What TIme Makes Sense for Janelle Monáe?

On the Saturday of Voodoo last October, I trekked through the mud by myself to see Janelle Monáe’s 5:30 p.m. set. I wasn’t interested in getting close and hung back where the crowd was still porous, with plenty of room to dance. I was unprepared for the crowd’s intense enthusiasm and fluency in her music, and it quickly became clear that these were not fans who simply happened upon her set. They came to Voodoo Fest specifically for her.

Warpaint Gets Its Due

With the release of their eponymously titled sophomore album in January of this year, L.A. indie rock quartet Warpaint has been making the rounds. Within the space of a year, the band has appeared on Conan, in a promotional campaign for Calvin Klein, and on the pages of The Guardian, The New Yorker, and Rolling Stone. Tuesday night, the band plays The Republic with Liam Finn opening.

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