Look at that face. Janelle Monáe is ridiculously good-looking.
More impressively, she doesn’t skate by on beauty. She has committed herself to an idiosyncratic artistic vision, in the spirit of Nona Hendryx, Betty Davis and Grace Jones.
Monáe’s debut EP, “Metropolis: The Chase Suite,” came out yesterday. I’m streaming “Many Moons” on my Vox blog; click here to listen.
Next Monday, Janelle Monáe performs for free at Amoeba Music in Hollywood. I’ll be there... hoping not to turn into a stalker.
Below is a recent live performance of “Sincerely, Jane.”