‘Blessed’ is how BERLIN LOVE YOU felt when compiling this week’s guide to gigs in Berlin. Is it unreasonable to attend all these shows? Perhaps. Is it physically possible? Let’s see how we get on… Friday 28th October Dead Sentries and Dysnea Boys @ Tiefgrund Tiefgrund at Ostkreuz hosts a night of homegrown punk music … Read more Berlin Gig Guide #6 – We. Are. Spoiled.
It was at Wilma Bar sometime last year that I first caught sight of the River Rats. Wilma’s bare walls, the candlesticks overflowing with wax and the cigarette smoke which perpetually hangs in the air, all evoke the spirit of some arthouse film. That evening was no different, the sound of live gypsy jazz seeping … Read more These Gypsy Jazz River Rats Roam Our Streets and Infest Our Ears
Cassettes are back. There are plenty of good reasons to dig out your old tape deck or to go venturing to a salubrious flea market to scavenge for one. They’re back in vogue to such an extent that there’s even a day dedicated to the beauty of magnetic tape. Record label Späti Palace (we don’t … Read more Taping Berlin’s Music Scene – Cassette Day
There ain’t no doubt about it – autumn is upon us. Walking on my way to the Le Butcherettes show at Cassiopeia last Thursday in the cool air and fading daylight, I was reminded why this is the perfect time of year for gigs. Something feels right about journeying across town to the cosy confines … Read more Berlin Gig Guide #5 – Autumnal Gig Happenings
Michael Rother’s set at the Synästhesie Festival on the weekend is proof (if proof was needed) that techno has its roots in Germany’s krautrock scene. Rother was there to perform much-loved songs from both his former band Neu! and Harmonium. Repetitive, relentless and really damn good, what better place to hear such cutting-edge music than … Read more Berlin Gig Guide #4 : Cult Heroes Descend on Berlin
On Sunday myself and a sizable crowd of Berliners congregated along the busy Am Treptower Park road hopeful to hear strains of Radiohead as they performed at Lollapalooza Festival. Radiohead certainly sounded good from our position and we could definitely make out ‘No Surprises’, ‘Creep’ and ‘2 + 2 = 5′ between the gaps in traffic. … Read more BLY Gig Guide #3: Synesthetic Sensual Overload
How long does it take for a free Pixies show in Berlin to sell out? The answer – less than 10 minutes. At close to midnight two weeks ago, BLY received an email about the show yet despite a frantic digital dash to the Arte site (the show was being filmed for TV), all tickets … Read more BLY Gig Guide #2: Thirsty & Miserable
Berlin’s summer sun needs a kick up the arse. But for music fans in the city, none of that matters. Especially when there’s so many good gigs taking place this week. Check out what’s good below: Friday 15th Deaf Wish @ West Germany Signed to the enduringly cool Sub Pop label (once home to moderately successful bands … Read more BLY Gig Guide: Fall On Deaf Wish Ears, Weekly #1