Sunday, 2 March 2014

Preview: the week ahead (3rd Mar - 9th Mar)

G’day people. March. That’s all I’m saying. Yeah!

  • Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and William Tyler at Volksbühne: Also known under various different but also similar names, “A Silver Mt. Zion” is another post-rock band (in the widest sense) from people also involved in Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Their style is a little more straight forward and their songs are not strictly instrumental but feature often political lyrics. On this tour, they’re presenting their newest record Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything and what venue could be more adequate for this than our beloved Volksbühne?

  • Bonnie “Prince” Billy at Apostel Paulus Kirche: This man needs no introduction. Eccentric folk musician Will Oldham has been around for quite some time. He has released numerous records, stylistically varying from straight country folk to dark and melancholic singer songwriter stuff or rather catchy upbeat tunes. He definitely wrote some of my favorite songs ever and the fact that this is his first show in Germany since SIX years definitely makes for a must see! * Tuesday is sold out now but there is an additional show on Wednesday, for which tickets are still available. *

  • Stephen Steinbrink and Emperor X at Monarch: A cosy singer-songwriter night at a cosy bar. Sounds relaxed.

  • Laser Poodle, Form A Log and Mirror Talk at Mindpirates: A cool night of weird and experimental electro music. Laser Poodle is an Amsterdam/Antwerp-based duo and plays beat-based freeform music, heavily relying on analog sounds that will make you dance! Mirror Talk is a band of Berlin’s Dominik Noé, he plays electro pop that sounds very 80s synthpop influenced. Form A Log sound more like Laser Poodle again but with a more quirky and abstract side.
  • Neneh Cherry at Berghain: You can take a pause from creating music. Or, as Neneh Cherry did it, you can take decades. Miss Cherry has in the past managed the jump from independent to mainstream. Her new album, however - a collaboration with many artists, one of them Fourtet - is highly sophisticated but will most likely not impress the mainstream. We are glad she is back and embrace this performance at this month’s Certain People night.

  • Grails and Lilacs & Champagne at Comet Club: Grails from Portland is another band featuring the great Emil Amos, whom you may know for his solo act Holy Sons or as the drummer for OM. They play instrumental and psychedelic music that is both deep and intense. Check them out!
  • Islands at Roter Salon: After sadly breaking up with their former and awesome band the Unicorns, two of their members went on to start a new band called Islands. They still play great and weird indie-pop and are well worth a trip to Roter Salon on a Friday night.
  • Young Hare and Sicker Man at about/blank: Frankfurt’s Young Hare played in Berlin every once in a while, so chances are good you’ve already seen or heard of them. They recently struck a record deal with Altin Village & Mine Records, also home of bands like PTTRNS, Urban Homes and many more. Young Hare play dreamy and tropical pop and it would be no understatement to say that they’re totally loveable.

  • Messer at Cassiopeia: Widely hyped and heavily featured in about every music magazine in the last time, Messer are still on the go and touring seemingly non-stop. So if you missed them last year (however that may be possible) or just want to see them another time, here’s your next chance!

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