Lykke Li Plays the Apollo for 1500 of Her Closest Friends

Words by Erik Izquierdo | Photos by Eddie Pearson

Following the release of her new album, I Never Learn, Lykke Li dropped by the Apollo Theater for an intimate performance with 1500 of her closest friends. As one of only two non-festival performances set on her tour, this rare show caught the singer off guard as she remarked that it had been awhile since she had a seated audience.

Kicking off the show as she did the new album, “I Never Learn”’s raw acoustic riff broke the silence as Lykke’s grungy Western-European band took to the stage. Transitioning into “Love out of Lust,” Lykke made sure to keep fans who have yet to hear the new album engaged before she played her new single, “No Rest for the Wicked.”

“Sorry my new album is such a bummer,” Lykke muttered into the microphone after finishing her new single before asking for the heartbroken attendees to raise their hands for her next song, “Never Gonna Love Again.”

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The Foreign Exchange Ignite Brooklyn with Flying Colors

Photos by Eddie Pearson | Words by Korby Benoit

The Foreign Exchange brought their Love in Flying Colors world tour to Brooklyn this Monday. Together with their live band, Phonte and Nicolay provided an evening of good music and energetic showmanship.

Phonte’s voice was rich, clear and very true to his recordings. He’s an engaging singer who manages to seize his audience with his singing ability combined with his playful wit and humor. Phonte was also very committed to his performance as he delivered an extremely lively set. Nicolay, along with the band also appeared to be in high spirits as they delivered their tunes.  The group’s camaraderie is apparent in their performance.

The Music Hall of Willamsburg was a filled with loyal fans who weren’t shy about expressing their fondness for the group. It was hard to spot a fan who wasn’t singing along. It’s clear The Foreign Exchange have successfully grown their audience since their 2004 debut Connected.

There are still several dates ahead on this tour and I recommend this show to anyone who appreciates good live music. The Foreign Exchange offer a show where people can simply kick back and have a good time.

Photo: Ali Shaheed Muhammad @ the303, NYC – May 5

Photos by Eddie Pearson

Last night a packed house celebrated Cinco de Mayo with Ali Shaheed Muhammad for a special night of dinner and dancing at the303 in NYC! Get the visual recap above!

Ali had everyone singing along to every song, not skipping one beat. And you know if the DJ has a smile on his face all night long, something is going right!