Beyonce is the one “singing” at presidential inaugurations and Super Bowl halftime shows, but she’s actually the second-most interesting Knowles making music right now. Little sister Solange has quietly staked her claim as a pop outsider, collaborating with indie rock bands and recording funky, bouncy, ’80s-inspired tracks such as last year’s “Losing You.” Ahead of Solange’s show at Black Cat, we’re breaking down her hipster credentials:
In 2009, Solange took her big sis and brother-in-law to see this ethereal, experimental indie-rock troupe in Brooklyn. The next day, Jay-Z said to MTV: “What the indie rock movement is doing right now is very inspiring.” Not long after that, Mr. Carter and Kanye West were collaborating with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon.
Solange has performed live with Dirty Projectors and even recorded a cover of the group’s Mariah Carey-by-way-of-Brooklyn pop song “Stillness Is the Move.” Solange’s version adds hip-hop flavor, grounding the song with a sample of Dr. Dre’s “Xxplosive.”
Solange has worked closely with Kevin Barnes, leader of this experimental folk collective, joining him for the standout funky duet “Sex Karma” on Of Montreal’s 2010 album “False Priest.” Barnes returned the favor last year, performing with Solange on the banging B side “Sleep in the Park.”
Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW; Thu., 9 p.m., sold out, Wed., Feb. 27, 9 p.m., sold out; 202-667-4527. (U Street)