Concert review: Sigur Ros deliver stunning performance at Auditorium Theatre
Singer Jonsi and company were joined by an 11-piece band as the atmospheric pop act tore through some of its most recognizable songs, from the beautiful (“Glosoli”) to the poppy (“Hoppipolla”) to the fierce and powerful (“Saeglopur,” which garnered some of the loudest applause of the evening when the crowd heard the opening piano notes.) The live band included a horn section that added new sounds to old favorites like “Vaka” and livened up new tunes such as “Hrafntinna,” an early-set highlight with its clattering percussion. Sigur Ros played six of the nine songs from their latest album, “Kveikur.” While one could lodge numerous complaints against the Auditorium Theatre – don’t worry, we’ll get to those in a moment – one thing the venue had going for itself was fantastic sound. All the way to the top of the balcony, six floors up, the audio was clear and sharp. And if there’s one band for which you want quality audio, it’s Sigur Ros, who craft their complex songs with everything from horns to xylophones to Jonsi’s trademark guitar playing using a violin bow. The final moment of the concert was the best, a lengthy rendition of “Popplagi,” the closing track on the group’s untitled 2002 album. The song has always been a part of the group’s setlists, but the guys took it to a new place by extending the slow build to the final crescendo of crashing drums. It was a mindblowing finish to an outstanding show. The band left the stage after that and came back to take multiple bows but did not perform an encore. How could they? There was no way to top what they had just done. As for the venue, the Auditorium Theatre left a lot to be desired, and we’re not just talking about its ancient, tiny, uncomfortable seats.
‘Another Day, Another Time’ concert strums up fitting folk tribute for Coen Brothers’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’
Event chair Michael Thorp said that the Daniel Pearl Foundation aims to focus on his life instead of his death, which prompted the idea of Daniel Pearl World Music Day. “They don’t want to always dwell on the horrifying way he died,” Thorp said. “He was a musician, he was married, and he had so many other things going on.” Pearl, a reporter of Jewish descent for the Wall Street Journal, was kidnapped and executed by terrorists in Pakistan in February 2002 while reporting in the country. He has since been remembered in the Journalists Memorial Gallery, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. A film titled “A Mighty Heart,” which stars Angelina Jolie as his widow, was also made about his story. Outside of his work as a journalist, Pearl was a violinist who played a variety of musical styles. Music, Thorp said, can be the starting point for communication between people with different cultural backgrounds. “People find themselves in situations where they just can’t talk to each other. People in Israel, Egypt, the far left, the far right, we sometimes find ourselves yelling at each other,” he said. “If we can start talking to each other about this harmony we’re going to make, maybe we can take that and talk about something as well.” The Flint “Humanity in Harmony Concert” lineup includes Michigan’s Troubadour Neil Woodward, playing American folk music, along with Celtic and Irish styles; the Mariachi band Gallosde Ore, Michigan traditional Klezmer band Heartland Klezmorim, Jewish musician Sheldon Low, The Flint Banjo Club, and Dort Honors String Quartet. “The idea is to showcase the music of different cultures using the same stringed instruments. We are stringing cultures together, using the string of a violin or guitar or banjo or mandolin,” said Thorp, the show’s organizer. “It is surprising how many sounds one instrument can make.
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Along with the musical performances, the actors who portray your favorite USA Network characters will be on hand as well including Mehcad Brooks ( Necessary Roughness ), James Roday (PSYCH), Nolan Gould (Modern Family) and WWE Superstar Sheamus. To get information via social media use hashtag #UniteLIVE. USA Networks award-winning public service initiative Characters Unite , R&R Partners Foundations youth anti-bullying campaign Flip the Script, Cox Communications, and MGM Resorts created this special event in commemoration of National Bullying Prevention Month. The invitation-only event will bring together thousands of students, parents and educators to raise their voices against bullying. The attendees will include ten winners of a national sweepstakes for high school and middle school students. Concert highlights will be available following the event on CharactersUnite.com for fans across the country to join the cause and help rock out bullying. The statistics are staggering. 20% of students in grades 9-12 experienced bullying. Learn more at StopBullying.gov . Over five million young people have been the targets of cyberbullying, you can learn more at ADL.org . Additionally four out of five LGBT teens are bullied and harassed at school. Learn more at GLSEN.org .
Evan Agostini/Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Musicians Marcus Mumford, left, and Oscar Isaac jam together during the ‘Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis’ concert. Stars from the movie were on hand to encourage, and sometimes warble along, including Carey Mulligan, Stark Sands, Adam Driver, and, as jaunty MC, John Goodman. The generous, three-hour show was taped for a Showtime special, to debut December 13th at 9 p.m. The tone and volume of the performances provided a striking contrast to the folk style currently raging on the charts. While million-selling bands like Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, and Of Monsters and Men perform acoustic music on steroids, pounding their mandolins, and sawing on their fiddles, like they were electric guitars, here the players adopted an almost painfully intimate and close approach. The house band, the versatile Punch Brothers, kept most of their inflections delicate, savoring the nuances of their chord-changes and melodies rather than hammering them home. The light touch of the playing, and often of the singing, contrasted the songs sometimes dire subjects. Drawing from old timey music, the acoustic anthems of the 60s frequently featured themes of death, hardship and lost love. Gillian Welsh long ago proved herself a master of the morose. Shes musics answer to the woman in Grant Woods painting American Gothic. Her sorrowful, but stalwart, singing paired ideally with the resilient guitar fills and leads of frequent partner David Rawlings. The show featured many classic folk tunes, including Welsh and Rawlings on Will The Circle Be Unbroken, a valiant Willie Watson soaring through Midnight Special, and repeated takes on 500 Miles. Evan Agostini/Evan Agostini/Invision/AP RELATED: ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE ROOTS, ‘WISE UP GHOST,’ AVICII, ‘TRUE’: ALBUM REVIEWS Some of the least known performers made the deepest impression.