Onstage, and possibly in her everyday life, Janelle Monae dresses in a black-and-white uniform: tuxedo, oversized bow tie, wingtips, and a pompadour that flouts scientific principles. Such formality delightfully collides with the fact that Monae is one of the weirdest, most dazzling figures in popular music — a fireball who marries a Fritz Lang sci-fi aesthetic with an upbeat sonic mishmash of soul, funk and R&B. She howled and crowd-surfed at the Grammys and tossed off an impossibly fresh mashed-potato dance on Late Show With David Letterman. Most everybody's reaction upon seeing her for the first time: Where did this woman come from? Glad you asked. Monae grew up in Kansas City, Kansas, and went to Schlagle High School. Now based in Atlanta, she may not rep KC the way, say, Jason Sudeikis does, but as long as she keeps bringing her electrifying show to town a couple of times a year, we're not complaining.