Win the Rosi Golan CD – with songs on Grey’s Anatomy and The Vampire Diaries – speaks to us before her gig in Berghain

Win Rosi Golan’s new album Lead Balloon by writing to us at info@indieberlin and telling us why she bought that first guitar…

I listened to their soundcheck for ten minutes, enjoying it despite my craving for a coffee, and when they left the stage I followed them back to the backstage. Which I have to say was pretty damn tiny. She was chatting to a man who turned out to be her manager when I introduced myself. The manager was one of those Americans that make you feel bad for pre-judging Americans – I know, one shouldn’t, but it’s hard not to sometimes – in that he was a thoroughly nice guy, welcoming and extending every courtesy and doing everything he could to make me feel at home. After which he cemnted our friendship by granting me access to their coffee stash and with a big strong coffee I was back in feeling-human mode and at last the interview could begin.

Efterklang im konzert – indieberlin goes to Dublin

Die Band Efterklang ist einfach nicht zu fassen. Alle paar Jahre bringen Sie ein unfassbar gutes Album auf dem Markt und hinterlassen den Hörer mit mehreren Ohrwürmern im Gehörgang. Nach dem tollen Album “Magic Chairs” von 2010 erschien nun vor wenigen Tagen das neue Album “Piramida”. Die Ideen für das Album haben Casper Clausen (Gesang), Rasmus Stolberg (Bass) und Mads Christian Brauer (andere Instrumente) bei einem Kurzbesuch auf Spitzbergen gefunden und dann im eigenen Studio in Berlin zusammengefügt. Der Ausflug hat sich gelohnt, denn die Band klingt so gut wie nie und die Reduziertheit steht den neuen Stücken sehr gut, denn das ganze Album lässt sich perfekt in einem durchhören.

Chikan – indieberlin interviews an original man

If music still keeps coming to life in me and I feel like passing it on a band is a good vehicle. But I try not to pin too much identity to the band or the band name. To me it’s a constant process of making new music with new people or sometimes with no people when you’re alone in a new city or a new country. The name of the band could maybe serve as a reminder to folks out there. “Oh, I saw that band in 2008. They were great, they’re back. Let’s go check them out at the club tonight” If it wasn’t for that very pragmatic purpose maybe I’d keep changing names more often for different projects or processes. Especially since some people get extremely confused and sometimes almost provoked that my artistic expression can be stylistically quite diverse from time to time.

Einar Stray sets the tone, indieberlin nods along

The pace of music usually mimics the speed of the culture it inhabits. In an age where time seems to be constantly at a premium, it is refreshing to see someone tear up the rulebook and fix their colours firmly to the mast of meandering music utterly unconcerned with our need for instant gratification.
Einar Stray, a twenty-two year old from Olo who began his three-week European tour here in Berlin, does just that. With a band expertly combining the sounds of the piano, guitar, viola, violin and drums, coupled with a smattering of other instruments, his songs truly manage to fill the room with a sound far greater than the sum of their five parts. Although comparisons to the Iceland gods of post-rock Sigur Ros are both inaccurate and at this stage generous, it is understandable why they have been made, since it is difficult to think of anyone else who comes close to attempting the music they are doing.

Alberta Cross in interview with indieberlin

After years of touring and the recent release of their self-confessed ‘difficult’ second album, Brooklyn-based rockers Alberta Cross are feeling fresher than ever before. indieberlin caught up with lead singer Petter Ericson Stakee to discuss inspiration, curses and the Occupy Movement.

All Rise For The Deacon

Dan Deacon’s follow up to the widely acclaimed Bromst is a varied record. From the challenging and abrasive opener to the more landscape inspired sonic ventures later in the record, it covers nearly as much ground as the vast land it derives its title: America. What’s apparent from even just the title is that there’s a statement Deacon is making with this record. Not a concept record as such, but more a meditation on contemporary American life.

Kitty Solaris on indieberlin – win her CD and read the interview with the talented Berlin artist!

Kitty solaris is now pretty much a household name in the independent Berlin music scene, carving out a niche for herself with leftfield indiepop in the 90s and since then building up the well-known Solaris Empire label almost single-handed. Follow the article to find out how you can win her CD…

1. How would you explain your music to a deaf person?

I play electric guitar and sing, Steffen plays drums, Nikola plays keyboards, samples and bass on the keyboard. The music is a mixture of folk, rock, electronic elements, pop and punk. Live it sounds more rocky and powerful than people expect! It´s dreamy and powerful. Soothing and relaxing.

Lapalux – fractured emotion, tape experiments and mutating states of consciousness – and a free download

There are few electronic producers out there who are more concerned with the minutiae of surface and texture than Lapalux, and still fewer who understand so well the deep effects that these textures can have upon the listener’s mood. In Lapalux’s productions nothing is left to chance. He makes swooningly beautiful and disorientating music that never sits still for more than a moment.

Come Together: Berlin singer-songwriter Eric Eckhart will make a record with your help.

There’s plenty to be said for the Do It Yourself approach to making music. Eschew the labels, take control of your own marketing and booking, then distribute your music online. It’s an ideal approach, but not as easy as it sounds.

Berlin based collective A Headful Of Bees have bandied around a different approach. The collective is made up of writers, musicians and other artists.

This week they are pooling their energies around singer/songwriter Eric Eckhart and his latest album, in an approach dubbed Do It Together.

The concept came together when Eckhart and other Beeheaders were speaking at different conferences over the last few years.
“All these great ideas were floating around but no one was really doing them,” says Eckhart. “There are really so few people who are doing it well, or successfully, and even fewer people who are doing all of them. So I thought it would be really cool to take all of these ideas that no one really seemed to be doing and do something.

Leftfield Electronica from Idklang and Cordyceps

In the mood for some somewhat noisy leftfield Electronica? Then you’re in the right place! Idklang, artist moniker of Austrian producer Markus Steinkellner, has teamed up with Cordyceps for a few tracks of howling and bleeping madness (interspersed with moments of worried calm). Cordyceps create an evolving sound mass of glitchy break-beats, abstract riffs, closed-circuit feedback and layers of droning noises. Gotta love ‘em!

Dum Dum Girls – new EP out this month – free download from Sub Pop

he raucous Dum Dum Girls are once more upon us: While they wend their way through the clubs of Europe their EP End of Daze hits the stands, featuring a cover of Strawberry Switchblades “Trees And Flowers”. Recorded together with Sun Rose Wagner from the Raveonettes, the album is out on the Sub Pop label on the 28th of this month. Go to the Sub Pop site to get a free download of the ballad “Lord Knows”.

Electra – vive Tel Aviv – Rock out of Israel – in White Trash this Friday – indieberlin interview

Israeli three-piece Electra took advantage of the recent Berlin Music Week to launch their first German tour. When IndieBerlin caught up with the high energy dance rockers, the band were taking a day’s break in the Netherlands before heading to a show in Hamburg.
It might be their first trip to Germany, but they’re no strangers to the touring bus. Coast to coast tours through the US have become regular additions to the band’s diary since their debut album Heartbreak For Fools came out two years ago. The landscape might change, but rock’n’roll fans aren’t too dissimilar around the globe.