Music Tips 24.06 - 06.07

Things are slightly deviating in the first official summer weeks. It's no time for smooth hit compilations; Berlin currently sounds like the Lightning Bolt, noisy and fierce! Still, it is all about the variety, so keep scrolling to the one that sings to your soul. 

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20.00 METZ @ Cassiopeia

WHY: METZ is a noise rock trio from Toronto: guitarist and vocalist Alex Edkins, bassist Chris Slorach, and drummer Hayden Menzies. Formed in 2008, they released their eponymous debut album on the Sub Pop label in 2012. Their newly released second album, simply titled "II", shares the same raw power as the previous, which apparently explodes on stage. Worth checking them out live.

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


21.00 You Don't Really Know Me: Renaissance Man @ Monarch

WHY: The June edition of "You Don't Really Know Me" is dedicated to the obscure tastes and guilty pleasures of the Finnish artist Ville Haimala aka Renaissance Man. So far he released one album and several EPs, remixing artists from Sissy Nobby to P. Diddy, working together with people like Physical Therapy and Dan Bodan, and touring everywhere from Tokyo to Montreal. He also co-runs the label Black Ocean, which has released music from Soda Plains, M.E.S.H, N’bome, Initiative, and RM.

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



20.00 Live: WUME / On decks: DAN DEACON + TWISTED ROBOT + SAVY SEV @ Monarch

WHY: Wume are April Camlin and Albert Schatz from Baltimore, Maryland. Their music explores polyrhythmic structures through the lens of kosmische, and is in a constant state of evolution and self-reflection, traversing the well-worn tundra of ambient minimalism and stone cold Kraut-crafted beats. After finishing a whole tour as support for Dan Deacon, WUME will play an exclusive live show at Monarch, followed by DJs Dan Deacon, Twisted Robot, and Savvy Sev.

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


FRIDAY 26.06

23.59 New Codes @ Tresor

WHY: Berlin Atonal’s New Codes night returns this Friday with a stacked line-up, as an overture for the big five-day festival in August. For this edition, Atonal has invited HATE collaborators Miles Whittaker and G.H. to play a special live show together at the Globus room, and Lee Gamble to enter the mix, going back to back with Miles to showcase their common interest in crate-digging and unexpected sound combinations. Dowstairs, Tresor will host Peter Van Hoesen, Broken English Club, and Peder Mannerfelt.

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


MONDAY 29.06

20.00 Kometenmelodien: Tasseomancy + Helen Fry @ Kantine am Berghain

WHY: Tasseomancy are Canadian siblings Sari and Romy Lightman (also known as Austra's backup singers), and their band members Evan Cartwright and Johnny Spence. Together they interpret popular music by combining delicate melody hooks, danceable rhythms and steel drum beats. Recently they released a new (second) album, "Palm Wine Revisited", with appropriately warm summer sound. Their support act Helen Fry will complement the night with otherworldly synth pieces and a touch of R'n'B.

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



20.30 Shameless/Limitless: World Gang (Feat. Jeremiah Green of Modest Mouse) + Dubais @ Loophole

WHY: World Gang is an ambient post rave duo consisting of Jeremiah Green (who has a night off from drumming with his other band, Modest Mouse) and Darrin Wiener (who also produces analog techno under his Goldwiener alias). Support comes from  Dubais, the lo-fi dark disco multimedia music project of visual artist, cultural activist, and musician Nadia Buyse.

Loophole / Boddinstr. 60, 12053 Berlin, U Rathaus Neukolln / more info


21.00 Kometenmelodien: Lightning Bolt @ Berghain

WHY: Lightning Bolt are Brian Chippendale on drums and vocals & Brian Gibson on bass guitar. The band met and formed 20 years ago at the Rhode Island School of Design. They are known for their guerrilla-style live performances, playing typically among the crowd rather than on the stage. Their sound is loud and aggressive, intelligent and addictive; taking cues from Japanese noise rock bands such as Boredoms and Ruins, as well as the likes of Philip Glass and Sun Ra. In Berghain they will present their sixth album, "Fantasy Empire", released on Thrill Jockey Records. Unless you are gettting a kick out of risking hearing loss, earplugs are highly recommended for this gig. 

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


22.00 Grand Jeté: Atom™, Vinilette, Strobocop, VSQ @ OHM

WHY: Grand Jeté, an electronic music series at OHM which started last year, resurrects this summer to present electronic live acts sharing the stage with DJs on five Thursdays from July to November. All of the involved artists come from different musical backgrounds, and all guarantee joyful listening and dancing experience. First two live acts in this year's series will be Atom™ and Vinilette, with opening DJ sets by Strobocop aka Thorsten Lütz & the VSQ aka Hanno Leichtmann.

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



13.00 Down By the River Festival 2015 @ ://about blank

WHY: The 7th edition of Down By The River, Berlin’s afternoon festival celebrating the fringes of pop music, takes place in the beautiful garden of ://about blank. This time featuring: B.B. Sea, Canyon Spree, Doctorella, Erfolg, Farfara, Featherweights, Frank Fairfield, Helmut Erler, Julie Doiron, Lach, Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp, Razor Kunts, and Viktor's Joy.

://about blank / Markgrafendamm 24c, 10245 Berlin, S Ostkreuz / more info

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