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Sam Smith, a soulful throwback, comes to Philadelphia

Sam Smith, a soulful throwback, comes to Philadelphia

It wasn't as incongruous as The Monkees touring with Jimi Hendrix nearly a half-century ago. But Sam Smith going out with his "Jingle Ball" tour mates last month was on that level when it comes to bizarre concert lineups. The soulful Smith, who impressed at the sold-out "Jingle Ball" radio show event at Philly's Wells Fargo Center, didn't quite fit with a bill of inocuous pop stars of the moment, such as Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande and Jessie J. Smith, the only artist to perform with a live band, was tremendous. But he appeared to bore much of the crowd, primarily made up of pre-pubescent girls who didn't get his material, save his smash...

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