Bruno Mars, Janelle Monae

In pop music, there's no missing Bruno Mars, the cleanly soulful crooner who co-wrote K'naan's "Wavin' Flag" and Cee Lo Green's "Fuck You!," had romantic number-ones in both the Mister Rogers-ish "Just the Way You Are" and straight-faced and hyperbolic "Grenade" (as in the one he'd catch for ya), and sang the indelible chorus of B.o.B's "Nothin' on You." He performed that at the Grammys with elfin space funkstress Janelle Monáe, and now those two have teamed for a tour that promises to bring hip-hop-inflected pop and R&B back to a 1964 T.A.M.I. Show version of rock 'n' roll—in other words, full circle. Judging by Monáe's First Avenue set last year, this should be the live event of many young lives.
Wed., May 25, 7:30 p.m., 2011

 
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