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For Saturday’s recap and photos, click here.
For Friday’s recap and photos, click here.
Sunday’s recap below…

In contrast to Saturday’s torrential downpours, emergency weather evacuation, and general air of hecticness, Sunday floated by, with cooler temperatures and even occasional breeziness, to ease out of three long festival days. More »

By: Liz Pelly / August 6, 2012 - 1:27 pm

Progress Report: Sigur Rós

Name: Sigur Rós
Progress Report: Iceland’s finest discuss the difficulties of Valtari and the pleasures of hitting the road….

Valtari, Sigur Rós’ sixth proper full-length album, is by all accounts a record that was none too easy to make. Despite the apparent behind-the-scenes drama the album is as seamless and expectedly beautiful… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / August 1, 2012 - 3:08 pm

Sigur Rós – “Varúð” Video (Ryan McGinley Version)

Right now, Icelandic wonderers Sigur Rós are still in the midst of their Valtari Mystery Film Experiment, their effort to commission art-film accompaniments for all the songs from their new album. And even though they’ve already released a proper music video for “Varúð,” the new clip for the song might actually be more accessible. I… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 31, 2012 - 12:28 pm

Sigur Rós – “Ég Anda” Video (Mystery Film Experiment Version)

Listening to Sigur Rós can feel a lot like you’re living inside that scene from American Beauty with the plastic bag flying around in the wind (“Sometimes there’s so much beauty in this world…”), and so this Ramin Bahrani-directed video of “Ég Anda” pretty much nails it: It’s essentially a montage of this world’s basic… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 16, 2012 - 1:34 pm

Sigur Rós – “Rembihnútur” Video

The latest in Sigur Rós’s ongoing video series is a clip for Valtari standout “Rembihnútur,” a visual that fixates on the faces of people, eyes closed, focusing on their inner moments. It ends in a very signature Sigur Rós way, which makes sense since longtime collaborators Arni & Kinski directed it. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / July 2, 2012 - 11:55 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

BLOG GAME MARIO CHALMERS filling in for Tom this week, who had a kid or something (it’s hard to know since Tom’s baby boy — congrats Tom! — hasn’t showed up on any releases yet). So, let’s do this thing, if only for the escape from a world where a team without a fanbase line… More »

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

Sigur Rós – “Fjögur Píanó” Video (Feat. Shia LaBeouf) (NSFW)

Shia LaBeouf’s dong is probably not the first thing you’d expect to see in a Sigur Rós video, but it is indeed one of the first things that appears onscreen in the new video for the meditative instrumental piece “Fjögur Píanó.” In the clip, we see LaBeouf engaging in some morning naked experimental ballet with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 18, 2012 - 10:49 am

Sigur Rós – “Varúð” Video

Here’s the second installment of Sigur Rós’s ongoing Valtari video series and this clip’s a little more straightforward than the last. It’s a slowly shifting depiction of a craggy landscape directed by Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, who designed the Valtari cover. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / June 6, 2012 - 11:37 am

Sigur Rós – “Ég Anda” Video

Sigur Rós’s video for the understated, Valtari-kicking-off Ég Anda is, err, a strange look, as it’s very much a step-by-step visual manual on how to prevent someone from choking. But, it does have the requisite stylize-azation for something as stately as a Sigur Rós track, though. It’s the first of 12 videos from guest directors,… More »

By: Corban Goble / May 21, 2012 - 10:52 am

Stream Sigur Rós Valtari

We’ve already heard a gang of songs from Valtari, the much-anticipated new album from Icelandic swoon-rock architects Sigur Rós. And right now, at this exact moment, the thing is streaming at the band’s website. So go! Hurry! Listen to it! It’ll make a good dinner soundtrack, we promise! It’s here.

Valtari is out… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 17, 2012 - 7:00 pm

Sigur Rós – “Dauðalogn”

The new Sigur Rós album Valtari is imminent, and we’ve already heard the early tracks “Ekki Múkk,” “Kvistur,” and “Varúð.” Last night, another new song called “Dauðalogn” debuted on the season finale of The Vampire Diaries, a CW undead-teenager melodrama that my wife keeps insisting I would like if I gave it a chance. The… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 11, 2012 - 9:50 am

Sigur Rós – “Varúð”

A few weeks ago, we sized up Sigur Rós’ forthcoming Valtari, a pretty, understated affair harboring a keen focus on detail. Only lead single “Ekki Múkk” (as well as B-side “Kvistur“) have made the rounds publicly, and now the swelling “Varúð” has made its debut on Shaun Keaveny’s BBC Radio 6 show. Stream it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / April 30, 2012 - 9:29 am

Sigur Rós – “Kvistur”

Recently, Sigur Rós signaled their new release Valtari with the lead single “Ekki Múkk,” which was also released as a 10” for Record Store Day. The B-side to that release, the non-album “Kvistur,” has now surfaced. Head below to hear the haunting track. More »

By: Corban Goble / April 23, 2012 - 9:07 am

Premature Evaluation: Sigur Rós Valtari

The first single for Sigur Rós’ Valtari, “Ekki Múkk,” arrived with the fanfare and warm reception expected of that dramatic moment — after all, it was the first new recording under the Sigur Rós banner since 2008’s Með Suð Í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust. “Ekki Múkk,” though, isn’t much like the Icelandic group’s best know… More »

By: Corban Goble / April 18, 2012 - 1:07 pm

Sigur Rós Announces North American Tour

On the heels of the announcement of Valtari — it’s out out 5/29 on XL — Sigur Rós will hit the road to support it. Scan the dates below while blasting “Ekki Múkk,” the floaty new single. More »

By: Corban Goble / April 12, 2012 - 4:10 pm

Stereogum’s 25 Most Anticipated Albums For Spring/Summer 2012

HBO’s medieval drama Game Of Thrones premieres April 1, and this season’s plot involves five different claims to the throne and these respective factions’ ongoing clobbering of one another (#TeamRobb). But, yet another mantle is up for grabs, one that involves absolutely nobody getting their head cut off; the claim to “your album of the… More »

By: Stereogum / March 29, 2012 - 10:32 am

Sigur Rós – “Ekki Múkk”

Just this morning, Sigur Rós confirmed details on a forthcoming LP Valtari. Amongst those details are a May 28th release date, a seven-song tracklist, and the band calling the material “floaty,” “minimal,” and “introverted.” This first single, “Ekki Múkk” is in fact serene and tear-jearky and floaty as hell, veering away from their brand of… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 26, 2012 - 12:11 pm

Sigur Rós Valtari Details

For a while now, we’ve been hearing scattered bits and pieces about the new album from falsetto-wailing Icelandic beauty-merchants Sigur Rós, the band’s first new studio LP since 2008. Talking to the press, various band members have used the adjectives “floaty,” “minimal,” and “introverted.” And now we know a few crucial details about it. Before… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 26, 2012 - 9:13 am

Sigur Rós Plan 2012 Album Release

Icelandic dream-rockers Sigur Rós have been on hiatus since 2008, only giving us frontman Jónsi Birgisson’s solo album Go and the forthcoming live double-CD/DVD INNI to keep us occupied since then. But in a new interview, we learn that they’re back to their old beauty-crafting ways. More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 9, 2011 - 3:22 pm

Sigur Rós – “Lúppulagið”

From the special edition of the live Sigur Rós DVD/album INNI comes “Lúppulagið,” a previously unreleased studio affair that has that the piano-plinked serenity that is so quintessentially this band in their more peaceful moments. Jónsi is cast into chirping and cooing samples that are at a low volume, and never steps beyond that role,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 4, 2011 - 2:54 pm