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It’s impossible to encapsulate a life in a couple of hours but the genius of this Liz Garbus biodoc about Nina Simone is that it doesn’t pretend to. The jazz/blues/pop singer was an incredibly complicated person, which the film reveals with archival interviews, intimate performance footage and chats with those who knew her, including her daughter. It plays out like snapshots of a rich but difficult life and, because Garbus is modest about her intentions, those snapshots add up to a fascinating portrait.

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The Black Keys are back with a collection of hill country blues covers. It’s the band’s 10th full-length album, following 2019’s “Let’s Rock,” and features tunes that were originally popularized by, or otherwise associated with, such Mississippi blues greats as Big Joe Williams, John Lee Hooker, Mississippi Fred McDowell, R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. Due out May 14; theblackkeys.com.

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Rio de Janeiro firefighter Elielson Silva devised a novel approach to curing the coronavirus blues. Riding a fire truck’s retractable ladder as high as 200 feet, he played Brazilian tunes from that lofty perch as residents in isolation watch from their windows and applaud, flush with a restored sense of community.

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Mix and match assorted paper goods to create a patriotic table setting. Don’t worry if the blues and reds don’t match perfectly; together they’ll create a cohesive look suitable for any patriotic holiday.

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The Whoozdads, an acoustic group with veteran Quad-City musicians who play folk rock, blues, country and more, will play 8-11 p.m. Saturday, J…

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Anthony Gomes will play high-voltage blues 8-11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at River Music Experience, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. Tickets, from $15…

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The Blues Beatles will play 8-9:30 p.m. Thursday at River City Casino, 7077 Elmore Ave, Davenport. The band, which started in 2013, play Beatl…

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The Avey-Grouws Band will play 7-10 p.m. Wednesday at Murphy Park, 900 Bend Blvd., East Moline, in The Bend Concert Series. The group, which w…

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 Jonathan Peters and Ren Edstrand, on harmonica and guitar, will play gritty, dirty blues at Gypsy Highway,  2606 W. Locust St., Davenport.

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John Németh brings the blues to River Music Experience Thursday, March 21, with opening act The Candymakers. Doors open at 7 p.m., music start…

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Chicago native Charlie Love brings the blues to Rhythm City Casino's Rhythm Room, 7077 Elmore Ave., Davenport, Saturday, March 9. The show is …

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Patrick Sweany, a country/blues/soul musician, will play a show at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center. The Nashville-…

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