photos by Chris La Putt

Kevin Barnes & Janelle Monae
Of Montreal

Of Montreal followed their Wednesday night fashion week show at Santos with a Friday night public show at Terminal 5 in NYC (9/18). Joining them, as opener and on stage, was the always-photogenic and robotic, Janelle Monáe.

"...what a lot of people are missing about Monáe is that she puts the art of performing above all else, politics be dammed. Even finishing her follow-up record--Metropolis Suites II and III, due out in January--is of less concern than getting onstage and acting it all out....

...Not surprisingly, the Kansas City prodigy grew up studying dance and theater, which led to a stint pursuing both disciplines at New York's American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She became bored quickly with life in New York, however, and eventually moved to Atlanta, where she's currently based.

There she began crafting the character Cindi Mayweather, the Alpha Platinum 9000 android who's the heroine of Metropolis Suite I...

...Her friend Kevin Barnes, lead singer of the indie band Of Montreal, guests on the new album, as does OutKast. And Monáe hints at the possibility that Gwen Stefani could be on the record as well. Monáe toured with No Doubt earlier this year and bonded with the polystylistic blonde superstar. "[Stefani] gave me great energy and I felt inspired around her," says Monáe." [Seattle Weekly]

Solange (Knowles) was also in the house at Terminal 5 last night (she's the one in the yellow dress). She joined the band and Janelle for a cover of Diana Ross's "Love Hangover" during the encore. More pictures from the show, and both setlists, below...

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Solange was also at Santos on Wednesday. Fluxblog was there...

By the time the band came out for a second set, Kevin Barnes was clearly pretty far gone for whatever reason, and basically seemed insane for the remainder of the evening. "Bunny..." was a total trainwreck, albeit in an amusing way, and from there on, the performance became increasingly odd and loose until the group surrendered to their impulses and basically just jammed out on classic rock nonsense while Barnes' wife and her friends writhed around onstage. It was wildly indulgent, and totally hilarious. Also, uh, Solange showed up for a while there. Huh.

And this is the Santos Party House setlist is this....

of Montreal @ Santos Party House 9/16/2009
Set #1: Mingusings / Suffer For Fashion / Sink The Seine / Cato As A Pun / Forecast Fascist Future / Requiem For OMM2 / Rapture Rapes The Muses / Id Engager / Faberge Falls For Shuggie / For Our Elegant Caste / Touched Something's Hollow / An Eluardian Instance / Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse / The Past Is A Grotesque Animal Set #2: We Were Born The Mutants Again With Leafling / Bunny Ain't No Kind Of Rider / Beware Our Nubile Miscreants / My British Tour Diary / She's A Rejecter / Love Hangover (with Solange) / Heat Wave (with Solange) / Oslo In The Summertime / Anderson Cooper 360 chant -> very long jam including bits of Sweet Child O Mine, Suffragette City, Daytripper, She's Like The Wind, Footloose, and Don't Let Me Down