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Jens Lekman & Geoffrey O’Connor @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (night 1 pics)

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Jens Lekman
Jens Lekman

A little more than halfway through Jens Lekman‘s sold-out show Wednesday at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, the Swedish singer-songwriter delivered the kind of magic moment that has made him so adored, even on the scale of a cult favorite.

During a delicate solo version of “Black Cab,” the notes he plucked on his acoustic guitar gently twinkled and ascended into the ceilings of the sanctuary. He sang in a dour deadpan during the song’s downtrodden beginning (“I wanna sleep in my bed / I wanna clean up my head /Don’t wanna look this dead /Don’t wanna feel this dread”) and elevated to a stirring falsetto for the song’s hopeful climax (“So I say turn up the music / Take me home or take me anywhere”).

It’s one of Lekman’s best songs — sweet, funny, touching, disarmingly straightforward and delivered without a trace of irony. He splits the difference between Stephin Merritt’s pop-savantism and Jonathan Richman’s aura of childlike wonder. That’s the combination that has made him so lovable and approachable, the kind of person you want to sit with cross-legged on a couch while drinking tea.

Throughout “Black Cab,” the audience — and even Lekman’s drummer — sat in rapt silence. The 30-year-old crooner recognized and acknowledged the significance of what happened.

“That song found a home here in this synagogue,” he said at its conclusion, sounding as genuine as always.[Washington Post]

After DC, Jens Lekman toured his way over to NYC and he plays his third Music Hall of Williamsburg show in a row tonight (10/10). Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic opens. Geoffrey O’Connor of Crayon Fields opened the first two nights aka last night and Friday (10/7). Here are some pictures from the first NYC show. They continue below….

Geoffrey O’Connor

Geoffrey O'Connor

Geoffrey O'Connor

Geoffrey O'Connor

Geoffrey O'Connor

Geoffrey O'Connor

Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman

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