Some would rather sit in vigil for D'Angelo to resurface than actively champion emerging black alternative artists--and the 1990s neo-soul heyday is being retrospectively dismissed in both critical and consumer quarters. However, that halcyon sonic moment yielded a minuscule host of great artists--like Maxwell, whose forthcoming (rare) tour is already being celebrated across the web. Undermined from the git-go by record bizzers, and thwarted in being himself to a degree by his own community, Maxwell has slowly returned this past season to audience hosannas and scribe plaudits based on a handful of live turns. Despite time out of mind, his vocal gift's gloriously intact--and, rather miraculously, he's being given the second act America likes to withhold, especially from Afro-futurist mavericks (here's looking at you, dear Rachid). Maxwell's long-awaited triple-disc, Black Summer's Night, remains a Holy Grail for those of us who still hope black pop can transcend the thicket of ringtones and mercenary moves. With the "African-American Amy Winehouse," Jazmine Sullivan.
Thu., Oct. 9, 8 p.m., 2008
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in New York, delivered to your inbox.