May 20, 2012 Valtari's collection of gorgeous, moody sound-washes fits right into the band's remarkable catalog. Timeless and utterly distinct, it could have come from Iceland circa 2000 or the prettiest spot on Mars circa 2080.
January 25, 2011 All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares a video clip from our live concert webcast of Jonsi last fall. Bob says it's one of the few concert videos he's seen that was actually better than being there. See Jonsi, the frontman for Sigur Ros, and his spectacular, visionary performance.
December 14, 2010 Arcade Fire's The Suburbs was the overwhelming listener favorite, with The Black Keys, The National, Mumford and Sons and Broken Bells rounding out the Top 5. See and hear the full list.
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December 7, 2010 The fact that All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen couldn't come up with 10 albums he's passionate about says it all: The trend from albums to songs is stronger than it's been since 1965.
Jonsi performs on stage during Day 3 of the Splendour in the Grass music festival at Woodfordia on August 1, 2010, in Woodford, Australia.
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December 7, 2010 This isn't a list of 2010's "best" albums; that designation has more to do with consensus anyway. Instead, NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson picks 10 records that roll around in relatable emotions.
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December 7, 2010 All Songs Considered producer Robin Hilton offers his picks for the year's best music, from the epic sounds of Sufjan Stevens and Jonsi to the quiet, more intimate sounds of Candy Claws and Deerhunter.
December 7, 2010 Take a listen to our biggest surprises, songs of the year, and more.
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December 1, 2010 The list of our 50 favorite albums of the year includes Jonsi, LCD Soundsystem, Jonsi and more artists from H to L.
November 17, 2010 Jónsi is known not only for his work with the experimental Icelandic rock group Sigur Rós, but also for his own innovative use of sound and his elaborate multimedia live performances. Hear his solo concert, recorded live from Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club.
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September 27, 2010 What's a concert? A performance by musicians on a stage? Props? Video? What do you want?
Jonsi performs in Australia in August.
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September 27, 2010 In a music industry struggling with how to sell records, the live show has become an important part of a musician's bottom line. Icelandic singer Jonsi is integrating pre-programmed technology with the art of live performance.
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June 29, 2010 NPR listeners cast thousands of votes for the year's best music to date and kept the race tight. But regardless of how the votes fell, it was an exciting chance to pause and look back on what an incredible year it's been for music, to rediscover our favorites, and to spend time with some of the albums and artists we missed.
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If 2010 has produced a slab of summer-friendly rock candy more inviting than "Go Do," it has yet to reveal itself.
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April 29, 2010 Recording as the leader of a side project he calls Jonsi, Jon Thor Birgisson is like a benevolent, motivational-speaking gnome who coos inspirational phrases in the year's most propulsive, sweet-natured call to arms.
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March 29, 2010 On this edition of All Songs Considered, Jonsi talks about his new solo album, Go, and shares some of the songs that have helped shape his own music.
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March 28, 2010 Jonsi is the nickname of Jon Thor Birgisson, the enigmatic Sigur Ros singer. In Sigur Ros, his music is ethereal, sprawling and mysterious — it's even sung in a language of his own devising. But on the new Go, Jonsi writes songs that can be upbeat, even celebratory, and often sung in English. Hear Go in its entirety until its release on April 6.
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