If you're a fan of Minnesota native Adam Young's Owl City, you're likely a fan of Toronto's LIGHTS. The two artists have been good friends for several years now. Over the summer she appeared in his video for the song "Deer in the Headlights," which portrayed the sometimes reclusive Young in a different vein. "He's even come more out of his shell than ever. He's amazing. We actually did the shoot in L.A.," says the ever-bubbly LIGHTS. "He invited me out for the day. It was so fun, and he's always supported me so much. I'd drop anything to go out and help him." To be in the shoot, LIGHTS took a break from recording her latest album, Siberia, which has since been released. Fans of her brilliant debut, 2009's The Listening, will find this album a little different. "Creating this record was really exciting," she says. "After spending some time shedding those expectations of a first record and not wanting to make the same thing over again, I really wanted to try something new and push the music and really make the music I enjoy listening to." The result is a grittier palette of electronic pop. The rougher sound is courtesy of collaboration with fellow Canadians Holy Fuck. LIGHTS, though, is a songwriter first. Indeed, if you look her up on Spotify, the top five tracks displayed are from her acoustic EP from last year. "I actually spent some time away this year just on my own making sure all the [new] songs could translate acoustically and performed them acoustically, because if you can't play something like that just on its own, what's holding the song together? Nothing." All ages.
Fri., Oct. 28, 6 p.m., 2011