When: Sat., Jan. 19, 8 p.m. 2013
Earlier this month Solange Knowles took to Twitter to complain about music critics who, in the wake of game-changing releases by the Weeknd and Frank Ocean, have jumped on the R&B bandwagon without first doing the proper homework—one of the prerequisites to judging contemporary R&B, she says, is knowledge of “deep Brandy album cuts.” Those whose conception of Brandy is based on the run of records from her self-titled 1994 debut to 2004’s Afrodisiac—which were about establishing her as a pop star, not as a boundary-pushing artist—might laugh at that, but now that Brandy is securely ensconced in the mainstream she’s revealed a surprising experimental streak. Last year’s Two Eleven (RCA) has an impressively broad sonic palette and features production by staunchly forward-looking producers such as Bangladesh, Switch, and Mike Will Made It. You may already be familiar with the addictive, trap-tinged single “Put It Down,” and there are lots of deep cuts worth digging up—including “Let Me Go,” which sounds almost chopped and screwed, and “Wish Your Love Away,” which indulges in some New Jack Swing nostalgia while sampling electronic composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. —Miles Raymer Bridget Kelly opens.