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NON-COMM Recap: Kelsey Lu enchants the NPR Music stage on her own terms

Kelsey Lu | photo by Emily DeHart for WXPN

It’s hard to guess what the crowd was expecting when they saw Kelsey Lu‘s six-piece band waiting for her on stage. Or when they saw her, with flowing black, red, and orange hair, and ring laden gloves. Despite what they assumed she would sound like, she dazed everyone with her ethereal four song set this evening on the NPR stage. Lu started, just her and her keyboardist, with the title track of her debut album Blood, which was released in April via Columbia records. The song is a touching tribute to the love that permeates all. She delivered it with such conviction, as did her band, who gradually all joined in. From “Blood” she swerved straight into the glitter of “Due West” and got the crowd moving along with her.

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