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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Lykke Li – Stream the Full Album Wounded Rhymes

Listen to the exclusive Hype Machine album stream of Wounded Rhymes, Lykke Li‘s upcoming album with the singles “Get Some,” “I Follow Rivers,” and the most recent “Love Out of Lust.” While the singles are currently available in the UK, Wounded Rhymes will drop in the US on March 1st.

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Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes (Hype Machine Album Exclusive) by LykkeLi

Video: Lykke Li’s “I Follow Rivers”

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“I Follow Rivers” comes from Lykke Li‘s upcoming album Wounded Rhymes, a far cry from the hard-hitting first single, “Get Some.” Even the lyrics animation video is fluid and beautifully done. You can pre-order the album at LykkeLi.com.

New Music To Look Forward To in 2011

While we plan to keep our ears open for the exciting new projects of 2011, there’s some acts we’ve already declared winners. Here’s a short list gathered from various staff members:

+ Anything Janelle Monáe related
+ the sophomore album from Adele, 21, including “Rolling in the Deep” and studio footage
+ Plan B US debut of live show and The Defamation of Strickland Banks
+ New Nneka
+ Jessie J - Who You Are and everything she does on YouTube
Nikki & Rich to finally release Everything
+ Estelle to release All of Me
Jean GraeCake or Death from Blacksmith Records
Jack Splash – to show us the Future Of The Funk
Wilder Zoby‘s solo EP (snippet)
Little Shalimar album
Melanie FionaThe MF Life
+ more Kinky Notti videos like this, plus a full-length album
Cubik Zirconia album
+ whatever Georgia Anne Muldrow does with Some Otha Ship Connect
Alice Russell & Quantic on Tru-Thoughts
+ wild new dance moves from Rye Rye and her album Go! Pop! Bang!
The Avalanches’ 2nd album (plus all the promo mixtapes they’re going to (re)release)
Induce full-length & remixes
Ellie Goulding to finally release Lights and more remixes
+ the solo return of Marsha Ambrosious, Late Nights & Early Mornings
+ the self-titled debut of Hope
Jamiroquai to return to the US, possibly by helicopter
Laura Izibor
+ more solo work from Q-Tip and definitely more on the film
+ the next installment from Esperanza Spalding: Radio Music Society
+ Lykki Li
+ Talib Kweli
+ Lupe Fiasco obviously
+ for Shawn Lee to open the gates to his World of Funk
+ another heater from Eric Roberson as a follow-up his Grammy-nomination
+ for Mocean Worker to keep us in motion with his next album
+ the debut LP from Dego, the acclaimed Silhouette Brown producer
+ for Ancient Astronauts to embark on a journey Into Bass and Time
+ more from Coco / I Blame Coco with The Constant
+ new album from Toro y Moi
+ and Crookers new album

Giant Step Resident: All Points West with Jay Z, Q Tip, The Pharcyde & more

libertyBy Mawuse Ziegbe


The 2009 All Points West Music and Arts Festival in New Jersey’s Liberty State Park was kinda like an open-air high school lunchroom where shaggy rockers, glittery rappers, and freewheeling artsy kids all held court in their respective corners. Spotty showers soaked the first day of the weekend-long festival which left dedicated (a.k.a. fool-headed) fans tramping through glutinous mud to the sounds of Vampire Weekend, The Knux and Peanut Butter Wolf. The Pharcyde rocked loopy hits like “Runnin’” and “Passin’ Me By.” The original line-up was in full effect – including a formerly dreadlocked Tre sporting an appropriately Jersey Corleone hat – and showed love to J. Dilla by playing Slum Village jams like “Raise It Up.” Q-Tip deployed his trademark energy, grooving through Tribe’s hits and busting out a quirky yet charming cover of Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature.”

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