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The Best Music We Saw at SXSW on Thursday
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‘This week’s buzz bands have already reached the point of perpetually hungover, so the freshest legs I saw on Thursday belonged to an 81-year-old. Ural Thomas, a soul singer from Portland who played in the shadows of Stevie Wonder and James Brown, beamed as he shuffled around Mohawk’s outdoor stage like there was nowhere else in the world he’d rather be.’

SXSW Music Spotlight: Ural Thomas & the Pain – Portland soul singer gets his second act
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‘The best might still be to come, and Thomas is more than ready.

“It doesn’t matter if I’m going somewhere I went the night before,” he says. “It’s always the beginning of my first time. That’s the way I look at my music. Every time I go out I try to make it like I never sang it before. It’s never different, and it’s never the same. I let my audience into my soul.”’