Later this week, the British singer Charli XCX—a 19-year-old Londoner (born Charlotte Aitchinson) with a goth-pop appeal that fuses the pouty personae of Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson, postpunk pioneer Siouxsie Sioux, and the Cure's Robert Smith—will make her Stateside debut with a pair of shows in New York. Charli's 2011 single "Stay Away," a plush, brooding lament directed toward a lover who kept her hanging just long enough to get her hooked, was the year's most staggering introductory statement, a lovelorn bit of sulking synthpop that, despite the KEEP OUT signs plastered all over it from its title on down, reels the listener in... More >>>