Friday 26 August 2011

Preview: the week ahead (29th Aug - 4th Sep)

Another quietish week, but boy, those events that are going on are unmissable. And so international, with bands from all over the planet performing in Berlin this week.
And what to do about Thursday? Why do these things happen in this town all the time?!

My Disco and Pttrns at Lovelite: If you know us, then you know that we are big Pttrns fans. In my opinion, and I am not exaggerating, Pttrns are one of the best, if not the best, live band around. Just believe us when we say that you will never forget a Pttrns gig. And typically, we disco party until late into the night. While we're on the subject, this is actually a My Disco gig in the first place. This post-punk three-piece from Australia should get everyone moving, too. But I'll be honest, I'm going to this for Pttrns.
Shonen Knife and Gelbart at Marie-Antoinette: It's a tough choice tonight. Shonen Knife, female Japanese punk group par excellence, sometimes noisy, sometimes pop, with a knack for Ramones covers, are finally hitting Germany and I have really been looking forward to this forever. Support comes from Israeli solo artist Gelbart. What to do?! Anyway, here is Kurt Cobain talking to Shonen Knife back in the day - this should make your day really:

The Hidden Cameras and Chinawoman at Heimathafen Neukölln: Yum! Canadian indie-pop with folk influences. The Hidden Cameras should be on anyone's radar who likes a strumming guitar sound, a beautiful pop melody and an edge to music. Another must-go-to event this week!

Father Murphy, Strange Forces and Chinook Wind at Raum 20: If you are interested in broadening your mind, you should head to Raum 20 on Sunday, where you will be able to enjoy some unusual and experimental sounds from three very different groups, who all try to mix different genres of music, e.g. psychedelica, traditional sounds, such as religious chanting and Afro beat and electronica. A very interesting evening that has caught our attention and interest.
Sic Alps and Delta Love at West Germany: Sic Alps at West Germany? Sounds like a match made in heaven. Lo-fi indie rock on Drag City, the way we knew it in the early 90s, paired with a venue at which the stage is built of beer crates. I fear that this may be a packed show and I for one will show up early because I wouldn't want to miss this for the world. Those of you that enjoyed Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall or Wavves when they rocked Berlin should go to this, too and hang out with us. Speaking of Ty Segall, here is Sic Alps and the man Ty in a collaboration:

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