Ellie Goulding @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 4.22.14

Ellie Goulding
Ellie Goulding at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Ore., April 22, 2014 / Credit: David Greenwald

I wrote about Ellie Goulding’s exhilarating Tuesday night set for the Oregonian.

Calling Goulding, a Serena van der Woodsen blonde who sells her portrait on $30 t-shirts, a pop star is complicated: her sonic DNA is as much indebted to EDM and house, and in her beat-heavy sprint through the set’s final third, she led the Schnitzer audience in what must have been the venue’s first rave. (Don’t tell the Symphony.)