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Lykke Li @ 9:30 Club

Lykke Li Performs at the 9:30 Club

WASHINGTON, D.C. - May 15th, 2011: Swedish pop chanteuse Lykke Li performs at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. She released her sophomore album, Wounded Rhymes, earlier this year. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post)

Ever since I shot her at the Black Cat way back in 2008, I’ve been looking forward to shooting Lykke Li in a large venue and the upgraded lighting that would come with it. Well, a few weeks ago I finally got my chance, but she chose to play in the dark.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - May 15th, 2011: Swedish pop chanteuse Lykke Li performs at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. She released her sophomore album, Wounded Rhymes, earlier this year. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - May 15th, 2011: Swedish pop chanteuse Lykke Li performs at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. She released her sophomore album, Wounded Rhymes, earlier this year. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post)

The stage set up was actually quite nice, with long black curtains all over the sparse stage. The stage was mostly backlit, which provided a dramatic look but made conditions hard to get “the shot.” Lykke also had her hair down so getting a clean shot of her face was a whole different challenge. That said, she is a very energetic and charismatic performer, and always a joy to shoot.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - May 15th, 2011: Swedish pop chanteuse Lykke Li performs at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. She released her sophomore album, Wounded Rhymes, earlier this year. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - May 15th, 2011: Swedish pop chanteuse Lykke Li performs at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. She released her sophomore album, Wounded Rhymes, earlier this year. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post)

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Lykke Li @ 9:30 Club – Images by Kyle Gustafson

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