In its lastest starry-eyed installment, Popscene brought Ellie Goulding to the 155 Fell St. for her San Francisco debut. Fresh off her U.S. album drop, Lights, Goulding first playing an acoustic set at Amoeba Records before arriving with her full band at the sold-out Rickshaw Stop show later on Thursday night.
New York duo, The Knocks, had the crowd dancing despite a short, remix-heavy, opening set. Full of unexpected surprises, including the near-impalement of a crowd member with a loose drumstick, Ben “B-Roc” Ruttner and James “JPatt” Patterson took to their synths and MPCs, even performing a drumline-esque interlude.
After an impatient crowd began chanting her name during a long wait, Ellie Goulding appeared, rocking a rib-cage tanktop and an old-school coat as the lights focused on the rising pop star. Opening with crowd favorite, “Under the Sheets,” Goulding slowly began to shed layers of clothing as the intensity of her set began to rise. At her peak, the singer slowed down her set to perform a sultry cover of Elton John’s “Your Song.” An extended version of “Salt Skin” was cut short as a crowd member fainted from dehydration.
The lost time was added, however, as the singer and her backing band extended the single “Lights” with an intense drumming solo from Goulding herself. After numerous chants, an almost disappointed crowd started to head for the exit until Goulding reappeared on stage to perform a one song encore and ensure that her first visit to the Bay would certainly not be her last.
Under The Sheets
Every Time You Go (download)
Your Biggest Mistake
Guns & Horses
Wish I Stayed