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[GIG REVIEW] Lykke Li Enchants Atlanta With Impressive Live Performance

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Lykke Li may not be played  on your radio every day or even featured on music video channels frequently. However, with the release of her second album "Wounded Rhymes" earlier this year, the Swedish alt-pop singer has found herself gaining more attention and momentum in North America.

With her music appearing in movies and television shows such as The Twilight Saga and Glee, Lykke’s music is becoming more and more beloved everyday. None of this was more apparent than her sold out show at the Buckhead Theater in Atlanta, GA.

As the fans piled in, the excitement was evident from the beginning as many people screamed and cheered anticipating the wait, but before the main event, Lykke had a special treat in store. Her fellow hometown residents First Aid Kit took the stage to open and start the night off right.

The sisters Johanna and Klara accompanied by a drummer, showed off their amazing vocals singing "What’s Going to Save Me," and "Hard Believer," as well as other tracks from the debut album "The Big Black & The Blue." While both of the sisters have incredibly strong voices individually, together it is an amazing force that sounds perfectly harmonized and perfectly beautiful. After making the announcement of their new album releasing on January 24, the sisters closed their set with the title track "The Lion’s Roar," leaving with a loud applause and smiling faces.

After a brief intermission, the lights completely shut off and the smoke slowly concealed the stage. The sounds of heavy drums filled the air and the strobelights began to flash. After a minute of build up anticipation, Lykke and her band dressed in all black were finally revealed. After an enormous eruption from the crowd, Lykke grabbed a drumstick to bang on a cymbal and tom, getting the night started with "I’m Good I’m Gone" and having everyone up and dancing. Lykke in good spirts and all smiles slowed down the excitement to show off her vocals performing "Sadness Is A Blessing" and giving the audience a more intimate and cherished vibe.

The slower songs did not last however, with the lights flashing rapidly again and the drums picking up its heavy sound, Lykke danced around in a black curtain and performed "I Follow Rivers." The heavy drums were an ongoing theme for Lykke and were really the foundation of her show.

At times Lykke even went on to pound her chest to the beat of the drums showing how the rhythm was the backbone to her performance and her music in general. After performing a few other tracks including "Made You Move," Lykke invited her hometown sisters First Aid kit to join her as they harmonized vocals to "Silent My Song."

This may have been the most impressive part of the night, as the voices of the three Swedish women sounded like a whole 20 piece band. Going acapella at the end of the song with no instruments,there was no questioning of the women’s voices and just how magnificent they are.

After a special moment with the audience where Lykke sung by herself, the band rejoined Lykke on stage, sending the crowd into a frenzy when the first synthesizer sounds of "Little Bit" were played. At one point, the crowd was so loud that Lykke just stuck the mic into the direction of the spectators and let them sing the songthemselves.

Keeping the upbeat tempo, Lykke performed Dance Dance Dance," and kept the energy at an all time high. Getting the already excited crowd even more hype, Lykke started to mix her set with Kanye West's "Power" and decided to ditch the mic and sing through a mega horn.

As the set came to an end, the lights flashed brighter than they had all night while Lykke Li sizzled things up with sexy dancing. Ending her set with "Get Some," the crowd sang word for word to the heavy drummed sassy styled song, ending with a loud standing ovation and the crowd yelling for more.

Stepping out for an encore, the crowd got to listen to the incredible vocal range of Lykke as sheperformed "Unrequited Love" before a very sincere and thank you to all of her fans for coming out. As if the performance wasn’t enough proof, it was obvious Lykke had as much fun as her fans by the genuineness in her goodbye and appreciations. However, it was the crowd who would say thank you and for every reason. The Swedish pop star put on a show filled with powerful vocals, instrumentals and emotions that many wish would never of ended.

(Review by ArjanWrites.com contributor Jason Weintraub. You can reach Jason at @jrthewriter on Twitter. Photo via Mixymax.)

November 29, 2011 | Permalink

The Daily Crunch: Adele, Ladyhawke, Drake, Adam Lambert, Cee Lo Green, OneRepublic, Kylie Minogue, Pharrell

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Adam Lambert Promises “Party Music” On New Album
Ladyhawke Returns With New Music
Kylie Minogue Has Been Inducted Into The ARIA Hall Of Fame
Verbal Vogueing's Louis Virtel Twists the Tween Heartthrobs
New Video: Cee Lo Green, 'Anyway'
Listen to OneRepublic's New Christmas Single
Boy George Urges Adele to Quit Smoking
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Drake: ‘Rihanna Is The Most Iconic Female Right Now’
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November 29, 2011 | Permalink

[FREE MP3] Download Data Romance New Single "Spark," Watch New Video

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Data Romance makes electro pop of the finest kind. Their music is dark yet offers a glimmer of light and flashes of hope, and their electrifying new single "Spark" is a perfect example of that. It's a slow-burning slice of deeply atmospheric schizo-pop that combines brooding synth pop stylings with delicate and uplifting vocals. 

Vocalist Amy Kirkpatrick explains that the song is ultimately about hope and perseverance. "It's kind of about being left with almost absolutely nothing and having this spark in you to keep going," she says in a press release. The Vancouver duo released a stunning video for the song today that was directed by Lauren Graham.

Data Romance is the teaming of synth man Ajay Bhattacharyya and vocalist Amy Kirkpatrick. A happenstance meeting between the two, in their hometown of Victoria, BC, led them to discover each others' artistic talents which would eventually be incorporated into their music. While the music and vocals seemingly come from opposite ends of the artistic spectrum, it’s this dichotomy that ultimately blends to create the band’s uniquely personal sound.

The two released their self-titled debut EP this summer right after joining the ID Festival to introduce dance-loving audiences to their electro sound. They have continued touring, opening for artists like The Crystal Method, Rusko and Kaskade. For the next few weeks, the group will tour alongside Digitalism as a special guest on the group's North American tour. (Download MP3)

November 28, 2011 | Permalink

[FRESH NEW] Listen to TB1 "Showertime" (Free MP3)

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There's really no better way than to start your dreary Monday morning with a song about hitting the dancefloor, putting your drinks up in the air and getting a little sweaty. And that's exactly with Montreal DJ/producer delivers on his new single "Showertime," a tightly-tuned electro-hop stomper with a potent booty bounce that echoes the dirty beats of chart-smashing acts likes LMFAO and Far East Movement. "Can't fight the feeling, can't fight party," TB1 admits on "Showertime," noting that any day of the week deserves a solid party groove. (Download MP3)

November 28, 2011 | Permalink

The Daily Crunch: Jessie J, Madonna, Theophilius London, M.I.A, Kelly Rowland, Florence & The Machine, The Weeknd

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Jessie J Belts “Who You Are” For 'X Factor' UK
M.I.A. Begins Recording With Madonna & Nicki Minaj
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New Video: The Weeknd "The Knowing"
Live: Morrissey at the Shrine Auditorium, LA
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Kelly Rowland Beams At London Album Signing
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November 28, 2011 | Permalink