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March 21, 2014 at 11:17 AM

The year of the Lorde | Concert preview

(Dean Rutz/ The Seattle Times)

(Dean Rutz/ The Seattle Times)

Joseph Sutton-Holcomb / Special to The Seattle Times

Just a year ago, no one had heard of Lorde, and now she’s a Grammy-winning darling of the pop scene — and playing a sold-out show at one of Seattle’s biggest venues.

The New Zealand teenager’s radio single “Royals” blazed a meteoric trail through music culture, propelling her toward international stardom (Bruce Springsteen covered it!), but her debut album, “Pure Heroine,” as a whole is the real achievement.

It’s a brief-feeling 10 songs, but I can’t sing the praises of the lyrics and production enough. The way she critiques materialistic pop culture from within the system is Kurt Cobain-esque, substituting spine-tingling electropop for grunge, of course.

According to Rolling Stone, Lorde’s live arrangements are “more menacing and sparse” than their recorded counterparts. If the videos bouncing around the web are anything to go on, these alternate versions are dynamite. If you’ve got a ticket already, you’re lucky, because next time she’s in Seattle a nosebleed seat in KeyArena might be your only option.

8 p.m. Monday, March 24, WaMu Theater; Sold Out (206-381-7555 or ticketmaster.com)

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