There’s a certain fussiness to a lot of today’s throwback R&B, but Curtis Harding’s debut album Soul Power is about as loose as it gets. Instead of obsessing over how the giants of Memphis or Detroit might’ve deployed horns, crafted a backbeat, or mixed a keyboard riff, Harding simply lets it rip. It helps that the guitarist/singer is equal parts rocker and soul man; based in Atlanta, he’s part of the side project Night Sun with Cole Alexander of the Black Lips, and Soul Power was released by California’s Burger Records, known for its press-it-and-sell-it garage-rock ethos. Harding has Michigan roots and gospel experience (his mother was an evangelist, the story goes), and he sang backup for Cee-Lo Green for awhile. Soul Power has multiple high points, including the breezy “Keep On Shining” (check out its sweetly surreal video) and the ’70s-inflected “Heaven’s on the Other Side,” but the real showstopper is the twangy, upbeat “I Don’t Wanna Go Home.” Harding simply puts the song on his back and sells it; it should be four minutes long, not two. Curtis Harding performs with Wanted Man at 9 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $10–$12. (202) 483-5000. dcnine.com.