Thursday night saw New Zealand pop star Kimbra bring her latest album A Reckoning to the Fonda Theatre just more than a month following the record’s release.
Kimbra leaned heavily on the new album as part of her setlist, and the album and its raw and confessional lyrics really lent itself to her powerhouse live performance. The Fonda Theatre pit stop came towards the end of her Reckoning tour that began in Europe in January and finishes up this weekend along the west coast.
Kimbra’s a Jill-of-all-trades as she bends across multiple genres behind a multitude of tempos. From singing and accompanying nothing but a loop machine on the R&Bish “Settle Down” to later delivering some rock and even rap style verses, you can’t put Kimbra in her box. She was even joined on stage by Erick the Architect for their collaboration “GLT” from A Reckoning.
Opening up the show was one of my favorites Tei Shi, who has been working on new material since becoming independent and just this Friday will drop her latest EP Bad Premonition via Diktator. She performed many of that new material and I can’t wait to hear all of it.
Words by Mark Ortega
Photos by Justin Higuchi