SLOW TRAVEL BERLIN
Of Monsters and Men, Columbiahalle, 8pm
Every country seems to have its own version of the chamber-pop group Arcade Fire, and for Iceland, Of Monsters and Men is just that.
The six-piece outfit–which formed after lead singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir expanded her solo project into a proper band–came out with its debut full-length My Head Is an Animal in 2012, which has since gone on to achieve gold and platinum certification on five separate charts.
And although it’s only March, the band’s 2013 schedule is quite packed. Currently on a European tour with nothing but sold out dates, the group will next fly across the Atlantic for a North American stint. Then it’s festival season, and before you know it, 2014 will be sneaking up. But you won’t hear fans complaining– although they might be wondering, with all the touring going on, when there will be time to write and record the next album. Natalye Childress
Columbiahalle, Columbiadamm 13-21, 10965 Berlin; 030 69 80 98 0; U: Platz der Luftbrücke; admission: returns only.