Backbeat: Peter Bjorn and John Host L.A. Art Exhibition
Backbeat: Peter Bjorn and John Host L.A. Art Exhibition

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This painting by Swedish artist Jonas Torvestig, who was tapped by Peter Bjorn and John to design the group's 2011 album, "Gimme Some," can be yours for a sweet $5,000.

Here's a tip: Remember to arrive early the next time you attend an art exhibition hosted by Swedish indie-rock band Peter Bjorn and John. Featuring the work of Swedish artist Jonas Torvestig, who designed the cover of the group's 2011 album, "Gimme Some" (Columbia), the Sept. 29 traveling art exhibition at THIS gallery in Los Angeles opened its doors to a small group of people at around 7 p.m. Two hours later, the "complimentary Pabst Blue Ribbon" promised on the reception's invitation was nowhere to be found -- except for the empty cans in the trash (see photo below).

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All kidding aside, the "Gimme Some" reception -- which featured DJ sets by the band members and Victoria Bergsman -- showcased about a dozen of Torvestig's pieces that were selling for $5,000 a pop. During a chat with Billboard.biz, with a can of Modelo in hand, band member Bjorn Yttling wasn't quite clear whether any of the pieces had sold yet, and joked that he was thinking of purchasing one himself.

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From left to right: Peter Bjorn and John tour manager Chris "Highway Wolf" Newmyer, Swedish musician Victoria Bergsman, and band member Peter Morén (white shirt), Bjorn Yttling (thumbs up) and John Eriksson. It should be noted that the painting in the background, titled "May Seem Macabre," is Yttling's favorite. A few minutes earlier in the evening, Newmyer shot the breeze with Billboard.biz about his experience with another act he tour manages, New York indie-rock outfit Ra Ra Riot. He described the group as one of the most punctual and professional musician's he has ever worked with on the road. "You just have to plug right in," he said.

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Peter Bjorn and John is stationed in Los Angeles for the next week, playing sold-out concerts at the Troubadour (Oct. 1), the Smell (Oct. 3), the Echo (Oct. 4) and the El Rey Theatre (Oct. 5). Booked by Tom Windish at the Windish Agency, the act has is playing weeklong residencies in select U.S. cities Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and New York.

"In the week in between, before they get to the next big city where they do the residency, the band goes and plays secondary and tertiary markets -- some places they haven't been to in a really long time, or other places they've never been," Windish says in the current issue of Billboard. "It's working out great."

The agent adds that the mini-residency strategy is a win for everyone involved, because it not only allows the band members to bring along their families, but also gives fans an opportunity to see the group perform in intimate settings. Yttling says the residencies have also allowed the band to organize other events while in the cities, like the Sept. 29 art show and a taping for "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

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The wives showing their support: Yttling's better half, Sara Nilsson (left), and Morén's, wife Kristin Jakobsson, chatting it up during the exhibition, which has already visited New York and Chicago. Next stop, Sweden.

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