Nearing the age of 18, Lorde has packed more into her teen years than most do in their twenties and beyond. At 13, she was signed to a major-label record deal; by 15 she had unleashed her first EP. The following year, “Royals” had not only hit but demolished the charts and inspired comparisons likening the New Zealand singer-songwriter to past heralds of the youth revolution like Nirvana. Last year, Pure Heroine demonstrated that she was more than a one-hit wonder and has launched a new era of pop that she may ride even longer than those who preceded her. Along with her brilliant and deeply personal insights on being a teen, Ella Yelich-O’Connor has an undeniable stage presence, proving that star quality is something you’re born with, not taught. She performs tonight with Majical Cloudz.
Sun., Sept. 14, 6 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 10, 2014