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:
Deaf Wish @ West Germany
Signed to the enduringly cool Sub Pop label (once home to moderately successful bands such as Nirvana, The Shins and Fleet Foxes), Australian band Deaf Wish represent the scuzzier end of the label’s roster. Think Stooges. Think Sonic Youth. Think noisy and relentless garage rock.
As the name suggests, their most recent album ‘Pain’ isn’t a particularly comfortable listen. It is, however, a thrilling mix of everything that makes post-punk and alternative rock exciting. This will be a rare opportunity to see the band since they’re based all around the world, so don’t let it pass you by. Supporting Deaf Wish are Berlin-based Plattenbau, who have recently released their first cassette-only album.
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Ben Wuyts / A.S Fanning / Paul Dill @ Prachtwerk
Saturday sees three of Berlin’s most talented singer-songwriters take to the stage at the elegant Prachtwerk in Neukölln. Bringing with them their respective bands, Ben Wuyts, A.S Fanning and Paul Dill all offer a beguiling mix of folk and indie styles. Headlining the evening is British-born Wuyts, who will be showcasing his recently recorded album and new backing band at Prachtwerk. Before Wuyts is A.S Fanning, who combines the literary wordplay and deep baritone of Leonard Cohen with the darkness of Ian Curtis and the Americana of Silver Jews. This evening he will be backed by sparse drums and lush organ sounds. Paul Dill, who has just released his first single ‘Happy Child’ will kick the night off.
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Pixies @ Zitadelle Spandau
After enjoying 10 years of cashing in on their status as ‘alt-rock legends’, the Pixies are back to work. Their 2014 album ‘Indie Cindy’ was an exciting document of where the band was at and did much to dispel fears that the band didn’t have it in them to create new music together. The band’s announcement last week of a new album entitled ‘Head Carrier’ arriving in September came as a surprise to fans, many of whom had given up on the band being a proper going concern. It’s time to accept that Pixies are an actual band again, which can only be a good thing.
With their comeback (if you can still call it that) now justified, the band are currently on tour in Europe. Catch them this Monday when they perform their only German show inside the walls of the Zitadelle Spandau fortress on the western edge of Berlin. Support comes from pioneering shoegaze band, Lush.
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Tercio Macabro @ Culture Container
Take part in musical history and join Argentinian band Tercio Macabro as they record a live gig at Culture Container, one of Berlin’s most intimate venues. It’s the first gig of this power rock trio’s European tour so expect to see them on lively form.
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