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indieberlin review – Mac DeMarco in Bi Nuu

It was abundantly clear that I was surrounded by a crowd of Mac DeMarco fans as soon as I entered Bi Nuu and saw countless Mac DeMarcoesque signature caps. The anticipation was high for this sold-out show and the evening started off with the very fitting opening act Tonstartssbandht, two brothers from Florida that played a beguiling mix of folk and heavy guitar rock with aplomb. The half hour set left the enthusiastic crowd wanting more.

indieberlin review – Com Truise live in Fluxbau

Electronic producer extraordinaire Com Truise, otherwise known as Seth Haley, performed as part of indie party line Karrera Klub’s 18th birthday on the 28th of May. Though the weather was abysmal people came in droves and the small FluxBau venue was packed. Haley released his first LP Galactic Melt in 2011 and has been gradually amassing praise, remixing songs from the likes of Twin Shadow, Everything Everything, and Daft Punk.

Image by Legance

Polly Trope introduces us to Natali Legance – Three artists and a writer

A strange and unworldly calm wafts around Berlin’s abandoned old military cemetery. Thick grass rolls over a disparate selection of broken tombstones, funerary Achilles helmets in old bronze, stone wreaths and armour, the craggy peaks of neo-gothic sculpture poking out of a taciturn, awe-inspiring landscape.

In this space “after the afterlife”, where even stone memorials to individuals from the 1800s fade and sink — Natali Legance revealed 13 black-and-white photos in the gentle light of the evening city sun.

Muted piano music and candles, an atmosphere of quiet and simplicity, it was the artist’s debut photo show. Out of nowhere, she solicited the ghosts of life’s many yesterdays, the uncertainty of appearance, and the profundity of change, through a small but powerful collection of photographs.

Finnisage tonight of Cooking In The Ruins – an exhibition by Alice Morey and Louise Thomas in south Neukoelln

Tonight is the Finissage of the impressive Cooking In The Ruins exhibition by UK artists Alice Morey and Louise Thomas. In south Neukoelln, the party goes from 6pm until 9pm, so perfectly timed before going on to conquer the night.

Both artists have unique and original techniques. The bright colours and abstract figures used by Morey are reminiscent of Matisse and Picasso. Bright, bold and beautiful are words that come to mind to describe the intricately detailed works displayed, contrasting the cold, abandoned feeling evoked by the amazing abandoned space

indieberlin review and photo gallery – The/Das play a brilliant concert with their new proper band line-up in Schwuz

The/Das have a wonderfully happy, optimistic vibe on stage, thanks largely to the presence and personality of vocalist Fabian, who favoured the audience with his trademark goofy smile and constant jerky geek dance style. The music also fits into a groove that I think finds favour with a lot of people, neither too heavy nor too light, thoroughly danceable while retaining a depth and emotion that you don’t always get with electro bands like this.

Their label sums it up thus: “we call it techno tenderness, their laid-back draft of subcooled, highly driving, in-depth music, creating a clearly more organic sound pattern inside the technoid framework.”

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Blue Sugar – a piece of writing by Polly Trope

Pass me the king of medicine?

Yes, hello, I’d like to vanquish illness. Fight me the invincible, age and death.

My sexual organs have been mapped out like machine parts, they can generate predictable feelings if you push certain buttons on the body and work even better if you switch on certain programs on the screen.

The DMY Festival at Tempelhof from the 28th to the 1st is one of the highlights of the Berlin Design Week

As part of the Berlin Design Week, the DMY International Design Festival is running from May 28th to June 1st, with 150 exhibitors presenting more than 500 international and national designers, studios and more than a dozen universities, giving visitors a look at the newest developments and upcoming trends in the design world. Included for the first time this year is a Social Design section, and the Regional Focus shines a light on what’s going on next door in Brandenburg. Definitely worth a look!

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indieberlin review – Dum Dum Girls – unabashed confidence and punk attitude

On an especially warm May evening, frontwoman Dee Dee Penny and her touring band came on stage and mesmerized their audience with a darkly soft set. The band preferred to let their songs speak for themselves, displaying a cool detachment throughout the night. In fact, the only time Dee Dee cracked a smile was when a drunk audience member shouted something inaudible at her that obviously amused her.

BURLYPICKS – 30th of May at Silverwings – and we’ve got 2×2 tickets for you!

Hosted by Fez Wrecker, Bana Banana and Burlesque Bitch, the up and coming Burlypicks will be bigger, better, and more challenging. It’s the ultimate Burlesque Competition! Acceptance into the The 2014 Ultimate Burlypicks Finals will be contingent upon winning in a Regional competition or being one of the 6 “people’s choice” Winners, in Burlesque Bitch’s annual online contest.

We talk to Gianluca from Loophole about his new booking platform The Bloop

Through the years we have gathered a very active community of artists and organizers from the world over, from the noise experimental fields to pop and techno and whatever else. The Bloop is a place where this community can become sustainable and grow without the limits that physical places have. It´s meant to be a map of all of us where we can share projects and work our way to make beautiful moments.

To say it in a pitch: it´s a community of artists and organizers to do booking and manage tours

Mac DeMarco live on the 24th of May at Bi Nuu

Small town Canadian boy Mac DeMarco is all the rage these days with his quirky musical stylings and unique persona. Making a name for himself right after high school, Mac DeMarco is a truly exciting talent and you can see the odd bird for yourself on the 24th of May at Bi Nuu.

2×2 Tickets zu gewinnen für M185 im Rosi’s diesen Freitag, den 16. Mai

Am Freitag rocken M185 das Rosis in Friedrichshain. Für ihr Debüt hat die österreichische Band den Musikpreis Amadeus in der Kategorie Alternative gewonnen, am 23.5. erscheint ihr neues Album Everything is Up (Siluh Records/Cargo) dass sie im Rosis vorstellen. Alternative Rock vom Feinsten! Hingehen – und wer Tickets gewinnen möchte, der mailt uns bitte an win@indieberlin.de!

Two tickets to win to White Lung in Magnet on Wednesday. If you’re looking for something heavy….

Up for something heavy?
White Lung are from Vancouver in Canada and after putting singles out on various indie labels are now present in Europe where they have signed to Domino Records and the band are straight off the mark with a new single, “Drown the Monster”. White Lung come resolutely out of the punkrock/noise/90s alternative genre with a nod to the Riot Grrl scene and are unafraid on stage. If you’re looking to rock out this is one for you!

White Lung are live in Magnet Club on Wednesday. Want to get down there? Write to win(at)indieberlin.de and maybe you’ll get lucky…

The legendary BLONDIE live at Tempodrom – and we have 2×2 tickets to give to you!

Blondie coming to town is just an amazingly good thing. For many reasons. When I was barely a teen for instance Debbie Harry was there, striding dreamily across badly lit beginning-of-the-eighties tv studio stages with flashing disco lights behind her while my jaw dropped; she was there staring out of countless posters of countless older teenage sisters’ walls, not only mine, while my knees gently buckled; Blondie was the backbeat to the onset of my teens. Blondie the band and Debbie Harry the singer were just cool. They just were.

Heute Abend: Mile Me Deaf im Monarch

Heute spielen Mile Me Deaf im Monarch. Die Band gibt es nun schon seit über zehn Jahren und trotzdem ist sie noch ein indie-Tipp vom Feinsten. Was als Spaßprojekt begann hat längst den Sprung in die Ernsthaftigkeit geschafft und trotzdem den Charme der Neunziger behalten. Wir haben euch schon vor einer Weile auf dieses Konzert hingewiesen – Einstimmung das neue Video Macrosleep: