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Lo-Fang is the nom de plume of classically trained multi-instrumentalist Matthew Hemerlein. Handpicked by Lorde to be the support on her current North American tour, he is most often compared to James Blake but with more use of traditional instruments. On his debut, Blue Film, the Los Angeles resident oscillates between bubble gum (“Look Away”) and soul searching (“Confusing Happiness”). As comfortable with studio manipulation as he is with classical instrumentation, Lo-Fang switches from breathy, whispery vocals (see “Boris,” where he sounds uncannily like Fink, complete with twangy guitar plucks) to falsetto (“When We're Fire”) to wannabe R&B soul slinger (“Animal Urges”). Most bizarre: his ambient, tear-jerking rendition of Grease's explosive closing number, “You're the One That I Want.”

Wed., April 2, 8 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 04/02/14)

LA Weekly