Janelle Monáe to Play the Ryman Nov. 17

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We've been waiting for quite some time to see cyber-soul queen Janelle Monáe headline a bill — the last two times she was here (1, 2), she killed it, buried it and erected a marble statue in its honor. On Nov. 17, the wait will be over, as Monáe & Co. will grace the Mother Church with some of the hottest new-school hybrid soul-pop-opera on this planet or any other. The also-long-awaited followup to Monáe's excellent The Arch Android from 2010 is called The Electric Lady, and it drops Sept. 10. It's the latest installment in a saga that's been playing out over her albums, involving time travel, robots and all kinds of other stuff we like, but you don't have to keep track of the story to dig the ever-inventive soundtrack. Check out the classically styled cover featuring protagonist Cindi Mayweather and her sisters (clones?) above, and get a taste of the record — via the promo vid for the New Wave-flavored "Dance Apocalyptic" — after the jump.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Aug. 23, and run $27.50.

Enjoy the Prince-meets-Elvis Costello rumble, as Monáe and the Wondaland crew reference Dawn of the Dead and the "Hey Ya" video (which itself pays homage to classic TV variety shows ... also, wowsers, that's 10 years old now):

Treatment that explains the whole story behind this "Emotion Picture" is here.

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