Music Tips 09.06 - 20.06

Beginning of summer translates into a fierce party season. Concerts are plenty and exciting; scroll through our two-week almost-summer best-of list, and stay tuned for the free tickets – here & here



20.00 Marissa Nadler + Wrekmeister Harmonies @ Roter Salon

WHY: The princess of dark poetic folk visits Berlin to present her latest release, „Strangers“. It is her sixth album in 10 years of singing/songwriting, and her most tactile, thanks in part to producer Randall Dunn, best known for his work with metal bands such as Earth, Sunn O))), and Wolves in the Throne Room.Wrekmeister Harmonies will be joining the gig at Roter Salon as a support act.

Roter Salon (Volksbühne) / Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz 1, 10178 Berlin, U Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz / more info


20.00 Kelela @ Prince Charles

WHY: Kelela dodges strict genre definitions by taking a little bit of everything, mostly from the pop and club music domain. Her second release called „Hallucinogen“ is a mix of soulful R & B vocals and experimental music elements, resulting in a highly original sound. Experience it live this week at Prince Charles, where her concert will likely turn into a party.

Prince Charles / Prinzenstr. 85F, 10969 Berlin, U Moritzplatz / more info


FRIDAY 10.06

22.00 SUCCESS - NGLY // Grammar of Movement // Silvia Kastel @ ACUD MACHT NEU

WHY: The mysterious Argentinian producer known only as NGLY returns to Berlin to support his most recent release ("Psychosis" EP) on Brooklyn's L.I.E.S. label. The night will be opened by Grammar of Movement, who has recently released his debut EP on London's purveyor's of abstract, heavy techno/house, Lobster Theremin and Silvia Kastel (Ultramarine Records/Noisekolln/Blackest Ever Black) will provide DJ duties as well.

ACUD MACHT NEU / Veteranenstr. 21, 10119 Berlin, U Rosenthaler Platz / more info


23.55 Polymorphism #18 @ Berghain

WHY: Berlin-based label Cosmo Rhythmatic joins forces with CTM Festival and Berghain to present its first showcase. The label celebrates the new release by Grischa Lichtenberger and Canadian multidisciplinary artist Jesse Osborne-Lanthier, while featuring other affiliated artists: Mika Vainio & Franck Vigroux, plus Shapednoise in collaboration with visual artist sYn. Live appearances by Container (Spectrum Spools, Morphine Records) and Xosar (Opal Tapes, L.I.E.S.) plus a DJ set by Golden Pudel’s Nina.

Berghain / Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin, S+U Warschauer Str. / more info



12.00 Mira Festival @ Funkhaus Berlin

WHY: Mira Festival is a new festival for digital arts, taking place in Berlin in June, and Barcelona in November this year. At the Funkhaus Berlin, a day-long program consists of audio-visual shows, conferences, installations, and screenings. From 12 till 18h there is a a free conference program, DJ sessions, a networking spot, and drinks-and-food area. Discover advanced digital art projects while enjoying the unique environment by the Spree.

Funkhaus Berlin / Nalepastraße 18-50, 12459 Berlin, Tram 21 Köpenicker Chaussee -Blockdammweg / more info



22.00 GRAND JETÉ w/ Magda, La Fraicheur & Frank D’Arpino @ OHM

WHY: Magda's realm as an artist spans far beyond the typical role played by DJs and producers; from producing high-quality Tequila to tech collaborations, fashion and art, Magda has created a truly unique, multifaceted expression of herself. La Fraicheur has been brewing her own blend of Deep House & Techno beats sprinkled with tropical soulful Bass & Booty sounds.Frank D’Arpino creates a genre-free place in music where the rules of contemporary DJ sets get bent.

OHM / Köpenicker Str. 70, 10179 Berlin, U Heinrich-Heine-Str. / more info


FRIDAY 17.06

21.00 Shameless/Limitless: Torn Hawk + CFCF + Blue Hawaii + Omer @ St. Georg

WHY: Shameless/Limitless once again brings the party to St. Georg. Look forward to live shows by Torn Hawk (Mexican Summer) and CFCF (1080p) + DJing by Blue Hawaii (Arbutus) and Omer (Cocktail d'Amore). Torn Hawk makes smeared, VHS-style instrumental music that shines sunlight on ugly or discarded sounds. In addition to his music, he also makes bizarre video collages combining footage from homemade go-go videos, 80s action films, and pornos, turning them into fever dreams. CFCF has staked out a conceptually rich and invitingly warm corner of the electronic spectrum that's uniquely his own. His latest record, "On Vacation", is a captivating suite of shimmering, funk-tinged exotica that also dabbles in new age, jazz, Japanese pop, Balearic, and ambient. 

St. Georg / Ritterstr. 26, 10969 Berlin, U Moritzplatz / more info



19.00 Spektrum Year #1 @ Spektrum

WHY: Spektrum is turning 1! With their good rep and a growing army of fans, it is hard to believe that it has been only one year since they opened the doors of their wonderful space in Kreuzkölln. Celebrate with the Spektrum team with a special performance night, featuring Frank Brentschneider, Sonae, Cétieu, Tez's Drikung Machines, and a presentation of Spektrum's 1-year activity. + Find out more about them beforehand in our interview!

Spektrum / Bürknerstr. 12, 12047 Berlin, U Schönleinstr. / more info


MONDAY 20.06

19.00 PJ Harvey + Low @ Zitadelle Spandau

WHY: PJ Harvey returns with a new record documenting a unique artistic journey, which took her to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C. The album was made during her residency at Somerset House, “Recording in Progress”, in which audience was given the opportunity to see PJ Harvey at work with her band and producers in a purpose-built studio. The concert in Berlin will be her only one in Germany this year, and to make things more special, legendary 90s band Low will play support.

Zitadelle Spandau / Am Juliusturm 64, 13599 Berlin, U Zitadelle / more info

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