Entries tagged with: Lykke Li
Lykke Li @ MoMA Party in the Garden 2014 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Lykke Li played a couple high profile shows at iconic NYC spots (MoMA, The Apollo) around the release of her new album, I Never Learn. She's now announced a fall tour that includes another NYC institution: Radio City Music Hall on October 4. Tickets for the Radio City show go on sale Friday (6/13) at noon, but you can get them before with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (6/11) at 10 AM, a BrooklynVegan presale beginning Wednesday (6/11) at 11 AM, and a Radio City presale beginning Thursday (6/12) at 11 AM.
All tour dates are listed below...
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Lykke Li @ The Apollo Theatre 5/15/2014
The music on Li's first two albums has an inherent danceability, but the Apollo's seats are tight and those who tried to dance in the aisles were asked kindly to stop. Many of the singer's new songs, from her recently released third LP I Never Learn, are modern lighter anthems, the sort of song you enjoy with drowning yourself in a glass of wine rather than spilling a Solo cup of vodka. So the occasional track like "Never Gonna Love Again" (dedicated, fittingly, to "anybody who's had their heart broken"), which has an Eighties-style power-ballad chorus that just begs to be blared on a beach boardwalk, found the crowd merely mouthing along. Eventually, by "I Follow Rivers" the audience found its groove and stood, danced and swayed for the rest of the set. - [Rolling Stone]After playing the very fancy Party in the Garden at MoMA on Tuesday, Swedish songstress Lykke Li played another NYC cultural landmark -- Harlem's The Apollo Theatre -- last night (5/15/2014), part of a quick promotional visit to both coasts around the release of her decidedly somber third album, I Never Learn. ("I have to admit, my new album is a bit of a bummer," she told the Apollo crowd.) While heavy on the new album, she did pepper her set with some of her upbeat hits, including "Little Bit," "I Follow Rivers" and "Get Some." Setlist and pictures from The Apollo are in this post.
Lykke Li is spending most of the summer on the European festival circuit with no word yet on a proper North American tour. Stay tuned. More pics from her show at The Apollo below...
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Lykke Li @ MoMA Party in the Garden 5/13/2014
MoMA held their annual Party in the Garden fundraiser Tuesday night (5/13). One of the big social events of the season, it started with a pricey gala dinner, followed by a not-quite-as-pricey afterparty featuring a live set from Swedish singer Lykke Li and ubiquitous DJ Questlove kept the crowd otherwise entertained. At a fancy, celeb-heavy affair like this, the live music is more of a bonus than the focus. That said, the dressed-up crowd were into her 30-minute set which mixed old favorites with songs from her brand-new album, I Never Learn. Pictures from her set and the MoMA Party in the Garden afterparty are in this post.
Lykke Li plays another tiny NYC venue (relatively speaking) -- the Apollo in Harlem -- on Thursday (5/15) which is sold out and one of a few current live dates for her in North America. More pics from MoMA below...
Lykke Li at Central Park Summerstage in 2011 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Lykke Li, whose new album I Never Learn came out today (5/6) and whose tour hits NYC's Apollo Theatre (5/15) soon (sold out), will also be in NYC two days earlier to perform at MoMA's annual Party in the Garden benefit afterparty on Tuesday, May 13. The Roots' Questlove will also be DJing.
Tickets are on sale now and proceeds benefit "the Annual Fund of The Museum of Modern Art and the maintenance of The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. The event also supports the Museum's general operating fund, helping to make possible the Museum's education programs and the care, study, and exhibition of its collection." They start at $225 (for just the afterparty) and go up to $100,000 (for a table of 10 to the whole shebang). The event will honor Daniel Craig, Steve McQueen, and Maja Oeri in recognition of their continued support of MoMA.
Updated Lykke Li dates are listed, with a video of her performing "Gunshot" from her new album, below...
Outside Lands Festival returns to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park from August 8 - 10. This year's lineup was just announced and includes Kanye West, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Arctic Monkeys, Death Cab for Cutie, Disclosure, The Flaming Lips, Spoon, Haim, Lykke Li, and more.
Tickets go on sale Thursday (4/10) at 10 AM PDT. Full lineup below...
Lollapalooza 2014, which goes down from August 1-3 in Chicago, announced its 2014 lineup. Artists include Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monekys, Skrilex, Broken Bells and tons more. 3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.
Full lineup below...
Montreal's Osheaga Festival is returning this year from August 1 - 3 at Parc Jean-Drapeau. The lineup was just announced and includes Outkast, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, The Replacements, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Modest Mouse, Local Natives, Haim, SBTRKT (who's streaming a new EP), Pusha T, Gogol Bordello, Cut Copy, Flume, Chance the Rapper, Gesaffelstein, Danny Brown, Four Tet, Volcano Choir, Against Me!, Joey Bada$$, Jon Hopkins, Kevin Drew, Duke Dumont, Shlohmo, The Dismemberment Plan, Courtney Barnett, Hospitality, The Men and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Check out the complete lineup below...
Lykke Li at Summerstage in 2011 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
As mentioned, Lykke Li is releasing a new album and going on a tour this year which brings her to NYC on May 15 at The Apollo Theatre. Tickets for that show go on BrooklynVegan presale today (3/6) at 10 AM. Password: "LYKKEBV."
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Lykke Li at Summerstage in 2011 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Lykke Li recently announced that her new album, I Never Learn, will be out on May 6. In support of that, she'll return to North America where she'll grace NYC with a show at the Apollo Theatre on May 15. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/7) at 10 AM, and there will be a BrooklynVegan presale starting Thursday (3/6) at 10 AM.
Check back here Thursday morning for the password. All dates are listed below.
UPDATE: Password = "LYKKEBV".
She also revealed the album's tracklist and made a video for one of its tracks, "Love Me Like I'm Not Made of Stone." Watch that, with the list of dates, below...
Lykke Li @ Summerstage, 2011 (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Lykke Li will return with her new album, I Never Learn, on May 5. It's her first in three years and MOJO reports the new album was made in Sweden and Los Angeles with longtime producer/collaborator Bjorn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn and John). She just released a preview video for the album featuring an ethereal new song... watch that below.
Influential filmmaker David Lynch will release his sophmore effort, The Big Dream, on July 16 via Sacred Bones. Says Lynch, "Most of the songs start out as a type of blues jam and then we go sideways from there. What comes out is a hybrid, modernized form of low-down blues."
The album features 10 Lynch originals and one cover of Bob Dylan's "The Ballad of Hollis Brown." You can preorder yours at the label now and get a free download of bonus track "I'm Waiting Here," featuring vocals from Lykke Li. There's a new video for that song and you can watch it below.
Stevie Nicks came to "CBS This Morning" yesterday (7/11) for an on-air interview, during which she revealed that Fleetwood Mac plan to reunite "next year, so far." "It's the plan. Because that's what we do. I do my thing. And Lindsey (Buckingham is) out doing his thing now." During that interview, Stevie also spoke about the recent suicide of Fleetwood Mac member Bob Welch, saying "I can't even tell you what in the world would have pushed him to do something that crazy."
Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham are both currently on their own solo tours. Stevie hit the NYC area a few times in the past month, including Beacon Theater and she plays tonight (7/12) at Mohegan Sun in CT. Lindsey's tour is ongoing as well, and it hit NYC back in June for a show at BB King's.
As mentioned, there's also a Fleetwood Mac tribute in the works which comes on August 14 and features covers by mostly indie rock artists. Since we last wrote, many of those covers have surfaced on the internet. 10 of the 17 total covers are streaming below, including Lee Ranaldo Band and J Mascis' "Albatross," Antony's "Landslide," Billy Gibbons & Co.'s "Oh Well," Best Coast's "Rhiannon," The New Pornographers' "Think About Me," Lykke Li's "Silver Springs," Karen Elson (produced by Beck)'s "Gold Dust Woman," Matt Sweeney and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's "Storms," MGMT's "Future Games," and The Kills' "Dreams."
Those streams and lists of all Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham dates are below...
Sleigh Bells at Terminal 5 in Feb 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Sleigh Bells and The Kills will separately headline two Converse City Carnage concerts/skateboard events happening at Hudson River Park. The Sleigh Bells show happens Saturday July 21 and is with Jel and Mr. Dream; The Kills show happens August 18 and is with Black Bananas and Viva Viva.
Both shows are free but you do need physical tickets which can be ordered via Ticketmaster on June 22 starting at noon. You can also pick up tickets at Converse's Soho and Garden State Plaza retail locations.
Both shows are part of two-day events. The skateboarding part will take place on Fridays (July 20, August 17) and features Converse Skateboarding Ambassadors Kenny Anderson, Nick Trapasso, along with the entire Converse Skateboarding team. You can read more about it here. Leading up to City Carnage, Hudson River Park's Pier 62 Skate Park will get a facelift courtesy the sneaker folks.
The City Carnage show is part of Sleigh Bells expanded summer tour and all current dates -- some of which are opening for Refused -- are listed below.
In related news, The Kills are featured on a new Fleetwood Mac tribute album titled Just Tell Me That You Want Me. The Kills tackle karaoke favorite "Dreams" and elsewhere on the compilation you can hear Mac songs covered by Lee Ranaldo & J Mascis, Antony, New Pornographers (streaming below), Washed Out, Matt Sweeny & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Best Coast, Lykke Li, Craig Wedren & St. Vincent, Tame Impala, MGMT and more. The album's out August 14 -- tracklisting and bad cover art is below.
Miike Snow at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Brook Bobbins)
Miike Snow will release their sophomore LP, Happy to You, on March 27 via Downtown/Universal. You can stream the album track "Black Tin Box," which features fellow Swede Lykke Li HERE, and watch the video for another, "The Devil's Work," below. The artwork and tracklist are also below.
Miike Snow will tour the US and Canada in support of the new album, surrounding their appearances at SXSW, Ultra Music Festival in Miami, and Coachella. The tour hits NYC on April 24 and 25 at Terminal 5. The 4/24 show is sold out but tickets just went on sale for the 4/25 show.
All dates, video, album art and tracklist below...
Josh T Pearson @ BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Check out Rough Trade's list of the Top 100 Albums of 2011 (yay Josh T Pearson!), below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Lykke Li backed by First Aid Kit @ Wellmont
Though she didn't stop in NYC this time around, Lykke Li headlined NJ's Wellmont Theater on Thursday night (11/17). First Aid Kit, who blessed NYC the night prior and who play Webster Hall soon, opened the show and joined Lykke Li on stage for a performance of "Silent My Song" before Lykke launched into a cover of "Unchained Melody" ("eeeeeee so good!" said one attendee). Listen to a studio version of the cover, watch a video of the three Swedish women singing together at a California show, and check out more pictures of the NJ show, below...
First Aid Kit at BV CMJ 2010 (more by Chris Gersbeck)
As mentioned, First Aid Kit are currently on a tour with Bright Eyes and will head out with Lykke Li this November for a tour that includes the previously announced November 17 Wellmont Theater show in Montclair, NJ (tickets). The night before the NJ show, First Aid Kit will play their own headlining show in NYC at Mercury Lounge (11/16). Tickets go on sale Friday (9/9) at noon.
Updated dates and a video below...
words by Zach Pollack, photos by Grant MacAllister
a member of Cee-Lo's band
Day two of Lollapalooza 2011 began with a slight drizzle over Grant Park, but it didn't deter the determined early festival-goers from moving about the grounds. After a long Friday, I began Saturday over at the Sony Stage with an extremely tight set from Phantogram. What I assumed was a simple setup from listening to their albums, was actually a complex live rig which kept the trio extremely busy. How many times have you seen an electronic-tinged band who just cue samples all set? Phantogram are not that.
Up next on my schedule were Chicago hometown act Maps & Atlases (which unfortunately meant I missed Friendly Fires). Maps & Atlases drew a very large crowd to the Google+ Stage, which has my favorite area of the whole fest. There's no other stage opposing it, it's a bit smaller than most, and massive trees block out much of the blistering sun. What's not to like?
I then attempted to head back towards Music Unlimited for Fitz and The Tantrums, but that didn't seem to be in the cards due to some unexpected foot traffic. Instead I ate and then headed to the oposite side of the grounds to catch the Black Lips at Playstation. The crowd was enormous for the garage-rockers who usually play to a quarter as many people. A few songs in they pulled out "Family Tree," the opening track to their great Mark Ronson-produced album Arabia Mountain. In typical Black Lips fashion, singer/guitarist Cole Alexander threw up on stage without missing as much as a note, and almost all over the Lollapalooza film crew!
From there things just got more and more massive. I caught Death From Above 1979 for the second time this week, and it was just as thrilling and brutal. Kicking things off with the Y.A.W.I.A.M. staple "Turn It Out," the massive beyond massive crowd went completely insane. Not needing to see the full set, I rushed across the complex to catch a bit of Big Audio Dynamite. The reunited group opened with "Medicine Show," and continued to awe the crowd with "A Party." From there I ran to Google+ to catch the tail end of The Drums.
I walked in just as they were speaking about the release of their forthcoming record Portamento (coming out in the US on Frenchkiss). They then played its single, "Money." The band has definitely matured since I last saw them and they sounded super full live. Just to make my legs die a little bit more, I rushed back over towards Sony and Music Unlimited to catch Local Natives. As mentioned, it was the largest crowd the band had ever played to. Opening with "Camera Talk," as per usual, their live sound even surpassed their great recordings. Towards the end of their set, across the way at Unlimited, things started to fall into place for Cee Lo's set.
His band of attractive studio musicians took the stage sans Green around 6:30PM, and jumped into a short intro track. Complete with matching Gwar-like kinky warrior outfits (strange choice), Cee Lo and his band played to a massive audience, many of whom were camped out to see Eminem on the same stage. I left early, before the booing...
"The soul singer scored a huge crowd, but holding its attention seemed to be another matter. Dressed in shoulder pads topped with huge spikes and a chunky neck chain, Cee-Lo channeled his inner-dungeon master/Billy Idol; he even played an R&B-flavored cover of the 80s star's "Flesh for Fantasy." But the set was anything but smooth: Between tunes, which included Cee-Lo's own "Satisfied," "Bright Lights Bigger City," and Gnarls Barkley's smash "Crazy," he turned the spotlight to his DJ, who inexplicably spun Lenny Kravitz, Nirvana and Depeche Mode - a move that inspired boos from the crowd. "Don't you dare let this wonderful outfit go to waste," he said, palpably annoyed. But the irritation may have worked in his favor (and sent a subliminal message to his fans): On his closer, the Motown-inflected kiss-off "Fuck You," his voice sounded richer than it had all night. " [Rolling Stone]By then I was over at Google+ for Lykke Li.
Li and her amazingly talented band were a perfect fit for the stage, and drew as many people as would fit in the area. They started things off with the haunting Wounded Rhymes track "Jerome," and continued in that fashion with "I Follow Rivers", "Sadness Is A Blessing" and other songs as My Morning Jacket started to set up for their headlining set over at Bud Light.
Jim James and Co. kicked off a two hour long set at 8PM. It spanned their entire catalog with crowd favorites like "Off the Record," "Touch Me I'm Going To Scream," "One Big Holiday," and much more. Songs were extended with jam sections, brass solos, etc. Their stage setup was absolutely massive, as was the lighting. That said, I snuck away back to the smaller Google+ to check out some of Beirut who was closing out that stage.
Zach Condon and band played mostly older songs in the more intimate setting, and though tight, I was craving some more My Morning Jacket and so headed back to finish off the night with Jim James.
Buke & Gass @ Bowery in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Araabmuzik @ Best Buy Theater in March (more by Brook Bobbins)
today in NYC
* Escape to New York
* Metalux @ The Stone
* The Archive @ Zebulon
* Mike Shiflet @ The Stone
* Schoolly D, Freeway @ Maxwell's
* The Twelves @ Good Units (FIXED)
* Dr. Lonnie Smith Nonet @ Jazz Standard
* Prisoners of 2nd Avenue @ BB King's
* Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra @ Barbes
* VHS or Beta, Megafortress @ Cameo Gallery
* Oak, Convulsions, Grudges @ Stolen Sleeves
* Fountains of Wayne, Nicole Atkins @ City Winery
* God Is An Astronaut, Monogold @ Bowery Ballroom
* The Growlers, Wild Yaks @ Brooklyn Bowl (free)
* Weird Owl, Bad Girlfriend, Heliotropes @ Union Pool
* Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Joe Jonas @ Izod Center
* Vaz, Mick Barr, Lichens, The Dreebs @ Death By Audio
* Sands, The Field Recordings, Mean Creek @ Union Hall
* Castevet, Communion, Artificial Brain @ Saint Vitus Bar
* Karlsson & Winnberg (Miike Snow DJ Set) @ Webster Hall
* Apollo Run, Ghost Bunny, EULA, Von Shakes @ The Rock Shop
* Kid Lucky feat. Alfonso CID and Isabel Del Dia @ Josie Robertson Plaza
* El Ten Eleven, The Globes, Special Guests @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Marco Cappelli, Chris Dingman, James Hurt, Jim Pugliese @ Blue Note
* Meshell Ndegeocello presents A Night of Gil Scott-Heron Covers @ Blue Note
* Morgan O'Kane, Matt Keating, Leyla McCalla @ Bowery Electric
* Ra Ra Rasputin, Prussia, Motive, Berlusconi's Parties @ Glasslands
* Bassam Saba & The New York Arabic Orchestra @ Damrosch Park Bandshell
* Blues Control, Steve Summers, Professor Genius @ Shea Stadium
* Rosetta, Braveyoung, Tidal Arms, Don't Give A Fuck @ The Acheron
* My Pet Dragon, Little Embers, Shoot The Freak @ Mercury Lounge
* Ra Ra Riot, Delicate Steve, Buke and Gass @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Stolen Parts, The Dirty Shames, Johnie3, The Vansaders @ The Gutter
* Monuments, The National Rifle, Waking Lights, Lazer Cake @ Bruar Falls
* 1-800-BAND, Lorraine Leckie, Joey Steel & The Attitude Adjusters @ Don Pedro
* Saigon, Big Hodge & Workers Comp, Natural High, Charlie Buko @ Knitting Factory
* Dinner, Balkans, One Man Machine & The Good Vibes Band, Christina Caceres @ Cake Shop
* AraabMUZIK, White Ring, DJ Assault, Laurel Halo, Blissed Out, Mykki Blanco, Beacon @ Santos Party House
* Ben Thornewill (of Jukebox The Ghost), Brandon Reilly (of Nightmare Of You) @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Check out This Week in Indie for more.
AraabMUZIK appears at Santos tonight and is going on tour with SBTRKT in the fall.
Ra Ra Rock Yard returns Sunday with The Growlers who play Brooklyn Bowl tonight.
Summer movies on the Intrepid continue tonight with ET.
The Twelves play a FIXED party at Good Units tonight. TIckets are available. Simian Mobile Disco also DJ a FIXED party this Saturday night (8/6) at Public Assembly after they DJ Warm Up earlier that day.
Lykke Li played Leno last night. Video below...
photos by Jim Brueckner
You've seen the uplifting YouTube videos of the school children from Staten Island, but to witness their contagious innocent joy in-person is even more of a must. It's almost as if each popular number that they cover, they are canonizing by allowing the listeners to hear the songs through the ears of a child. Their version of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" was a true goosebump moment. [Metro]Staten Island's PS22 Chorus, who are known to cover bands like MGMT Ariel Pink, and Freelance Whales (who also played the festival), played day 1 (7/30) of the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island this past weekend. . They covered songs by Adele, Lykke Li, John Lennon, Austra and others.
Pictures and videos from their set at Newport below...
photos by Vincent Cornelli
Lykke Li @ Central Park Summerstage
As previously mentioned, Lykke Li, who was just confirmed for Fun Fun Fun Fest, will head out on a short tour with First Aid Kit in November which hits NJ's Wellmont Theatre on November 17. Tickets for that show finally go on sale this Friday (8/5) at noon.
Lykke Li played a ticketed NYC show at Central Park Summerstage last night (8/1) with Timber Timbre. None of the opener, but pictures from the show continue, with a video, below...
Slayer at Izod Center (photos by Samantha Marble)
Slayer, Thee Oh Sees, Public Enemy, Girls, Danzig Legacy, (Danzig + Doyle von Frankenstein playing Misfits, Samhain & Danzig), Hot Snakes, Diplo, Major Lazer, Henry Rollins, Ted Leo & The Phramacists, Spank Rock, Murder City Devils, Hum, Lykke Li, Passion Pit, Four Tet, Rakim, The Damned, Austra, Purity Ring, and Flynt Flossy are just a few of the acts announced today as part of the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup. Another amazing year! Check out the full lineup below and stay tuned for more announcements coming in August and September.
The new additions to the Austin, Texas festival, which takes place from 11/4 - 11/6, are in addition to the the previous "lineup leaks" that included Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Okkervil River, M83, X (performing "Los Angeles"), Reggie Watts, Flying Lotus, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Kid Dynamite and others
2011 is the festival's sixth year, but first at its new home Auditorium Shores (no more Waterloo Park). Tickets are on sale now.
Fun Fun Fun 2011 flyer and almost-full lineup is below.
Lykke Li at Webster Hall in May (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Lykke Li will head out on a short tour in November with First Aid Kit. That tour includes a stop at NJ's Wellmont Theatre on November 17. Tickets will go on sale shortly. No NYC date has been announced for this tour at the moment, but maybe one will be after Lykke Li plays her August 1 show at Summerstage with Timber Timbre, though that show is sold out.
Lykke Li will also perform "Youth Knows No Pain," off her recently released Wounded Rhymes on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on August 4.
First Aid Kit are currently recording an album with Mike Mogis of Bright Eyes, who they tour with in September. That tour doesn't come through NYC but Bright Eyes play Williamsburg Waterfront with Dr. Dog on August 31. Tickets for that show are still available.
All dates below...
Lykke Li @ Webster Hall
"She looks like a normal non-idiotic Gaga. With better music." Or at least, that's what the consensus seems to be among Lykke Li fans on the music site Last.fm.
Lykke Li's rise to fame over the last few years has not been incidental. She's got an ear for catchy pop music, sexy dance moves, and just the right combination of Swedish genes. On stage, she seems to exude a cool confidence. And yet, in the song "Dance, Dance, Dance," she insists that she's actually quite shy. Of course, with her dramatic eye make-up, form fitting clothing, and sleek physique, she's gorgeous, but not in a way that incites resentment or makes her seem elitist or impossible to relate to. When she encourages you to dance, you want to respond accordingly, even though the room is far too crowded and you know you won't have the space to dance as gracefully as she does. Behold the draw of Lykke Li.
"We're lucky we're seeing her play here. She won't play anywhere this small again," a concert-goer said to his companion. One thing's for sure: She's certainly a tough act to precede.
But despite the fact that few people at Wednesday night's show at Webster Hall (the second of two sold out shows at the venue) seemed to even know there was an opener on the bill (let alone the identity of said opener), the audience seemed highly receptive to the Toronto one-woman outfit Grimes - even when she (Claire Boucher) momentarily flubbed the intro to her first song.
With her catchy keyboard-driven melodies and thumping bass lines, Grimes at times reminds me of a female Baths - but with an otherworldly twist due to Boucher's distinctive high-pitched, childlike voice and indecipherable lyrics.
Boucher's performance was certainly not as polished as that of Li (She coughed right into the microphone at one point), but her experimental leanings nicely contrasted Lykke Li's more straightforward pop sensibility.
With the exception of some dramatic lighting, the stage set-up was fairly minimal for Grimes, but for Lykke Li, the venue piled on the drama. Following a long intermission between sets, the room suddenly went dark and the smoke machines on stage kicked into overdrive.
As music played in the background, Li's backing back assumed their positions, and the tension escalated. Finally, Li herself appeared to rapturous applause. As if the setting on stage wasn't dramatic enough, Li looked like a widow in mourning in her black veil and oversized cloak. Bursts of blinding white light, thick clouds of smoke, and well-placed fans made it seem as if a tempest had broken out on stage. Long black curtains billowed in the manmade gusts and effectively enveloped Li until she brushed them aside with a graceful flourish.
Of course, it wasn't long before the veil fell and revealed Li's beauty mark, well-defined cheekbones, and unblinking gaze; and the cloak fell open. Li powered through her hour-long set, playing songs both from her most recent release and a few old favorites, including "I'm Good, I'm Gone" and "Little Bit." At the encouragement of the audience, she extended her encore and closed with "Unrequited Love."
Lykke Li's lyrics may not be particularly groundbreaking, but she performed with the poise of an experienced pop star and a level of intensity typically reserved for an encore. Perhaps she said it best herself: "Words can never make up for what you do."
Lykke Li's next NYC show is in fact in a bigger venue, Central Park Summerstage on August 1st. Tickets are still available. In the meantime, Lykke continues on her current North American tour which runs through the end of May with Grimes.
More pictures pictures from the Wednesday night show at Webster Hall, and the setlist, below...
Gang Gang Dance @ Angel Orensanz in March (more by Erez Avissar)
today in NYC
* Kitchen Gala @ Capitale
* Jeph Jerman @ The Stone
* Rick Ross @ Paradise Theater
* Cookies, Jive Grave @ Zebulon
* Michael Attias Renku @ Barbes
* Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Two Bamboo Flutes @ The Stone
* Tim Minchin @ Gramercy Theatre
* Avi Wisnia, Denise Reis @ Joe's Pub
* Wintersleep, Teletextile @ Union Hall
* Racing Heart, In One Wind @ Sycamore
* Kylie Minogue @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Lupe Fiasco @ PC Richard & Son Theater
* The Fiery Furnaces @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Holy Grail, Cauldron, Wizardry @ Union Pool
* Jonah Matranga, Atlantic/Pacific @ Maxwell's
* Bruce Cockburn, Jenny Scheinman @ City Winery
* Schwervon!, Ching Ching, The WoWz @ Bruar Falls
* Surf City, Xray Eyeballs, Darlings @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Dominique Young Unique, Prussia @ Mercury Lounge
* Vandaveer, Ferraby Lionheart @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Pigeons, Jefferson High, Long Long Long @ Shea Stadium
* Bruno Mars, Janelle Monae, Plan B @ Roseland Ballroom
* The Airborne Toxic Event, Marfa Lights @ Bowery Ballroom
* Foals, Freelance Whales, The Naked and Famous @ Terminal 5
* The Black Ryder, Heaven, My Best Fiend @ Santos Party House
* Bachelorette, Rarechild, Warm Ghosts, Young Heel @ Glasslands
* Wakey!Wakey!, Jukebox The Ghost, Casey Shea @ The Rock Shop
* Machinedrum, Timonkey Mike Slott, Futexture @ Mercury Lounge
* Vaz, Dope Body, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, R Mexico @ Death By Audio
* Electronic Music Foundation Presents: T-Stick Music @ Issue Project Room
* The NowhereNauts, Mike Pride's From Bacteria to Boys @ Knitting Factory
* Gang Gang Dance, New Moods, Ghetto Gothic DJs @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Pterodactyl, Human Resources, Sweet Bulbs, Daniel Klag, Guardian Alien, Antimagic @ Silent Barn
* The Naked & the Famous, Onward Soldiers, Ghostwise, Anni Rossi, Emmy The Great, Amir Gwirtzman @ Pianos
* Bing Ji Ling, Super Hi-Fi, Fist of Facts, Kaleta Jaa and Jo Jo Kuo, Saladu and the Afrolisticks, MC Jack Silbert, DJ Paddy Boom and Citizen Kane @ Cake Shop
Stevie Nicks @ Webster Hall is cancelled.
Win tickets to see Dominique Young Unique at Mercury Lounge tonight via the BrooklynVegan Faceboook. You can also win a pair by emailing your name to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Dominique).
Giving away 2 tix to Gang Gang Dance @ MHOW on Facebook too.
Check out Lykke Li's recently released video for "Sadness is a Blessing" below...