Friendly Fires, Grand Ole Party also headline NME show in LA

Lykke Li wrapped up her North American tour with a sold-out show at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles last night (November 3).

Also on the bill for the NME Presents show were Friendly Fires, Grand Ole Party and The Mae Shi.

Li packed her hour-long set with memorable moments, including a cover of Vampire Weekend‘s ‘Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa’ and a rousing rendition of ‘Complaint Department’, during which she invited support band Friendly Fires on stage for a mass drum-off.

“I don’t know about you but I thought that was fun, anyway,” she said when Friendly Fires left the stage.

Backed by an all-male, three-piece band, the Swedish songstress kicked off her set with ‘Dance, Dance, Dance’, during which she showcased some flamboyant dance moves and hit the cymbals with her fists.

The crowd, which included members of Peter, Bjorn and John and Shout Out Louds, went wild for Li, cheering loudly and clapping along during several songs.

At the end of the night, she returned for a two-song encore, which concluded with a cover of Lou Reed‘s ‘Walk On The Wild Side’.

During the song, she spelled out Barack Obama‘s name in a rap and got the audience to join hands while screaming at them through a megaphone.

Lykke Li played:

‘Dance Dance Dance’

‘Let It Fall’

‘I’m Good, I’m Gone’

‘Hanging High’

‘Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa’

‘Little Bit’

‘Complaint Department’

‘Window Blues’

‘I Don’t Mind’

‘Breaking It Up’

‘Tonight’

‘Walk On The Wild Side’

Earlier, Friendly Fires created a dance party vibe with their fast-paced, feel-good tunes.

Kicking off with ‘Photobooth’, the band pulled out all the stops. Frontman Ed Macfarlane jumped into the crowd to bump and grind with audience members and sang from the midst of the crowd, while guitarist Edd Gibson showcased his best rock star poses.

Their half-hour set, which featured crowd-pleaser ‘Paris’ near the end, included nearly every track from their debut self-titled album.

Friendly Fires played:

‘Photobooth’

‘In The Hospital’

‘White Diamonds’

‘Jump In The Pool’

‘On Board’

‘Strobe’

‘Paris’

‘Ex Lover’

Meanwhile, San Diego three-piece Grand Ole Party warmed up the crowd during their solid set. Drummer/vocalist Kristin Gundred brought a swagger to the proceedings, pounding on the skins while belting out her vocals.

They previewed a couple of new tracks, which Gundred told NME.COM will likely appear on their forthcoming album that they intend to begin recording in January.

Los Angeles art rockers The Mae Shi kicked off the night with a raucous set that left several audience members baffled. Still they soldiered on, performing their garage-art-punk tunes from the middle of the audience and spreading a giant colourful parachute over the heads of the crowd.

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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