Lights played at El Corazón on Friday, November 6, 2009.
Who she is: Lights (Valerie Poxleitner) began creating and distributing synth-pop via MySpace in her teens. She got her big break last year when Old Navy used four of her songs in their spring ad campaign. The Toronto native has since performed at SXSW, and recently announced that she'll open for Owl City on his upcoming national tour.
Why listeners dig her:
It's obvious--she's pretty, petite, and wields a keytar on her enchanting debut studio album The Listening.
Why geeks are in love with her: She plays World of Warcraft. Hell, she even has tattoos and songs that reference the video game.
Who I took to her show: My friend Derek, an avid WoW player and enthusiast. Unaffected by her cuteness, he watched her perform the song "Lions!" and remarked in a superior tone, "Yeah, there are a few lions in the game. But not a whole song's worth of them."
The crowd: Tweens, teens, and plenty of WoW geeks. Guys with big goony smiles, girls with dyed black hair and American Apparel headbands. As Derek more aptly described it, "WTF, this is a total MySpace buttfest."
The show: She's a cute 22-year-old who sings self-penned songs that make you want to buy a fuzzy fleece jacket from Old Navy. What's not to like?
Highlight: Lights' synth-heavy rendition of Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight." Awesome. Except for the fact that nobody in the crowd except for us knew the lyrics or I suspect, who Phil Collins is.