Keeping Up with the Jónsi

May 4th, 2010

Jón Thor Birgisson is the longtime singer-guitarist of the post-rock Icelandic band Sigur Rós. But after putting out five albums of atmospheric music with that group, he decided to take on the name Jónsi (although he’d previously used it on Riceboy Sleeps, a collaboration with his boyfriend, Alex Somers) and strike out on his own. His debut solo album, Go, was released a month ago, and it features, lighter, happier music than what Sigur Rós is known for. And with a new album comes a new tour, and the U.S. leg concludes this weekend when Jónsi (above, performing “Sinking Friendships”) plays Terminal 5 on Saturday, which is sold out, and Sunday.