Monday, March 2, 2009

Lykke Li @ Waterloo Records and Antone's, 02.19.09

Lykke Li’s Waterloo Records in-store performance… FREE. Lykke Li’s show at Antone’s … $20. Seeing Lykke Li perform twice in one day… F’in PRICELESS.

Thursday, February 19th, 2009 was the day that Swedish pop starlet
Lykke Li [pronounced loo-key lee] invaded Austin by giving a short stripped down set at Waterloo Records and then delivering a tour-de-force at Antone's. This day will now also be associated as when I saw one of the best live performances I have ever seen. I say that with no light-heartedness. Lykke’s show at Antone’s was everything that a live show should be.

I’ve seen Marilyn Manson bring crowds to riot-like frenzy at music halls in Philadelphia and Austin, the beauty of Radiohead performing at the a large outside amphitheater, and the shock of surprise unbilled A Tribe Called Quest reunion at the TLA. And without a doubt Lykke Li now joins those veterans at the top of the list.

While the set at Waterloo was intimate and impressive, the full show at Antone's was one of those performances that should become legendary. Energetic, prolific, and surprising... Lykke had it all. From her opening the Swedish dance club for "Complaint Department" to closing the night by jumping into the crowd with a hip-hop medley of covers that included A Tribe Called Quest's "Can I Kick It" and "Hustlin" from Rick Ross, those who were in attendance will be talking about this one for a long time.

I can't stress enough how impressive Lykke Li is live.

@ Antone's

@ Waterloo

And here is a really cool interview from Nardwuar. See how cute Lykke is rapping Tribe...

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