Music Tips 18.03 - 31.03

Fresh is the keyword for our first spring round of events. Reinvent yourself in the next two weeks with a little help from the musically gifted. 



21.00 You Don’t Really Know Me w/ Phoebe Kiddo @ Monarch

WHY: Not everyone in Berlin listens to electronic music only, and that also goes for many local electronic music producers, DJs and labels. Once a month, starting this Wednesday for the time, Monarch Berlin will invite a producer, artist or DJ to play music s/he would usually not play in a club – music that inspires them and says more about who they are and what they love. The first to be introduced is Phoebe Kiddo, an Australian-born musician with a keen ear for multifaceted expressive electronics.

Monarch / Skalitzer Str. 134 - 1st floor, 10999 Berlin, U Kottbusser Tor / more info


FRIDAY 20.03

20.00 Maerz Musik @ Haus der Berliner Festspiele

WHY: MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues 2015 devotes itself to contemporary time issues with concerts, installations, performances, film projects, and discourse sessions. The festival offers a public forum over 10 days and delivers a comprehensive contribution to the debate on how we manage time. The festival will be launched with the large-scale “Liquid Room” project – a four-hour concert format involving both performance and installation, developed by Belgian Ensemble Ictus.

Haus der Berliner Festspiele / Schaperstraße 24, 10719 Berlin, U Spichernstr. / more info


MONDAY 23.03

19.00 Marcel Dzama + Jeremy Gara (Arcade Fire) – SOUNDTRACK UNE DANSE DES BOUFFONS (or A JESTER'S DANCE) @ KW Institute for Contemporary Art

WHY: Marcel Dzama and Jeremy Gara (member of the band Arcade Fire) will perform the soundtrack of Marcel Dzama's video installation UNE DANSE DES BOUFFONS (or A JESTER'S DANCE), which is on view until 29.03, at KW. In UNE DANSE DES BOUFFONS (or A JESTER'S DANCE), Marcel Dzama reimagines the tragic love story between Marcel Duchamp and Maria Martins as a psychodrama, which renegotiates presupposed polarities of good and evil, love and antipathy, dance and battle, lust and violence.

KW / Auguststr. 69, 10117 Berlin, U Rosenthaler Platz / more info



20.00 Machine est mon Coeur + Kiki Bohemia + Sicker Man @ ACUD MACHT NEU

WHY: Machine est mon Coeur is dreamy lo-fi dark-pop; not only a musical project, but also a universe of visual material created by this band with a strong DIY aesthetic. Kiki Bohemia plays a cross-section from their own repertoire and their favorite songs of the 20th century, and shows that the fusion of classical harmonies with rough experimental drones is possible. Sicker Man brings some melancholic  folktronica to this evening of experimental pop music, great melodies and quiet pathos.

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


22.00 Analogue Mutations Episode 0 - N.M.O. Record Release Party @ Marie Antoinette

WHY: The first episode of a new series combining multi-stylistic hard jacking left field house and acid with experimental live acts. Investigating the club as a space for extended musical experience and keeping the dance floor alive using classical club elements as well as tactics of new experimental music and performance. Episode 0 celebrates the record release of the Berlin duo N.M.O. (Morten J Olsen + Ruben Patiño). Their live set will be backed up by a special DJ set by Conor Thomas, DJ sets by MFK, Jon Major, Cryss Crass and Jimmy Jib and abstract live actions by Rishin Singh and JC303.

Marie-Antoinette / Holzmarktstrasse, 15-18, 10179 Berlin, S+U Jannowitzbrucke / more info



18.00 The Long Now @ Kraftwerk Berlin

WHY: With a duration of 30 hours, “The Long Now” constitutes the monumental closing event of MaerzMusik − Festival for Time Issues 2015. The project consists of concerts, performances, sounds installations, film and electronic live-acts by, amongst others, Morton Feldman, Phill Niblock, Leif Inge, Burkhard von Harder and Pierluigi Billone. Visitors are invited to enter this time bubble, to stay overnight, and surrender to this artistic borderline experience.

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


MONDAY 30.03

20.00 Shield Patterns + Aidan Baker @ ACUD MACHT NEU

WHY: Shield Patterns – the Manchester-based duo of Claire Brentnall and Richard Knox – creates intense, infectious, and incredibly detailed dark-pop music. Using various electronic effects combined with prepared and/or alternate methods of playing the guitar, Aidan Baker creates music which falls within the ambient/experimental genres but draws on influences from shoegaze and post-rock, contemporary classical and jazz.

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



20.00 Toro Y Moi @ Lido

WHY: In real life, Toro Y Moi  goes by the name Chaz Bundick. His new album „What For?“ marked a change in his creative process with guitar-based writing rather than keys, which forced him to write a different type of music while still keeping the original Toro y Moi sound. Bundick cites Big Star, Talking Heads and Todd Rundgren, as well as the psychedelic soul of Tim Maia and the ‘70s-era jazz-funk of Cortex as the inspiration behind „What For?“. Check out how these sounds come together when arranged by this modern day singer/songwriter.

Lido / Cuvrystr. 7, 10997 Berlin, U Schlesischer Tor / more info

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