Lykke Li and El Perro del Mar played Bowery Ballroom last night. Before the show I was a little bitter for missing out on their Joe’s Pub show one night earlier because both girls make dark, sad music that is probably more enjoyable sitting down. But once Lykke Li and her band took the stage, the room felt more like a party. She has a sexy hip-hop luster that is hard not to watch — the girl has stage dancing down to capital T. There is star power in her performance and her music is really catchy, Lykke Li seems poised to really break out.

El Perro del Mar put some extra energy into her show and really tried to get the crowd going but did not get quite the same response, maybe because the back of the room had cleared out. She is very talented musically but this show was overshadowed by her opener. Towards the end of the show, Lykke Li came back out to sing backup. The two of them sounded really great together, especially in they encore when the covered “After the Laughter (Comes Tears).” Their tour together has just started and I wonder if this dynamic will keep up.


May 06 :: Johnny Brendas – Philadelphia
May 07 :: Joe’s Pub – New York
May 08 :: Bowery Ballroom – New York
May 09 :: Middle East – Boston
May 10 :: Lambi – Montreal
May 11 :: Mod Club – Toronto
May 12 :: Schubas – Chicago
May 14 :: The Red Room – Vancouver
May 15 :: Triple Door – Seattle
May 16 :: Doug Fir – Portland
May 18 :: Bimbos – San Fransisco
May 19 :: El Ray – Los Angeles