Ellie Goulding

The 24-year-old British singer Ellie Goulding has all the physical makings of a pop star—she’s blonde, has an airy, glamorous voice, likes to wear sparkles. Fortunately, she’s also a talented songwriter. Some of the songs on Goulding’s debut full-length, last year’s Bright Lights, reveal her beginnings as an acoustic guitar-playing singer/songwriter, but the more exciting songs are her forays into electronic synth-pop—the ecstatically Autotuned “Starry Eyed,” the breathless and sexy “Lights” (the Bassnectar remix of that song is even more thrilling). The tunes are busy, beat-happy, and club-ready, and Goulding is a highly spirited and sensual performer—the slow emotions of folk music never would have been able to contain her level of dynamic energy for long. With The Knocks. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Mon., April 11, 7 p.m., 2011

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