Janelle Monae – Sweet Soul Music

Janelle Monae © Per Ole HagenIf you want to see only one of today’s soul artists, you should start with Janelle Monae. Yes, there are others, they sell buckets of records, but they don’t have the natural charm and musicality of Janelle Monae. And their stage shows are bigger, costlier and much more cynically predictable. Yesterday Janelle Monae scored a new victory at the Øya festival in Oslo.

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Queens Of The Stone Age Ruled At Oya

Queens Of The Stone Age © Per Ole HagenThe last time I saw Queens Of The Stone Age, or QOTSA for short, was at the Norwegian Wood festival in Oslo in 2008. That time Josh Homme was sick with food poisoning, but they still delivered a very good concert. Yesterday QOTSA headlined the opening day at the Øya festival in Oslo, and the band showed that they are still the kings of stoner rock.

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Happy Birthday, Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean © Per Ole HagenChristopher Ocean has been one of the fastest rising stars on the R& B scene these last few years. He started out writing songs for such different artists as Justin Bieber, John Legend and Beyoncé. Three years ago he joined the hip hop collective OFWGKTA, or Odd Future as they are also known. On October 28th Frank Ocean is 27 years old.

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Florence and The Machine at the Oya Festival

Florence And The Machine at Øyafestivalen © Per Ole hagenThree years ago one of the most talked about artists at the Oya festival in Oslo were Florence And the Machine. This year the band played the biggest stage at the festival, and the band had no problems justifying this. A big crowd saw them through their set, and they had a great time.

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