Peter Bjorn and John, Shout Out Louds, and Lykke Li are all from Sweden. Shout Out Louds play Bowery Ballroom in NYC tonight (Oct 25), Music Hall of Williamsburg tomorrow, Maxwell's on Saturday, and then they continue their North American tour (with Johnossi - also from Sweden). Björn Yttling (Bjorn) produced Our Ill Wills - the new Shout Out Louds record out on Merge. 21-year old Lykke Li (real name = Lykke Zahrisson) sings the girl parts on that record. Lykke Li just came out with her own EP as well. It was also produced by Bjorn. Bjorn and Lykke are here in NYC working on her full length album - which also explains part of the reason Peter and Bjorn have been around town. Lykke Li was the girl singing the the girl part on "Young Folks" at the CMJ show at Galapagos. Lykke Li is playing her own two shows - a free one at Knitting Factory on October 29th, and a not-free one at Mercury Lounge the next day. Bjorn will probably be at those shows to help her out. Maybe Bjorn and Lykke will also both be at the three NYC-area Shout Out Louds shows to help them out too. Lykke and the Shout Out Louds tour Europe together in November and December. One further connection all these artists have: Bud Fox manages Shout Out Louds, Johnossi, Lykke Li, El Perro Del Mar, and Bjorn. Peter plays Joe's Pub on November 19th. Who knows where the hell John is.
In related news, Sweden's Jens Lekman is also playing two shows this weekend.
Sweden in NYC, 2007'
Oct 25 - DJ Bjorn @ Hiro Ballroom (info)
Oct 25 - Shout Out Louds @ Bowery Ballroom
Oct 25 - SOL @ afterparty @ Lolita Bar
Oct 26 - Shout Out Louds @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Oct 26 - SOL afterparty @ Union Pool (w/ DJ Bjorn)
Oct 27 - Shout Out Louds @ Maxwell's of Hoboken
Oct 27 - Jens Lekman @ Webster Hall
Oct 28 - Jens Lekman @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Oct 29 - Lykke Li @ Knitting Factory
Oct 30 - Lykke Li @ Mercury Lounge
Nov 19 - Peter @ Joe's Pub
Lykke Li may be the new Annie or Sally Shapiro or Robyn (who Bjorn has also produced and who Bud Fox also works with), or something 'Swedish pop star' like that. All tour dates, and Lykke's video for "Little Bit", below.......
Lykke Li - Little Bit
Lykke Li - 2007 Tour Dates
Oct 29 - Knitting factory New York, New York
Oct 30 - Mercury Lounge New York, New York
Nov 21 - Folken, Stavanger w/Shout Out Louds
Nov 22 - Hulen w/ Shout Out Louds Bergen
Nov 23 - Samfundet w/Shour Out Louds Trondheim
Nov 24 - John Dee w/Shout Out Louds Oslo
Nov 29 - Lille Vega w/Shout Out Louds Copenhagen
Nov 30 - KB w/ Shout Out Louds Malmö
Dec 1 - Kåren w/ Shout Out Louds Göteborg
BONUS FACT: Bjorn Yttling also has a group called Yttling Jazz.
and here's a Shout Out Louds video....
Tonight I have to leave it
Shout Out Louds - 2007 Tour Dates
Oct 25 - Bowery Ballroom New York City (US)
Oct 26 - Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, New York (US)
Oct 27 - Maxwell's Hoboken (US)
Oct 28 - 9.30 Club Washington DC (US)
Oct 29 - First Unitarian Church Philadelphia (US)
Oct 30 - Cat's Cradle Carrboro (US)
Oct 31 - The Loft Atlanta (US)
Nov 2 - The Parish Austin (US)
Nov 3 - Granada Theatre Dallas (US)
Nov 5 - The Henry Fonda Theatre Los Angeles (US), California
Nov 21 - Folken Stavanger (NO)
Nov 22 - Hulen Bergen (NO)
Nov 23 - Samfundet Trondheim (NO)
Nov 24 - John Dee Oslo (NO)
Nov 26 - Borderline London (U.K)
Nov 29 - Lilla Vega Copenhagen (DK)
Nov 30 - KB Malmö (SWE)
Dec 1 - Chalmers kårhus Göteborg (SWE)