Five things to love about Norway: No. 1: Viking helmets. No. 2: Edvard Munch. No. 3: NordicTrack. No. 4: Environmental group Fuck for Forest, whose members had sex onstage at this summer's Quart music festival. No. 5: Songwriting wunderkind Sondre Lerche, whose Beach Boysinspired pop is prompting taste-makers to say, "Screw the Hives and Sahara Hotnights, Norway is the new Sweden." Following in the footsteps of fellow Scandinavians A-Ha, Lerche (pronounced "LAIR-kay") started making waves across the pond when he was just 18, landing a Norwegian Grammy for Best New Act. Since then he's taken his indie rock dreamboat looks (oh, and his massive, precocious talent) on the road with the likes of Air and Stereolab in support of his sophomore disc, Two Way Monologue. Let the 21-year-old sing you a lullaby -- or at least give your indie cred a boost -- this Tuesday, Nov. 30, at Slim's; call 255-0333 or visit www.slims-sf.com for more info.
-- Maya Kroth