Though they had to delay their last scheduled in-store performance at Fingerprintswinning an Oscar for Best Original Song has a way or shuffling a persons previous engagements aroundthe Swell Season promised to keep their word. And it happens just days prior to the drop of Strict Joy (ANTI-Records), the follow-up album to Grammy-nominated soundtrack Once, the film that made them movie stars as well as musicians. Glen Hansards wild Irish disposition is still anchored by the classically-trained, demure vocals/piano of Markéta Irglová, yet Strict Joy sees the pairs sound growing ever fuller, layered thickly with increasingly complicated song structures. The show is almost freeRSVP list open only to those who pre-order the new album, out Oct. 27but its a massive perk to a small purchase we wouldve made anyway.
Tue., Oct. 20, 7 p.m., 2009