It's often simple laziness that leads writers to discuss Solange through a comparison to her sister Beyonce; the former has been a compelling artist in her own right for some time now, thank you very much. However, Solange's new video for her single "Losing You" does something that both Knowles sis ... More >>
Of Montreal w/Jens Lekman
Friday, June 15
Better than: Listening to Diamond Dogs during your "Poststructuralism and Feminist Theory" seminar.
Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman's loss was serendipitous curation's gain during the Northside Festival's biggest show. Onstage alone du ... More >>
all photos by Rebecca SmeyneThe new King and Queen of the misfit teens.
Of Montreal, Janelle Monae
Saturday, September 18
Better than: Any music currently being made by actual teenage girls.
In a characteristically intellectual/saucy dis on his new album False Priest, Of Montreal fron ... More >>
I've been watching and re-watching Janelle Monáe's video for ArchAndroid first single "Tightrope" for a few months now, and though I've come up with lots of other music-related stuff to talk and think about since, it's stuck with me. Firmly. Not for Gaga reasons, either--it's not nine minutes lon ... More >>
As hard as she tries to claim that she's not a hipster, Solange has been pretty consistent about proving otherwise. Never mind the palling around with the Dirty Projectors on- and offstage, or recording with Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes -- now the budding starlet has taken to DJing. Yes, DJing. ... More >>
In yr face. Photo by Rebecca SmeyneIn the week the world learned how dangerous a truffle-flavored french fry really can be, we watched in horror as the New York Times Magazine penned a brutal takedown of M.I.A.--who retaliated by going after the journalist who wrote it, of course. Were you pe ... More >>
"I don't want this façade of me diving into the indie scene - there's not a conscious effort to that at all."
Back in '08, when Solange Knowles released her sophomore album, the daffy, Motown-checking Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, she sang "I'm no soul girl equipped with no afro." No ... More >>
Listen to it here. No "Tightrope," but pretty lithe and groovy and weird. Super-weird. Topics: terrible fixations, androids dreaming of electric sheep, Peter Pan, Juicy Fruit. Great drum sound. (It's no "California Gurls," but what is?) Also: This is a straight-up Of Montreal song in which Ja ... More >>
All photos by Rebecca Smeyne
If there's any metaphor for the price tag on elite higher education, just look to its student-run concerts. For Columbia's 250th anniversary a few years back, this alum remembers a blowout that included a no-show by Erykah Badu and one recently-hospitalized Wyclef Jean ... More >>
Of Montreal/Janelle Monáe
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Thursday, April 16
"I wanna do my dance. Can I do my dance? It's called the Sophisticated Sissy." And then Kevin Barnes does the Sophisticated Sissy, which is pretty aptly named, and is but one element in an overpowering barrage ... More >>