The Swell Season

Sound seepage is a common problem at Coachella and Glen Hansard found himself in the thick of it when he started the Swell Season's outdoor stage set solo with just an acoustic guitar. Rock from the mainstage and beats from the tents gave him pause.
"How to be louder than the Raconteurs? You turn it up," he said midsong, and indeed the PA was boosted a good 20-30% louder. Thrilled when Jack White and company finished, he half joked " now all we've got to worry about is Aphex Twin."

Not only did Hansard, who won the best song Oscar this year with his partner Marketa Irglova, handle it all in stride, he turned the Swell Season set into a Coachella celebration. He recruited the National's drummer Bryan Devendorf and played covers of other acts' songs: in honor of meeting Kim Deal, she was here with the Breeders, Hansard and Irglova dueted on the Pixies "Cactus," and with the full band did an impressive version of Kraftwerk's "Model." [VARIETY]

The Swell Season are currently on tour and will play Radio City Music Hall in NYC on May 19th. It was also just announced that they're playing the Baltimore Virgin Festival in August. Right before Coachella they played Jimmy Kimmel. Videos from that and Coachella (and the latest tour dates) below.....

The Swell Season @ Coachella - Cactus (Pixies)

The Swell Season on Jimmy Kimmel - Falling Slowly (April 25)

The Swell Season - 2008 Tour Dates
Apr 25 - Coachella Festival Indio, California
Apr 26 - Paramount Theatre-SOLD OUT Oakland, California
Apr 27 - McDonald Theatre-SOLD OUT Eugene, Oregon
Apr 28 - Keller Auditorium-SOLD OUT Portland, Oregon
Apr 30 - The Moore-SOLD OUT Seattle, Washington
May 1 - The Wilma Missoula, Montana
May 2 - The Depot Salt Lake City, Utah
May 3 - Ellie Caulkins Opera House-SOLD OUT Denver, Colorado
May 5 - The Uptown Theatre Kansas City, Kansas
May 6 - The Pageant-SOLD OUT Saint Louis, Missouri
May 7 - The Orpheum Theatre-SOLD OUT Minneapolis, Minnesota
May 8 - The Riverside Theatre-SOLD OUT Milwaukee, Wisconsin
May 10 - Royal Oak Theatre Royal Oak, Michigan
May 11 - Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square Cleveland, Ohio
May 12 - Brown Theatre Louisville, Kentucky
May 13 - The Cobb Theatre Atlanta, Georgia
May 15 - Meymandi Concert Hall-SOLD OUT Raleigh, North Carolina
May 16 - Toad's Place-SOLD OUT Richmond, Virginia
May 17 - Meyerhoff Symphony Hall-SOLD OUT Baltimore, Maryland
May 19 - Radio City Music Hall-SOLD OUT New York, New York
May 20 - The Tower Theatre-SOLD OUT Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
May 28 - Passionkirche Berlin, Berlin
May 29 - Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Hamburg
May 30 - Primavera Festival Barcelona, Barcelona
Jun 3 - The Barbican Theatre London, London and South East
Jun 13 - Bonnaroo Manchester, Tennessee
Jun 15 - The Chicago Theatre-SOLD OUT Chicago, Illinois
Jun 16 - Overture Arts Centre-SOLD OUT Madison, Wisconsin
Jun 17 - Chicago Theatre-SOLD OUT Chicago, Illinois
Jun 18 - Chicago Theatre-SOLD OUT Chicago, Illinois
Jun 22 - Telluride Bluegrass Festival Telluride, Colorado
Sep 27 - Austin City Limits Music Festival Austin, Texas

The Swell Season @ Coachella - Falling Stlowly

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