Music

Show review // Matthew E. White

Another promising edition to the Privatclub lineup; Matthew E. White stopped by this week to bring his mixture of crooning vocals and exceptional instrumental talent with addition of his bassist Cameron Ralston, and drummer Pinson Chanselle. The smooth and convincing sound of Matthew’s voice is like a comfy blanket wrapping around you, making you feel like all is well in the world.

Pinky’s Peepshow this Wednesday – go, I dare you

Yay! It’s Pinky’s Peepshow time again, this time presented by the only electric-blue bunny-suit-wearing MC in town, Scotty the Blue Bunny. How he stands out from that crowd of bunny-suit-wearing MCs I don’t know, but he does. Then we got stunning international burlesque acts Tallulah Freeway from Canada, the burlesque dancer named after a road, and Erochica Bamboo from Tokyo, also the slightly worryingly named Frank Sanazi, follow the article to see the embedded vid, which, well, frankly doesn’t reassure me that much….

Show review // Psychic Ills

Brooklyn-based psychedellic rock mavens, Psychic Ills, played the 8MM Musik Night at Bassy and it was magical to say the least. For one thing, it was one of the most packed shows I’ve been to lately, plus it was on a Tuesday which is quite impressive. The atmosphere was similar to what you would imagine an opium den to be like; a familiar haze filled the air and sleepy looking attendees sauntered around while swaying to the music.

indieberlin reccomendation for the weekend: In the Silo – A Spring Celebration this Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st April

To celebrate the long awaited rays of sunshine Spring bestows upon us Mind Pirates have invited a mixture of musicians who will play an array of audio-visual experimental compositions, over two days in the Mindpirates Silo. The unique space in the Silo is exemplified by its geometric architecture ideal to create an introspective atmosphere for mind-bending fusion.

Bop to the bass in an amalgamation of krautrock, post punk, hip hop and loose your senses in a mingling of jazz beats, drone, ambient techno; consummated to perfection with psychedelic visuals; an ensemble erupting to elevated electronic euphoria, taking you on a trip deep into other worldly phenomena. Together we’re going to galvanize our minds, lavish our bodies and rejuvenate our wintered soul in Spring’s awakening. Sounds pretty crazy, huh?

Meet the team – our new series featuring members of indieberlin

To show you once again a more personal side of indieberlin, we have decided to introduce to you the indieberlin team little by little.

… and this time it’s Noel Maurice under the spotlight!

Noel Maurice first arrived young and fresh-faced in early 90s Berlin after taking a wrong turn somewhere and deciding to stay. He landed directly in Tacheles and lived there in the early days of the now famous art house, helping to shape the brand new underground scene. In between helping to start clubs and helping to end them he managed simultaneously to enjoy the wilder aspects of the scene while also forming, joining and leaving numerous indie bands and collectives.

“Carry Me Down” – neues Album von Lasse Matthiessen (DK) mit Ian Fisher (US) und Halla Nördfjörd (Island)

Lasse Matthiessen hat ein neues Album aufgenommen. Diesmal nicht mit Band, sondern mit Ian Fisher (US) und Halla Nördfjörd (Island). Es ist intim, leise, dreistimmig und sehr ehrlich. Die Platte heißt “Carry Me Down” und kommt am 24. Mai in die Läden und durch die digitalen Kanäle und landet hoffentlich direkt bei euch.

Davor gibt es natürlich ein tolles Release-Event: am 16.05. findet ein Konzert in den Nordischen Botschaften statt – und zwar mit freiem Eintritt!

Aber wer nun erst mal ein signiertes Album “Carry Me Down” gewinnen – möchte, der schreit laut oder mailt uns unter dem Betreff “Lasse Matthiessen” an win@indieberlin.de

Joachim Deutschland plays unplugged in Junction Bar – indieberlin is happy

I’d first heard of Joachim Deutschland, bizzarely enough, in London whilst spending a disproportionate amount of time amongst Germans, which in retrospect was probably the time when the seeds of Germanophilia that eventually brought me here were sown. When I found out on the day that Joachim Deutschland was playing at Junction Bar, I flushed with excitement, involuntarily released a small amount of urine before changing my underwear and making my way swiftly down to Kreuzberg.

Bunny Suit gets everyone hopping at the Grüner Salon last Saturday

Bunny suit is not a new band, it’s a new name. Bunny Suit is rather a reformed and re-thought band.

Originally called Quixote, the band was born on a slowly sinking houseboat in central London, hardened through countless tours through the dive bars of a Britain in the meltdown of the financial disaster of ’08. When fighting for its survival in trend-obsessed, big-business London caused the band to implode, the individual members went their separate ways, with Cameron Laing, head rabbit, washing up in Berlin after a period of searching unsuccessfully for absinth, literature and his soul in the back alleys of Paris.

Berlin was immediately kind to Cameron – meeting a member of the German band Klee while busking, and being invited to sing back-up on their album – and so he was quick in getting in touch with his old bandmates and getting them to join him.

Turboweekend – the name seems to be a self-fulfilling prophecy

Considering the amount of energy that was put into Friday’s show, the name of the band seems to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. If this was your way of kicking off the weekend ‘turbo’ is definitely a fitting description.
The Danish (now) quartet took to the stage at Postbahnhof to a constantly increasing audience. And as the night progressed so did the on-stage dancing, bouncing, and howling. The band’s characteristic synth-rock sound echoed in the big venue, which has a stripped-down, nightclub aesthetic complimentary to the vibe of the boys in the band.

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indieberlin talks to Cameron Laing from Bunny Suit – live in Grüner Salon this Saturday

We talked to Cameron Laing from Bunny Suit (ex-Quixote) in his rehearsal room last week. The man has plenty to say, from living in a sinking houseboat owned by an errant MI6 agent to trying to not get killed in Paris. Part I is here, Part II we’ll post next week.

Bunny Suit play in Grüner Salon this SAturday, 13th April, with support from Rooftop Runners and guests. A great live band, they’re definitely worth checking out.

Concert review – Ken Stringfellow (REM, Posies, Minus 5) live at Bi Nuu

Usually writing a review of a gig is pretty easy. Most bands are reasonably straightforward to describe and concerts too. I’ve just got back from an evening with Ken Stringfellow and I’m completely confused as to what to write.

Ken Stringfellow is hugely, stunningly talented. He’s very weird. He’s extremely funny. He’s one of the most naked performers I’ve met. He’s a very warm and loving human being. He seems nervous but he stands two feet from a member of the audience and sings the most open and aching song you can imagine looking straight into their face, without blinking. While turned away from the audience and tuning his guitar he mutters as if to himself about being an emotionally fragile person who’s going through a nervous breakdown – and has been, he says, for some time now. And then says, It’s great – you should try it. And giggles.
But what songs. What an amazing voice.

Brilliant new song and video The Way by Bunny Suit (ex-Quixote) – who play in Grüner Salon on the 13th – and we have tickets to win!

With a new band name, a slightly adjusted line-up and a whole choir of Gregorian monks hiding somewhere in the shadows, Bunny Suit’s new song The Way and video blew me away when I heard and saw it, and that’s something that happens extremely rarely. Bunny Suit is possibly the best band playing in Berlin at the moment and they’re live in Grüner Salon on the 13th – this Saturday – and we’ve got some tickets to win…write to win@indieberlin.de and say something clever, go on.

Rue Royale played last sunday at Privatclub – we were there and will let you know all about it

So Rue Royale played last Sunday night at “Privatclub”, supported by Jonas David and Josh Beech. The charismatic Josh Beech and his drummer started the show and played a really charming combination of melancholic verses and surprisingly hard beats and guitar riffs.

Wow! They sounded great but couldn’t get the crowd moving, some were even chatting during the show and all the others seemed to be sort of tired. Well, maybe it was really just due to the fact that it was Sunday evening… Anyway, while the two were still playing, Josh jumped down the stage and left the scene. Quite an original leaving, though we were actually quite surprised that the show was already over.

indieberlin talks to Turboweekend who play in Privatclub on the 12th April

indieberlin: Hi Silas, how are you doing?
Turboweekend: Hi, I’m fine thanks.

ib: So Silas, you’re off on tour again in support of the new album Fault Lines – how many dates are on the tour?

tw: Quite a few….twenty in april alone.

ib: Tell me, do you tour outside europe much?

tw: This tour it’s only europe, we’ve played also a couple of times in england I think…

ib: You think…?

tw: (laughs)…er, no, we definitely played there. Once in London, once in Liverpool.

ib: And how is england for playing, a lot of bands find the UK promotors hard work.

tw: Yes – the UK’s such a bottleneck.

Album Review // Bleached : Ride Your Heart

Everyone’s favourite dreamy post-punk babes, Bleached, released their debut full-length album this week via Dead Oceans/Cargo Records. Jessica and Jennifer Claven (yes, sisters) were initially part of the band Mika Miko, and left to develop their own sound and have more control over their work.

Indieberlin recommends // April shows:

Living in Berlin, there is always an intimidating list of shows to attend. The seemingly endless possibilities make it insanely hard to choose one thing to decide on for a night out, but we decided to help you out. These are a few of the shows we recommend you attend over the next month. Enjoy!

Arkells this Thursday in Magnet Club – loud and proud

So this Thursday heralds the arrival of Candian group Arkells into Berlin, bringing with them their brand of hooky, dynamic and frankly f**king loud indie rock. They’ll be playing Magnet club in Kreuzberg so expect a night of sweaty fun – the musical kind.