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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

JONSI of Sigur Ros new solo album listening party to be held before April's LET GO! at The Lockerbie

Tonight at The Lockerbie Pub is our monthly LET GO! at The Lockerbie dance party... a great place to leave your cares at the door and dance your pants off! This month our special guest DJs are John Larner and Slater Hogan of Muzique Boutique, and we will be kicking off the night by playing some tracks from the new Jónsi ablum and giving away tons of swag and prizes courtesy of Paste Magazine and XL Recordings!

Jón “Jónsi” Þór Birgisson is the guitarist and vocalist for the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós. He is universally known for his soft inimitable falsetto voice. He has also released an album as one half of Jónsi & Alex with his boyfriend Alex Somers, formerly of the band Parachutes. Jónsi’s solo album, Go, was released on April 5th 2010.

In his solo venture Jónsi departs from the ethereal, dreamy landscapes present in Sigur Rós’ music and instead concentrates on shorter, more instant ‘portrait’ tunes. It would still be foolish to place Jónsi in a specific genre, however; he again manages to create an isolated, unique sound which only he could do without being dubbed ‘cheesy’.

Birgisson grew up in Iceland, raised by parents who weren’t particularly musical; his early memories include playing The Beatles at double speed on his turntable and listening to and playing along with Iron Maiden records. You can hear him speak at length about his musical past and loves in an upcoming episode of All Songs Considered on NPR, in which Birgisson plays guest DJ. His history as Sigur Ros’ singer and guitarist spans 16 years, during which time the band has released five studio albums and coined a unique sound that has yet to be matched by any act since.

So come out early to LET GO! at The Lockerbie and check out the new Jónsi album and pick up some cool prizes! Then feel free to dance til we're done with DJs John Larner, Slater Hogan, Scotty Matelic and Annie & Andy of A Squared Industries!

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