Owen Pallet: He’s not Final Fantasy anymore

Owen Pallett performs with the Bang on a Can All-Stars at the 2008 Bang on a Can Marathon at the World Financial Center Winter Garden. (Photo copyright 2008, Steven P. Marsh)

It’s no surprise that Owen Pallet, the talented young violinist who’s been plying his trade under the band name Final Fantasy, would have to come to terms with his name someday. And that day is here. He released his first album under his own name on Tuesday, after finally realizing he was getting too popular and known to avoid a trademark battle with the makers of the popular game of the same name.

He announced the name change last month. Even if you’ve never listened to any of his CDs, you’ve probably heard some of his work. Read more here.

If you’re one of the smart and lucky ones, you have tickets to his sold-out show at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom this Monday (Jan. 18). If you don’t have one of those cherished tickets, you can still get a taste of what Owen’s been up to by listening to Studio 360 with host Kurt Andersen this afternoon on WNYC radio.

Here’s a video of Owen in the WNYC studio performing “Lewis Takes Action.”

Studio 360 airs today at 4pm on WNYC 93.9FM and is repeated at 2pm tomorrow on AM820. You can also listen live online at WNYC’s web site or get a complete show podcast, Check out the Studio 360 web site for more information. You can also download two bonus tracks from Owen’s Studio 360 performance by clicking here.

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