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Lorde :: Crystal Ballroom :: 12.04.13

What were you doing when you were 17? Were you playing to a sold-out crowd at The Crystal Ballroom? Yeah, me neither.

While it might be something of a cliche to make a big deal of her age, there's no denying that Lorde's status as a teenage rockstar is a large part of her cachet. And judging by the screaming crowd that turned out en masse for her sold out show on Wednesday, that cachet is not insignificant. For Day 4 of December To Remember, the Kiwi singer played an early show at the Crystal in advance of Vampire Weekend, marking her first (but hopefully not last) visit to the City of Roses.

For her Portland debut, Lorde played an impressive set featuring almost all of the songs on her freshman release, Pure Heroine. Although the album's only been out for a little over two months, the crowd seemed to know every song by heart, singing along at the top of their lungs - only falling silent during her breakout hit, "Royals" (at first this struck me as strange - until I realised that almost everyone had stopped to capture the moment on their phones). Lorde wrapped up her set with her most recent single "Team" and, after a brief aside to rail against encores (she opined that they always seem forced), she closed out with "A World Alone."

Seeing her in person, you realize just how young Lorde really is (she turned 17 just last month), but her youthfulness is belied by her articulation and impressive vocal capabilities. As far as Lorde's next visit to Portland goes, we may have to wait til it's announced, but I think most of her fans would agree - Lorde can be on our team, anytime she wants.

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12/09/2013 3:43PM
Lorde :: Crystal Ballroom :: 12.04.13
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