Tonight, Roseland welcomes two artists who manage to be widely underappreciated, despite residing squarely in the pop spotlight. Bruno Mars, babyfaced doo-wop reinterpreter, gets the fangirls for his sugary ballad “Just the Way You Are,” but he goes largely unheralded for co-writing B.O.B.’s “Nothin’ on You” and Cee-lo’s mammoth “Fuck You.” And Janelle Monae should just be the biggest r&b/pop star in the world, and is certainly primed for glory with her dapper suit-and-pompadour aesthetic and gloriously catchy neo-soul anthems “Tightrope” and “Cold War,” off last year’s The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III). Make them happen more, America. Freakin’ try harder.

Wed., May 4, 7:30 p.m., 2011

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 20, 2011

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