The Metro // Chicago, Illinois
March 13th 2017
Words & Photos by Kate Scott
Danish darling MØ (Karen Marie Aagaard Ørsted Andersen) brought the heat to a cramped, sold-out crowd in Chicago on a cold Monday night. The 28 year old singer/songwriter quickly shot to stardom in 2015 after collaborating with Major Lazer on the hit single “Lean On”. The video hit 1 billion hits on YouTube in under 4 months, making it one of the fastest videos to reach 1 billion hits in YouTube’s history. Since then, her name has been synonymous with electro-pop and EDM, and she is quickly selling out shows nationwide.
For the Chicago show, MØ enlisted Argentinian songstress Tei Shi to open the show. Having appeared on Glass Animals’ album in 2014, Tei Shi gained popularity amongst indie music fans and is now building momentum towards becoming a well-known pop star. Her kitschy and soulful voice sounds like a cross between Lauryn Hill and Regina Spektor, and her songwriting tackles life, relationships, and finding one’s place in the world. Tei Shi’s debut album, Crawl Space, will be released on March 31st of this year.
Seeing MØ onstage, it’s clear she’s very comfortable being in front of a crowd. She didn’t stand still for one minute, opting instead to dance from one side of the stage to the other. She constantly kneeled down and engaged with her audience in the front row, holding hands and singing along with her fans. She didn’t stop there, though: at one point during the show, she ran up to the balcony and walked through the crowd, making everyone in the Metro feel like they were a part of the experience. And, in the ultimate act of rock and roll rebellion, MØ jumped off the stage and crowd-surfed across the room while her fans screamed and cheered. If you get a chance to see her on tour, do not miss it. I will certainly be anxiously awaiting MØ’s return to Chicago.