THE LATEST NEWS
OCTOBER 23, 2013
Available on Friday, November 29 at participating Record Store Day stores (US only)!
Just in time for Black Friday, we are proud to present the premier pugilistic wax battle of the 21st Century. In one corner we have Sir Charles Bradley backed by the Salacious Sorcerers of Soulful-Doom, and undisputed pride of Staten Island - Daptone's beloved heavy metal enthusiasts, The Budos Band. Armed with a soulful, merciless version of Black Sabbath's classic ballad 'Changes' - you'd have a better chance in the ring with a hungry Mike Tyson on speed. In the other corner we have Sir Bradley, this time backed by old school cohorts, the Staten Island mercenaries of Funk, Dirt Rifle and the Bullets (the band responsible for such early Bradley hits as, 'This Love in't big enough For the both Of Us', and 'Now That I'm Gone'). The Bullets come out swinging with ‘Ain't it a Shame.’ In what should be considered the other A-side, this heavy new original tune is filled with the raw energy harnessed on classic Bradley singles, which can only be described as TKO caliber Razzle Dazzle.
"Changes" / "Ain't It A Shame"
OCTOBER 15, 2013
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires are excited to announce their Winter 2014 Northeast Tour, including two shows in NYC and opening slots for Galactic in Boston and Philadephia.
Fri, Jan 17 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom (TICKETS)
Sat, Jan 18 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg (TICKETS)
Fri, Jan 24 - Woodstock, NY - Bearsville Theater (TICKETS)
Sat, Jan 25 - Uncasville, CT - The Wolf Den – FREE SHOW
Wed, Feb 5 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street (TICKETS)
Thu, Feb 6 - Providence, RI - The Columbus Theatre (TICKETS)
Fri, Feb 7 - Boston, MA - House of Blues (Opening for Galactic) (TICKETS)
Sat, Feb 8 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory (Opening for Galactic) (TICKETS)
SEPTEMBER 10, 2013
Daptone Soul Revue is coming home to Brooklyn! Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, the Budos Band, and of course Charles Bradley featuring Menahan Street Band will be playing the free show of the summer at Williamsburg Waterfront on Friday, September 20. Doors at 5pm!
Check out a playlist, courtesy of Daptone Records here!
AUGUST 26, 2013
We're on the road and we need some new driving tunes!
Share your best Spotify, Soundcloud, or Rdio BBQ playlist featuring Charles Bradley's "You Put the Flame On It" via Facebook or Twitter by September 1, and enter to win a Daptone Records/Charles Bradley gift bag! Make sure to tag it with #flameonit so that we can see it, and check out all shared playlists at thecharlesbradley.com
AUGUST 23, 2013
Soul of America is now available for on-demand streaming on Netflix (US only currently).
If you're not a Netflix subscriber, or you're outside the US, you can download it on iTunes, purchase a DVD (Region 1), or view on the big screen here.
AUGUST 13, 2013
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires will be stopping by Amoeba Hollywood at 5pm on August 25 to play some songs and sign copies of their records, as well as the recently released DVD Charles Bradley: Soul of America. More info here.
JULY 11, 2013
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires stopped by the World Cafe studios recently to play some songs and chat with David Dye. Check it out here.
JULY 10, 2013
Soul of America is coming to you, America, in various forms!
Digital (US Only): Out July 16 (Presale starts today!)
DVD: Out August 6 (Presale starts today, ships July 30!)
In-person: Theaters below!
- Jul 12 New York, NY - The Rocks Off Film Festival
- Jul 16 Duluth, MN - Zinema
- Jul 20 Washington, DC - AFI Theatre
- Jul 26 New York, NY - Lincoln Center
- Aug 22 Bellingham, WA - Pickford Film Center
- Aug 28 Portland, OR - Hollywood Theatre
- Sep 25 San Francisco, CA - Roxie
- Sep 27 Brooklyn, NY - BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music)
If you don't see your town here, and would like to request a screening, you can do so here, via TUGG and Daptone Records.
JULY 9, 2013
Finishing up their full year of touring, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires will be heading back to the Midwest and Canada in December.
Dates below, and more information, including ticket links, on the tour page.
- Dec 04 Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
- Dec 05 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
- Dec 06 Chicago, IL - The Metro
- Dec 07 Bloomington, IN - Bluebird
- Dec 08 Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme
- Dec 11 Kitchener, ON - The Centre In The Square
- Dec 12 Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
- Dec 13 Ottawa, ON - Ritual
JUNE 28, 2013
Victim of Love has been included on Rolling Stone's Best Albums of 2013: Mid-Year Report!
The full round-up can be seen here.
JUNE 25, 2013
A whole new round of European dates have just been announced for this upcoming October and November!
Dates below, and full info all on the tour page.
- Thu, Oct 3 - Dublin, Ireland - The Sugar Club
- Fri, Oct 4 - Belfast, Northern Ireland - Empire Music Hall
- Sat, Oct 5 - Glasgow, Scotland - O2ABC
- Sun, Oct 6 - Leeds, England – Wardrobe
- Wed, Oct 9 - London, England - Koko
- Thu, Oct 10 - Brighton, England - Concorde 2
- Fri, Oct 11 - Birmingham, England - Hare & Hounds
- Sat, Oct 12 - Manchester, England - Academy 3
- Mon, Oct 14 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller Music Hall
- Tues, Oct 15 - Stockholm, Sweden - Nalen
- Wed, Oct 16 - Lund, Sweden – Mejeriet
- Thu, Oct 17 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia-Klubo
- Mon, Oct 21 - Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg - Rockhal
- Wed, Oct 23 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
- Wed, Oct 30 - Zurich, Switzerland - jazznojazz Festival
- Thu, Oct 31 - Basel, Switzerland - Kaserne - Reithalle
- Mon, Nov 4 - Clermont-Ferrand, France - La Cooperative de Mai
- Tue, Nov 5 - Strasbourg, France - La Laiterie Club
- Thu, Nov 7 - Rouen, France - Le 106 Club
- Fri, Nov 8 - Paris, France - Le Trianon
- Sat, Nov 9 - Massy, France - Espace Paul B
- Sun, Nov 10 - Alencon, France - La Luciole
- Tue, Nov 12 - Angers, France - Le Chabada
- Wed, Nov 13 - Vannes, France - L'Echonova
- Thu, Nov 14 - La Roche Sur Yon, France - Le Fuzz'Yon
- Fri, Nov 15 – Nimes, France - Paloma
- Sat, Nov 16 - Lyon, France - Epicerie Moderne
MAY 30, 2013
Just in time for summer, "You Put The Flame On It" is out!
Listen to it here!
You can also check out a special "Behind the Scenes of Victim of Love," in which Charles talks about the new album, and how he's changed since No Time For Dreaming came out, here.
MAY 29, 2013
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires have just announced a West Coast tour, starting August 17 in Denver and ending September 7 at Portland's Music Fest NW, with stops at Buumbershoot, FYF Fest, and back-to-back shows at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall in between, among others.
This adds to the already annouunced appearance at Lollapolooza on August 3, and the free show at Brooklyn's Williamsburg Park on September 20!
Dates below and on the tour page.
- Sat, Aug 3 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
- Sun, Aug 4 - Montreal, QC - Osheaga Music and Arts Festival
- Sat, Aug 10 - Burnaby, BC - Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival
- Sun, Aug 11 - Regina, SK - Regina Folk Festival
- Sat, Aug 17 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
- Sun, Aug 18 - Lyons, CO - Rocky Mountain Folks Festival
- Tue, Aug 20 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
- Fri, Aug 23 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up
- Sat, Aug 24 - Los Angeles, CA
- Wed, Aug 28 - Salt Lake City, UT - State Room
- Thu, Aug 29 - Boise, ID - Visual Arts Collective
- Sat, Aug 31 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot
- Sun, Sep 1 - Bellingham, WA - The Wild Buffalo
- Wed, Sep 4 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
- Thu, Sep 5 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
- Sat, Sep 7 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom (Music Fest NW)
- Sat, Sep 14 - Burlington, VT - Grand Point North Festival
- Fri, Sep 20 - Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Park (Daptone Soul Revue - FREE SHOW)
MAY 8, 2013
To all our Chicago friends, we’re very sorry to inform you that we have to postpone our show at the Metro tomorrow, as there’s been a death in the family. We’ve always had an amazing time playing for you, so we hope you understand and we promise that we’ll be back as soon as we can.
Tickets will of course be valid at the new Metro date (which will be announced soon), but refunds will also be available at the point of purchase. We'll give you news on the new show as soon as we're able.
Love, Charles and the Extraordinaires
APRIL 30, 2013
As Charles and his Extraordinaires are already playing to sold-out crowds in London and Paris this June, new shows have just been added for later in the year. If you're missing him the first go-round, you'll have another chance! The Screaming Eagle of Soul comes back to London on Oct 9 (at KOKO) and Paris on November 8 (at Le Trianon)! Tickets on sale today, more info can be found here.
APRIL 17, 2013
Charles Bradley and the Extraordinaires are going to be in Europe this summer, beginning June 12 in Paris at the Maroquinerie. The six-week tour also includes stops at Glastonbury, Latitude, Dour Festival, Bergen Festival, Vienna Jazz Festival, Bilboa BBK, and many more! Full dates and details are on the tour page!
APRIL 15, 2013
Charles Bradley and the Menahan Street Band stopped by the new BBC studios last week to play a couple of songs for and chat with the one and only Jools Holland. You can see "Strictly Reserved" for you here (unfortunately not viewable in all territories!).
APRIL 10, 2013
Charles and his back-up singers stopped by the studios of De Wereld Draait Door the other day to perform the title track off their new record, Victim of Love. You can watch the song and the interview here.
APRIL 2, 2013
Victim of Love, the second record from Charles Bradley and the Menahan Street Band, is out now! Available at local record stores, or any one of these fine online retailers:
Daptone | iTunes | Amazon
MARCH 30, 2013
Charles Bradley and his trio stopped by CBC's Toronto studios the other day to record a live performance and interview for Q with Jian Ghomeshi. You can check out the full interview and songs here.
MARCH 29, 2013
The brand-new video for "Strictly Reserved For You," the first single off the upcoming full-length Victim of Love, is out now! It was directed by Dunham Records co-owner (and SJDK/MSB drummer) Homer Steinweiss and shot in Australia and NYC, and can be viewed here.
MARCH 28, 2013
For one week only, Charles Bradley's upcoming record (out April 2) will be streaming in its entirety on RollingStone.com. Check it out here!!
MARCH 20, 2013
Victim of Love is now available for pre-order via Daptone Records!
PRE-ORDER: Victim of Love is out April 2nd. All pre-orders will ship by March 27th.
* First 100 fans to order a CD will receive an autographed copy, including CD's purchased as part of a bundle.
* First 100 fans to order an LP will receive an autographed copy, including LP's purchased as part of a bundle.
Since the release of 2011’s award winning debut, No Time for Dreaming, Charles Bradley has transformed from a rising star in the Daptone galaxy into a bona-fide headliner, now affectionately known across the globe as "The Screaming Eagle of Soul." The raw emotion and soulfulness of Bradley's voice lifts him up among the greats of the golden age of Soul - Otis, JB, Wilson Pickett, and Darrell Banks. Anyone who has had the privilege of hearing him sing has experienced how Bradley can captivate an entire audience with a simple "Ooooo..."
Bradley and writer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Thomas “TNT” Brenneck returned to Dunham studios and recorded the most exciting Daptone release to date, Victim of Love. On this album, Bradley moves past his "Heartaches and Pain" to the great promise of hope and love. Though quite at home among the music that has affirmed Daptone as the world’s #1 authority on Soul Music, Victim of Love proves to be a genre-bending masterpiece, picking up where the early 70’s Temptations left off and edging boldly forward into psychedelic soul exploration.
MARCH 18, 2013
Rolling Stone was at this past SXSW's Daptone Records Super Soul Revue taking some behind the scenes of shot and trailing Charles for his day. Check out the full album here.
FEBRUARY 12, 2013
The Daptone Records Super Soul Revue!
Set To Make Austin, TX Debut As An Official SXSW Showcase
Thursday, March 14, 2013 – ACL Live at The Moody Theater
Featuring Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Plus Charles Bradley, The Budos Band, Menahan Street Band,
The Sugarman 3 & The Como Mamas
Stream Super Soul Revue Sampler Now
Brooklyn’s House of Soul is set to bring The Daptone Records Super Soul Revue to Austin, TX for the first time. Presented by BMI, the official SXSW showcase will take place on Thursday, March 14 at ACL Live at The Moody Theater and will feature Daptone’s biggest names in a non-stop, all night show.
The label’s first lady and house band Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings will be joined on the bill by “The Screaming Eagle of Soul” Charles Bradley, Staten Island’s afro-soul instrumentalists The Budos Band, cinematic funk & soul sextet Menahan Street Band, organ-driven soul & groove of The Sugarman 3 and a cappella gospel trio The Como Mamas. The Super Soul Revue premiered last November at the Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival in Florida and most recently headlined a night at the Sydney Festival in Australia this past January.
Fiercely independent Brooklyn-based label Daptone Records has been delivering the New Sound of Old Soul since the turn of this century and has established itself as a place where quality, heart and feeling trump all. Founded by Dap-Kings bandmates Gabriel Roth and Neal Sugarman, they are based in a house in Bushwick, Brooklyn where the label's storied analog studio takes up the first floor.
Literally built with the help of their stars--Sharon Jones helped with electrical wiring; Charles Bradley showed them how to install radiators; and future members of The Budos Band helped knock down walls and jack up the sagging ceiling afterwards—the “House of Soul” continues to be one of the most consistent labels a decade plus into their story. To hear Roth tell it, the secret to their success is simple: "We were able to stay rooted in this idea that people want to hear good music. And that’s our business plan: We’re gonna try to make really good records. Period."
JANUARY 29, 2013
The first single, "Strictly Reserved for You" (off Charles Bradley's upcoming full-length, Victim of Love) was released today. Listen to the stream here!
Charles and His Extraordinaires will hit the road this spring in support of the album, including stops at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and a very special show at the Apollo Theater, the same spot Charles saw James Brown sing when he was a kid. Dates and ticket info can all be found on the Tour Page.
JANUARY 18, 2013
Just announced! Charles Bradley & The Extraordinaires will be playing the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this year! More info, full lineup, and tickets can all be found on nojazzfest.com.
JANUARY 11, 2013
Most artists appreciate their audiences, just as many are grateful for them, but few artists love their fans as much and as sincerely as Charles Bradley. “I want them to know how much they have helped me grow," notes Bradley when discussing Victim of Love, the follow up to his widely praised debut album No Time For Dreaming. The “Screaming Eagle Of Soul” is set to release the 11-track set April 2 on Daptone Records imprint Dunham Records.
By now, Bradley’s remarkable, against-all-odds rise has been well-documented – how he transcended a bleak life on the streets and struggled through a series of ill-fitting jobs – most famously as a James Brown impersonator at Brooklyn clubs – before finally being discovered by Daptone's Gabriel Roth. The year following the release of No Time For Dreaming was one triumph after another: a stunning performance at South By Southwest that earned unanimous raves; similarly-gripping appearances at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Newport Folk Festival and Outside Lands (to name just a few); and spots on Year-End Best Lists from Rolling Stone, SPIN, GQ, Paste and more.
Victim of Love is a continuation of that story, moving past the 'heartache and pain' and closer to the promise of hope. Where the last record opened with the apocalyptic "The World (is Going Up in Flames),” Victim begins with the “Strictly Reserved for You,” a track where Bradley grabs his girl, jumps in a car and hits the highway for a romantic getaway. "You Put The Flame on It" sees Bradley backed by a horn chart that sounds like it was lifted from a lost Four Tops single. And on “Victim of Love,” the track that lent the album its name, Bradley sings over a gentle acoustic guitar, "I woke up this morning, I felt your love beside me.”
The new album also brings a broader musical scope. Where Dreaming hewed close to the rough-and-ready R&B sound Daptone has become known for, Victim is stylistically more restless, edging closer into the kind of psychedelic soul The Temptations explored in the early '70s. "People are not going to expect this. There's a lot of psych influences on this record, a lot of fuzz guitar," notes Thomas Brenneck of Menahan Street Band, Bradley's producer, bandleader and co-writer. "Confusion” most exemplifies the new direction of the album, opening with an echo-drenched vocal and charging rhythmic cadence.
The album’s closing track "Through the Storm" best summarizes Victim’s message. Over a deep gospel groove, Bradley expresses his gratitude – to his fans, his friends and to God – for their support, their dedication and their devotion. "When the world gives you love," he sings, "It frees your soul."
This is the new message of Charles Bradley, the Bradley who has emerged from the heartache stronger and more confident, overflowing with love to share. This is Charles Bradley, victim of love -- gratefully returning the joy that has been given to him.
- Victim of Love Track Listing
- 01 - Strictly Reserved For You
- 02 - You Put The Flame On It
- 03 - Let Love Stand A Chance
- 04 - Victim Of Love
- 05 - Love Bug Blues
- 06 - Dusty Blue
- 07 - Confusion
- 08 - Where Do We Go From Here
- 09 - Crying In The Chapel
- 10 - Hurricane
- 11 - Through The Storm
OCTOBER 26, 2012
Charles Bradley will be playing the opening day of Sydney Festival (January 5, 2013) as part of the free Daptone Super Soul Revue. Also joining the Screaming Eagle of Soul will be the Budos Band, Menahan Street Band, Sugarman 3, and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. More info on the festival and the party can be found here.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2012
Celebrate the end of the year in style! Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires have just announced two shows at Chicago's Lincoln Hall. Tickets go on sale September 15!
AUGUST 20, 2012
Charles Bradley: Soul of America will be showing at the 2012 Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The fiilm will be playing on September 17, 7:10PM at Empire Theatres Park Lane. For more information on the festival, visit their site here. For more info on the documentary, including upcoming screenings, please visit here.
JULY 11, 2012
Noisey sat down with Charles to talk about his life, No Time For Dreaming, and the new record. Check it out here!
JUNE 28, 2012
Charles Bradley: Soul of America will make its European debut at the Munich Film Festival July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th! More info on the film and screenings can be found here.
MAY 15, 2012
Soul of America is coming to Seattle! The documentary will be playing on May 29 and May 30 a the Harvard Exit, and June 6 at AMC Pacific Place 11. More info here!
MAY 4, 2012
Charles Bradley and the Extraordinaires took Europe by storm last week, playing Later...with Jools Holland on Tuesday, and the Harald Schmidt Show on Wednesday. Check out their performances here and here.
APRIL 16, 2012
Hey UK! On May 1, Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires will appear on Later with Jools Holland.
MARCH 8, 2012
The Poull Brien directed documentary, Charles Bradley: Soul of America makes its worldwide premiere tomorrow, March 9, 2012, at the SXSW Film Festival.
The screenings are as follows:
Friday, March 9 - 9:00PM -10:14PM
Venue: Alamo Ritz 2; 320 East 6th St, Austin, TX
Saturday, March 10 - 1:45PM - 2:59PM
Venue: Violet Crown 2
Friday, March 16 - 2:15PM - 3:29PM
Venue: Alamo Ritz 2
Saturday, March 17 7:00PM - 8:14PM
Venue: Alamo Lamar C
MARCH 1, 2012
Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires have a busy summer ahead! On top of Sasquatch, Mountain Jam, Bonnaroo, and ATP, appearances at Forecastle, Nelsonville Music Festival, OFF Festival, Vienna Jazz Fest, and the Newport Folk Festival have all been announced! More info on the Tour page.
FEBRUARY 24, 2012
Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires are confirmed to play the Greg Dulli-curated ATP 2012 Festival on the Asbury Park Waterfront, on September 22. Tickets go on sale on February 27, 10am EST at atpfestival.com.
FEBRUARY 3, 2012
Just announced! Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires will be playing at Sasquatch, Oya, and Mountain Jam this spring and summer. More details soon!
JANUARY 18, 2012
Valentine’s Day with Charles Bradley: Gotta Make It Right!
While flowers and cards make decent (though boring) gifts, haven't you really always wanted to sing out your feelings to your special someone, but know you don't have the chops?
Don't worry, the one and only Charles Bradley is here to help. Visit Charles on Facebook or tweet @Charles_Bradley with #GottaMakeItRight! to enter for the chance to be serenaded by the Screaming Eagle of Soul for Valentine's Day!
JANUARY 17, 2012
Lots of new shows coming up!
Australia, Morocco, Europe, Canada, and all over the US: get ready for Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires!
Full dates on the tour page.
DECEMBER 7, 2011
The yearly best album lists keep on coming- 'No Time For Dreaming' is also featured in Rolling Stone's Best Albums of 2011! Check out the rest of the list HERE
NOVEMBER 30, 2011
MOJO Magazine has listed 'No Time For Dreaming' as their #40 best album of 2011! Pick up the January 2012 issue of MOJO to check out the entire list.
NOVEMBER 10, 2011
We are excited to announce that Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires will be playing a very special New Years Eve show with The Budos Band at the Music Hall of Williamsburg! Head over to the BOWERY PRESENTS website for tickets and more info.
OCTOBER 29, 2011
Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires return to New York City on December 3rd for a show at Bowery Ballroom-tickets on sale now!
OCTOBER 28, 2011
Be sure to check out the latest video from Charles Bradley on Rollingstone.com!
via Rolling Stone:
"Heartaches and Pain," the new single from 62-year-old soul singer Charles Bradley, was written during a time of great sorrow. "Tom [Brenneck] and I wrote the song as a way to help me heal from my brother's passing," says Bradley. "It was a heartbreaking loss for me. The loneliness and pain I felt during that time is felt in the video [directed by Poull Brien], as is the love I have for my big brother." The cut appears on the reissue of his recent album No Time For Dreaming, which includes covers of Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" and Nirvana's "Stay Away."
Check out the video here!
OCTOBER 25, 2011
Due to popular demand, No Time For Dreaming is being re-released and now comes with Charles Bradley's landmark covers of Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" and Nirvana's "Stay Away"! Bonus songs are not available on the LP format but ARE available for download via MP3 coupon that comes with every LP. Head over to the STORE to buy the LP or download the new album with bonus tracks!
OCTOBER 1, 2011
This fall, Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires are heading to Europe! Check out the TOUR page for dates and ticket links.