Arts Desk

Photos: Sigur Rós @ Patriot Center

At some point in the Von, Ágætis byrjun, ( ) era, I counted Sigur Rós as one of my favorite bands. The group lost me a bit after that, and I hadn't seen its live show since the very early 2000s. Last night, they played to a sold-out and ecstatic Patriot Center. Compared to 10-plus years ago, the band hasn't lost its sense of drama, and it's gained a certain visual flair.

The band, which has expanded to include a bewildering array of instrumentalists, played its first few songs behind a gauzy white curtain. Bright backlights cast larger-than-life shadows onto the curtain—the silhouette of Jónsi Birgisson bowing his guitar, 15 feet tall, is a memorable image indeed. The band drew multiple songs from its deep back catalog, throwing some meat to the longtime fans as well as the newcomers.

A few more photos in the full slideshow.

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  • peter

    I'm from the UK
    what a 'very thin' review for RS's first 2013 US gig
    did you not have enough page space for more?
    you do not revere the best band in the world

  • Ansu

    I agree with Peter. Terribly flimsy, thin review of what was an operatic, dramatic, cinematic, explosive, trance-like, gut-punching concert here in Washington DC area. The crowd was mesmerized and transported to some amazing ethereal space on the icelandic rocks and northern skies. And the photos? Meh.

  • mela

    i think this was mostly about the pics not the review. it was a stunning show.

  • mela
  • Brandon Wu

    Yup, mela has it right. I was credentialed as a photographer and only saw the first few songs - consider this a photo post and not a review.