Get to know D.C. with our daily newsletter
We dive deep on the day’s biggest story and share links to everything you need to know.
Eli “Paperboy” Reed doesn’t look like your typical R&B crooner. In fact, with his aw-shucks charm and well-manicured appearance, the Allston, Mass.-based soul singer looks more like something out of a contemporary boy band. On record, however, Reed sounds indistinguishable from the ’60s Motown greats that are his inspiration. Unlike retro-R&B musicians who’ve made a living off of cheaply repackaging ’60s soul for today’s audiences, Reed maintains a sense of authenticity in his music. In the current musical climate, Reed’s horn- and rhythm-heavy songs have to, at the very least, be appreciated as well-crafted entries into what will likely be a short-lived niche. It’s hard to imagine, though, that—had he been making music four decades ago—Reed’s songs wouldn’t have enjoyed a considerably longer shelf life in jukeboxes and at the top of hit-single lists. Eli “Paperboy” Reed and the True Loves perform at 9 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $10. (202) 483-5000.