Two Chances to See Sondre Lerche This Week

September 7th, 2009

Sondre Lerche’s major-label debut, Faces Down, came out seven years ago, when the Norwegian singer-songwriter-guitarist was just 19. Of course, by then, he’d already been playing the guitar for 11 years, so it wasn’t that much of a stretch. Nevertheless, he’s still pretty young. And as his musical interests have grown beyond the ’80s music he grew up on, like a-ha, to psychedelia, ’60s pop and other genres, Lerche’s albums have covered some surprising depth. His jazz-influenced Duper Sessions came out in 2006. And after touring with Elvis Costello and witnessing Costello’s energy and interaction with his band night after night, Lerche put out an album of quick-and-to-the-point, upbeat rock tunes, Phantom Punch, in 2007. (“These songs are cut to the bone, not a second longer than they have to be.”) Later that year, using a mix of old and new stuff, Lerche composed the soundtrack to the Steve Carell flick Dan in Real Life. His most recent album, Heartbeat Radio, comes out tomorrow. To celebrate, Sondre Lerche is playing tomorrow night at The Bowery Ballroom and on Wednesday at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Go see him live!

(Check out Sondre Lerche, above, performing “To Be Surprised,” from the Dan in Real Life soundtrack, on Late Show with David Letterman, and, below, doing a brief interview and an acoustic performance for The New Yorker.)