Saturday 3 November 2012

Preview: the week ahead (5th - 11th Nov)

We are taking it relatively easy this week. Except for Saturday, when C* is going to lose it when Moon Duo and Camera will transform HAU into music heaven. Thursday and Sunday are worth your attention too. Check it out.

Acid Mother Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. and Idklang at Marie-Antoinette: Japanese experimental psychedelic guitar noise. Might blow some minds but you need to be into that kind of thing - it's going to be intense.

Geoff Farina at a random house somewhere in Berlin: This is actually sold out but you can try and get on a waiting list on Facebook. Karate's Mr. Farina performing with his beautiful folk guitar solo project.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor at SO36: Two nights of post-rock magic at SO36. Though it is an odd choice of venue - last time I saw them, in 1999, they played in a church and I would have expected a similar setting this time - it will allow for intimacy. If you have never seen Godspeed, make sure that you do. There is not anything like it, with the band consisting of 8 people and an array of instrumentation, as well as a ninth member dedicated to visuals only, they are bound to give you a feast for the ears and eyes. If you can't make it on Thursday, they are playing again on Friday.
Grand Predateur, The Songs and Piss at Tiefgrund: Grand Predateur play rhythmic noise with metally kind of guitars. Good stuff and a treat for noise and garage fans. Rocking. Also check out Piss, some Berlin locals play pissed (who would've thought that?) punk.
Apparat at Berghain: Speaking of visual sound treats, Apparat also uses unsual and varied instrumentation, as well as electronics, for his ambient soundscapes and beautiful melancholic pop songs. A treat indeed.

Beach House and Holy Other at Astra: Dream pop duo Beach House take it to the relatively big stage with a headline gig at Astra. Of course it's sold out, so you may have to resort to Kleinanzeigen if you still want to go and haven't got a ticket yet. 
Man Meets Bear and Crystal Shipsss at Antje Öklesund: We have previewed Man Meets Bear before of course, an dream sound project to relax to. Crystal Shipsss, however, have not made it on to our blog before. Musically not far off Man Meets Bear, the high-pitched vocals and fuzzy guitar riffs let this one man project stand out. A nice evening for a quiet night out.
Oiro at about:blank: this is for you if you're into Hamburg style Deutschpunk in the vein of Dackelblut and Oma Hans.
Moon Duo and Camera at HAU1: C*'s gig of the week, if not month. My favourites are returning to town, playing at the newly refurbished Hebbel Am Ufer, with local-stars-taking-the-world Camera in tow. The new Moon Duo album is my album of the year, hands down. Read my praise for Moon Duo's Festsaal show last year and a review of their Lisbon performance to know more about this group. 

Volcano The Bear and Church Car at Monarch: Minimalistic experimental night at Monarch. The setting seems perfect - this could turn out good for those open to quirky sounds and arhythmic drumming.
Ringo Deathstarr at Comet: Indie schmindie alternative fuzzy guitar rock in the style of our favourite 90s grunge and indie bands. Very accessible but all the better for it. Nice. Also, you could just walk across the street from Bi Nuu if you didn't make it into DIIV but needed your guitar fix. Ringo Deathstarr tour cancelled (see comment below). 
DIIV and Parakeet at Bi Nuu: If indeed there is a grunge revival, then DIIV must be the band for it, albeit a little clean. Read my review from their amazing Monarch gig a couple of months back. Support from Yuck side project Parakeet. Let's see whether people will queue down the street again for this. Highly recommended but you may have to fight for your ticket.


  1. Ringo Deathstarr canceled their tour too. :( Stoked on DIIV though; I missed them in August so I am looking forward to this upcoming show!

  2. Thank you for letting us know about Ringo Deathstarr. Sad indeed. :(