Tuesday night Solange Knowles played her second sold out show at the Bowery Ballroom (see our preview here) to a vogueish crowd that numbered members of The Strokes, Grizzly Bear and MGMT.
Opening with the louche ’80s groove “Some Things Never Seem to Fucking Work”, Solange delivered every song from her recent EP True with effortless aplomb. Although it’s the music she’s created with Dev Hynes, aka Blood Orange, which has brought Solange her new, blog-centric hipster fanbase, vintage soul cuts like “T.O.N.Y.” and encore “Sandcastle Disco” engendered ecstatic whoops from the crowd. However, an attempt to perform “Cosmic Journey” from her second album, Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, was cut abruptly short with a giggle and a “Sometimes you win some and sometimes you fuck ’em up!”
Later she suggested, “If you have some herb, this is where you spark it up,” before seguing into the mellow, bass funked “Bad Girls” which showcased her pitch perfect tones. Shifting from her dusky lower range to a lilting higher register, it’s clear the 26-year-old’s pipes can rival her big sister Beyonce’s. But Solange recognizes the power of understatement and restraint—by not showing off she held the crowd rapt.