Recommended by Joseph Schafer
Less than a year after her headlining Bumbershoot slot, New Zealand pop wunderkind Lorde is returning to Seattle, this time with hiphop anarchists Run the Jewels in tow. Lorde’s sophomore LP, Melodrama, sent critics head over heels, but failed to light up the charts, even though its producer Jack Antonoff is also one of Taylor Swift’s chevaliers. Even so, Melodrama is a sophisticated window into Lorde’s mind, and a signpost of how emotionally compelling and texturally adventurous mainstream pop can be if singers dare to be a little more vulnerable and creative. Which isn’t to say it’s all sap and no song: “Homemade Dynamite” and “Perfect Places” both deserved to go to No. 1.