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Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring is in a good mood. He punctuates his sentences with laughter, and even across an occasionally static phone connection (Herring is driving a rented tour van from Florida to Maryland before the band embarks on the next leg of shows) you can almost hear his wide grin. He’s doing what he loves, and is sharing it with his two best friends, bassist William Cashion and keyboardist Gerrit Welmers. (via Future Islands on Their Childhoods, First Broken Hearts, The Band’s Early Days, and Their Fans | Under the Radar - Music Magazine)

Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring is in a good mood. He punctuates his sentences with laughter, and even across an occasionally static phone connection (Herring is driving a rented tour van from Florida to Maryland before the band embarks on the next leg of shows) you can almost hear his wide grin. He’s doing what he loves, and is sharing it with his two best friends, bassist William Cashion and keyboardist Gerrit Welmers. (via Future Islands on Their Childhoods, First Broken Hearts, The Band’s Early Days, and Their Fans | Under the Radar - Music Magazine)

We’ve gotten pretty comfortable with thinking of Norway as the bastion of hip. After all, the country has turned out some of our favorite musicians. (Here’s looking at you Sondre Lerche, Röyksopp, Kings of Convenience, and Todd Terje.) But even though we keep sending them cards and fruitcake every Christmas, the nation is holding out on us. As discovered during a recent visit to Oslo’s Øya Festival, for every musician they manage to push out into the international stage, there’s at least a five more at home that they’ve somehow managed to keep a secret. In the spirit of cross-cultural pollination, and the simple fact that music is the best travel souvenir ever, here are 13 Norwegian acts we’d love to see more of stateside. (via 13 Artists that Norway Needs To Export Immediately | MTV IGGY)

We’ve gotten pretty comfortable with thinking of Norway as the bastion of hip. After all, the country has turned out some of our favorite musicians. (Here’s looking at you Sondre Lerche, Röyksopp, Kings of Convenience, and Todd Terje.) But even though we keep sending them cards and fruitcake every Christmas, the nation is holding out on us. As discovered during a recent visit to Oslo’s Øya Festival, for every musician they manage to push out into the international stage, there’s at least a five more at home that they’ve somehow managed to keep a secret. In the spirit of cross-cultural pollination, and the simple fact that music is the best travel souvenir ever, here are 13 Norwegian acts we’d love to see more of stateside. (via 13 Artists that Norway Needs To Export Immediately | MTV IGGY)

It’s the night after Future Islands’ network television debut on The Late Show, and David Letterman is trying not to laugh. “Let’s dance!” he declares, after a joke about a candy store falls flat. The shot cuts to footage from the band’s performance, featuring frontman Samuel T. Herring’s theatrical, sidestepping dance moves. (via Future Islands - The Under the Radar Cover Story | Under the Radar - Music Magazine)

It’s the night after Future Islands’ network television debut on The Late Show, and David Letterman is trying not to laugh. “Let’s dance!” he declares, after a joke about a candy store falls flat. The shot cuts to footage from the band’s performance, featuring frontman Samuel T. Herring’s theatrical, sidestepping dance moves. (via Future Islands - The Under the Radar Cover Story | Under the Radar - Music Magazine)

Seated at an outdoor bar in Moscow, only a stone’s throw away from the church where Pussy Riot famously performed their punk prayer, Tesla Boy frontman Anton Sevidov certainly looks the part of a burgeoning Russian electro pop star. But Sevidov animatedly leans forward as he speaks, admitting that all his musical influences came from further west than the Soviet block where he grew up. (via Tesla Boy’s Pop Effortlessly Crosses Boundaries | MTV IGGY)

Seated at an outdoor bar in Moscow, only a stone’s throw away from the church where Pussy Riot famously performed their punk prayer, Tesla Boy frontman Anton Sevidov certainly looks the part of a burgeoning Russian electro pop star. But Sevidov animatedly leans forward as he speaks, admitting that all his musical influences came from further west than the Soviet block where he grew up. (via Tesla Boy’s Pop Effortlessly Crosses Boundaries | MTV IGGY)

London-based singer-songwriter Deptford Goth (AKA Daniel Woolhouse) may wear his heart on his sleeve, but he’s singing through a lump in his throat. (via Listen: Deptford Goth – “Two Hearts” | MTV IGGY)

London-based singer-songwriter Deptford Goth (AKA Daniel Woolhouse) may wear his heart on his sleeve, but he’s singing through a lump in his throat. (via Listen: Deptford Goth – “Two Hearts” | MTV IGGY)

While Olympic Ayres may not have the ability to hold back time (even their electropop powers have limits), the Australian duo is bringing back a taste of the season’s sunshine with their new EP, Leisureplex. (via Listen: Olympic Ayres – Leisureplex | MTV IGGY)

While Olympic Ayres may not have the ability to hold back time (even their electropop powers have limits), the Australian duo is bringing back a taste of the season’s sunshine with their new EP, Leisureplex. (via Listen: Olympic Ayres – Leisureplex | MTV IGGY)