Concert Review: Sigur Ros Deliver Stunning Performance At Auditorium Theatre

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The Beyond Wonderland concert attracted about 40,000 fans over two days, Mountain View Police Lieutenant Chris Hsiung said. Most of those arrested were charged with furnishing or using illegal drugs such as Ecstasy, LSD and the depressant GHB; police also arrested some people for drunkenness and others wanted on outstanding warrants, Hsiung said. The goal was to interdict as many drugs as possible to keep the concert safer, he said. “We’re just happy and thankful that it’s continued to be a safe operation,” he said. On Saturday, “we make it through without any major medical issues.” The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department transported those arrested to Santa Clara County Jail. Officers from Sunnyvale and Palo Alto assisted Mountain View Police at the concert, which was limited to those 18 and over. Two hours before the concert’s 11 p.m. scheduled end, police had made 55 arrests on Sunday, but the number was steadily growing, Hsiung said. Three years ago, two people died of drug overdoses at a Memorial Day rave at the Cow Palace. Several months later, more than a dozen people attending a rave there fell ill because of suspected drug and alcohol use and were sent to hospitals. Several years ago, two people died of overdoses in connection with a similar music party at the Cow Palace. Contact Sharon Noguchi at 408-271-3775. Follow her at Twitter.com/NoguchiOnK12 .

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30) for a show at Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theatre and delivered perhaps the finest concert in the Windy City this year. 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.

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And the world’s first inflatable building is sweet indeed. British sculptor Anish Kapoor and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki recently took the wraps off the project, called Ark Nova . It has been in the works since 2011, the year Japan’s Northeastern coast was hit by a massive tsunami. The Lucerne Festival , a summer music event in Switzerland, commissioned the project in hopes of helping the disaster-struck area heal from the calamity. (Credit: Lucerne Festival) The inflatable concert hall is designed to house about 500 people. It’s made up of a balloon-like material that can be easily packed up and transported to another location via truck. Seats and acoustic reflectors in the building were created using wood from cedar trees previously damaged by the tsunami. The structure has a width, length, and maximum height of 98 feet, 118 feet, and 59 feet, respectively. The balloon-like material is attached to a trailer for ease of transportation and is inflated when in use. (Credit: Lucerne Festival) The venue is already being utilized by acts such as the Sendai Philharmonic and traditional Japanese theater (kabuki), with many more cultural events (PDF) scheduled through mid-October. It remains to be seen if Ark Nova will make its way to the other parts of Japan, or better yet, the rest of the world.

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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. The harmonies of the Secret Sisters had a roundness and buoyancy that glowed, while The Milk Carton Kids took the dynamic of Simon and Garfunkel and made it their own. Rihannon Giddens, of Carolina Chocolate Drops, offered an Odetta-like, blues hollar on Water Boy, electrifying the room, while the band known as Lake Street Dive offered the nights wild card. Their lead singer (Rachel Price) has the soulful howl of a young Etta James. The Avett Brothers closed out the first half of the long night with a heart-breaking take on Tom T. Halls How I Got To Memphis. Elvis Costello provided the evenings surprise.