When: Thu., April 12, 6:30 p.m. 2018
Miguel’s fourth album positions him as the pop star he was always meant to be. With magnetic hooks and gyrating rhythms, War & Leisure is a splendor of funk and R&B. But Miguel’s declaration that “everything gonna be alright” is tinged with the anxiety of the times. On Netflix-and-chill booty call “Come Through and Chill,” J. Cole raps: Know you’ve been on my mind like Kaepernick kneelin’/Or police killings, or Trump sayin’ slick shit/Manipulatin’ poor white folks because they ign’nt. Such references to the current political moment build on Miguel’s parsing out of his biracial identity in previous album Wildheart: Too proper for the black kids, too black for the Mexicans. At a time when simply existing as Latinx is more politicized than ever, Miguel makes a statement by singing “Caramelo Duro” in Spanish, assisted by Colombian-American singer Kali Uchis. This week, Miguel will bring his social justice-infused sensuality to Berkeley; use it as an opportunity to get free.