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LIVE: Sigur Rós, Keller Auditorium, Portland, OR

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Sigur Ros // Photo: Hollister Dixon

By Hollister Dixon

There’s something remarkable about the career trajectory of Sigur Rós. Their lyrics and song titles are almost entirely in Icelandic, except for ( ), their 2002 album sung entirely in Vonlenska (otherwise known as Hopelandic), a completely made-up language. Icelandic is an impossible language that a scant 300,ooo people speak – to put that into perspective, the population of Portland is just under 600,000, so if every Icelandic-speaking person lived in this city, there would still be another half of the city that didn’t understand a word of it. And yet, for the last 20 years, the band have built an obsessive and adoring fanbase all over the world who have fallen in love not with the words frontman Jónsi is singing, but with the sound of his angelic falsetto, the sound of a guitar being played with a cello bow, and the breathtaking landscapes they create with their music. They are emotional on the same level as bands like Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You! Black Emperor: the words may not exist (or, in Sigur Rós’ case, may not be understandable), but they’ve gotten unbelievably good at emoting without the need for a shared language.

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Bob Dylan Announces Tour, Will Play Keller Auditorium October 21st

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By Hollister Dixon

When I sat down to write this post, I tried to imagine a way to talk about Bob Dylan in a way that somehow conveys his importance without sounding sycophantic. But you know what? That idea is preposterous. It’s almost impossible to talk about Dylan from a neutral perspective. So let’s cut it out and be frank here, shall we?

Bob Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, MN, is the world’s greatest living songwriter, and one of the best of all time. There will never be anybody better than Dylan, only people on the same level as him. He wrote “Like a Rolling Stone”, and “The Times They Are a-Changing”, and “Tangled Up in Blue”, and “Subterranean Homesick Blues”, and hundreds more. He made Blood on the Tracks and Highway 61 Revisited. He’s often credited as being the guy who turned The Beatles onto marijuana, and look how that turned out for their music. Do I really need to say anything else to convince you? Probably not. So I’m going to save my breath. And if you’re unconvinced… I don’t know what there is left to do.

So, we’re on the same page now, right? Good. Here’s the thing about Bob Dylan that you probably know: he never stops touring. He’s a dynamo that should be harnessed to power cities, and while a lot of people are on the fence about his abilities as a showman this late in his life, he’s still Bob effing Dylan, and he deserves to do what he wants. And what he wants is to embark on a 31-date tour, simply because he can (he hasn’t released an album since 2012’s Tempest). The last handful of times Mr. Dylan stopped by Portland, he (rightfully) played the Rose Garden, but… that’s a little bit much, don’t you think? Why not something more warm and inviting, like, say, the Keller Auditorium? Well, you’re in a lot of luck, dear friend. Amidst all of the three-night engagements, he’ll be taking October 21st to play an almost certainly magnificent show at our very own Keller Auditorium, with its beautiful architecture and almost unbeatable acoustics. Is that heaven? Absolutely it is.

Keep an eye out right here for more information on buying tickets, and continue below for the rest of his tour dates around the country.

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