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The Swell Season at the Hollywood Bowl, July 28 2010


The Swell Season Share First New Song in 10 Years, “The Answer is Yes”

Markéta Irglová and Glen Hansard to Tour North America This August

Jun 26, 2023

The Swell Season (aka Academy Award winning songwriters Markéta Irglová and Glen Hansard) have shared their first new song in 10 years, “The Answer is Yes.” More

Jun 24, 2022

Marketa Irglova (formerly one-half of the duo The Swell Season) has announced the release of her first album in eight years, LILA, which will be out on August 19 via Masterkey. Irglova has also shared a video for a new single from the album, “My Roots Go Deep.” More

Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard Announce Tour Dates for 2022

This Will Be the Duo’s First Time Performing Together in Over 10 Years

Nov 08, 2021

Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard have announced a string of tour dates for spring 2022. This marks the duo’s first time performing together in over 10 years. More

The Swell Season’s Marketa Irglova Announces New Solo Album

Listen To New Track, "This Right Here"

Jul 08, 2014

Oscar-winner Marketa Irglova of The Swell Season is releasing her second solo album, Muna, on September 23rd. Irglova now lives in Iceland, which served as inspiration for the new album. More

See Video of Spiritualized’s Full “Inspired By Iceland” Set

Other Bands Include: Seabear, Glen Hansard of The Swell Season, and Hjalalin

Jul 06, 2010

Previously we told you about Inspired By Iceland, a concert headlined by Under the Radar-friendly artist, Spiritualized. Well, in case you weren’t lucky enough to be there, or too busy to catch the Internet live stream, the powers that be were kind enough to post the entire hour-long set. In addition to Spiritualized’s “Acoustic Mainline” set, (where the band reinvented their songs “acoustically” with the help of a choir and backing strings),Seabear, Glen Hansard and Hjaltalin also performed. We have their videos. More

Jun 25, 2010

Spiritualized is set headline Inspired By Iceland—a concert created to encourage tourism in the wake of April’s volcano eruption. Other Under the Radar friendly artists set to appear at the July 1st event include Glen Hansard (of the Swell Season), Seabear, and Sigur Rós collaborators, Amiina. More

Dirty Projectors Cover Dylan For Levi’s Pioneer Sessions

Other Sessions Include She & Him, The Swell Season

Jun 03, 2010

In a case of cooperate sponsorship gone good, Levi’s (i.e. those pants you’re probably wearing) has recruited bands to “Re-craft the classic songs that inspired their sound” in a project they call Pioneer Sessions. Participating bands include Dirty Projectors, covering Bob Dylan’s “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine,” She & Him doing Rick Nelson proud with their take on “Fools Rush In,” and The Swell Season’s unexpected disco pick, Candi Staton’s “Young Hearts Run Free.” We have the videos and links to where you can download the songs. More

Mar 24, 2010

Newport’s annual festival has just announced this year’s line up. Amidst the traditionally folk line up are Under the Radar-friendly artists, Sharon Jones, Calexico, Andrew Bird, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and The Swell Season. We have the full line up. More

The Swell Season Announces Tour

Dates Include a Stop at The Hollywood Bowl, July 18th

Mar 10, 2010

Oscar-winning duo The Swell Season have confirmed North American tour dates. In addition to a string of dates in May, they’ll be playing the Hollywood Bowl July 18th. We have the dates. More

Patti Smith, The Swell Season, and The Antlers to Play Emergency Benefit Concerts for Haiti

New York's City Winery and YELE Host Four Nights of Benefit Performances

Jan 16, 2010

A series of emergency benefit concerts have been set up at New York’s City Winery with all of the proceeds going to YELE, an organization dedicated to providing aid to Haiti. Acts scheduled to perform include Patti Smith, The Swell Season, The Antlers, Lewis Black, Nada Surf, Rosanne Cash, Madeleine Peyroux, as well as 15 as yet unnamed “indie artists.” More

Video of Jason Segel’s Surprise Performance with The Swell Season

The Comedian Debuted a Brand New Song at Los Angeles Show

Nov 20, 2009

Jason Segel of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and I Love You, Man fame made a surprise appearance at a recent Swell Season performance in Los Angeles. After taking songwriting tips from Marketa Irglova, Segel wrote and debuted his own song at the show, which included his phone number, among other very personal details. We have the video. More

The Swell Season Announces U.S. Fall Tour

Duo to Traverse America this November and December

Sep 12, 2009

The Swell Season has announced a U.S. tour for this November and December. The Swell Season is Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, the stars of 2007’s Oscar-Winning surprise hit indie film Once. The duo’s new album, Strict Joy, is due out on ANTI- Records on September 29th More

Once stars The Swell Season to Release New “Break-up” Album

Oscar-Winning Duo to experience Strict Joy September 29th

Jul 09, 2009

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, the stars of 2007’s Oscar-Winning surprise hit indie film Once, are set to release their new album as their real-life musical project The Swell Season. Strict Joy is due out on ANTI- Records on September 29th. Alas, the album is partly inspired by the break-up of Hansard and Irglova’s real-life romance. More


Mar 21, 2022

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova reunited after more than a decade since playing their last shows as The Swell Season to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Academy Award winning movie Once. The short six-city, week-long tour, stopped in Chicago March 12, 2022 amidst the city’s early St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, and green river dye, to play an immaculate set at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. We were there to capture the budding reunion. More

Apr 18, 2011

Day two of Coachella 2011 offered few surprises, but plenty of solid sets, including two British bands—one reunited ‘90s legends back for another try, and the other a star-making main stage performance from a band still on their debut album. More

Jul 20, 2010

The Swell Season rode into Los Angeles on the tail end of the city’s first heat wave of the summer, which made outdoor conditions perfect for their headlining concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday night. L.A. has been good to the songwriting duo of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, who won an Academy Award here two years ago for “Falling Slowly,” one of the songs they composed for Once, the 2007 indie film in which they also starred. During the show, Czech native Irglová recounted about how, prior to their Oscar success, an astrologer told her that she should warm up to Los Angeles, for it would play an important part in her future. And prior to performing “Falling Slowly,” Hansard again acknowledged how special that Oscar experience was for them, giving a shout out to fellow Irishman Colin Farrell, who introduced their televised Oscar performance and was in attendance for Sunday’s show. More


Written and Directed by John Carney; Starring: Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová

May 17, 2007

Writer-director John Carney, a former bassist for The Frames, has said that, while being a fan of the Hollywood musical, he wanted to modernize the genre in such a way that the YouTube generation would not recognize Once as a musical. Whether or not this film is a musical is debatable, but what Carney has kept intact, sans lavish production numbers, is the sweet romantic spirit of people and community banding together for a shared cause. More