Sky Ferreira takes a break from tour with Miley Cyrus, plays the IMU

Update (4/13/14): This performance has been postponed due to illness, according to Scope Productions.

Synth-pop artist and singer Sky Ferreira will be performing in the IMU Ballroom this Sunday, April 13, for a show co-presented by SCOPE Productions and the 10,000 Hours Show. The show costs $20 for students and begins at 8 p.m., with Fairfield’s Trouble Lights opening.

Sky Ferreira’s career has been marked with starts and stops, littered with label difficulties, a drug bust and vocal cord injuries. Nevertheless, Ferreira has persevered — her latest album, Night Time, My Time (the recording of which was largely funded by Ferreira herself) was a huge success, ending up on dozens of “Best of” lists for 2013. A majority of the album was recorded, mixed, and mastered within a few weeks during August of 2013, and there’s a manic energy in the album that stems from such a breakneck pace.

Though she was selected, along with Icona Pop, to support Miley Cyrus on Cyrus’s Bangerz Tour, Ferreira’s music is notably more experimental and daring than your average synth-pop artist. Taking cues from darker and headier acts, like Siouxie Sioux and the Banshees and Suicide, as well as contemporary indie rock bands like DIIV, her songs delve into darkness, both sonic and lyrical. She can swing from femme fatale to damsel in distress within a single lyric and totally sell it — like on the single “You’re Not the One,” which takes a well-tread pop music trope and injects some venom into it: “I was enjoying the ride / And now we’re standing on the graveside.”

Trouble Lights, the amazing electro-pop duo of Adrien Daller and Philip Rabalais, will be opening the show. If you missed their Mission Creek set with Caroline Smith and !!!, make it up for yourselves and come early.

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