Bored with your party routine? The time is right to break it with good old gigs -- the list looks better than ever. Even suspiciously so...
And since we know that great things are even greater when they're free, we will make sure a few of you get a pair of tickets for your greatest date ever.
18.00 Denovali Festival @ Heimathafen Neukölln
WHY: This year's edition of Denovali Festival in Berlin takes place at Heimathafen Neukölln, and brings on stage some not-to-be-missed acts: Demdike Stare, Subheim, Nadja, Celeste and Esben and the Witch on the first day of the festival, and Grouper, Ricardo Donoso, Orson Hentschel, Wife and Portico on the second. The festival offers a diverse range of music styles, mostly on the experimental spectrum.
Heimathafen Neukölln / Karl-Marx-Str. 141, 12043 Berlin, U Karl-Marx-Str. / more info
23.00 Palmbomen II, Seekae, Via App, Heatsick, Broshuda @ St. Georg
WHY: After the Denovali Festival highlighted above, head to St.Georg for the first Shameless/Limitless party at this venue. As expected for this kind of event, the line-up is all-stars: Palmbomen II, Seekae, Via App, Heatsick, and Broshuda (=also responsible for the poster art). They'll keep the party going till the late/early hours.
St. Georg / Ritterstr. 26, 10969 Berlin, U Moritzplatz / more info
20.00 Sound Anatomy II: Richard Scott & Kazuhisa Uchihasi + Peter Cusack #131 @ Spektrum
WHY: Peter Cusack is a field recordist and sound artist with a long interest in the sound environment, who will start off the evening with a solo performance. Richard Scott & Kazuhisa Uchihashi are two of Berlin's most expressive improvising composers who worked together intensely in 2015 discovering a vivid, powerful performance in which many genres of sound and noise efortlessly coexist. This will be their first sonic encounter in 2016.
Spektrum / Bürknerstr. 12, 12047 Berlin, U Schönleinstr. / more info
19.00 At the Drive-In @ Columbia Halle
WHY: Not an April Fools' joke, believe it or not: At the Drive-In are back in the original formation with brand new material and world tour scheduled for the next few months. After some festival appearances and collaborations between band members, the beloved post-hardcore quartet got back together once again to everyone's surprise and excitement. You can probably guess that tickets are long gone, but for a few extra bucks you can still probably get it from resellers.
Columbia Halle / Columbiadamm 13-21, 10965 Berlin, Platz der Luftbrücke / more info
20.00 Animal Collective @ PBHF Club
WHY: Judging by the reviews of their long-awaited eleventh album, „Painting With“, Animal Collective still got it – the ability to launch you into a state of trance with sound only. Their new songs are as experimental and deeply textured as any of the predeceding albums, but at the same time sound as crisp as chart hits. Their show is where the most of this ecstatic energy comes out; if you're not a fan, after seeing them live you will likely become one (trust us on this!).
PBHF Club / Am Postbahnhof 1, 10243 Berlin, S Ostbahnhof / more info
21.00 Shameless/Limitless: Pictorial Candi + Exit Someone + DJ Karolini @ Loophole
WHY: Shameless/Limitless warmly welcomes Warsaw scene queen (and recent Mansions and Millions signee) Pictorial Candi, live in concert in celebration and observance of the release of her new music video. Exit Someone will be playing support. The band includes members of Vesuvio Solo, and this will be their first show. Karolini will be DJing before / between / after.
Loophole / Boddinstr. 60, 12051 Berlin, U Rathaus Neukölln / more info
20.00 Battles + The Field @ Columbia Theater
WHY: Battles are a band linked by unique combination of artistry, experimentation, technology and singular focus; holding computerized loops in their brains while leaving sweat on their machines. Their latest album, „La Di Da Di“, is a mushrooming monolith of repetition, as the name might imply, which they will present at their next live show in Berlin, along with the 'greatest hits' from their older repertoire.
Columbia Theater / Columbiadamm 9-11, 10965 Berlin, Platz der Luftbrücke / more info
23.59 BOO HOO (w/ Karim Karam, Why Be, Dovecake, Ziúr & Joey Hansom) @ Südblock
WHY: Karim & Karam promise a barrage of transglobal sounds that will cover you in neon leopard print. Behind this Stockholm DJ duo are Karin Dreijer (a.k.a. Fever Ray) and her cohort from The Knife's stage ensemble, Maryam Nikandish. Also on board is wiz kid Why Be aka Tobias Lee, and Dovecake. Music before, after and in between by BOO HOO residents Ziúr & Joey Hansom.
Südblock / Admiralstr. 1-2, 10999 Berlin, U Kottbusser Tor / more info