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Michael Kiwanuka with Cloves


The Showbox Downtown
Mon., May 22, 8 p.m. 2017 All Ages


Kelly O

There’s an entrancing, deeply poignant appeal to the music of Michael Kiwanuka, the UK’s latest high-quality soul export. His vocals are rich, emotive, and resonant with a light scratchiness and a cadence that hints at his Ugandan heritage, while his sound has a funky 1970s feel, with extravagant instrumental accouterments (haunting, gospel-tinged backing vocals, dramatic organ, and swells of strings and brass). Danger Mouse was among the producers of his 2016 second full-length, Love & Hate, which is good from start to finish. (“Black Man in a White World” is straight-up Curtis Mayfield, and I say that with much love.) Fans of HBO’s Big Little Lies should know that Kiwanuka’s “Cold Little Heart” was tapped for the show’s opening theme. This gig makes up for the one he had to cancel in December. LEILANI POLK

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The Showbox

1426 First Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

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  • Mon., May 22, 8 p.m. 2017