Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Konichiwa Robyn at the Buckhead Theatre

Posted By on Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 8:05 PM

That was the most fun Gay Pride of my life. Wait, that wasn't Pride? Ohh, it was just the Robyn concert at the Buckhead Theatre on Monday, Nov. 8. Yes, I delved into the abyss of Buckhead, but let me tell you, it was worth it. Seemingly every gay man in Atlanta turned out for the show, and they weren't disappointed. Dark dance singer Natalia Kills and Diplo's latest discovery Maluca opened the show, but it was Robyn who put on what is surely one of the best concerts of the year.

Yesterday I was complaining about La Roux's lack of stage presence, but that's not the case from last night. Robyn is a rock star, plain and simple. The Swedish singer has been recording and performing for over a decade, and the experience served her well with only colored lights as her special effects. I was expecting an avant-garde outfit, something similar to the colored tubes of her latest video "Indestructible," but her attire was simple and her platinum boy's haircut was brushed down. Robyn dances so cute, like a little kid with her arms out and elbows up, flapping up and down. The rest of the crowd followed suit and danced without inhibition. I don't think I've danced that much this year.

Though her music is mainly dance-pop, the 31-year-old singer had a full backing band. Her set was packed with songs from her multi-part last album Body Talk. For her first encore, Robyn played a punked-out version of my favorite song of hers, "Konichiwa Bitches." And just when you think the audience might be Robyn-ed out, it was time for her second encore, a reworked version of fellow pop-trotting Swedes ABBA's "Dancing Queen" and her 1997 teeny-bopper hit "Show Me Love." That one will take you back. So glad you survived the '90s teen-pop machine, Robyn.

I missed the first opening act Natalia Kills, but heard good things from the many gay men lounging about the Theatre's lobby, drink in hand. I caught Maluca, who impressed me. She's Diplo's latest finding, out of New York City, and his fingerprints are all over her music. Was that Diplo with her? She has a very M.I.A. vibe, but less political and more amusing. With her floor-length dreaded ponytail, Maluca put on an energetic opening set of sassy Latin and hip-hop tinged music. This is who Willow Smith wishes she could grow up and be.

Along with H&M, Ikea, and the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, thank you Robyn for proving that Swedes do it better.

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Robyn played the Buckhead Theatre Nov. 8. (Photos by Perry Julien)

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