Boy oh Boy, was that sunshine J. and I experienced on Maybach Ufer yesterday? You know, it may have been, it just may. Speaking of May - May is going to be insane for live music in Berlin. For now though, our sweet selection for this April week.
Austin Lucas and Glossary at Bassy Cowboy Club: You can search The Craze and find a few of my love proclamations for Mr. Lucas on there. Think of a sane Daniel Johnston maybe. I love Austin Lucas’ voice but more than anything I love how he can connect with people. Bassy Cowboy = good setting for this man.
Haight Ashbury at White Trash: This little gem almost went unnoticed. You probably think of hippies, weed and San Francisco in the 60s when you hear the name Haight Ashbury. And you would not be all wrong. Musically steering between 70 rock and 90s female fronted indie groups like Elastica or Lush, there is also a distinct 60s vibe in there. Sweet rock pop.
Balmorhea at Grüner Salon: Beautiful soundscapes of piano, guitars, violins. Sounds very cineatic and postrock like with the addition of a little folky melody here and there. Like the perfect soundtrack to a sad western.
Michael Feuerstack aka Snailhouse and Stefan Prange at Schokoladen: Another nice singer/songwriter show at Schokoladen. Cozy location and great bands included. Snailhouse are well known for their greatness as an acoustic guitar singer/songwriter band, so a solo show by their main member is definitely also worth a visit.
Konono No. 1 and Sinkane at Festsaal: We have featured Konono No. 1 before on The Craze - African instrumentation infused dance music that is rather special. A not-to-be missed experience for those who like to have an open mind and also like a good jig. Sinkane are not to be missed either, giving this double bill another edge.
UMLAUT is hosting their 4th “Festival für Gegenwärtige Musik” in Berlin. The festival takes part on two days and in two different locations, Friday at Ballhaus Ost and Saturday at Ausland. They have a pretty interesting line-up featuring musicians that present music from free-jazz to experimental sound collages. Have a look on their festival website for further information.
A Hawk & A Hacksaw at Haus Ungarn (ex HBC): There is folk and there is folk, if you know what I mean, as in, there is the bluesy guitar kind that is rather modern and there is the traditional kind. AH&AH tend towards the latter, with a fiddle and an accordeon but they give it the modern twist and they do it like nobody else does it. Confused? Go see for yourself! C* is a fan and so is anybody who listens to Beirut.
Tocotronic at Columbiahalle: After presenting their newest record to a selected audience at Lido back in January, they now return to Berlin and play a slightly larger venue. By now you probably have decided whether you like the new album or still miss the tracksuit times.