See Owen Pallett This Thursday at Webster Hall

April 19th, 2010

He was given the name Michael James Owen Pallett-Plowright at birth. The singer-violinist was classically trained at a young age, and he composed his first piece at just 13 and began playing solo shows at 15. But as his musical interests shifted, the Toronto native began working with several indie musicians, including doing some composing and arranging on Arcade Fire’s Funeral and Neon Bible albums. This earned him acclaim as a violinist and remixer for other artists, but Pallett-Plowright was more interested in doing his own thing, which first came to light on Has a Good Home—under the name Final Fantasy. Another disc, He Poos Clouds, followed, but last year he announced he was scrapping the name Final Fantasy and going with Owen Pallett (and he put out his third studio effort, Heartland, earlier this year). You, too, should go with Owen Pallett when he plays Webster Hall on Thursday.

(Above, Owen Pallett peforms “Lewis Take Off His Shirt.”)