Between the years - possibly my favourite time of the year. It's the one time of the year when nobody hassles you and you have sufficient "you-time". As expected, there are not that many gigs going on this week that you could spend that time on but a few things are worth noting:
Superpunk at Festsaal Kreuzberg: Are you the traditional type? Then you may want to attend this Superpunk gig at Festsaal Kreuzberg that takes place every year between the years. It's tradition.
Birthmark and Kid Ikarus at Kim Bar: Birthmark is yet another project featuring members of Joan Of Arc, this time Nate Kinsella. He mostly plays music that you would expect from a Kinsella, dreamish pop tunes, but adds unexpected electronic and wave elements to some songs. High quality. Kinsella is supported by local hero Kid Ikarus who mainly experiments with electronic sounds but also plays the drums sometimes and sings. Originally of ampl:tude, Kid Ikarus uses this persona to produce whatever he seems to be in the mood for. Meet me at this pre-new-years-eve-party.
Aimée Argote and friends at Schokoladen: This is how we are going to celebrate the ending of one year and the beginning of another. Argote of Des Ark fame will play a solo gig and has brought along Birthmark (in case you missed him last night), Al Burian (writer and musician of Milemarker and other noteworthy projects) and Petethepiratesquid (Berlin-based math-core group).
Bonaparte DJ set at Festsaal Kreuzberg: This is no live gig of course but Monsieur Bonaparte is known for his extravagant live performances and his ability to party, so we expect this DJ gig to be out of the ordinary as well. Also DJing are the Remmi Demmi folks.
SDNMT and Hundreds at Volksbühne: OK, I'm not a particularly big fan of Hundreds, so I won't go into that. But I do think that SDNMT, a outfit from Berlin, are worth your attention. Imagine early Notwist albums, Dinosaur Jr. and poppy Arcade Fire songs mixed together. And a gig might be a good start to the year, don't you think? That is, if you didn't go too wild last night.