Of Monsters and Men at Merriweather

Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir looking right at me

Folk superstars Of Monsters and Men performed at the Merriweather Post Pavilion last night to an enthusiastic crowd. They kicked off with Dirty Paws, and because they have just one (full-length) album, the crowd knew all of their songs. Other favorites were Six Weeks, King and Lionheart, Lakehouse and of course Little Talks. Bonus points for not closing with that one, and for getting straight to the encores without any BS.
This was an amazing show, and the energy was pure and bountiful.

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Of Monsters & Men on stage

Like many others, I was originally introduced to Of Monsters and Men via Little Talks on the radio. I also frequently listened to the Mumford & Sons Pandora station and caught a few other songs that way as well, once I hear two or three songs I like, I’ll take the plunge on the album. (My Head Is An Animal) Very quickly the opening song Dirty Paws became one of my favorites. It’s a strong start for their album, and it was perfect for kicking off the show last night.

Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir

Led by singers Nanna and Raggi, OM&M signed no signs of exhaustion or wearing thin. They’ve been touring constantly, all over the world, and they still seem genuinely appreciative of their fame, and seem to love being on stage. I love when an artist, new or old, really connects with an audience with a level that is not expected for their level of fame. I can also tell that Nanna is getting a little more comfortable on stage. I watched several videos of live performances ahead of time to get an idea of what to expect, and I can see she’s ditched the hat and come out of her shell a bit.

Ragnar "Raggi" Þórhallsson

You could feel a certain pop in the audience when they started Little Talks well before the end of the show. I think most people were expecting that song as the second encore or something, but it illustrates how strong their music is, as well as the depth of the affection from their audience. I love that they could play it in the middle of the set without saucing it up with extra anticipation or nonsense. This show was one of my favorites this year. There was energy, art, and a great harmony coming from the audience all at once. Check out to check out more music and see when they’re coming to your town.

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