Posted in music | pictures on December 2, 2010

photos by kolored, review by Bill Pearis

Lykke Li

Dressed in a black skintight outfit with a flowy shawl/cape thing draped over her shoulders, Lykke Li looked kind of like a superhero. (Maybe Batgirl, but definitely more Christopher Nolan than Joel Schumacher. Evil Stevie Nicks, the Voice suggested.) Not sure what her superpower is but she held the audience in her grip for her sold-out, in-the-round performance at Le Poisson Rouge last night (12/01). "I've got a new record that we're gonna play for you tonight, " Li told the crowd. "Are you ready for some new material?" Much hooting and hollering followed.

We got about seven or eight songs new songs from Wounded Rhymes, due in March 2011. The Bo-Diddley-gone-tribal first single "Get Some" shouldn't be seen as a signifier for what to expect, though. While definitely bigger sonically than 2008's spare Youth Novels, '60s girl groups (The Shirelles and the Shangri-Las in particular) seemed to be the most obvious touchstone. It's hard to judge new material in such settings, and debuting so much new material can sometimes test audience patience. But the crowd pretty much hung on every word they hadn't heard, and sang along with the ones they did.

Of the new songs, a few definitely stuck out, mostly the more ballad-y ones. "Jerome," a rhythm heavy slow burn ode to a former lover that had a definite (regular non-evil) Stevie Nicks vibe to it which really showed off the vocal talents of her tight, now five-member-strong band. Those harmonies would be forefront on "Sadness is a Blessing" and show-closer "Unrequited Love" both bare-all, raw nerve, heart-on-sleeve numbers. And of course "Get Some" which is pure bad-ass bravado, that sounds to me like the soundtrack to a raucous bar fight.

It was the Youth Novels material that had the crowd, most of whom got there two and a half hours before Li went on, going crazy: "Little Bit" (seemed like the whole place sang the "for you I keep my legs apart" line), "Dance Dance Dance," "I'm Good I'm Gone" and the Madonna-ish "Breaking It Up" which segued into an instrumental cover of The Knife's "Silent Shout." We also got a cover of The Big Pink's "Velvet" and her contribution to the Twilight: New Moon soundtrack, "Possibility."

I saw Lykke Li perform a handful of times in 2008 and while entertaining then, she has definitely upped her game. Maybe it was just the intimate nature of the performance, but Li was oozing charisma/"it factor" last night. Who needs superpowers when you have that?

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If you missed the show, catch her in May when she tours back to NYC for two shows at Webster Hall. Tickets for May 17th are still available, and May 18th is currently on AMEX presale (general sale begins 12/3 at noon).

Before the LPR show Bill interviewed Lykke for a Kanon Organic Vodka video segment that will be ready for viewing on Kanon's site soon (stay tuned). In the video you'll see Lykke sample two cocktails named after her songs, both of which were named by contest winners who won tickets to the show, and to the Kanon-sponsored afterparty which took place at the swanky SoHo Grand. Check out pictures of the afterparty at Kanon's site. The rest of our pictures from Le Poisson Rouge, and two videos, are below...

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Afterparty pictures up at Kanon's site.

Lykke Li - "I Follow Rivers" @ Le Poisson Rouge, December 1, 2010

Lykke Li - "Dance Dance Dance" @ Le Poisson Rouge, December 1, 2010

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Comments (32)

Could we move past this hipster goth bullshit, please?

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2010 7:13 PM

great show. too bad she went on at 10:20 instead of the 9:00 time the website advertised. hopefully LPR sold some additional drinks through this misdirection so that they can continue to book great artists.

LL seemed a little pissed that no one was dancing - but none of her stuff is actually dance music

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2010 7:25 PM

Could we move past closed off assholes who hate everything based on some stupid bullshit?

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2010 7:26 PM

Alright, this is getting ridiculous.
WHO???

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2010 8:15 PM

I'm pretty cool with hating stupid shit when it manifests itself in stupid shitty music and stupid shitty outfits.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2010 8:45 PM

Me no Lykke.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2010 8:48 PM

Her shelf life will be shorter than a fashion trend in Williamsburg.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2010 9:20 PM

Damn...lots of haters here. i dig her new stuff and enjoyed the last record too.

Posted by Pete | December 2, 2010 9:37 PM

"Her shelf life will be shorter than a fashion trend in Williamsburg."

That's what some clueless douchebags had said a few years back, yet she's still here.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2010 12:44 AM

that black dress, did she look to lady gaga or what? the music doesn't motivate that black thing

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2010 3:59 AM

Who?

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2010 7:03 AM


Great live track of Lykke Li from MHOW show NYC in 2008 - CMJ.
Worth a listen

http://www.thesoundofindie.com/tag/lykke-li/

Posted by squirrel | December 3, 2010 8:37 AM

The comments on this site have become so awful. You all sound like a bunch of kids in a middle-school cafeteria making fun of people.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2010 8:57 AM

like ^

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2010 9:21 AM

yea, id do her

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2010 9:21 AM

I wasn't sure or not if i would hit it, so I decided to check out these pictures. And upon dilligent review, I do not think I would hit it. Maybe, if I was really drunk I might, or if I had a friend that was really into her music and I could gain approval from said friend by saying I hit it, then maybe i would. But under most other circumstances, I would not hit it. Besides, my girlfirend is hotter.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2010 11:03 AM

I NEED MORE PICTURES PLEASE

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2010 11:11 AM

11:03 hit the nail on the head.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2010 11:13 AM

as long as shes not wearin that moomoo for a reason, id def hit it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2010 11:28 AM

When I saw her a couple of years ago, she was pretty chunky, so I'd say the muumuu is there for a reason.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2010 1:32 PM

Just because someone wears black, doesn't mean theyre trying to be goth, morons... 11:03 et al, I really doubt your "girlfriend" is hotter. Unless if by "hotter" you mean "developmentally retarded" for liking a guy who posts such gems of prose.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2010 7:54 PM

Eh, seems like a case of being weird for the sake of weird to distinguish her from the million other female singer/songwriters out there. 'I wear exotic headgear, like me.'

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2010 9:05 AM

See also, bat for lashes.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2010 9:11 AM

i used to work here when it was called life. it was much better then.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2010 1:29 PM

wow...these pics are terrible. absolutely terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2010 2:17 PM

The pics are the best part. They're more engaging than the music. The pics make me wish I was there. The music makes me glad I wasn't. A fucking kazoo, are you kidding me?!

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2010 10:53 PM

these pics are actually pretty cool and not your average concert pics. Yet, you cold have used less and still gotten a great sense of the show. The guy who says they are bad is just lame and hatin

Posted by mw | December 22, 2010 5:11 PM

Worthy of a hot facial...fuck!

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2010 11:08 PM

niggas like hummus? happy Kwanzaa

Posted by Anonymous | December 25, 2010 1:31 AM

8:57 hit the nail on the head.

Posted by Anonymous | December 25, 2010 7:04 PM

Don`t you feel good overthere ? Maybe, you don`t, but now I got the reason. It;s LL

Posted by Lennart HOLMGREN | December 27, 2010 11:02 AM

O nice, more crap photography on the internet. How thoughtful! Some people really need to learn a thing or two about composition and lighting before taking their SLR out of the house (let alone, their iPhone out of their pocket). Helen Keller could've done better.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2010 10:17 AM

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