Let the heavens shake and the earth tremble…Sigur Rós has released a new album! And while the Icelandic post-rockers released a much more ambient album just last year in Valtari, and lead man and spirit animal of the band Jón “Jónsi” Þór Birgisson released an album three years ago (the springing Go Do), their latest feels like the first true Sigur Rós album since 2008’s Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust and their finest since the 2005 masterpiece Takk. What makes their latest, Kveikur, such a magnificent return to form, is while since Takk they have released plenty of pretty and majestic music, Kveikur marks the return of the thunder and lightning, the darkness that hovers around their music and lends such stark contrast to the band’s most angelic sound. The storm that brews around Kveikur keeps you entranced with the music throughout.
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September 26th, 2012
The Dirty Three are not your traditional power trio. The Melbourne, Australia trio consisting of Warren Ellis (violin), Mick Turner (guitar), and Jim White (drums) have made distinct instrumental post-rock that contains elements of jazz, classical, and indie rock. Two/Thirds of the Dirty Three are from Nick Cave’s band, the Bad Seeds, and much of the same spirit you get with Nick Cave: manic, primal, and deeply sorrowful music. While the band has been around almost 20 years, I was just introduced to the band a week earlier by a friend with the band’s music quickly convincing me to take on the concert at Lincoln Hall this past Wednesday. What I experienced was a band and show that is truly one-of-a-kind.
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Six years ago, Todd and I skipped class to head to Chicago to catch U2 and Sigur Rós, two spiritually-charged bands, on back-to-back nights. Sitting behind us at the Sigur Rós show was a group of eight twenty-something’s that had traveled fifteen hours from Denver just for the show. After a truly awe-inspiring performance from the Icelandic quartet, I turned around to find these weary travelers embracing with tears of joy rolling down each and every one of their faces. Following any other show, I would find this extremely weird, but following a show with as much emotional pulp as Sigur Rós provides, it somehow felt appropriate.
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Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
Anthony Gonzalez has a flair for the melodramatic. The electronic French artist has released three ambitious electro-pop albums just dripping with the stuff, as if life and death itself hangs in the balance. Much of it is surrounding the ups and downs of youth and young love (even referencing John Hughes films like Sweet Sixteen and Pretty In Pink on his last album, Saturdays=Youth), but no matter the subject matter, M83 has created songs with plenty of skillfulness but with a heavy handed passion. Now comes his highly anticipated and even more ambitious double album, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, where M83 elevates his sound to a new plain, allowing you to escape your mundane life in exchange for the wonderful musical landscape Gonzalez has carved out.
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