Saturday 4 August 2012

Preview: the week ahead (6th Aug - 12th Aug)

Summer is coming to an end, at least if you are dependent on school holidays. For all others, summer remains here to enjoy. And there are some fine evenings ahead to really make the most of the long nights by hanging out at one of the following:

Ty Segall, 206 and Zentralheizung of Death at Festsaal Kreuzberg: The man Segall is back, this time playing it large at Festsaal. Read our review from last time and the time before and make sure not to miss out. This is going to be garage rock fun with a distinctly punk audience.

Father Murphy at bei Roy: Yes, Father Murphy are back for a last minute show at Bei Roy promoting their newest record. They play weird and sometimes sacral sounding experimental music that manages to be the opposite of catchy and maybe also because of that even more interesting. They recently toured the US and released a split 7" with Xiu Xiu. I'm really excited to see them again!

Listener at Cassiopeia: Listener are pretty cool. I saw them playing open air last summer and they were awesome. They somehow perfectly mix spoken word vocals with postrock music and manage to create an intense atmosphere that somehow keeps you staring and listening in awe.

BATALJ, Hure and St Genet at Knochenbox: We have written about BATALJ so many times before, I would be repeating myself if I praised them to you yet again. Just go to Knochenbox on Wednesday and be noise blasted in the finest of manners. Buy c* a soft drink while you are there.
Damien Jurado and The Dropout Patrol at Lido: Again, not the first time we are writing about Damien Jurado, a talented singer-songwriter, obviously heavily influenced by Neil Young and other great 70s folk musicians. It's a tad pop at times but the man is very likeable, plus you cannot deny the talent behind it. Support from our local starlets.
Chris Garneau and Susie Asado at Grüner Salon: "Chris Garneau is an American singer-songwriter and musician. Garneau's sound combines elements of folk, Americana, pop, baroque, and carnival music." Wikipedia can be useful. In my words: The man is a genius and if you are open to unusual singer-songwriter material, Eastern folk music the way Beirut incorporates it, Of Montreal and French film music, you will appreciate this wonderful music. A truly special night and the perfect venue for it.

Future Islands at Schokoladen: I don't really understand how this happened but Future Islands are playing at Schokoladen again. Even though this time they play open air at the Schokoladen yard, I'm pretty sure there will be lots of disappointed people having to leave a sold out venue. Last time Future Islands played at Schokoladen, there were so many people in front of the door that the queue reached the crossroad to Torstraße. After that Future Islands played shows at Lovelite and Berghain. Both being significantly larger than Schokoladen and suggesting that their fanbase didn't shrink immensely since their last Berlin show, we strongly advise you to be super early if you don't want to miss out on this awesome live band and what will probably be an amazing show!
Light Asylum at Festsaal: Former singer of !!! (Chk Chk Chk) with her dark dance project. We are not entirely convinced but we like those earlier !!! records and Friday night is dance night - and dancing is spelled in capitals at a Light Asylum gig. Which is why this doesn't start until 11pm.

Micachu & The Shapes, Kwes and Urban Mutations at Festsaal: What an eclectic line-up! Mica Levi is playing with her Shapes group, mixing R&B with indie electro clash à la Le Tigre or MEN, deifnitely appealing to that audience, too. Kwes comes from a British hip hop and UK garage background and equally dabbles in performing and producing. Urban Mutations list UK Bass and Mutated R&B as some of their genres. It's all going to be bass heavy but also unusual and fun.

Fair Ohs and Phi at Schokoladen: Another great Schokoladen matinée. Be there for 5:30 pm latest and dance to the Fair Ohs, who sound as if you mixed Vampire Weekend with PTTRNS. Yum and fun.

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