“A lot of these songs came to me in my dreams,” she says, “so I’m glad I had my iPhone by the bed.” But the many awakenings apparent on The ArchAndroid go far beyond middle-of-the-night melodic epiphanies — Monáe sees herself as a changed woman. “I learned about myself, I activated my superpowers, I got comfortable with those things that make me unique, and I became fearless. I just grew, and I tried to stretch as far as possible.”
For a rising star (whom we should strive to keep in our galaxy), she’s in an enviable position: she knows the hell out of who she is, and the rest of us are just dying for a clue.
JANELLE MONÁE + ERYKAH BADU | Orpheum Theatre | June 6 at 7 pm | $43.50-$72.50 | 617.482.0106 or ticketmaster.com
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