On Sunday night, March 10, Nokia and Verizon Wireless presented an exclusive launch event at the legendary Arlyn Studios here in Austin with an intimate set by Solange Knowles. The concert series is closely aligned with Nokia Music, a free music streaming service from Nokia that offers unlimited access to playlists and songs on Nokia Lumia smartphones. Sixty-plus people (including myself) enjoyed complimentary drinks and bite-sized sandwiches, as Solange went through a 30-45 minute performance.
Being known as “Beyonce’s younger sister” can be simultaneously beneficial and detrimental. Those unaware of her musical talent are quick to compare her to her older and more pop-oriented sister. But that is not the case.
Solange caters to the hipsters and, due to the rise of artists like Frank Ocean, The Weeknd and Miguel, she has a home in recently-made sub-genre, PBR&B (Pabst Blue Ribbon and R&B).
At the core of her music is neo-soul but laced with hints of new wave and indie. And it works: as she went through various songs from her latest release, True, as well as songs from past albums, Solange invited listeners into a world much different than the queen Bey’s.
Solange’s performance was enjoyable but short-lived. Personally I would have been fine with a few more #Solangedeepcuts, but the ones she offered to those in attendance, sufficed.