When: Wed., May 28, 9 p.m. 2014
Over the past few years, a wave of female musicians has risen to prominence combining ardently experimental sounds and styles borrowed from various underground electronic-music scenes with the tropes and techniques (not to mention the ambition) of modern Top 40 radio-queen pop. More and more frequently, this avant-pop has been appearing on the charts, and with Lorde's emergence as a multiplatinum monster (as well as more modest successes for the likes of Charli XCX, Ellie Goulding, and Ingrid Michaelson) it seems likely that more will follow, maybe even inciting a sort of club-friendly, unabashedly female-centric version of the 90s alternative-rock coup. If that happens, Danish singer Karen Marie Ørsted, aka Mø, stands to benefit. The vibe of her sprawling new 20-track album, No Mythologies to Follow (RCA Victor), should feel familiar to fans of Lorde's Pure Heroine, but it's got a significantly more challenging aesthetic, with tweaky synths, odd vocal harmonies, and a song-length nod to vintage pop-reggae ("Slow Love"). Ørsted is still a pop artist at heart, though, and tracks such as the Diplo-produced single "XXX 88"—a bubblegummy take on trap music—are sure to hit hard with the type of fan whose listening habits have been weirding up the charts lately. —Miles Raymer Erik Hassle opens.
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