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The appeal of Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman has often been described in terms of his apparent lack of appeal. His signature baritone is slightly nasal and far from classically accomplished, and his arrangements borrow recklessly from 20th century pop — both canonized and disreputable. In any given Jens Lekman song, you’re as likely to hear… More »

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Progress Report: Lekman chats about his long-awaited new record, I Know What Love Isn’t.

It’s been five long years since Swedish charmer Jens Lekman put out a record, but this fall he finally returns with I Know What Love Isn’t, an aptly-titled breakup record in the classic tradition. O… More »

This year in music was great and we’rea gonna let it finish (sorry), but in terms of notable album releases the ship has sailed. No offense, 30 Seconds To Mars. While the Gummys’ virtual poll booth remains open for a few more days (did we mention filling out the ballot enters you to win the… More »

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Watch Jens Lekman Debut A New Song Live

Last week, Swedish indie-pop wonder Jens Lekman played Chicago's Lincoln Hall and played a new song, one he didn't deign to name. It's a characteristically…
Tom Breihan | October 12, 2011 - 1:57 pm

Stream Jens Lekman An Argument With Myself EP

The Swedish indie-pop truth-teller Jens Lekman has been quiet in the game for altogether too long, and now he's finally just about ready to release…
Tom Breihan | September 14, 2011 - 2:48 pm
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Jens Lekman – “An Argument With Myself”

Night Falls Over Kortedala was back in 2007, which has deprived fans of their fill of Lekman for many years, but has given music writer…
Amrit Singh | August 4, 2011 - 12:19 pm
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Jens Lekman Argument With Myself EP Info

Jens Lekman has a five-song EP called An Argument With Myself due out in September. Lekman describes it as "a little taste of what's not…
brandon | July 20, 2011 - 1:26 pm

Jens Lekman – “Cowboy Boots”

Jens Lekman's premiered a soft-spoken new track "Cowboy Boots" via comedian/Secretly Canadian signee Tig Notaro's podcast "Professor Blastoff." Take a listen:…
brandon | June 6, 2011 - 5:17 pm
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Watch Jens Lekman Perform New Songs At Read And Shout

Jens Lekman was the headliner at the Read and Shout Festival. It was an event created by librarian Matt Stead to raise awareness of the…
jessica | March 22, 2011 - 10:10 am
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Jens Lekman – “The End Of The World Is Bigger Than Love”

Nice to see swine flu hasn't roughed up the smooth, lacquered baritone of Mr. Lekman. Just a bit after giving us some Summer In 3/4 Time,…
Amrit Singh | July 28, 2010 - 4:24 pm
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Jens Lekman’s Waltz Time Summer Mix

Yep, it's summer. You know it is because of how everybody's losing power in Brooklyn and because of how everybody's making summer mixes. There's Cruel…
Amrit Singh | July 7, 2010 - 5:52 pm
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Jens Lekman Agrees To Whip It

Combine a hobbyistic niche extreme sport, Kristen Wiig, and an indie rock soundtrack featuring roller derby enthusiasts like the Breeders and you have a movie…
Scott Lapatine | September 10, 2009 - 5:25 pm
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Jens Lekman Has Swine Flu

And realized he had it while on a plane :( Read the obviously well written and sad tale at his site. (Thanks for the tip,…
Amrit Singh | June 30, 2009 - 11:17 am
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Jens Lekman @ The Echo, Los Angeles 5/27/09

We haven’t seen a solo headliner from Mr. Indie Rock Class of ’07 since, well, sometime in ’07. I think the word “wit” was used…
Amrit Singh | May 28, 2009 - 9:33 am
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Stream Shins, Bright Eyes, National Covering Merge Classics

Merge Records turns 20 this year and the celebration is well underway. Last week we told you about the five-day summer fest in North Carolina
Scott Lapatine | April 8, 2009 - 1:55 am
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Jens Lekman Sings “Black Cab” In A Black Cab

Well, this is it. For any Jens fan who also reads blogs that post about the Black Cab Sessions, getting Jens to croon this tune…
Amrit Singh | October 20, 2008 - 9:18 am
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Coachella: Friday In Photos

By Amrit Singh & Brandon Stosuy You know what sucked for every band following Les Savy Fav yesterday? The fact that they had…
brandon | April 26, 2008 - 2:29 pm
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SXSW: Thursday Featured Showcases

Dinner time in Austin, time to munch tacos and figure the night sched. As the picture suggests, tonight's the night for Jens Lekman fans: y'all…
Amrit Singh | March 9, 2008 - 11:54 pm
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New Jens Lekman – “I’m Leaving You Because I Don’t Love You (Spoolwork Remix)”

Secretly Canadian-signed songwriter Dave Fischoff, whose solo material draws upon the likes of Beach Boys and Burt Bacharach, wrote this weekend to inform us of…
Amrit Singh | January 21, 2008 - 11:17 am
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Jens Plays An Empty Bar And Outside A Hotel

Yesterday we mentioned Take-Away founder Vincent Moon in reference to his R.E.M. project, but today it's Jens Lekman who's on the otherside of La Blogothèque'…
Stereogum | January 3, 2008 - 11:01 am
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Winners Of The 2007 Gummy Awards

Finally, a list you’ll hopefully enjoy — after all, you made it. This year’s Gummy voters came out in record numbers, meaning more statistically…
Stereogum | December 12, 2007 - 10:13 am