Janelle Monáe falls to her Earth tonight with freaky, funky tunes from her aptly titled second album, Electric Lady
. "My spaceship leaves at 10," the self-proclaimed "electro-sophista-funky-lady" advises on the title track. "We the kind of girls who ain't afraid to get down." Dishing her glittery tales of interstellar romance, Monáe comes off as smart, sassy and more than a little spacey, abetted by such simpatico souls as Erykah Badu, Solange, Miguel, Esperanza Spalding and Prince. Tonight's aural universe expands further with an appearance by Seun Kuti, backed by his late father Fela Kuti's legendary Afropop band, Egypt 80. On their new Robert Glasper - produced album, A Long Way to the Beginning
, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 come off as insanely funky under a hail of slip-sliding guitars and a fusillade of frenetic saxophone retorts from their bandleader.
Sun., June 22, 7 p.m., 2014