Monday, 16 May 2011

Preview: the week ahead (16th-22nd May)

Looking at the calendar, the upcoming week is another busy one. But we are not too excited about a lot that's going on. Here are our top picks this week. Meet you at West Germany, ja?

Japanther at West-Germany: Japanther return to West-Germany again. This is going to be packed, hot and most probably very good. If you haven't seen Japanther live, do it! If you've already seen them live you'll probably go there anyway. Check out our review from last time, too.

Evening Hymns , Mimas and Vessels and at Levee: I don't really know Mimas and Vessels but would consider going here to watch Evening Hymns. If you are into some smooth Indie Folk stuff you might like them. Mimas play more poppy Indie music and Vessel sound like experimental postrock.
Ty Segall at West Germany: Another night at West Germany, another act we watched here not too long ago. Ty Segall surprised us last time and we are excited to party to this again. Highly recommended.

Trophy Wife, Ex Best Friends and Rat Rat Rats at bei Roy: Trophy Wife is a duo from Philadelphia. They play heavy and fast noise rock and are touring Europe for the first time now. Supports are Ex Best Friends and Rat Rat Rats, both from Berlin.

Gang Gang Dance at HAU: 4AD is one of those labels that get it right a lot of the time and Gang Gang Dance is another fine example. This group from New York manages to combine post rock and wavey dance music better than a lot of their peers. This may sound wild but at times (e.g. their song First Communion) they remind me of a mix between Pttrns, Sleater Kinney and Battles. Know what I'm sayin'.
See a great video of a Gang Gang Dance performance when you click this link.

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