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Photo by Jake Hanson

“The sun parted the rainclouds, and with that the people who came through really dug it. That morning we played the KEXP radio broadcast, which is like going to a local mom-and-pop store—everyone knows each other, people are like family—but being on that main stage was different. Everyone in the band has to rely on themselves more and step forward, and I think we did that. It felt good.”

—Jimmy James of the True Loves. The homegrown, nine-piece, true-school soul band played twice at Upstream Music Fest, which took over Pioneer Square in early June.

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