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Jónsi at the Vic Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, November 3
Jónsi at the Fox Theater, Pomona, CA, October 18


Aug 14, 2020

Jónsi of Iceland’s Sigur Rós is releasing his first solo album in 10 years, Shiver, on October 2 via Krunk. Now he has shared another song from it, “Cannibal,” which features Elizabeth Fraser (formerly of Cocteau Twins). Jónsi co-directed the video with actor/director Giovanni Ribisi.  More

Jun 24, 2020

Jónsi of Iceland’s Sigur Rós has announced his first solo album in 10 years, Shiver, and shared a new song from it, “Swill,” via a video for the track. Shiver features guest vocals from Cocteau Twins’ Liz Fraser and Robyn and was co-produced by A. G. Cook (of PC Music).  More

Apr 23, 2020

Jónsi of Iceland’s Sigur Rós has shared a new solo song, “Exhale,” via a video for the track. Jónsi co-produced the song with A. G. Cook (of PC Music).  More

Jónsi and Alex Somers Surprise Release New Album

Lost and Found is the Companion Album to 2009’s Riceboy Sleeps

Oct 11, 2019

Jónsi of Iceland's Sigur Rós and frequent collaborator Alex Somers have surprise released a new album, Lost and Found. It is a companion piece their Riceboy Sleeps, which they are celebrating the 10th anniversary of right now with a North American tour. More

Dark Morph (Sigur Rós’ Jónsi + Carl Michael von Hausswolff) Announce Album, Share Song

Dark Morph Due Out May 10 via Krunk/The Vinyl Factory; Listen to “Beka Yalo”

May 01, 2019

Jónsi of Iceland's Sigur Rós has teamed up with Stockholm-based visual artist/electro-acoustic composer Carl Michael von Hausswolff as Dark Morph, a one-off ambient project. They have announced a self-titled album and shared one of its tracks, "Beka Yalo." More

Sigur Rós Announce Rare Vinyl Releases, Share Unreleased Jónsi Song

More Artists Added to Band's Norður og Niður Festival in Iceland

Nov 21, 2017

Iceland's Sigur Rós previously announced Norður og Niður, a new festival at Reykjavik's Harpa venue from December 27 - 31. The band will perform four shows in Harpa's main hall, Eldborg (which has a capacity of only 1,500 per show), on December 27, 28, 29, and 30. Now they have announced some rare limited vinyl releases that will be available at the festival and have shared a previously unreleased (and untitled) song by frontman Jónsi.  More

Apr 20, 2017

Jónsi, frontman for Iceland's Sigur Rós, has released a new solo song, "Simple Gifts." It's taken from the soundtrack to The Circle, a new film that stars Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, Karen Gillan, John Boyega, Patton Oswalt, and Bill Paxton. More

Jónsi to Score Cameron Crowe’s Next Film

The World’s Most Ethereal Comedy?

Jan 10, 2012

For fans reduced to staring at shiny objects and twiddling their thumbs waiting for info on the rumored album Sigur Rós may be releasing this year: Jónsi is set to score Cameron Crowe’s next movie. More

Dec 22, 2011

Check out the sweet, animated video for new Jónsi cut, “Gather Stories.”  More

Listen: “Gathering Stories” by Jónsi

We Built a Zoo Soundtrack Out December 13

Nov 15, 2011

As previously announced, Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi has lent his music to upcoming Cameron Crowe film, We Built a Zoo. As of today, you can hear new track, “Gathering Stories,” co-written by the director the director himself. More

Jónsi Gives Away Live Track

Part of Go Live Album/DVD

Dec 01, 2010

Jónsi’s North American tour may be completed, but the goodies from his thrilling solo live act continue. We have a new live track.  More

Jónsi Plays Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Last Stop on His North American Tour

Nov 11, 2010

Last night Jónsi played the last stop of his North American tour at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. Beforehand, he stopped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, where he and his band (including the world’s craziest, crown wearing drummer) played “Sticks and Stones,”—a cut off the How to Train Your Dragon soundtrack. More

Nov 06, 2010

On November 3rdJónsi performed at the Vic Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. We sent photographer Emily Brown down to cover the action.


Video From Jónsi’s Only Instore Gig Ever

Watch “Go Do” and “Stars in Still Water”

Nov 04, 2010

Today, Origami Vinyl released high-quality video of Jónsi’s only in-store set. We have the videos.  More

Jónsi Cancels In-Stores

Tour Continues As Planned

Oct 22, 2010

Despite a stunning stage show that makes many babbleJónsi made it clear today that he prefers larger settings. In addition to a full-scale tour, the Icelandic musician was scheduled to do a series of in-store performances called “Go Closer.” After a stop at Los Angeles’ Origami Vinyl, the plug was pulled on the idea and the rest of the stops were canceled. More

Oct 20, 2010

Monday, October 18ty, Jónsi, performed at The Fox Theater in Pomona. We sent Under the Radar writer Laura Studarus and photographer David Studarus down to cover the action.


Jónsi Announces U.S. In-stores

Part of the “Go Closer” Series

Oct 07, 2010

Next week Jónsi (he of Sigur Rós fame)  is embarking on another U.S. tour in support of his superb solo debut album, Go. In addition to the previous announced tour dates, he’ll be doing a series six of in-stores, lovingly titled the “Go Closer” series. We have the dates.  More

MoogFest Adds Hot Chip, Girl Talk, School of Seven Bells, Panda Bear, and many more to 2010 Lineup

Massive Attack, MGMT, Jónsi, Thievery Corporation and Several Others Confirmed to Perform

Aug 10, 2010

AC Entertainment released the still expanding Lineup for MoogFest, the three-day festival, celebrating the innovative vision of sonic pioneer, Robert Moog, will take place Halloween weekend, October 29-31 in Asheville, NC. The MoogFest 2010 weekend kicks off Friday, October 29, with performances by MGMT, Big Boi, Girl Talk, and others. Artists joining Massive AttackThievery Corporation and Jónsi for Saturday, October 30, includes Four Tet, Caribou, and Matmos. On the final day, Hot Chip and Pretty Lights will headline. Check out the complete lineup.  More

New Jónsi Video for “Animal Arithmetic”

Jónsi, Confetti, and Fireworks

Aug 04, 2010

Jónsi, the lead singer of Sigur Rós, released the video for "Animal Arithmetic," his second single off his solo album, Go. The video is a fast-paced montage with mainly tight close-up shots of multiple things including Jónsi, his array of instruments, confetti, and fireworks, perfectly complementing the playful percussion driven sound of the song. Jónsi is currently hitting the road promoting his new album. We have the video and dates.  More

Jónsi Embarks on Second U.S. Tour

Vincent Morisset Concert Film Due Soon

Jul 23, 2010

Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi has been touring behind his brilliant solo debut, Go, since this April. Today, he scheduled a new batch of U.S. gigs for this fall, commencing in October. More

May 12, 2010

Last night, Jónsi and his backing band brought the otherworldly sounds of solo album Go to Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson performing single "Go Do." We have the video. More

Round-up of Recent Interviews: Florence and the Machine, Jónsi, Vampire Weekend, Doves, and more

So Many Interviews, So Little Time: Phoenix, Matt and Kim, Beach House, Camera Obscura, Local Natives, and others

May 07, 2010

For the past couple weeks, our writers (namely Laura Studarus, Frank Valish, and Hays Davis) have been working hard to bring you website-exclusive interviews. We've posted a total of 12 interviews since late April, 10 of which were conducted at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Making it easy to keep up, we've complied an alphabetical list of our most recent interviews. Find links to our interviews with Doves, Jónsi, Vampire Weekend, Beach House, Camera Obscura, Phoenix, Matt and Kim, Florence and the Machine, Local Natives, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Big Pink, and more. More

May 05, 2010

Earlier this year Sigur Rós bandleader Jónsi Birgisson released Go simply under his first name. The nine-song solo outing is filled with vibrant colors, dense orchestration, and Jónsi's ethereal falsetto. The music inspired an equally theatrical stage show, featuring sets and visuals from Fifty Nine Productions. More

Photos from Coachella 2010 Day Three Gallery - Thom Yorke, Pavement, Florence and the Machine

Plus Gorillaz, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jónsi, Mayer Hawthorne, Deerhunter

Apr 20, 2010

Staff photographer and Under the Radar's Co-Publisher/Co-Founder, Wendy Lynch Redfern, was at Coachella 2010. Check out a gallery of her photos from the third day of Coachella 2010. The gallery includes photos of Thom Yorke, Pavement, Florence and the Machine, Gorillaz, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jónsi, Mayer Hawthorne, Deerhunter, and The Big Pink. Click here to view the full gallery. More

New Jónsi Video for “Go Do”

Sigur Rós frontman's solo album Due April 6

Feb 08, 2010

There are a ton of birds (parakeets, pigeons, et al.) in the new video for Jónsi's "Go Do" video. The orchestral-pop track is taken from the Sigur Rós frontman's upcoming solo album, Go, out April 6th through XL. More

Jónsi Go(es) on North American Tour

Solo Album Go out April 6

Feb 02, 2010

Icelandic band Sigur Rós may be on hiatus, but leadman Jónsi isn't resting on his laurels. On April 6, he'll be releasing solo effort Go (on XL). Then he'll take his own advice and go on a North American tour. We have the dates. More

Sigur Rós’ “Jónsi” Announces Debut Solo Effort for 2010

Easy Come Easy Go: New Album Marks Sonic Departure from Jónsi's Older Material

Dec 08, 2009

Jón "Jónsi" Thor Birgisson of Sigur Rós fame is all set to release his debut solo album Go on XL Recordings early next year with a world tour to follow. More

Dec 04, 2009

Word came today, via Pitchfork, that Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi Birgisson, is working on a solo LP with arranger/composer Nico Muhly (Antony and the Johnsons, Grizzly Bear). More



Go(ing) it Alone

May 05, 2010

Earlier this year Sigur Rós bandleader Jónsi Birgisson released Go simply under his first name. The nine-song solo outing is filled with vibrant colors, dense orchestration, and Jónsi's ethereal falsetto. The music inspired an equally theatrical stage show, featuring sets and visuals from Fifty Nine Productions. Under the Radar caught up with Jónsi at Coachella where he told us about his new solo sound, surprising dream collaborators, and the unexpected bands he enjoyed growing up.   More

May 03, 2010

Growing up in Iceland, Jónsi (Jón _ór Birgisson) never dreamed that his love of music would one day lead to a career. More


We Bought a Zoo (Motion Picture Soundtrack)

We Bought a Zoo (Motion Picture Soundtrack)


Dec 06, 2011

The artist's bill of rights clearly states that all musicians are "free to the pursuit of life, liberty, and pimping their music to film soundtracks." Okay, that might not be entirely accurate. More

Jónsi at the Fox Theater, Pomona, CA

October 18th, 2010

Oct 20, 2010

Jónsi is an extraordinary performer. A rare musician who not only plays his songs but also lives them out note for note on stage, seeing him live is an incredibly captivating experience—even when he’s standing still, eyes clenched shut, guitar in hand. And if this sounds like the bias ranting of an uber fan…well, it is. More

Coachella 2010 Day 3 Recap

April 18th, 2010

Apr 20, 2010

The final day of my maiden Coachella voyage I learned an important lesson: after two packed days, less is more. While I danced to Phoenix, got slanted and enchanted with Pavement, caught Gorillaz's "animated" set, and enjoyed bits of performances by Owen Pallet and Deerhunter, it was two frontmen on break from their high profile bands that truly caught my attention: Jónsi and Thom Yorke. More




Mar 18, 2010

The thing about Sigur Rós: It sounds like nothing you've ever heard before. The thing about Sigur Rós bandleader Jónsi's solo album: It sounds like Sigur Rós... only stronger. More