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


When: Sun., July 26, 7 p.m. and Mon., July 27, 7 p.m. 2015

“Wanted,” a highlight from Kehlani’s 2015 full-length, You Should Be Here, is an ebullient, glitzy platter of soul. Underpinned by punchy production, Kehlani’s refrain is staggeringly virtuosic and arresting. The singer attended Oakland Tech and appeared on America’s Got Talent with the teen group PopLyfe before striking out on her own, garnering attention for her ace 2014 mixtape, Cloud 19. The highlight there was “FWU,” on which each of Kehlani’s lines spill seamlessly into the next as she professes the joys of monogamy and loyalty. If you take issue with that sort of domesticity and how it plays into the hands of chauvinistic R&B dudes, note that Kehlani has made talking points of her bisexuality and venom for dodgy industry types — all before her twentieth birthday. At any rate, the chief appeal of Kehlani’s appearances on Sunday and Monday at Slim’s (333 11th St., San Francisco) will be her catalog, the way songs such as “Wanted” brim with the ambition indicated by Kehlani’s album title: You Should Be Here.

Sam Lefebvre

Price: sold out

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