All is Full of Love: Robyn and Kelis Bring Their All Hearts Tour to Music Hall of Williamsburg
When Robyn and Kelis announced their joining of forces for their one-two punch of a dance-pop bill earlier this summer, it was with 100% anticipatory fan-girl excitement that I began counting down the days to their All Hearts Tour pit stop in NYC. Last night's first showing at Music Hall of Williamsburg (2 more sold out shows at Webster Hall next week) was precisely the excitable romp and rad time I could have ever imagined. Having seen both artists perform prior, this super special double headlining bill left me weak, wowed and wielding a heart ready to burst with adoration and appreciation.
Opening the evening's festivities were Far East Movement. Although the crowd was still noticeably thin for the early set from the Los Angeles hip-hop troupe, they took the stage with more energy than I can recall an act ever having for a 7pm time-slot. Following their lead, London's Dan Black began his set with my favorite of his tunes, Pump My Pumps, which comes from his debut album, ((UN)). Near the end of his time, the room began to fill more rapidly, as wanting hearts were eager for the girls to get their groove on.
Kelis began promptly on time, and right on par with everything we love about her; from hip twists and body gyrations to the husky voiced tones she effortlessly lets loose, the singer commanded the stage with a sense of luxury and enjoyment. Far different from her show at Santos (where she stood behind the mic for most of the show, looking out over the audience), this time the native New Yorker connected with her fans and dazzled with a playful and perfect set.
For all that Kelis embodies as a one-woman spectacle, Robyn emotes the same strength in the fact that she is an artist who knows what she wants, commanding the respect she so rightfully deserves. With 3 albums due out this year and an endless promo regime on top of the current tour, the international star delivered a speech-defying performance in which she worked the crowd, showed poise and vulnerability and captivated with her unique charm and repertoire. Playing most of Body Talk Pt 1, the noted omission of None of Dem was quickly forgiven thanks to The Girl and the Robot, Dream On and a super medly with Kelis that included the latter's Caught Out There, Konichiwa Bitches, Salt N Pepa's Push It and Neneh Cherry's Buffalo Stance. Video of the combo-collabo is below.
Ultimately, the term All Hearts used as the moniker for this tour is so poignant, as audience and performers joined as one, with a love for the music, the passion and the presence of these dynamic artists.
Ok, fun time. Full gallery of images from last night's All Hearts Tour can be viewed here. Or you can scope out Kelis and Robyn's respective set lists here and here. Videos below include: Kelis performing Trick Me x Milkshake x Holiday; Robyn's take on The Girl and the Robot and Don't Fucking Tell Me What to Do; and lastly the aforementioned medley.