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Free At Noon Flashback: Jens Lekman delivers charm to spare with breezy, danceable set

Jens Lekman | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

If I learned one thing at this week’s Free At Noon, it’s that Jens Lekman has charm to spare. There’s a disarming ease to the way he talks and performs that you don’t see very often. Maybe it’s the way he bows after every song, or the way he quietly smiles to himself while he plays. Maybe it’s the way he thanked a baby for taking a nap in front of him mid-set, maybe it’s the way he held the hand of a fan during a tender lyric, or maybe it’s Maybelline. Whatever it is, it’s totally his own, and over the course of a breezy afternoon set, he put it to very good use. It certainly helped that most of the set came from his very fun, very danceable new album Life Will See You Now, but in all honesty, the guy could have kept my attention with a recorder and a tambourine. Continue reading →

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Jens Lekman shares a cosmic new video for “How We Met, The Long Version”

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Jens Lekman | photo by Ellika Henrikson

Jens Lekman recently released his fourth full-length Life Will See You Now, a full-color story tapestry of little moments and big events that the Swedish musician stitches together with ultra-poppy, collaged music. “How We Met, The Long Version” is a prime example and highlight of the record, and this week Lekman shared a cosmic video for the track.

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Tumors and disco balls: Jens Lekman on growing older, feeling starstruck, “emotional autobiography” and why he wants the Phillies to lose

Jens Lekman | photo by Ellika Henrikson | courtesy of the artist
Jens Lekman | photo by Ellika Henrikson | courtesy of the artist

Jens Lekman, one of our most beloved and singularly charming songwriters, returned last month with his triumphant fourth full-length, Life Will See You Now. It might be the Swede’s most immediately gratifying collection yet, juxtaposing his typically tender and perceptive wit with some of his most exuberant (and danceable) music to date. It’s his first album since 2012’s relatively more subdued and reflective breakup-album-of-sorts, I Know What Love Isn’t, although he hasn’t exactly remained silent during the interim. In 2015 he wrote, recorded and released a new “Postcard” song every week – an effort to shake off writer’s block that paid some handsome dividends – and launched “Ghostwriting,” a project wherein he wrote songs based on other people’s stories. He’s also taken on a sideline as a wedding singer, performing at the nuptials of fans worldwide as way to help keep himself afloat while fulfilling the unwittingly prophetic promise of his 2004 ballad “If You Ever Need a Stranger (to Sing at Your Wedding).”

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Run To Your Bedroom: Carol Cleveland Sings LIVE, new Jens Lekman, Vagabon & Xiu Xiu on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Carol Cleveland Sings | Photo by Eric Schuman for WXPN

The Indie Rock Hit Parade returns with an all-new show tonight at 11pm ET on XPN! Listen for a number of things that will fill your Friday night with whimsy, including a brand new live studio session with Carol Cleveland Sings! The group, featuring Thomas Hughes of The Spinto Band/The Music tapes and singer-songwriter Gretchen Lohse, are pros when it comes to making ear-catching pop as well as constructing mesmerizing video collages. We’ll hear CCS perform songs from their 2016 debut, Effervescent Lure, live in the studio! Also in the mix tonight, new tracks from Europop lifer Jens Lekman, lyrical spellbinder Vagabon and the always adventurous Xiu Xiu. Check out a few of those selections below…

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Jens Lekman pens poignant disco on “Evening Prayer”

Jens Lekman | photo by Ellika Henrikson | courtesy of the artist
Jens Lekman | photo by Ellika Henrikson | courtesy of the artist

Prolific Swedish songwriter Jens Lekman is gearing up for the release of his latest LP, Life Will See You Now. He’s already shared its propulsive first single “What’s That Perfume That You Wear?”, and now, he’s premiering the second one, “Evening Prayer”. You can stream it below. Continue reading →

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New year, new Jens Lekman, Allison Crutchfield & Creepoid on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Jens Lekman | Photo by Ellika Henrikson, courtesy of the artist

Time to ring in a new year of adventure on the Indie Rock Hit Parade, tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! Listen after the January edition of Making Time RADio with Dave P for a full two-hour show that’ll give you many reasons to start breathing heavily when you think about the music that’ll be out this year. New stuff in the mix tonight from Swedish swooner Jens Lekman, Philly drone-punks Creepoid, glam-pop young guns The Lemon Twigs and much more! Check out a few of the new tracks below…

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jens Lekman at Union Transfer, Reef the Lost Cauze at the Trocadero, The Mountain Goats at TLA, The Districts at World Cafe Live

Swedish pop singer/songwriter Jens Lekman is playing at Union Transfer tonight. His third full-length album I Know What Love Isn’t, which dropped in September, surprised fans by taking a huge step away from the characteristically romantic Lekman on older records. I Know What Love Isn’t may just define the term “break-up album,” Lekman’s sad but smooth voice reminiscing over a former love. The all ages performance tonight begins at 9; more details can be found here. Watch the video for “Erica America” from I Know What Love Isn’t below.

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Watch a new video for Taken By Trees’ “Large” (opening for Jens Lekman at Union Transfer)

The Swedish electronic pop outfit Taken By Trees – featuring singer Victoria Bergsman, formerly of The Concretes – is opening for Jens Lekman at Union Transfer this week, and today just released a new video for its song “Large,” the new single from its 2012 release Out of This World. The conga groove of the song is complimented by a playful poolside performance and subtly surreal footage shot on the streets of Los Angeles; check it out below. Taken by Trees and Jens Lekman play Union Transfer this Thursday, October 11, admission to the all-ages show is $1*, tickets and information are available here.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Jens Lekman at The Philadelphia Ethical Society

The title track off of Jens Lekman’s latest EP,  An Argument With Myself, has one of the most unusual lyrical arrangements of any Lekman song ever—primarily because, as the title suggests, he’s talking to himself the entire time. Fans adore the Swedish-born Lekman for his clever and unconventional lyricism, and “An Argument With Myself” is no exception: the whole song depicts a scrappy mental battle in which Jens fights himself while saying things such as, “OK, you wanna keep fighting?/Yeah, I wanna keep on fighting/All right, fair enough.” Arguing persists throughout the rest of the song, but ultimately Jens speaks of a unifying love that seems to bring peace. Musically, the arrangement is eclectic pop involving upbeat horns, steady percussion, and various strings. This one track sets the precedent for Jens’ newest EP; fortunately, those who revere Jen’s writing will not be disappointed as the rest of the tracks follow lyrical suit. Jens Lekman performs with Geoffrey O’Connor at 8 pm at The Philadelphia Ethical Society; tickets to the all-ages show are SOLD OUT. —Caitlyn Grabenstein

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Download a new Jens Lekman Track “An Argument With Myself”; playing the Philadelphia Ethical Society in October

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In anticipation of Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman’s new EP, he’s released the title song “An Argument With Myself.” The song is classic Jens: bouncy, eclectic indie pop, notable for its lyrics and instantly hummable chorus. You can download “An Argument With Myself” below via Pitchfork. The EP will be released in the U.S. September 20th. Jens plays the Philadelphia Ethical Society October 6th.