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St. Paul and the Broken Bones: Show Preview 

Wednesday, Feb 11 2015
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Talk about a whirlwind year: When this Birmingham, Alabama-based seven-piece takes the Fillmore's storied stage this Valentine's Day, it will have been just under a year since it released Half the City, the band's first full-length. Since then, theirs is a name that's been on just about every music critic's lips, thanks to wildly soulful live performances (their set at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014 was one of the most spirited of the weekend, and that's saying something) and an infectious marriage of raw, gritty emotion with grooves that cut straight to the bone. Half the City is the kind of debut that unfortunately sets up nearly impossible expectations for a sophomore record, but for the time being, the guys don't seem concerned with anything other than putting on one hell of a live experience — and whether you're coupled up or flying solo this V-Day, we can think of few better places to sweat out your feelings on the dancefloor.

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Emma Silvers is SF Weekly's former Music Editor.

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