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    Der Lange Magnet Pfingstschlacht this Sunday – two pairs of tickets to win here!

    Thinking about being bored this Sunday? Forget it. Magnet celebrates the last long weekend of the spring period in serious style, with DJs Her Lhmnn with Herr Wdl and Shoe&Shepherd coming along to do their thing too, as well as Crazy B and the Z.A.C.K. DJ Team in the world renowned Lange Magnet Pfingstschlacht (catchy name, you’ve got to admit…).Naturally indieberlin has two pairs of tickets for the lucky people who write to win@indieberlin.de and convince us of their worthiness…

    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.

    Cabaret Bizarre, a somewhat depraved ode to nonconformity, is in Bassy on Friday June 6th – win 2 pairs of tickets here

    Appearing darkly through the mist, eyes glittering from the shadows, with mystical cleverness bereft of reason, the fool bids you welcome to the arcane tableau vivant, where the decadent spirit of an immortalized Weimar Republic Cabaret is about to be brought back to life with a bizarre twist and unleashed onto its city of birth…

    Cabaret Bizarre is an ode to nonconformism. It rediscovers the bizarre world of 1920?s Weimar Cabaret and mixes into its essence elements from the circus and vaudeville tradition, the recently rediscovered burlesque era, as well as influences from the BDSM / Fetish, and Steam­/Dieselpunk scenes – a truly timeless cocktail with a very bizarre edge, served only by the most transgressive and advantgardistic performers and artists on the international cabaret circuit.
    Write to us at win@indieberlin.de to win one of two pairs of tickets – remember: only the weirdest, most depraved reasons stand a chance of winning….

    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.

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    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

    Everyone’s favourite band The National is in Zitadelle Spandau on the 5th and we have 1×2 tickets to win!

    The National has been growing in leaps and bounds. Coming out of Cincinnati, Ohio and now based in New York, the band are the ultimate indie success story – staying true to their sound and their style from 1996 until they came to international prominence in 2003, now they are the band on everyone’s lips. Their 2010 album “High Violet” sold over 600,000 copies and their 2013 album “Trouble Will Find Me” hit number three in the Canadian, US and UK charts, selling 74,000 in its first week. It has also been critically highly acclaimed. The band have performed on Saturday Night Live and contributed a song to The Hunger Games. All the boxes ticked then.

    After a mindblowing gig last year in the Max Schmelling Halle The National are now live in Zitadelle Spandau on the 5th June, with support from St. Vincent.

    Win a pair of tickets to see The National at Zitadelle in Spandau on the 5th June by writing to us at win@indieberlin.de and telling us why you love them.

    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.”

    We talk to the organisers of BURLYPICKS – TOMORROW at Silverwings – and we’ve got 2×2 tickets for you!

    The Burlypicks started under a different name by the founders of burlesquebitch.com in the USA, but they were forced to change the name under threat from the International Olympics Committee. The premise of Burlypicks is a burlesque-cabaret-varieté Olympic-style competition which brings a lot of performers together in one event to compete for prizes and a chance to perform at the finals in Los Angeles with the winners from other cities around Europe and the USA.

    Crystal Swarowski, CEO of burlesquebitch.com was part of a burlesque troupe I brought to Berlin about 5 years ago, and she tapped me to host the Berlin regionals on their first European tour this year. I was already involved in a few other events going on at the same time, and I needed a partner in crime capable of handling this monumental event, and in stepped the firecracker Bana Banana, who has the fuego & the huevos to pull it off.