Music Tips 15.05 - 26.05

Dial M for Myriad Mindblowing Musical Marvels in May!

(...and Maybe even some G spots — go win them here)


FRIDAY 15.05

21.00 Trinity of Music @ Roter Salon 

WHY: A trinity of projects by visual artists with international renown, who make music to abduct audiences into a wonderland of doom: Nicole Bianchet, Catherine Lorent and Hertzangst (John von Bergen & Tom Früchtl). The acoustic spectrum of the evening goes from siren songs to archaic-metal-doom.  Gran Horno (Catherine Lorent's alter ago) and Nicole Bianchet will present their new albums, and end the evening with Hertzangst and tribal culmination.

Roter Salon (Volksbühne) / Linienstr. 227, 10178 Berlin, U Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz / more info



20.00 Best Coast + Gurr @ Bang Bang Club

WHY: "…cause when I'm with you I have fun…" – Best Coast's hymn for the fun-loving lovers pretty much sums up the band philosophy. It is all about the good feels; their fun catchy guitar tunes aim to teleport you straight to the Californian coast. This Saturday finally on stage in Berlin, they will present some new summer hits from their fourth album "California Nights". "Leave the cold behind, we're gonna make it to the beach on time…"

Bang Bang Club / Mehringdamm 61, 10961 Berlin, U Mehringdamm / more info


23.00 Analogue Mutations ep.1 w/ Arnau Sala Saez @ Beate Uwe 

WHY: Analogue Mutations ep.1 is the second episode of a new series combining multi-stylistic hard jacking left field house and acid with experimental live acts. This episode presents a special live set by Anòmia label boss: Arnau Sala Saez aka Exotic Content and DJ Sets by Lobster Theremin artist: Sonofdistantearth, O Tannenbaum’s DJ Squeaky, N.M.O’s Pato and Morendo and A.M. founder DJ MFK.

Beate Uwe / Schillingstr. 31, 10179 Berlin, U5 Schillingstrasse – U8 Jannowitzbrücke / more info


SUNDAY 17.05

19.00 Viet Cong + Soft Walls @ Lido

WHY: Viet Cong is a band made of members of the Chad Vangaalen band and the much-missed art-rockers Women, offering up a mixture of sharply-angled rhythm workouts and euphoric 60s garage melodies. Their upcoming concert at Lido is what many of us were anticipating since the sold out gig at Westgermany earlier this year. Be quick this time and do not let that ticket get away!

Lido Berlin / Cuvrystrasse 7, 10997 Berlin, U Schlesisches Tor / more info



21.00 Mirt + Maja Ratkje + Sultan Hagavik @ NK Project

WHY: "Polish Radio Experimental Studio" is a series of albums combining re-mastered and de-noised archival recordings from the studio and the new re-interpretations by world famous musicians. Now, in the framework of EASTERN WAVES project, the young generation of Polish experimentalists, Mirt and Sultan Hagavik, as well as the Norwegian voice virtuoso Maja S.K. Ratkje join in to shed the new light on the history of Polish and Norwegian cooperation within boundaries of electronic music.

NK Project / Elsenstr. 52 (2.Hinterhaus Etage 2), 12059 Berlin, Bus 171 / more info


FRIDAY 22.05

20.00 Twerps @ Kantine am Berghain

WHY: Twerps are a charming lo-fi pop-rock quartet from Melbourne. Since their early beginnings they were sharing the stage with the bands such as Deerhunter, The Black Lips, Yo La Tengo and Thee Oh Sees. After several records on various labels and a critically acclaimed EP, they released their second studio album "Rage Anxiety", praised for its creativity and vitality. Likers of indie rock as it once was, Twerps gig is where you should go Friday night.

Kantine am Berghain / Rüdersdorfer Str. 70, 10243 Berlin, S+U Warschauer Str. / more info


MONDAY 25.05

20.00 The Lake presents #6: Happy Birthday Moondog: Hobocombo + Guests w/Felicity Mangan + Iku Sakan (DJ-Set) @ Roter Salon

WHY: Moondog would have turned 99 this year, and legend has it that he preferred his uneven birthdays, so this one would have indeed been a favorite of his. To celebrate this absolutely unique artist, instrument inventor and great inspiration for many composers, The Lake radio has teamed up with Hobocombo, a band dedicated to and inspired by the music of Moondog. Hobocombo will expand their line-up with guests for a special performance of various Moondog compositions.

Roter Salon (Volksbühne) / Linienstr. 227, 10178 Berlin, U Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz / more info



21.00 WAND @ Westgermany

WHY: Their record label describes them as "an obese organ falsely organized as 4 overjoyous nerds. Four flesh balloons betting on a few aging amplifiers." Concert organizers loosely mention the band's connection to Ty Segall, and promise to bring sludge psych titans to the obvious and best place for wizardry of this caliber. WAND's gritty psychedelic sound got us from the first listen; last on our list chronologically, but possibly the most anticipated gig in this round!

Westgermany / Skalitzer Str. 133, 10999 Berlin, U Kottbusser Tor / more info

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