Trifecta of pop, hip-hop and indie-rock makes for one of the year's most anticipated shows
You'd be forgiven for passing Lorde off as a one-hit wonder after “Royals” took over every stop on the radio dial in 2013 (or it would have, if radio dials still existed). But the extent of that song's crossover appeal speaks to the uncategorizable quality of Lorde's brand of pop, which is all the more impressive given she found her own voice at 17.
Fast-forward to 2018 and Lorde is headlining arenas on the heels of Melodrama, her critically acclaimed, Jack Antonoff-produced, Grammy-nominated album from last year. On it, Lorde supplants her dark brooding with glossy, neon-bright synthesizers as she navigates a breakup and a house party, both of which provide a narrative framework for the record. “What will we do when we're sober?” she sings on “Sober,” acknowledging, even in the midst of a good time, that there's always a comedown.
It's not an overstatement to say this is one of the most anticipated concerts of the year, particularly because openers Run the Jewels and Mitski would be can't-miss shows all on their own.
Run the Jewels' Killer Mike made headlines this past week for an interview he did with NRATV, the broadcasting arm of the NRA. The rapper's appearance on the network prompted outcries from some fans and fellow artists, and Killer Mike later apologized, saying the NRA misused his interview “as a weapon.” Meanwhile El-P, the other half of Run the Jewels, expressed frustration with the situation but said he wouldn't cut ties with the emcee. All the controversy should fade into the background once RtJ takes the stage to open for Lorde; the duo's performance will undoubtedly outlive the rhetoric.
Mitski, who headlined Skully's Music-Diner in October, told Alive last fall that the material from her breakout record, 2016's Puberty 2, keep changing over time. “The songs on Puberty 2 have become like childhood friends. I know them so well [that] they're a part of my fabric now,” she said. “They're not new or exciting anymore, but I can see them in new, possibly more honest lights. Sometimes you finally understand what you meant by a song years after you've written it.” (Don't miss it)