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Coachella 2013 Weekend 2: Saturday’s 5 Best Things

Sitting here in the afterglow of day two — resting sore muscles and reflecting on an impossible collection of hard-earned memories — I feel like I’m starting to come to terms with Coachella. More »

By: Aaron Lariviere / April 21, 2013 - 3:31 pm

Coachella 2013 Saturday: The Postal Service, Phoenix, The Make-Up, & More

Before we get into Saturday, let’s not bury the day’s big lede: R. Kelly joined Phoenix on stage to perform his biggest crossover that isn’t from the Space Jam soundtrack, “Ignition (Remix).” Not quite the Daft Punk cameo folks rumored, definitely worthy of its own post. Which is here. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 14, 2013 - 4:33 pm

Watch Sigur Rós Play Fallon

Sigur Rós played Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night. It was the Icelandic trio’s first television performance in nearly ten years. The band — along with string and horn players — debuted a new song, the title track to their recently announced forthcoming LP Kveikur. The new record is out June 18th via XL… More »

By: Liz Pelly / March 23, 2013 - 1:37 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Increasingly, this is a weird column to write, since the list of things that fall under “music video” parameters includes big-budget extravaganzas, weird little no-money larks, clips of people’s kids, stitched-together performance footage, barely-disguised product-placement commercials, and bits of barely-edited stock footage. Since all of these things can be pretty great on their own term… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 22, 2013 - 1:00 pm

Sigur Rós Kveikur Details & “Brennisteinn” Video

Icelandic dream-rock heroes Sigur Rós released Valtari, their last album, less than a year ago, and they’ve already announced plans for the follow-up. Kveikur, out in a couple of months, is the band’s first album as a trio, now that multi-instrumentalist Kjartan Sveinsson has left the band. The new album will include a bunch of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 22, 2013 - 9:08 am

Watch Sigur Rós Play New Songs “Kveikur,” “Yfirborð,” & “Hrafntinna”

“2013 promises to be an interesting year in the Sigur Rós universe,” wrote the Icelandic band on their website last week, in a note announcing that they’d be unveiling new material across Europe soon. “Coming to a show is the only way you’re going to experience this stuff outside crappy Youtube clips in the coming… More »

By: Liz Pelly / February 18, 2013 - 11:23 am

Sigur Rós Release Scented Candle

If you want your Sigur Rós listening experience to become more immersive, the band has got you covered. Now, from their online store, you can purchase the Vardelur candle — named for the Valtari track — which the band says “smell[s] of Sigur Rós’s studio, while they go about the quasi-mystical business of making the… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / February 13, 2013 - 10:50 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

For about five minutes near the beginning of the week, I was thinking that I’d limit this week’s list to Christmas-themed videos, but then the only Christmas-themed videos I saw all week were the Killers clip below and this ridiculous Dropkick Murphys thing. It’s just as well, really, since some truly captivating videos did eventually… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 7, 2012 - 4:17 pm

Sigur Rós – “Leaning Towards Solace” Short Film (Feat. Elle Fanning & John Hawkes)

For the better part of the year, Sigur Rós have been taking part in their Valtari Mystery Film Experiment, in which they commission different artists to make short films out of songs from their recent album Valtari. The latest entry in the series, and apparently the final one, comes from director Floria Sigismondi, and it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 6, 2012 - 12:28 pm

Sigur Rós – “Varúð” Video (Version 2)

Sigur Rós’s Mystery Film Experiment shows no signs of slowing down and today the Icelandic experimental stalwarts let loose another video for “Varúð.” This one features a little more action than the last one, documenting a young girl’s mystical adventure through a forest. Björn Flóki directs. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / November 20, 2012 - 1:54 pm

Sigur Rós – “Valtari” Video (NSFW)

Since the release of Valtari, Sigur Rós has embarked on their extensive Mystery Film Experiment, a video series that visually illustrates the album’s tracks. Today we have the clip for “Valtari,” in which a male and female dancer fuse together. Christian Larson directs. More »

By: Corban Goble / November 12, 2012 - 9:15 am

Watch Sigur Rós Debut “Brennisteinn” In Iceland

Last night, Sigur Rós performed in their native Iceland for the first time in four years and to commemorate the occasion they played a new song called “Brennisteinn.” Musically, it’s a bit of a departure from what they usually do, featuring big bursts of electronic noise. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / November 5, 2012 - 8:40 am

Sigur Rós’s ( ) Turns 10

I grew up in Westerville, Ohio, a Columbus suburb with such a profound historical aversion to alcohol that the Anti-Saloon League decided to set up its headquarters there during prohibition. That legacy stuck; decades after the 21st Amendment repealed the 18th, Westerville remained dry. Thus, the closest thing to nightlife was a monthly event called… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 30, 2012 - 9:30 am

Sigur Rós – “Varðeldur” Video

Here’s the latest entry into Sigur Rós’s Mystery Film Experiment, a murky, eerie clip for Valtari’s “Varðeldur.” Irish artist Clare Langan composes and directs. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 22, 2012 - 2:09 pm

Sigur Rós – “Dauðalogn” Video

Icelandic dreamers Sigur Rós are still making videos for their Valtari Film Experiment, in which every song from their new album gets a video treatment from a different visual artist. The latest, for “Dauðalognm,” is a slow, tender, atmospheric thing, in which one man carries another man — a naked man — through a misty… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 9, 2012 - 9:45 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Lately, we seem to be having on-weeks and off-weeks for videos, and this was an off-week. Last week brought a deluge, and this week, things have slowed down a bunch. But even in the off-weeks, there are plenty of absorbing visions floating around out there, and we’ve got five of them below… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 28, 2012 - 11:16 am

Sigur Rós – “Ekki Múkk” Video (Feat. Aidan Gillen)

Even though Sigur Rós’s ongoing Mystery Film Experiment has given the world some pretty odd footage — like, you know, the clip where Shia LeBeouf gets naked — the clip for “Ekki Múkk” might be the strangest yet. And that’s not to say the result isn’t completely entrancing and dramatic — in it, the actor… More »

By: Corban Goble / September 24, 2012 - 12:45 pm

Sigur Rós – “Seraph” Video

Sigur Rós’s Valtari Mystery Film Experiment, in which the majestic Icelandic band recruits different directors to make short films out of all the songs on their new album, marches on. The latest entry, for “Seraph,” may be the most fully realized yet, despite its complete lack of Shia LaBeouf. This one is a cartoon about… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 12, 2012 - 2:23 pm

Outside Lands 2012 In Photos

Over the weekend, thousands of fans flocked to this year’s Outside Lands at Golden Gate Park. Overcast and chilly weather was offset by the fire from the Metallica pyrotechnics and warm vibes from festival attendees. Neil Young & Crazy Horse turned up their guitars to close out Friday, Metallica blew everyone away with their hellfire… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / August 13, 2012 - 6:19 pm

Sigur Rós – “Varðeldur” Video

The great Icelandic wonderers Sigur Rós are now deep into their Valtari Mystery Film Experiment, a project that sees the band recruiting directors to make conceptual art films out of songs from their new album Valtari, and which has already afforded us a glimpse of Shia LaBeouf’s schlong. The latest video, from director Melika Bass,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 13, 2012 - 11:04 am