Everyone should see Janelle Monae

In Music on October 13, 2008 at 10:28 pm

Jamie Lidell gave a wild, James Brown-esque show to a full house at the Paradise Rock Club. But despite the energy of his band and the quirkiness of his self-sampling, beat-boxing, electronic-tinged soul, he was outdone by the opener, Janelle Monae.

I first read about Janelle Monae in a cover story of Paste Magazine (“that magazine for white guys who like Wilco”) listing her as an artist to watch for. I (illegally) downloaded her EP, Metropolis: The Chase Suite to see if Paste knew what they were writing about. Her music was a mixture of Outkast, James Brown, West Side Story, Lauryn Hill, Jimi Hendrix, and The Flaming Lips. The album is inspired from the 1927 film of the same name and tells the first part of a sci-fi space opera about a robot that is targeted for destruction for falling in love with a human. Weird right?janellemonet.jpg

Onstage, the energy she brought expanded far beyond what was expected in the small space of the Paradise Rock Club. She sang everything pitch perfect while dancing back and forth, making eye contact, and obviously having a good time. In between each song she would run off stage while her band (a drummer and electric guitarist) played an extensive rock interlude that would lead perfectly into the next song, when she would run back onstage to the cheers of the crowd. During the closer “Lettin’ Go” she jumped down into the crowd in front of me and danced with whoever was around, before going back on stage only to jump down again to crowd surf. Her set was all too short, and I wished she had an encore or two. After she was done, a lined up with another hundred or so people to (legally) buy her CD and get an autograph.

I can’t wait to see her again and everyone should see her. She’s the real deal.

  1. there are many new movies to watch this month, i would be going to the cinema and video rental store again -~-

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