Jens Lekman

“In Gothenburg we don’t make a fuss about who you are,” Jens Lekman sings in a song from his new EP, An Argument with Myself. That may be true for most, but Lekman is a big deal—he’s beloved by fans and critics in his native Sweden and here in the U.S., and since he hasn’t released any new music in four years (his Night Falls Over Kortedala came out in 2007), Argument is also a big deal. The above lines come from “Waiting For Kirsten,” a lackadaisical song about Lekman stalking Kirsten Dunst while she was shooting Lars von Trier’s Melancholia in his hometown; the story ends with a concierge throwing a drunken Lekman out of the hotel. The other songs on Argument also involve such amusingly personal stories—the punchy title track is about just that (“Fuck you, no, fuck you!”)—all related in Lekman’s pleasantly witty voice. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Sat., Oct. 1, 9 p.m., 2011

 
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