Lorde at the Fox Theater Oakland


Aidin Vaziri | After a series of shows by German man-machines Kraftwerk, the stage at the Fox Theater in Oakland was given over on Wednesday night to another performer with mechanical tendencies. Lorde, the 17-year-old pop sensation from New Zealand who this year won two Grammys for her breakout hit “Royals,” brought her own brand of austerity to the venue in the first of two sold-out shows.

Appearing alone in front of a large canvas curtain, she opened her hour-long set wearing blood-red culottes, stomping her feet and convulsing furiously to the stringent beats of the song “Glory and Gore,” from her debut album, “Pure Heroine.” The fabric dropped to reveal a drummer and keyboard player who then spent the rest of the evening shrouded in darkness and fog while Lorde’s earnest, awkward movements remained center stage.

The sense of isolation suits the young singer-songwriter, who was born Ella Yelich-O’Connor.

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