Karin Dreijer released the excellent new Fever Ray album, Plunge, last year. It was the first proper release we got from either of the Dreijer siblings since the Knife disbanded in 2014. Since Plunge was released, a bevy of talented producers have remixed songs from it, and today Dreijer’s brother and former bandmate … More »
Fever Ray / Bunny Michael
The Showbox; Seattle, WA
Remember that scene in Beetlejuice where they’re all forced to dance to “Jump In The Line”? Well, that’s what the Fever Ray show in Seattle felt like, except we were less forced to dance than compelled to dance. It was unexpected, but not unwelcome. The Showbox was packed with gyrating goths, singing along to the most upbeat rendition of “When I Grow Up” there ever was. All the while, cartoonishly-dressed Fever Ray members and a zombie baby doll-looking Karin Dreijer were doing choreographed dances on stage. It was such a dramatically different experience than what I had built in my mind. What I expected was a dark, demented show full of vocal pitch-shifting and spidery fingers and masks. I did not anticipate a hot, sweaty, Latin dance party! Highlights included simulated sex acts on stage by a grotesque body-builder and a decayed-face baby doll; choreographed dancing; a conga drum solo by a wood nymph; and an encore that included an acoustic rendition of “If I Had a Heart.”
Also surprising was opening act Bunny Michael. Despite performing to what could be easily called an unresponsive audience, she still performed as if everyone were there just to see her. And while they weren’t, I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t come to her next Seattle show, should there be one. At one point, she swung a stuffed bunny above her head, then repeatedly slammed it into the ground, which was definitely the pinnacle of drama in her act. But perhaps her most outstanding moment was during her final song, when her backing track had to be reset. Instead of losing her cool or getting angry, she took it in stride and smiled at the audience. It was nice. And nice isn’t always expected.
Check out photos from the show below, followed by Fever Ray’s setlist.
Fever Ray setlist:
A Part of Us
When I Grow Up
I’m Not Done
To the Moon and Back
IDK About You
Keep the Streets Empty for Me
If I Had a Heart
The lineup of Barcelona’s Primavera Sound Festival is always stacked. It’s one of the best-booked festivals in the world, always boasting an impressive and diverse array of headliners atop a sprawling lineup that can hold all sorts of surprises. Conflicts are, counter-intuitively, less of a topic with Primavera because at a certain point you have … More »
Red Bull Music Festival returns to New York this year for its sixth annual installment, celebrating a breadth of sounds across the boroughs May 3-26.
The festival will host an array of world premieres, including Oneohtrix Point Never’s MYRIAD — a daring, immersive performance built specifically for Park Avenue Armory — as well as performances from Robyn, Fever Ray, Drift Multiply by Tristan Perch, serpentwithfeet, and John Maus.
Since the festival began in 2013, the New York installment has brought an array of invigorating public conversations to the city, including D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Brian Eno, James Murphy, George Clinton, Giorgio Moroder’s first-ever DJ set; world premieres of live shows including Anohni’s Hopelessness, FKA Twigs’ Congregata, and Solange’s An Ode To at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and the Larry Levan Street Party which brought out more than 20,000 New Yorkers.
More information, including the full lineup and tickets, is available here.
Red Bull Music Festival will return to New York in May. The series will run 5/3-26 with events scheduled to take place at various NYC venues and alternative performance spaces. Fever Ray is slated to play two shows at Brooklyn Hangar on 5/12-13 as part of her first US tour in eight years. On … More »
Karin Dreijer returned to the stage tonight for the first Fever Ray show in over seven years after releasing Plunge in 2017. The new Fever Ray band, which was introduced in the “IDK About You” video last week, were on hand to perform in Vienna, Austria at the kickoff for a tour that’ll … More »
Last year, Karin Dreijer’s Fever Ray project returned after an eight-year absence with the stunning album Plunge. Today, she’s shared the video for “IDK About You,” one of its best songs. As with the previous videos for “To The Moon And Back” and “Wanna Sip,” Dreijer worked with director Martin … More »
Since its inception, Fever Ray has been as much of a visual project as it has a musical one. Karin Dreijer — who makes up one half of the legendary Swedish duo the Knife — introduced her solo endeavor in 2009 with a self-titled debut album. Fever Ray introduced us to Dreijer’s spectral new persona; … More »
Bradley, California’s uniquely immersive festival, Lightning in a Bottle, has revealed the first phase of its 2018 musical line-up, set to take place May 23–28.
In an increasingly monotonous festival market, LiB defines itself in defying the norm. The festival’s forward-thinking curation has presently landed a diverse array of acts from Anderson.Paak & The Free Nationals, to Zhu, GriZ, Fever Ray, The Glitch Mob, Sofi Tukker, TOKiMONSTA, Modeselektor (DJ Set), Emancipator, Nicole Moudaber, The Black Madonna, and more.
Lightning in a Bottle’s strive for diversity in its programming can be best summed in music director and co-founder Jesse Flemming’s words:
“We’re definitely not trying to play the same game we are seeing with all the massive festivals these days when we book our music programming. Forget the big names you can see at 10 other festivals this year. For us the goal is to craft a musical playlist that will perfectly guide people along the experience we’re trying to create. We book each stage to be its own separate journey on any given day and we try to diversify it as much as possible so when you’re wandering around during the weekend you can always find something just right for you. This has been our goal since day one and it continues to shape how we book today.”
More information and tickets to Lightning in a Bottle, which go on-sale January 18 at 10 am PST, are available here.
Featured image by D Zetterstrom
In this space in past years, I’ve usually written about which music-video directors had the best years. It’s a variation of the auteur theory, as visionaries like Nabil and Hiro Murai have used artists as vehicles for their ideas and approaches. This year, though, it feels like the artists themselves who are driving things, and … More »