Lorde’s Flashy Show Isn’t Without Style and Substance

The Joint at the Hard Rock, Sept. 30


Photo by Wayne Posner

Lorde’s performance had all the makings of a teen-pop concert: bright LCD screens, multiple outfits, bubbles, confetti, screaming fans and even a cover of Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights.” Beyond the captivating production and eyecandy, however, was an impressive performance that exhibited the New Zealand singer’s talent. Lorde performed the bulk of 2013’s Pure Heroine with zeal. Two supporting musicians—a drummer and a keyboardist—brought extra life to songs such as “Buzzcut Season” and “Tennis Court.” The Grammy Award winner’s smoky vocals lie somewhere between a soft coo and an ominous growl, and her 14-song set covered the spectrum. Lorde performed her most popular hits  (“Royals” and “Team”) near the end to an audience who, at times, sang louder than the singer.  ★★★★✩

Glory and Gore
White Teeth Teens
Tennis Court
Buzzcut Season
No Better
400 Lux
Flashing Lights (Kanye West cover)
Biting Down
Heavenly Father (Bon Iver cover)
Still Sane
A World Alone

Photos by Wayne Posner

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