Ella Yelich-O'Connor, aka Lorde, is that rare pop diva with a fully functioning brain. Unlike many of her peers, she seems uninterested in the trappings of fame, and her commercial-minded electro-pop tunes are flecked with unexpectedly defiant lyrics. “Everything's cool when we're all in line for the throne,” the New Zealand singer muses, before adding wisely, “But I know it's not forever.” Elsewhere, she comments on the shiny output of her rivals in the pop marketplace: “Every song's like gold teeth … bloodstains, ball gowns, trashin' the hotel rooms,” before neatly setting herself apart: “We crave a different kind of buzz.” She's not kidding — the hushed swirl of voices in which she wraps herself on “Ribs” is beyond enchanting and much artier than the average radio hit. Also Tuesday, Oct. 7.
Oct. 6-7, 7:30 p.m., 2014
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