DO THE TIGHTROPE

Janelle Monáe juggles three nights in NYC

In 2008, Beyoncé's little sister, Solange Knowles, released a defiantly trippy psychedelic-soul disc that attracted more attention from the indie-rock blogosphere than from Hot 97's listenership. Two years later, Janelle Monáe seems primed to duplicate that trick with The ArchAndroid, her forthcoming full-length debut, on which this adventurously coiffed protégé of both Diddy and Big Boi vacillates between springy future-funk tracks like killer lead single "Tightrope" and freakier fare, such as the indicatively titled "Mushrooms and Roses"; reported collaborators include Big Boi, Saul Williams, and Of Montreal, the last of whom have also jammed with Knowles. Live, Monáe's been known to do an overly cutesy rendition of Charlie Chaplin's "Smile," but now that she's finally got an album to preview, perhaps at the Highline (or on Friday and Saturday at Joe's Pub), we'll be spared. Tonight at 9, Highline Ballroom; Friday and Saturday at 7, Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, 212-967-7555, $15
Thu., April 8, 9 p.m., 2010
 
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