After D'Angelo became an increasingly reluctant sex symbol, he retreated from the spotlight following 2000's revered R&B classic Voodoo. The return of one of the most luxurious, emotive voices in popular music has been in feverish demand. There have been teases, false starts, rumors, cameos, reappearances, hype, and promises — but now, it finally appears that D'Angelo is ready for the real thing again. Last year saw him jet through Europe for his first tour in a dozen years, and now an extended engagement in the States continues his comeback trail. A March show at the Brooklyn Bowl with Roots drummer and Soulquarians cornerstone Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson proved powerfully moving, a two-piece unit jamming off a blend of covers, medleys, and material from the much-awaited new album tentatively titled James River. A reprise of that much buzzed-about show should feel even more at home at First Avenue. 18+.
Sun., June 23, 7 p.m., 2013