Grammy Award winning 17-year old New Zealand artist, Lorde’s (Ella Yelich-O’Conner) sold-out 75 minute Chicago debut at Aragon Ballroom on Tuesday, March 18th brought out fans from all ages—including Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Dress with her signature black and white attire, the night belonged to Lorde, of course, who commanded the audience without as much as a syllable uttered. She proclaimed, “Can you go back to being a kid? Where does it stop? It’s something that keeps me up all the time.” She barreled into "Glory and Gore" for her opener from her hit album, Pure Heroine while performing moves that mimicked violent jerks. It was phenomenal.
Lorde breezed through almost the entirety of her breakout record, backed perfectly by a keyboardist/DJ and a drummer augmented by backing tracks. “I'm kind of over getting told to throw my hands up in the air,” she sighed in “Team” as her voice proved her range was as powerful as expected, leading into a high note on "Bravado”. She enlightened us with a story about throwing a party that led to the creation of "Ribs" and generally displayed the chops of a seasoned pro.
The music suggested the influence of hip-hop as much as pop, with its rumbling bass tones. She covered the Replacements’ “Swingin’ Party,” a classic outsider anthem played low-key, and a portion of Kanye West’s caustic “Hold My Liquor” followed by her platinum-selling hit, "Royals."
It will be fun to imagine what path she'll tread moving forward.
Glory And Gore
White Teeth Teens
Bravado Easy (Switch Screens)
Ribs Hold My Liquor (Kanye West cover)
A World Alone