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Of Monsters and Men: Big in Boston

Posted by Scott McLennan  May 26, 2013 05:14 PM

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Of Monsters and Men hanging out at Boston Calling (Photo by Alex Pearlman)

Iceland's Of Monsters and Men has a habit of facing big crowds in Boston.

"Our first big show in this country was at the House of Blues," says Of Monsters and Men's Ragnar Thorhallsson of the Lansdowne Street concert hall. And that was about a year ago, when songs from the folk-pop troupe's "My Head is an Animal" were just catching on in this country.

After a whirlwind year that included appearances at last year's Newport Folk Festival and this season's "Saturday Night Live," Of Monsters and Men found itself at a sold-out Boston Calling Festival on Sunday.

"We have to play the more upbeat songs," Thorhallsson says of going from clubs to fests. "The album has some big (sounding) songs, even though they were written on acoustic guitar."

His singing partner Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir adds that it was an adjustment for her to learn how to connect with tens of thousands of people rather than with a more intimate
crowd.

"You have to learn to reach out," she says.

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Scott McLennan is a Boston Globe music correspondent and previously wrote a music and entertainment column for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette for 15 years. After seeing the band Boston in the Boston Garden as a teenager he never looked back and eventually figured out how to be a professional fan. Scott is very good at writing in the dark. This blog is an ongoing discussion about music happening in and around Boston. Scott will be leading the trek across genres looking for new releases and hot shows as well as just checking in with the people who make Boston such a great place to listen. More »
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