Monday, 30 July 2012

Preview: the week ahead (30th Jul - 5th Aug)

It's getting hot in here, so take off... Berlin has gone a little hot and sleepy, deserted and touristy at the same time, and we love it. Relax by the pool, eat an ice cream and spend your evenings at one of the following events...

Ghikas-Walshe and others at Quiet Cue: Panos Ghikas of The Chap (see Thursday) has teamed up with Jennifer Walshe, "composer, voice artist and former cover star of The Wire" and others for a night of "Unreal-time performance: gestural material as a composed interface for improvisation. Electro/acoustic improvisation, involving voice, violin, viola, a kids drumkit and a specially prepared interface that allows the live manipulation of recorded gestures through the use of an e-drum kit." Curious.

Alpinist and Masakari at Köpi: A night of heavy and dark hardcore in the vein of crust bands like From Ashes Rise, His Hero is gone and Tragedy. Pretty sure this will kick several asses and Köpi ist just the perfect location for this package.

Spectrum at White Trash: This has been moved from hbc. to White Trash due to large demand. "Sonic Boom, Spacemen3 mainman performs classic Spacemen3 and Spectrum material with a full band including longtime collaboraters; Will Carruthers, (exSpacemen3, Spiritualized, Brian Jonestown Massacre), Jason Holt, Roger Brogan." Sounds grand.
Puschenfest at Festsaal: Every year we wait in anticipation for the line-up for Puschenfest, one of the best live music events in Berlin's annual calendar. It's a good offering again this year, with the first night spanning across the genre of indie music with garage singer-songwriter Kurt Vile and his troupe The Violators, weirdo indie starlets Fenster, and experimental pop success The Chap.

Swans at Berghain: Of course there has been a lot of hoo ha about this post-punk group since there reformation in 2010, and we are joining into the excitement. There are not many bands like Swans. Period. Read up on it if you are unfamiliar.
Puschenfest at Festsaal: Second night of our treasured Fest. Tonight, David Pajo from Slint is performing with his project Papa M, psych-folk group Megafaun are mesmerising people with weird beauty, and Sleep Party People, another mask wearing group (bf says: "there is a lot of that around at the moment"), are playing post-rock, guitars and electronica mixed with sound effects and dreamy vocals. Arty and well worth checking out.

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