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Jens Lekman, Lisa/Liza


Revolution Hall Southeast
Fri., March 3, 9 p.m. 2017 All Ages


When I suffered my first adolescent heartbreak, my two condolences were ripe peaches and Jens Lekman. Both offered distraction and uplift through sweet, sensory indulgence. Lekman draws all the best elements from other sardonic, romantic musicians (Stephin Merritt, Morrissey, Destroyer) and maintains a through line of flowery appreciation for even the most mundane activities (a drunk walk home, a haircut). The result is what I believe to be the most wonderful breakup music one could ask for. Songs rich with tongue-in-cheek optimism allow equal opportunities for wallowing in melodrama or enjoying simple pleasures. Lekman’s cleverly composed pop songs remain simultaneously bubbly and deadpan, regardless of which genre he’s channeling—I like orchestral Jens, but twee disco Jens is a close second, and on his newest album, Life Will See You Now, island/steel drums Jens gets some well-deserved attention. Even on Lekman’s simpler, more pared-down songs, his self-aware lyricism and endearing vocals sparkle incredibly. EMMA BURKE

Revolution Hall

1300 SE Stark #110, Portland, OR 97214

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  • Fri., March 3, 9 p.m. 2017