Fans who witnessed Jónsi in the 93-degree heat at the Outdoor Theatre at Coachella in April fairly swooned over the Sigur Rós frontman's gorgeously orchestrated pop-prog anthems. Those people ain't seen nothin' yet.
The falsetto-wielding singer-guitarist is touring behind his solo album “Go,” and all indications are his stage show, designed by London-based 59 Productions, is just this side of spectacle. Animation, nature motifs, elaborate sets, fire, rain … NPR's Bilal Qureshi called it “more like a live movie”:
The stage looks like the inside of a burnt out warehouse. There are several broken glass windows and boxes. During his song “Sinking Friendships” — about breakups and the passage of time — it begins to rain against the glass — like water running down your car windows. And then as the drums kick in, a wall of gushing water gradually rises from behind the stage until it reaches the ceiling.
Jonsi visits the Wiltern on Sunday, and in a first for the public radio giant, NPR will be presenting a live webcast of the entire show beginning at 9 p.m. You'll find it here.
Other weekend highlights:
— LCD Soundsystem, with Hot Chip and Sleigh Bells in tow, visits the Hollywood Bowl tonight.
— The National returns to southern California on Saturday for a concert at Pomona's Fox Theater. Owen Pallett opens.
— The two-day Dub Quake festival at the Echo and Echoplex features Michael Rose, Scientist (with Roots Radics), Sister Nacy, Lady Tigra, the Heptones, Peanut Butter Wolf and the Lions, among others.
— Paul Oakenfold brings his Facelift Tour to the Music Box on Saturday, featuring up-and-comes such as Dutch DJ Chuckie.
— And South African rave/hip-hop sensations Die Antwoord party down at the Music Box on Sunday.
Mike Doughty and Mike Viola at the Bootleg Theater; Kruder & Dorfmeister at Club Nokia; David Bazan and Wye Oak at Spaceland; the Aggrolites at the Roxy; Say Anything, Motion City Soundtrack, Saves the Day and Valencia at the Avalon; Four Tet at the Music Box; Miike Snow and Mark Ronson & the Business Intl at the Wiltern; Nicole Atkins and the Black Sea and Gamble House at the Echo; LTJ Bukem at the House of Blues; the Black Pacific at the Key Club; the Darling Stilettos at the Viper Room; Manhattan Murder Mystery at Pehrspace; Slant at the Troubadour; Jamaica and Nightwaves at the Echoplex; Malaikat dan Singa at the Smell; Maxim Ludwig & the Santa Fe Seven at the Hotel Cafe; Stanley Clarke at Catalina's; Warpaint (acoustic) at Skybar; and the Country (Gram Rabbit side project) at the Redwood.
This just in: Mike Doughty has canceled his L.A. shows this weekend due to illness. He reports on website:
Oy: So, I just got out of the ER here in Brooklyn, where I spent a very scary couple of hours being nearly unable to breathe. Me being me, my main regret is that I was too sick to live-tweet it. But, anyway, it'd be stupid of me to get on a plane this weekend to come to California–so the Bootleg Theater show, and the appearance on Paul F. Tompkins' Largo shindig on Saturday night are canceled.
Also Saturday: Ron White at the Wiltern; DQ Quik at the Key Club; Kenan Bell and Hesta Prynn at the Bootleg Theater; Broken Spindles at the Central in Santa Monica; Valient Thorr and Red Fang at the Echo; Gaelic Storm at the Troubadour; Rocket and Spider Problem at 3 Clubs; Lovers & Poets at the Hotel Cafe; Macy Gray at the Canyon Club; the Logan at the Viper Room; Palm Reader at the Smell; Delta Nove at the Roxy; Tangent Transmission at the Smell; Calavera at the Redwood; and Rabbits Rabbits Rabbits' 7 p.m. in-store at Origami.
Also Sunday: Jonsi and Mountain Man at the Wiltern (Mountain Man does an in-store at Amoeba at 5); Hoodoo Gurus at the Viper Room; Rascal Flatts at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre; Holy Fuck and Indian Jewelry at Spaceland; the Spazmatics at the Key Club; Joe Frank at McCabe's; T. Mills at the Troubadour; Vincent Minor and Obi Best at the Bootleg; Lucky Dragons at Pehrspace; and Million Kids and the Gears at the Redwood.