Saturday, December 29, 2012

Jens Lekman @ Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto (October 4, 2012)

Jens Lekman: photo by Michael Ligon
  Jens Lekman: photo by Michael Ligon

I will mention that Jens Lekman and his band's performance of "The Opposite of Hallelujah" at the Phoenix Concert Theatre this past October 4th was just about my favourite single live performance of the year, with the crowd singing and snapping fingers along to the tune, with just about everyone with the biggest grins on their faces. And then at the end of the song, Jens magnificently mimicked playing a xylophone in the air, synched perfectly with the drummer tapping the last few notes on the real instrument. Genius. Openers were fellow Swedes Taken By Trees whose smart pop is likable but watching vocalist and listening to vocalist Victoria Bergsman onstage, I really got the urge to shake her and tell her to inject some energy into her singing.

A few more photos from the show I took, at the link below:

Photos: Jens Lekman @ Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto (October 4, 2012)

Because I can't really do a review that will do this show justice at this point, I beg you to check out the reviews and/or photos from the show over at The National Post, Exclaim, Chromewaves, and The Panic Manual.

Mechanical Forest Sound has a few recordings from the show, including the aforementioned "The Opposite of Hallelujah"!

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