to her!

I actually got out of the house last night—to see Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, who asked from the stage if anyone had seen them at Doug Fir but are now big enough that they sold out the Crystal Ballroom. (I might have linked the fascinating Times profile of Gabriel “Bosco Mann” Roth here before, but here it is again.) I love that band dearly, and as glad as I am to have been able to see them at the Doug Fir (and, long before that, at what I suspect was their first NYC show as Sharon Jones & the Soul Providers, in front of about 20 people), I’m also glad to see them pulling big crowds. Like I twittered, I never get tired of hearing Binky Griptite introduce Sharon as “the super soul sister with the dynamic je ne sais quoi.” (And I approve of the conga player, who has the squarest-looking ’50s salaryman outfit I’ve ever seen.) Good to see they’ve been able to change their set a bit with the times, too—“This Land Is Your Land” seems to have been stolen back by Pete Seeger, and “What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes?” is maybe a little less relevant at the moment; they’ve been replaced by an apposite cover of “A Change Is Gonna Come.” But given her habit of pulling people out of the audience to address songs to/dance around her, I wish her… a better selection of front-row audience members. And more new songs as good as the gospel number she closed with.

Here’s a YouTube clip of them four years ago, covering “Things Got to Get Better”—I probably would have levitated about two feet from sheer happiness if I’d seen that in person.

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