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Lorde is the real Ella Enchanted; speaking of her voice and fame as if they were mere gifts. I’d say they’re well-earned.
It take pure talent, not coincidence, to land Grammys for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, a universally-acclaimed debut album, Pure Heroine, and chart domination worldwide. Not to mention at just 17.
When I saw her play Sound Academy in Toronto, she easily held the sold-out crowd of 3,000 in the palms of her swaying hands. Everything stilled when her voice commanded the room. Its depth and darkness held court from the opener “Glory and Gore” to her breakthrough “Royals” and latest hit “Team.” We sang along with her lovely ooos, of course.
Saying Lorde’s mature voice betrays her age sounds too close to the assumption that teens can’t have depth. With lyrics full of thoughtful critiques and observations of the fame game, high school hierarchies, and mainstream media, Lorde grinds that stereotype into dust. Fans of any age can learn from her mesmerizing voice as much as they can escape into it.
When Janelle Monae comes to town, you know you’re in for a dance werkout. Her live show is every bit as fierce and fabulous as her albums are. I caught the soul diva in Toronto and I honestly doubt there was a funkier place to be that night. Singing, drama, dancing, crowdsurfing - Ms. Monae has it all.
The stage was transformed into a retro asylum, all white, band members in bow ties and lab coats, the works. Janelle, one ominous doctor warned, is an extremely talented patient who could freak out at any second. “Tonight,” he shouted, “you’ll DANCE. Or DIE!”
Sure enough, Janelle never stopped dancing, and neither did we. Her moves are so dramatic and flawless it’s as if she’s an android, completely aware of every muscle in her.
Even after jumping off the drum podium and into the crowd several times, her singing pipes stayed strong through The Electric Lady, megahits like “Tightrope”, and epic covers (Michael Jackson and Prince in one night!). Her crowning pomp never fell out of place for a reason: she’s the queen.
Just interviewed Matt from The 1975 at Toronto’s Mod Club! Super nice guy with a super comfy snuggie. We talked about everything from music, to growing up, to The Breakfast Club! Watch out for the full interview here. :)
Cody and I hung out backstage at Mod Club in Toronto to talk about turning 17, what he wants in a relationship, and The Acoustic Sessions Tour! You can really tell how much he’s grown as a person and artist. Don’t miss your next chance to see Cody live!