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Come Alive!

I have loved Janelle Monae for a few years now. Besides being as cute as a button, she’s got that oddball, fearless female thing going on which I think is more than awesome. Reminds me of other fierce femmes like Santogold, Shingai Shoniwa of the Noisettes and Karen O. I dig these ladies so much.

And so, you can imagine how pleased I was to stumble upon this track presented by the carmakers Kia Motors – of all companies. They have this group of four artists they’ve dubbed Kia Soul Collective and have included Janelle Monae as the only female.


Come Alive [The War of the Roses] – Janelle Monae

For those of you totally unfamiliar with her, Janelle Monae is part of the Wondaland Art Society and is also signed to Bad Boy/Atlantic Records. She got her break from Outkast’s Big Boi and released her first album, Metropolis: The Chase Suite, last year in August. She’s opened for Of Montreal, toured with No Doubt and has even been nominated for a Grammy. She’s doing things.

“Come Alive” is an electrified, bride-of-frankenstein rock track supported by the strength and confidence of Monae’s soulful screams and sometimes-raspy screeches. Her vocal acrobats show off her range, intensity and guts: “YOU DON’T KNOW NOTHING!”

This track is bursting with energy and enthusiasm. One of the funnest things about her singing is that she can’t fake it. It’s effluent and emphatic, usually soaring but sometimes just crooning. She is incredibly talented.

Definitely take the time to hear these tracks and keep an eye out for her in your town, she’s going on tour with Raphael Saadiq this fall.

Nov. 16th     Seattle, WA-Sodo              
Nov. 17th     Portland, OR- Portland      
Nov. 18th     Oakland, CA- Fox            
Nov. 20th     Los Angeles, CA- Wiltern        
Nov. 21st     Las Vegas, NV- House of Blues
Nov. 24th     Dallas, TX- House of Blues    
Nov. 25th     Houston, TX- House of Blues  
Nov. 28th     Miami, FL- Filmore@Jackie Gleason
Nov. 30th     Atlanta, GA- Centerstage      
Dec. 02nd   Philadelphia, PA- Electric Factory
Dec. 04th     New York, NY- Terminal 5      
Dec. 05th     Atlantic City, NJ- House of Blues
Dec. 06th     Baltimore, MA- Rams Head    
Dec. 07th     Washington DC- Club 930      
Dec. 09th     Boston, MA- House of Blues    
Dec. 11th     Toronto, ON- Kool House      
Dec. 12th     Montreal QC- Metropolis        
Dec. 14th     Chicago IL- Park West              
Dec. 15th     Chicago IL- Park West              
Dec. 16th     Minneapolis, MN- First Ave

Check out the video for the track that got her nominate for a grammy:

“Many Moons” – Janelle Monae



About Etta Strange

Writer, obsessive audiophile, secret bedroom DJ, local daydreamer with more books than shelf space. I'm stockpiling for the inevitable drought. Let's collaborate.

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