Of Monsters & Men, Great Wilderness

When: Wed., Dec. 5, 8 p.m. 2012


Iceland, a country with a population about one-seventh of the Portland metro area's, has a rich musical tradition, often described on the world stage as challenging, eccentric, and chilly sounding—a sonic reflection of a bizarre and sparsely populated landscape. Now, Of Monsters and Men have rebelled against their compatriots and made an album that's the opposite. Accessible, warm, and uplifting, My Head Is an Animal has been out since April in the US, but it's already the highest charting album by any Icelandic band in history. Helmed by 23-year-old co-singer/guitarist Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Of Monsters and Men makes feel-good folk pop with lots of instruments and sing-along choruses, like a more northerly Mumford and Sons. You know "Little Talks," that hooky song with the male/female vocal and the rousing trumpet that you hear, yes, every single time you enter a grocery store. REBECCA WILSON

Price: $25

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