Concert Reviews

Sigur Ros at Verizon Theatre, 4/8/13: Review and Photos

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It starts with a curtain across the front of the stage, Jonsi writ large in shadows, bent over, playing his guitar with a bow, until during the first crescendo, the first warm, beautiful, intense crescendo, the curtain falls, the lights come up and really they're just average-sized humans, just humans holding the instruments you might see anywhere else. But there's this sound, and you can't pick out any of the instruments in the mix, you can't see who's doing what, and you can't understand where it's coming from. The whole concert is quiet, beautiful, fragile noises building into crescendos that could move buildings, crescendos that could shatter glass. You sit there transfixed throughout, unable to move, totally forgetting that you're at a concert, that there are other people, that anything's happening apart from the reverberations you're feeling in your ears.

The music is anything you want it to be. It's so other-worldly, so entirely uncategorizable, that it could be a warm summer's day, it could be someone adrift on an iceberg in a snowstorm, it could be the soundtrack to a night with your friends or a lonely day spent indoors in the rain. It could be heartbreak, it could be love, it could be anything at all. What it absolutely is, what Sigur Ros categorically do at a concert, is stir the senses, and send you entirely to another place.

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Gavin Cleaver
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