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June 17, 2014 1:06 AM

Soul survivor Bettye LaVette delivers a flawless performance at Knuckleheads.

As an appearance by R&B star Lauryn Hill filled the Uptown Theater on Monday, Bettye LaVette performed for about 125 people at the primary indoor stage at Knuckleheads. The marked contrast is illustrative of LaVette's ill-fated career, yet Monday's outing was an incendiary exercise in fiery defiance and impeccable artistry.

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