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CMJ Day One: Lykke Li at the Bowery Ballroom

October 22, 2008


After almost missing our connecting flight from O’Hare to New York City, your trusty directors have checked into their living quarters and saw their first show!

The choice was between the Cool Kids at the Blender Theatre at Gramercy, Cloud Cult at the Knitting Factory, Louis XIV at Terminal 5, and Lykke Li at the Bowery. Not that those were the only choices, but you have to be selective when there’s 150 bands playing every night.

Lykke Li was our choice and it was definitely a good one.

We arrived at the Bowery to the sweet croons of Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, an album we’ve been spinning pretty consistently at the station. The five-piece set-up transformed their folk-y album sound into a wall of guitars and keyboards, back-up for the emotional frontman.

Friendly Fires brought their British electro dance-rock after that and got the crowd pumped for Lykke Li. Think Hot Hot Heat mixed with LCD Soundsystem.

Lykke Li finished off the night with an intimate and energetic set. Plowing through her self-proclaimed 10 songs, she also threw in some covers including Vampire Weekend’s Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (video below).

Sorry if the quality of these photos ain’t great. I was the only one to bring a computer cord to connect my camera and I’d say my camera is definitely the jankiest. Anyway, enjoy!

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

Friendly Fires

Friendly Fires

Friendly FiresFriendly Fires

Lykke Li
Lykke Li
Lykke Li

Tonight’s Tobacco and Fujiya & Miyagi at the Mercury Lounge and the Paw Tracks showcase feat. Excepter, Tickley Feather, Beach House, Lesser Gonzales Alvarez and Kria Brekkan!

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