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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wednesday To-Do: Lights

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Lights plays Juanitas Wednesday night.
  • Lights plays Juanita's Wednesday night.

LIGHTS
8:30 p.m. Juanita's. $13 adv., $15 d.o.s.

This Canadian electro-pop wunderkind was born (in 1987!) as Valerie Anne Poxleitner, but according to a 2011 story in The National Post, she legally changed her name to Lights (bold move!). Lights' 2011 album "Siberia" was produced by her fellow countrymen Brian Borcherdt and Graham Walsh, of the Toronto band Holy Fuck.

The album epitomizes teen-pop here in The Year 2012. It's a mostly electronic kaleidoscope of sounds and influences from across the pop spectrum. There are moments of twitchy dubstep, grimy basslines, thump-thumping house beats, swells of warped synthesizers, bouncy melodies and throughout it all, Lights' crystalline vocal hooks.

Fun fact: right this second (actually, riiiiight ... now!) this music is playing no fewer than 23 Urban Outfitters locations around North America. The opening act is Ambassadors.

After the jump, check out the track "Everybody Breaks a Glass."

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