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The re-rebirth of soul

Electric Lady Janelle Monáe delivers
By Junauda Petrus
Contributing Writer
Janelle Monáe’s concert on Tuesday, October 22 at the Skyway Theater, like her music, referenced a legacy of soul that young audiences were eager to witness. The music from her latest contribution, The Electric Lady, like her past works, is thought-provoking and critical, yet funky and cutting edge. Monáe’s music is bringing Afro-futurism to modern-day realities with cleverness, freshness and fun in a musical climate that is in desperate need of her fearless, funky soul. The show was a dynamic unforgettable experience that made it clear she has all of the makings of a musical icon. Monáe is a genius at making music that is complex and entertaining – an impressive pairing in a musical era in which mainstream content is often saturated with lyrics that seem allergic to any real depth or social reflection. Continue Reading →

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This Week’s Spotlights










Janelle Monae 

Tues. Oct. 22, 6 pm • The Skyway Theatre, 711 Hennepin Ave., 2nd floor, Minneapolis • www.skywaytheatre.com or 612-333-6100














Black Milk with live band Nat Turner



Mon., Oct. 21, 8 pm •

First Avenue 7th St. Entry, 701 N. 1st Ave, Minneapolis, 612-338-8388 or http://first-avenue.com













Josh Groban, 

with special guest: Judith Hill 

Fri., Oct. Continue Reading →

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Is Janelle Monáe the next big thing?




Janelle Monáe was a recent hit at the Coachella music festival in Indio, California. According to critics and concert goers she was all the rave. Monàe has been setting the music world on fire for several years with the commercial success of her ArchAndroid CD and the popular release “Tightrope.”

In her short career, music people in the know have recognized her potential and unique talent, as evidenced by her Grammy nominations and collaborations with such notables as Big Boi, Sean Combs, and Bruno Mars (ArchAndroid was nominated in 2010 for Best Contemporary R&B Album). Some may recognize her as one of the driving voices behind “We are Young” by the popular group FUN, which topped music charts, last year. Janelle is hoping for a bit more notoriety with the release this week of her new single Q.U.E.E.N. Erykah Badu accompanies her on the song. Continue Reading →

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Marcus Miller: Musician/composer draws from rich history of working with legends


Marcus Miller has one of world’s most recognizable bass sounds, and he’s bringing that sound to the Dakota for a two-night stint on Sept 11-12. At 53, his impressive musical résumé reads like a who’s who of some of the best talent in the world. We’re talking Luther Vandross, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Michael Jackson, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, Take 6, Kenny Garrett, and the list goes on and on. He continues to build on a rich recorded legacy of his own, which now includes a chart-topping new album entitled Renaissance on Concord Records. The CD has 13 tracks and features special guests such as vocalist Gretchen Parlato, New Orleans vocalist/pianist Dr. John and Panamanian salsa star Rubén Blades. It also includes covers of hits by the Jackson Five, War, Janelle Monàe, and Ivan Lins. Continue Reading →

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