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Janelle Monáe said to watch the New York indie band fun. perform was "to perhaps watch the renaissance of Queen mixed with their own fresh approach to music." Her's is a fitting description: the band, whose name starts with a lower-case "f" and ends in a period, is a pleasant mix of 1970s pop, lush instrumentation and catchy lyrics.
The four-year old group — Nate Ruess, Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff — teamed up with Monáe for "We Are Young." (Her reverb-soaked vocals really shine around 2:30). "We Are Young" was released as a single in September and will be on fun.'s new album Some Nights, which is out in February. Jeff Bhasker, who has worked on albums with Jay-Z, Beyonce, Kanye West and Alicia Keys, is producing the new record.
Download fun.'s "We Are Young" above or check out an unplugged version of the song in the video below. The group plays the Bowery Ballroom Wednesday night.