Soul, Funk, R&B, & Hip-Hop


When: Fri., Feb. 10, 9 p.m. 2012

If your only exposure to Estelle was her (amazing) 2008 Kanye collabo "American Boy," that's a start, but it's also kind of like saying you only know Rick James because MC Hammer sampled "Super Freak," or Ke$ha  because she sang  the hook on Flo Rida's ubiquitous hit "Right Round." Okay, that last one was a bad example, but still: This British singer's got an impressive, vastly underrated catalog all her own -- one which displays a preternatural ability to float between genres (mostly hip-hop, pop, R&B, reggae, and rap, often in the space of a single song), and which comes across as a sharper, spikier antidote to her better-known British peer, Adele. Live, she's said to be electric, playful, and legendarily foulmouthed; see for yourself at the New Parish (579 18th St., Oakland) on Friday, Feb. 10. 8 p.m., $27-$45.

Ellen Cushing

Price: $27-$45

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