I have this thing about Swedish musicians. Why are they everywhere and why are they so good? Consider First Aid Kit, two sisters who make up an extremely young, very cute, and absurdly talented folk duo, who just released their second album to tremendous blog hype and critical acclaim. They just had their Boston show switched over to the Paradise Rock Club after selling out Brighton Music Hall. Others who come to mind are The Tallest Man on Earth, Jose Gonzalez, Jens Lekman, and Peter Bjorn and John, all excellent Swedish musicians who sing in English and have gained an ardent following in the US. But before any of these artists were a big deal, there was The Hives. Though officially they formed in the early 90′s, The Hives came to prominence, as part of the so-called “garage rock revival” in the early 2000s, along with The White Stripes. The band hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves in the US for its excellent and straightforward brand of rock n roll; They all but disappeared after their 2007 release The Black and White Album. But they’re back this year with a new album, Lex Hives, to be released in June, and in the meantime they’ve got a new single, “Go Right Ahead.” Listen up, and then start working on your “Superior Swedes” playlist.
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