Late last summer, The Walkmen sent us You & Me, a gorgeously fuzzy postcard from tiny islands, foreign provinces, and wherever else the New-York fivesome was apparently enjoying a splendid holiday. We didn't care so much exactly where it came from, we just knew it added an umbrella to an already delicious drink. As our mailbox grew inundated with buzzworthy breakthroughs, we stashed this one safely in a desk drawer. We like to take it out whenever we're in need of mental vacation within the office walls, our feet soon tapping in agreement with its skittering drum fits, grainy guitar lines and sand-coated vocals.
About a year later, Hamilton Leithauser & Co. seem to have their feet firmly planted on U.S. soil, particularly in their home city of New York. They've been handpicked to open the Guggenheim's It Came From Brooklyn series, which, in spite of its title, is a concert series in the art museum, not a horror B-movie terrorizing your local drive-in. The band will share the Guggenheim bill with High Places, playing the museum's famous Frank Lloyd Wright-designed rotunda, followed by a Central Park SummerStage set with Dinosaur Jr. and a U.S. tour with Here We Go Magic. But we can't keep those Walkmen all to ourselves. They're taking a brief Nordic track off their Stateside course, making their Scandinavian debut with two shows in Norway and Sweden.