September 26th, 2013 | Photos

Lorde @ Fonda Theatre #15
Photos and words by Leslie Kalohi
One is never going to use phrases like “bubble-gum” or “princess” when describing New Zealand teen sensation Lorde (aka Ella Yelich-O’Connor). Making another sold out splash at LA’s Fonda Theatre, the crowd was eager to hear tracks from the yet to be released debut album Pure Heroine, and of course, the impossible-to-resist single, “Royals.”
“It’s hot in here, LA!” Lorde quipped during the middle of the set as she tossed about her impressively large, curly mane. Accompanied by only a drummer and keyboardist, Lorde confidently commanded the stage as if she had been doing so for decades. Lorde’s vocals were smooth and sultry, easily channeling R&B stars of past and present. Carefully positioned floodlights popping off at intervals mimicked the feeling of being in the center of a fashion shoot or hounded by paparazzi, perhaps done so intentionally based on the recent, frenzied accolades and attention given to the young artist. Based on the rapt attention from fans, fame is certainly going to be part of Lorde’s bright future.
Until the Ribbon Breaks, the moniker for UK-based Pete Lawrie Winfield, provided an exciting live set with an additional keyboardist and drummer that wavered on both the dramatic and bombastic.

Set List:
Biting Down
Glory And Gore
Tennis Court
Buzzcut Season
Swingin’ Party
Hold My Liquor
White Teeth Teens
400 Lux
A World Alone