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In haunting command

Lykke Li
Turner Hall
Milwaukee, WI
Aug. 6, 2009
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Review and photos by Matt Schwenke

In her first appearance in Milwaukee and in support of her debut album Youth Novels, Swedish indie pop Lykke Li gave cause to anticipate a sophomore album with a performance at Turner Hall that had a bit of everything from the young diva- dance, percussion, dramatics, piano and well-used vocals- despite having to deal with a faulty monitor.

The show began with Li playing piano while dimly lit and with her back turned to the crowd, but the pointedly-dressed singer gradually opened up to the crowd and delivered her entire album, most notably with the hit single "Little Bit." Helping span her headlining set was a wild take on Lil' Wayne's "A Milli," and most notably her smoky version of Kings of Leon's "Knocked Up" which put her uniquely small voice in haunting command.

Opening act Miike Snow, also of Sweden, proved to be a solid opener with the single "Animal" from their self-titled debut as the catchy centerpiece to their mix of moody pop and electronica. Frontman Andrew Wyatt styles contrast sharply to the electronic duo of Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg, also known as Bloodshy & Avant, but the combination on stage, backed by real drums and bass and Wyatt switching between guitar and piano, resonated at a higher intensity than what their recorded work implies and garnered nearly as much applause as the headliner.

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