Battles surprise indy crowd with Tune-Yards’ Merrill Garbus

Watching John Stanier smash his five-piece Tama Artstar II drum kit is pretty unbelievable. Sweat poured off his forehead as his thick greying hair flung back and forth to the rhythm of his hands. Half-glancing at his super-high crash, it’s as if Stanier was warning the high-rise cymbal right before smashing the brass so hard … Continue reading Battles surprise indy crowd with Tune-Yards’ Merrill Garbus

Jónsi and Alex celebrate 10th anniversary of Riceboy Sleeps

The audience sat in absolute silence. Gold light haloed the Wordless Music Orchestra and Choir. A giant ethereal harp shone through the darkness. Musicians straddled cellos, bowed violins, and fingered pianos, as an army of vocalists beautifully harmonized. Composer Robert Ames faced the orchestra and arched his back as his flexed arms gracefully danced to … Continue reading Jónsi and Alex celebrate 10th anniversary of Riceboy Sleeps

Sigur Rós’ massive soundscapes propel cathartic set

Heavy drumbeats slowly build — one on top of the other. The metrical pounds sync with the rhythm of my heart. Thump, thump, thump. The melodies pull back and forth, on a puppet string. The drum beats harder; louder. My wrists pulsate as my blood’s current rapidly streams. Thump, thump, thump. My eyes involuntarily follow … Continue reading Sigur Rós’ massive soundscapes propel cathartic set

Sigur Rós steals the show at Outside Lands

Gold sparks swelled, popped and fell like rain on the backdrop behind Icelandic band Sigur Rós Aug. 11. Singer Jón Þór Birgisson bowed his guitar amidst a beautifully lit forest, blanketed in fog. Trees nearly barricaded the crowd, and as the music’s ambient beauty halted the audience to a near silence, red and orange fire … Continue reading Sigur Rós steals the show at Outside Lands