Neptune Theatre University District
Sun., Sept. 17, 8 p.m. 2017 All Ages
Recommended by Kathy Fennessy
On Ctrl, Solána Rowe, aka SZA, longs to be a “normal girl,” but there’s a reason why her Top Dawg debut has attracted nearly as much attention as labelmate Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. Between her records, EPs, and guest appearances, the St. Louis–born artist has also collaborated with Rihanna, Chance the Rapper, and Pharrell Williams. Spirited and seductive, Ctrl is the musical equivalent of HBO’s Insecure. Like Issa Rae, SZA cuts through the crap—“I’ve had enough of shitty dudes”—when it comes to modern love with a woozy vibrato that splits the difference between Amy Winehouse and P.M. Dawn’s Prince Be.