Jens Lekman, born and reared in Gothenburg, Sweden, is a songwriter, adventurer and retired bingo hall employee. Traveling our globe as a wide-open receptor of all it has to offer, Lekman repurposes for his own oeuvre the world's great, lost pop hooks of past and present. He breathes into them his droll senses of humor, romance and melody and gives them newfound buoyancy. Since his 2004 trifecta of EPs (Maples Leaves, Rocky Dennis in Heaven, You Are the Light) to his acclaimed 2007 full-length, Night Falls Over Kortedala, and 2012's touchingly personal I Know What Love Isn't, Lekman has made hopeless romantics of us all. In a musical language that has roots in the work of Arthur Russell, The Magnetic Fields, Calvin Johnson and Modern Lovers, Lekman's songs serve as a reminder to look closer at the world around us, to appreciate the beauty when it's both in and out of context; at its most heartbreaking, its most loving, and its most absurd.

WATCH via The Fader // Jens Lekman Live at Grand Street Bakery

Jens Lekman recently spent some time in New York City, playing a show at Terminal 5 and stopping in at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon for a performance. The Fader caught up with Jens at Grand Street Bakery for a wonderful two-song set! Watch “I Know What Love Isn’t” and “Some Dandruff on Your Shoulder” above. Both songs are off Jens’ new album, I Know What Love Isn’t.

Jens’ and Taken By Trees play Seattle’s Neptune tonight! See all their upcoming tour dates HERE.

WATCH // Jens Lekman Performs Live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Last night, Jens Lekman and his wonderful band took the stage at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon for their US television performance debut! Playing the title-track to his new album, I Know What Love Isn’t, Jens couldn’t be more wonderful. Watch above! You can order your own copy of I Know What Love Isn’t from SC Distribution!

See Jens on tour with Taken By Trees! Full list of dates HERE!

LATE NIGHT TV TAKEOVER: Jens Lekman & Tig Notaro

Jens Lekman and Tig Notaro are taking over the NBC airwaves tonight! Yep, you read correctly. Jens Lekman makes his US television performance debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He’ll be accompanied by some heavy hitters, as Pete Townshend and Christopher Walken are the night’s guests! Continue watching – Tig Notaro continues her media storm with an appearance on Last Call with Carson Daly. Milo Greene and Deepak & Gotham Chopra round out the forthcoming episode!

Both Secretly Canadian artists have new albums out! You can pick up Jens’ I Know What Love Isn’t at SC Distribution and Tig’s LIVE exclusively via Louis C.K.’s website!

Check back tomorrow! We’ll post footage from both shows!

WATCH // Jens Lekman – “Become Someone Else’s,” Plus Custom Moleskine Notebook and Upcoming Fallon Performance

If you’ve felt like you needed a bit more Jens Lekman in your life, today is officially your day. Here’s a brand new video for “Become Someone Else’s” from his recently released album I Know What Love Isn’t. Directed by Marcus Soderland, the video follows a baseball-capped Jens through Denmark’s Raberg Mile dunes, the same location where the album art was shot. “Life’s too good to become someone else’s,” sings Jens. Enjoy the video above or at Pitchfork // Disco Naivete! Read the rest of this entry »


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Cincinnati, OH - Contemporary Arts Center

Cincinnati, OH - Contemporary Arts Center

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