Sigur Ros

Album review: Sigur Rós, “Kveikur”

Back in January Sigur Rós announced its new album, “Kveikur,” due out on June 18 and called it “more aggressive.” Maybe they were just talking about the album’s first track, “Brenninsteinn.” It starts out with a hulking, crunching bass line and ominous synths, until Sigur Rós’ singer Jónsi comes comes in all light, beautiful and like some sort of mythical creature.

Watch: Sigur Rós performs “Kveikur” on Leno

Maybe I'm alone on this one, but whenever I listen to Sigur Rós, I tend to get a little misty eyed. Maybe Cameron Crowe is to blame for that in his polarizing film, "Vanilla Sky," and sometimes in "We Bought a Zoo." As menacing as Sigur Rós attempts to be, the sheer beauty of their music is the unknown.

Live review: Jónsi @ the Paramount Theatre

An artfully nerdy, rain-spattered crowd filled the lobby of the Paramount on Wednesday night, brimming with anticipation over the evenings impending Jónsi concert. Jón Þór Birgisson, nicknamed Jónsi (pronounced yawn-si), and his four bandmates, including long-time collaborator/boyfriend Alex Somers, walked softly onto an elaborate, transmogrified set of hulked-out glass and scorched metal.