|Bassist Georg Hólm and singer-guitarist Jónsi. Photo: Kim Kinsler|
Where: Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
When: Friday, April 12, 2013
I don't think that in this age of fragmented music - where styles range from Americana to Zydeco and everything in between - it's truly possible to single out any artist as the best in the world in 2013. But I can certainly proclaim that no single act is better than Sigur Rós.
On the eve of the Icelandic band's performance at the first weekend of the highly anticipated Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Sigur Rós performed a stunning concert at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. And what a concert it was.
|Jónsi led Sigur Rós during a magical night on April 12.|
While there were some dimwits in the audience (you know the rude types, where they scream for no reason during quiet or particularly potent moments in a show), the concert itself was mesmerizing. I'll have more to say about the show in Phoenix as well as the forthcoming appearance by the band after they perform in Indio on Saturday night, April 20 at the second weekend of Coachella 2013. I'm still amazed that at a show where only a handful of words were ever spoken and little (or no) lyrics were sung in English, the audience was consistently moved by the emotive sounds of the 11-member ensemble for its entire length.
Despite the fact that original member Kjartan Sveinsson has left the band, there is no doubt that Sigur Rós' future remains strong.
I can't wait to see the band perform again at Coachella in Indio late next Saturday night (April 20th). I won't be at all surprised to see if magic strikes again.
|Sigur Rós celebrates at the end of a memorable concert.|