Lights' Synth-Pop Charms Win Out Over Oscars

Canada's Lights radiated charm to a young Warehouse Live audience Sunday.
Canada's Lights radiated charm to a young Warehouse Live audience Sunday.
Photos by Jack Gorman

Lights Warehouse Live February 22, 2015

At age 27, Lights has already won several Junos, Canada's equivalent of the Grammys. However, the electronic musician previously known as Valerie Anne Poxleitner is sneakily infiltrating American culture as well as the music scene. Over the weekend, the NFL Combine used the song "Up We Go" during clips featuring college football players working out for their future employers.

Sunday night, as Houston's temperature dropped again, Lights spent the evening entertaining fans at Warehouse Live on the last Texas stop of her "Little Machine Tour," after weekend shows in Dallas and Austin. The venue was only half-full, with a mix of hip high-school students, young college coeds and people who didn't care about the Oscars. But the fans who came to see her play got exactly what they wanted and thoroughly enjoyed every second of the night.

Lights' Synth-Pop Charms Win Out Over Oscars

Lights spoke of how excited she was to be able to wear "short pants," dancing and stomping across the stage. the songstress mixed up slow songs with the more wide-eyed danceable beats. Mixing slow songs with more wide-eyed danceable beats, she didn't play keyboard or guitar, but mostly hunched over the edge of the stage and swayed to the music.

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Loving couples seemed to be all around as they danced during the soft and sweet "February Air," resembling a sappy Coca-Cola commercial. Lights herself was very thankful and appreciative of her bandmates, introducing them and talking about how incredible they have been on tour.

While she tried to direct the attention to the band several times, though, there was no doubt that she was the main attraction. Dressed in a loose black shirt and short black denim shorts that highlighted her large space-rocket tattoo, she wooed the young crowd and made them scream in delight, adding in a little wisdom as she began the song "Running With the Boys": ""Live in the moment," she said. "It's right in front of you guys. Love it."

Lights' Synth-Pop Charms Win Out Over Oscars

Just after this advice, one young lady busted through the crowd, dragging her beau in tow, to find some cleared spaced to dance with each other - another Coca-Cola commercial.

Earlier in the afternoon at Cactus Music, Lights held a successful acoustic show and autograph signing to a packed house. Even after that appearance, the line at the merchandise table was extended around to the soundboard as fans lined up to buy more T-shirts and CDs with the hopes of taking another selfie with the star of the night.

So, How Was the Opener? Some opening acts are not great, but other times it can feel as though you are in a secret club of a few hundred people getting in on the ground floor of something special. Supporting act X Ambassador, a quartet from Ithaca, N.Y., was one of those, displaying equal if not more energy than the headliner. Led by the Harris brothers, lead singer Sam and Casey on keyboards, the latter slammed the keys the way that Tommy Lee beats on the drums. Standouts included "Unconsolable" and the anthem "Jungle," from their debut album Love Songs Drug Songs, which had the front man soulfully dancing while transitioning between saxophone and bass guitar.


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