You could stay in and play Guitar Hero. Or you could go out and hang out with actual guitar heros. Here is where to find them over the course of the coming week.
Jaill at Comet Club: C*'s gig of the week! When I think of Sub Pop I think of a lot of great indie and punk rock in the 90s. Like most independent labels, Sub Pop have widened the musical spectrum on the label and have thus managed to stay afloat in an increasingly competitive market. But Jaill are your typical Sub Pop band, the way they used to sound. They play good and accessible indie nerd rock, a little modernised with some surf elements and a sense of humour, and send me back to my indie pop days. Post punk indie music that I am missing a little these days. I'm up for it. Meet me there on Monday!
Enchanted Hunters and Joe McKee at Madame Claude: Enchanted Hunters' twee folk music has caught my attention and imagination. While Beirut tries to make his music sound Eastern European, these girls deliver the real deal. Absolute magic. Joe McKee is not the Scottish football player, bu the singer-songwriter. In the cosy rooms of Madame Claude, this will be a very nice calm and beautiful evening. Show up!
The Pharmacy, Ill Winds and SFTSTPS at Loophole: This feels like a classical Berlin music night out to me. All bands have played in this town before and almost feel like locals, even they are not. The Pharmacy = surfy and whacky indie rock (for those who enjoyed Jaill on Monday). Ill Winds = local stars that we have featured before (wavey indie pop). SFTSTPS = another local project that experiments with sound samples and knobs and buttons. A varied and interesting night.
White Hills and Expo `70 at White Trash: The three D's. Deep, dark and droney rock music from the talented duo White Hills, a band whose atypical home is the admired Thrill Jockey label. A highly anticipated gig.
Saturday (also called Disco Sat)
Trust and Dan Bodan at Kantine am Berghain: Of course we are not talking about the French metal band. This Trust is essentially techno, though they draw from a lot of genres to make their music interesting. Originally, Trust featured one of the core members of Austra, giving you an idea of musical direction. Kantine is certainly a small venue to play for this much hyped project. If you like your techno rave or just want a really good dance this Saturday, head to Kantine early.
Candie Hank aka Patric Catani at Haus der Berliner Festspiele: Fun performance art with humorous lyrics, some dancable electronic beats and just general weirdness. Be at HdBF for some whacky fun at 10:15 pm for a good laugh and dance.