- SPIN Rating: of 10
Who? Icelandic post-rockers Sigur Ros, which at the core comprises four members, though numerous others -- including horn, string, and glockenspiel players -- are added to flesh out the band's ornate, transcendental tunes live. Sigur Ros' latest album Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (English: "With a Buzz in Our Ears We Play Endlessly"), the follow up to 2005's Takk..., will drop stateside June 24.
What? A 17-date outing, set to roll out with a pair of gigs at New York City's United Palace Theatre Sept. 17 & 18. From there, the band will hit Boston, leap north of the border for a pair of gigs, and stroll into U.S. cities like Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle before capping in Vancouver, BC Oct. 7.
Should I go? Absolutely. As the ethereal soundscapers illustrated at Bonnaroo '08, their dopamine-bubbling tunes, highlighted by frontman Jón "Jónsi" Þór Birgisson ambient falsetto, fare excellent live especially when accompanied by strings and other classical instrumentation. And considering the venues on the bill -- predominantly symphony theatres -- Sigur Ros' tour is not to be missed.
Sigur Ros tour dates:
9/17, New York, NY (United Palace Theatre) 9/18, New York, NY (United Palace Theatre)9/19, Boston, MA (Bank of America Pavillion) 9/20, Montreal, Quebec (Quai Jacques Cartier) 9/22, Toronto, Ontario (Massey Hall) 9/23, Detroit, MI (Fillmore)9/24, Chicago, IL (Chicago Theatre)9/25, Minneapolis, MN (Orpheum)9/27, Morrison, CO (Red Rocks Amphitheatre)9/28, Salt Lake City, UT (Great Saltair)9/30, Tempe, AZ (The Marquee)10/1, San Diego, CA (Copley Symphony Hall)10/2, Los Angeles, CA (The Greek Theatre)10/3, Berkeley, CA (The Greek Theatre)10/5, Seattle, WA (Benaroya Hall)10/6, Portland, OR (Arlene Schnitzer Theatre)10/7, Vancouver, British Columbia (The Chan Centre)