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Jens Lekman

  • High Noon Saloon 701 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
Photo by Ellika Henrikson.

Photo by Ellika Henrikson.

The Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman explores Belle & Sebastian-surpassing levels of corniness while taking far more interesting musical risks than most in the indie-folk-rock realm. Though Lekman may appear to be just another sad-witty-white-guy-with-a-guitar, he delivers reasonably tight jams that gesture towards the authentically warm, fuzzy feeling that's central to this kind of music. Lekman's detailed stories (he explains eating an avocado and smelling a lover's old shampoo bottle vividly) are by turns legitimately funny, thoughtful, or unconvincingly self-effacing. And word is that his stage banter is actually humorous. His songs tell stories, almost all about heterosexual love, except notably in his best song, "A Postcard to Nina." This 2007 hit, from the album Night Falls Over Kortedala, mixes his trademark disco interludes with a twee narrative about pretending to be the boyfriend of a gay woman he actually loves. His most recent album, 2017's Life Will See You Now, offers more of the same solid indie-pop storytelling he's known for, but incorporates more disco and electronic elements that are sure to increase danceability at this show. —Reid Kurkerewicz