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Robyn @ The Music Box in L.A.
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Sensitivity didn't equate to softness at the Music Box, where Robyn was backed by a four-piece band that included two drummers; they gave tracks from "Body Talk Pt. 1," the singer's terrific new disc, a muscular, hard-hitting energy. Over those precision-geared grooves Robyn contemplated vulnerability with disarming honesty: "I'm in the corner, watching you kiss her," she sang in "Dancing on My Own." "I'm right over here, why can't you see me?" Later, in a song from her self-titled 2005 album, she concluded, "You never will be mine."

None of this came off as self-pity, thanks in large part to Robyn's powerful singing, which has warmed and deepened since she emerged during the mid-'90s teen-pop craze. Friday she encored with "Show Me Love," her signature phase-one hit, and the tension between the childlike lyric and Robyn's grown-up voice was as juicy as pop gets. [LA Times]

The review and pictures are both from Robyn & Kelis's tour stop in L.A. on Friday, July 23rd.

The two singers are in NYC for three concerts - the first is tonight (7/28) at Music Hall of Williamsburg, followed by August 4th and 5th at Webster Hall. All three are sold out.

Robyn is also playing one of those iheartradio.com private shows at the P.C. Richard & Son Theater (32 Avenue of the Americas in Tribeca) on Thursday, July 29th at 7pm (doors at 6pm). You can't buy tickets, but we have two pairs to giveaway. Details below.

Robyn, who 'dominated' at Pitchfork Fest earlier in July, put out Body Talk Pt. 1 in June. Part 2 of the triology is due August 17th in the US, and the video for its first single, "Hang With Me," is below. Kelis is also working off a new album, Flesh Tone, which came out in May.

The mentioned video, contest, and more pictures from the LA gig are below...

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Comments (7)

Robyn also appears to be playing (or at least appearing) at the Columbus Circle Borders store on 8/5:

http://www.borders.com/online/store/EventView?city=&state=&zipCode=&within=&all_stores=&selectedStoreId=12278&eventId=339959&

Posted by the skint | July 28, 2010 12:31 PM

What are the chances she'll play some songs at this Borders event/how early do you think people will get there?

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 12:37 PM

Only lame music writers and sad gheys like Robyn

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 12:47 PM

I really like Robyn, but wonder how good this show would be live. Watched the Pitchfork clips on YouTube. Seems like it would be a bit pre-programmed.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 4:19 PM

I went to both San Francisco shows. Robyn was amazing. her songs arnt exactly what you hear on the album. they have more character and a different prescence live. youll be blown away if you see her. no joke.

Posted by shahim ALI | July 28, 2010 4:26 PM

4:19 It might've been pre-programmed, but the Pitchfork set was lots of fun to a non-fan like me. A diehard Robyn expert might think otherwise.

Posted by LKJ | July 28, 2010 5:22 PM

Thanks for the feedback and recommendations, ALI and LKJ. Much appreciated. I will try to check out the upcoming show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2010 7:25 PM

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