Posted in SXSW | music | tour dates on February 14, 2012

by Bill Pearis

Of Monsters and Men

While the rest of the world was asking who the #$%@ Bonny Bear and Paul McCartney were, I was asking that same question of Of Monsters and Men who are playing here in April. They've already sold out their 4/5 show at Music Hall of Williamsburg and 4/6 show at Bowery Ballroom, though the Bowery show was moved to Webster Hall (tickets are still on sale, but maybe not for long). Actually, half their US tour is already sold out (all dates at the bottom of this post).

Then I remembered I had actually seen Of Monsters and Men -- who are from Iceland --  at last year's M for Montreal at teeny tiny club Casa Del Popo. Their name is a bit on the generic side which is why I think I couldn't place it. (You also see a lot of bands at festivals. It's a blur.) Anyway, here's what I wrote then:

The other Icelandic group, Of Monsters and Men, made more of an impression with their stirring folk rock that was augmented by horns and an especially fancy accordion. (It had LED switches on it.) While also similar to a lot of other sweeping ensembles (fill in your favorite here), the songs were memorable and I did wish their set had been a couple songs longer. So it goes with festivals.
I don't think a folk band has snuck up like this since Mumford and Sons (or maybe The Head and the Heart).

They're already huge in Iceland (which is like being huge in Rhode Island, but still), where their debut album, My Head is an Animal, was released last year. Of Monsters and Men signed to Universal who rushed out the Into the Woods EP in America late December, which contains the KEXP hit "Little Talks". The band will be at SXSW too and are surely one of the "Bands to Watch" this year for some folks.

Click through for all Of Monsters and Men tour dates, plus some videos as well.

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Of Monsters and Men - "Little Talks"

Of Monsters and Men at Iceland Airwaves 2011

Of Monsters and Men - 2012 Tour Dates
March 14 - March 17 - SXSW - Austin, TX
March 20 - Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA // 2nd show added!!! //
March 21 - Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA* // SOLD OUT
March 22 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA* // SOLD OUT
March 24 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR* // Now at Roseland Theatre // ^
March 25 - Venue Nightclub - Vancouver, BC* //
March 26 - The Neptune Theatre - Seattle, WA* //Now at Showbox Sodo// ^
March 29 - Fine Line Music Cafe - Minneapolis, MN* // SOLD OUT
March 30 - Subterranean - Chicago, IL* // Now at Park West // ^
March 31 - The LC Pavilion - Columbus, OH // SOLD OUT
April 2 - The Black Cat - Washington D.C.* // SOLD OUT
April 3 - Theatre Of The Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA* // SOLD OUT
April 4 - Theatre Of The Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA* // 2nd show added!!! // ^
April 5 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY* // SOLD OUT
April 6 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY*/SOLD OUT/ Now at Webster Hall // ^
April 7 - Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA* // Now at House of Blues // ^
April 9 - Club At Water Street Music Hall - Rochester, NY* //
April 10 - Jillian's - Albany, NY* //
April 11 - La Sala Rossa - Montreal, QC* //
April 12 - Virgin Mobile Mod Club - Toronto, ON* //Now at Phoenix Concert Theatre // ^
May 25 - Sasquatch - The Gorge, WA
* with Special Guest Lay Low

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Comments (20)

...gross

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2012 2:16 PM

love

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2012 2:22 PM

If you are one of the "ahem" people who bought tickets to these shows please explain now why you did? Need to hear what this was all about. Also please say if you like Lana Del Ray as well?

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2012 2:25 PM

Mumford and Sons are fucking awful.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2012 2:25 PM

webster is sold out

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2012 2:28 PM

ADVICE: buy tix on SH for the bowery ballroom show. it's still listed as bowery ballroom even though it's been moved to webster hall, so you can get a refund via SH if you change your mind close to the show date.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2012 2:30 PM

2:30 They don't refund for venue changes idiot. It's in their FAQ's! They only refund for cancellations. Not postponements or venue changes.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2012 2:37 PM

Do we really need another Mumford?

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2012 2:42 PM

Well when "of mice and men" comes to mind this band's name doesn't seem that generic.

Posted by ME | February 14, 2012 3:01 PM

Could this band be any more UNORIGINAL? A dash of Edward Sharpe, a pinch of Mumford and more than a spoonful of Arcade Fire. Perfect sound a like crap for the sheeple of today...

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2012 3:07 PM

Fatty on the left isn't a very compelling half front man and the chick is really shy and awkward...maybe that's their appeal...

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2012 3:11 PM

there must be something wrong here!
Why no Of Monsters and Meh??

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2012 3:40 PM

yUn-E-tArDs

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2012 4:33 PM

So much hate...sorry everyone can't be Grizzly Bear.

Posted by Dan | February 15, 2012 12:05 AM

awesome..........

Posted by MusicianMe | February 15, 2012 6:50 AM

when does Mumford et al. issue the lawsuit?

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 9:21 AM

Ah, the Brooklyn Vegan comments section...where you can always count on a backlash to begin before something even becomes popular.

Posted by John | March 16, 2012 7:03 PM

Good stuff....

You might enjoy this slideshare I made on the great Of Monsters and Men, Check it out :)

http://www.slideshare.net/bjorgviningi/how-an-unknown-icelandic-band-became-a-huge-success-in-the-us-without-even-visiting

Posted by Bo Olafsson | March 23, 2012 8:59 AM

I don't hate Mumford & Sons, but Of Monsters and Men kick the shit out of them.

Posted by Anonymous | April 3, 2012 4:19 PM

super wicked

Posted by jordon | August 6, 2013 2:53 PM

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