Music Tips 21.07 - 03.08

One man's trash is another man's treasure. We could use this phrase in many variations, but it actually refers to the fact that most of the events we recommend in this round are located around the infamous Warschauer station, which is getting especially overcrowded  - for better or worse - at this time of the year. If you find yourself crawling through this tourist warzone, gently direct the confused masses to the venues listed below. 



20.00 Catherine Christer Hennix @ Beate Uwe

WHY: Care Of Editions presents an evening of psychedelic music and blues-infused standing waves by Catherine Christer Hennix, set in the chill-friendly environment of Beate Uwe. Performing her slow-motion dervish disco will be Hennix’s Psychotropic Five—with Hilary Jeffery, Amir ElSaffar, Paul Schwingenschlögl, and a secret special guest—in a rare and spontaneous assemblage to support Ms. Hennix’s last Berlin concert as a Berlin local. Catherine Christer Hennix is a Swedish-American composer, poet, philosopher, scientist, and visual artist associated with drone minimal music.

Beate Uwe / Schillingstrasse 31, 10179 Berlin, S+U Jannowitzbrücke / more info



21.00 Acid Baby Jesus + TAU @ Urban Spree

WHY: With the new EP, Greek quartet ACID BABY JESUS are reemerging as a truly sinister force of deep Mediterranean psych-rock. The bands’ heavy, psychedelic rock’n’roll sound is taking strong cues from their native folk history – particularly Greece’s rebetiko music – for an entirely fresh sound that was developed during a year long hiatus on a secluded Greek island. TAU is a collaborative project spearheaded by Berlin-based Shaun Mulrooney, live organist and percussionist for Dead Skeletons. It is a collage of ideas and trance-induced soundscapes, influenced by the psychedelic/psycho-active experience.

Urban Spree / Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin, S+U Warschauer Str. / more info


FRIDAY 24.07

20.00 YO! SISSY Festival @ Various locations

WHY: YO! SISSY is the queer music festival Berlin has been waiting for! Taking place July 24th to 26th at SchwuZ, Neue Heimat, and SO36. YO! SISSY bridges the gap between the burgeoning local scene and established, international artists. The weekend will be packed with over 50 live acts, surprise performances, gourmet local foods, and the best of Berlin's over-the-top nightlife community. Come kick it with Peaches, JD Samson, Crystal Waters, Hard Ton, Christeene, Cakes Da Killa and many more of the craziest and most boundary-pushing artists around.

YO! SISSY / Various locations (SchwuZ, Neue Heimat, SO36) / ongoing until 26.07 / more info


SUNDAY 26.07

21.00 Foxtrott + Antoine93 + Why Alex, Why (DJ) @ Urban Spree

WHY: Since FOXTROTT's critically-acclaimed debut EP „Shields“, the singer/ songwriter/ producer has established herself as one of the most promising new voices coming from Montreal's fertile musical lanscape. With „A Taller Us“, FOXTROTT delivers an emotional and earnest album that plants her firmly as an artist to watch in 2015. Support comes in the form of Antoine93, a recent Torstraßen Festival highlight and Welcome To Berlin winner. Why Alex, Why (aka Alex Lemieux) will round out this all Quebecois lineup by DJing before, between and after the live acts.

Urban Spree / Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin, S+U Warschauer Str. / more info


MONDAY 27.07

20.00 Sun Worship + Nadja + James Kelly @ Urban Spree

WHY: Berlin outfit Sun Worship is a kind of black metal without pretense or theatrics, a sonic landscape both stripped and dense. With Nadja, Aidan Baker & Leah Buckareff make music that encompasses experimental/drone, ambient, shoegaze, and doom metal. The Canadian duo’s slowly moving musical dreamslugde and dirge-like drums has been released on labels such as Alien8, Important records, and most recently, Denovali. James Kelly, frontman of Irish black metal band Altar of Plagues and the mind behind electronic music project, WIFE, will provide dark ambiances throughout the night.

Urban Spree / Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin, S+U Warschauer Str. / more info



20.00 "I Dream of Wires" release premiere + live performance by Morton Subotnick @ Babylon

WHY: "I Dream Of Wires" is an independent documentary about the history, demise and resurgence of the modular synthesizer – exploring the dreams and obsessions of people who have dedicated part of their lives to this fascinating, esoteric electronic music machine. The release premiere at Kino Babylon in Berlin will be followed by a live performance by the legendary Morton Subotnick, who will present "From Silver Apples of the Moon To a Sky of Cloudless Sulfur Revisited: VI", accompanied by his frequent collaborator, video artist Lillevan.

Babylon / Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 30, 10178 Berlin, U Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz / more info


MONDAY 03.08

18.00 Krake Festival @ Various locations

WHY: The Krake Festival rises again this summer, bringing up a full week of electronic music straight from the depths of the Berlin and international underground. Same as the last year, the week is starting with an arty night on Monday, the classic Wednesday night at Berghain Kantine, a techno night on Friday at Suicide Circus, and the peak of the festival on Saturday, when Urban Spree unites with Suicide Circus to offer a massive festival place with six floors full with music and arts. For the whole week of the Krake Festival, an art exhibition will be set up at Urban Spree.

Krake Festival / Various locations (Kantine am Berghain, Suicide Circus, Urban Spree) / ongoing until 08.08 / more info

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