Jens Lekman, born and reared in Gothenburg, Sweden, is a songwriter, adventurer and retired bingo hall employee. Traveling our globe as a wide-open receptor of all it has to offer, Lekman repurposes for his own oeuvre the world's great, lost pop hooks of past and present. He breathes into them his droll senses of humor, romance and melody and gives them newfound buoyancy. Since his 2004 trifecta of EPs (Maples Leaves, Rocky Dennis in Heaven, You Are the Light) to his acclaimed 2007 full-length, Night Falls Over Kortedala, and 2012's touchingly personal I Know What Love Isn't, Lekman has made hopeless romantics of us all. In a musical language that has roots in the work of Arthur Russell, The Magnetic Fields, Calvin Johnson and Modern Lovers, Lekman's songs serve as a reminder to look closer at the world around us, to appreciate the beauty when it's both in and out of context; at its most heartbreaking, its most loving, and its most absurd.

WATCH // Jens Lekman Performs Live on Swedish TV Show

The ever-charming Jens Lekman recently performed on the Swedish television show Pa Sparet (or On the Track). The set includes two covers: “The Rose” and “Little Blue Bird.” Watch both songs above!

WATCH // Jen Lekman Performs Live on The Morning Show

Jens Lekman stopped by Australia’s Morning Show to perform the title-track from 2012’s I Know What Love Isn’t! Joined by his touring pianist and violinist, Jens delivers another wonderful performance. Watch HERE.

Jens has four Australian dates scheduled for this week; the first being a sold out show at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory on Valentine’s Day. You’ll find the full schedule below.

02/14/13 Sydney, AU – Oxford Art Factory
02/15/13 Melbourne, AU – The Garden Party
02/16/13 Brisbane, AU – The Zoo
02/18/13 Perth, AU – Perth International Arts Festival

LSTN // Jens Lekman Releases Brand New Song – “Olivia & Maddy”

Jens Lekman has a brand new song for your listening pleasure. Tis no ordinary song; the backstory to this diddy is quite the tale. During Hurricane Sandy last November, Jens Lekman’s pianist, Jonas, was stuck in New York City with no way of getting to the West Coast to resume touring. Jens reached out to the world, asking if anyone could help get Jonas to Boston, where he could catch a flight. Two girls, Oliva and Maddy (THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU), ended up driving Jonas to Boston and in return for their kindness, Jens said he would write them a song! He’s made good on his promise and shared his new track, “Olivia & Maddy” – listen below! Read more about this heart-warming act on Jens’s blog, Small Talk.


Jens Lekman kicks off his Australian tour on February 14 at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory. You can see all his dates HERE.

Fun Friday // Jens Lekman & Victoria Bergsman Cover Neil Young’s “Lotta Love” Live at The Fonda

It’s Friday! What could make this day any better other than Jens Lekman and Taken By Trees’ Victoria Bergsman covering Neil Young’s “Lotta Love”? Wish no more! Victoria joined Jens and his band on stage this past Tuesday at LA’s Fonda Theatre for a delightful rendition. Enjoy above!

Jens and Taken By Trees continue their tour together. They play Phoenix’s Crescent Ballroom tonight and head to Texas this weekend. You’ll find all their dates HERE.


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