Editors' pick

Janelle Monae

Funk/soul
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Editorial Review

Janelle Monae has been bopping across the musical landscape and daring the rest of the industry to catch up. She refuses to make music that fits in a category, she wrecks every stage she graces and so far, she's been able to remain independent despite hitching her wagon to a major label. Fans can't get enough of the tiny bouffant-coiffed jitterbug with the big smile and even bigger voice. To witness Janelle Monae is to see not a star in the making but one who is fully formed and rocketing across the sky on her own fuel. Her otherwordly combo of jazz, Broadway, roots rock and funk touches down at the Black Cat along with the 54.

--Rhome Anderson, March 2010