Outing Iran: O-Hum

by Chris Bodenner

A reader writes:

I like how you made a post about Kiosk. Iran's musical community is vibrant, in spite of the government's efforts to clamp down on it.

Another band that really shows off Iran's musical talent is O-Hum. They weave modern rock music with classical Persian influences and the lyrics of the great poet Hafez. They were the first band after the revolution to perform outside of Iran, even while their music is still illegal. One of the things I like a lot about them is their visual style, which is displayed in their music videos.

Another video after the jump: