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Allan’s Breakfast Club & Wine Bar is a Mouthful

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Allan’s Breakfast Club & Wine Bar doesn’t draw the crowd you’d expect. “On Sundays, we have the families and kids for breakfast, the younger adults for brunch, and the kids who come straight from Berghain in the afternoon for Bloody Marys.” Allan, the proprietor and chief of Allan’s Breakfast Club & Wine Bar, tells me … Read moreAllan’s Breakfast Club & Wine Bar is a Mouthful

Refinery Coffee Brings Its Artisan Beans to Kreuzberg

Understated might be a good word to describe Refinery Coffee. Nestled just off the Spree on Albrechtstrasse, it’s easy to miss at first glance. Its interior is a classic example of minimalism – bare light bulbs descend from the ceiling illuminating a couple of wooden booths, a simple counter bedecked with numerous coffee-making contraptions, shelves … Read moreRefinery Coffee Brings Its Artisan Beans to Kreuzberg

Last Week in Berlin: Christmas is Coming! (Whether You Like It or Not.)

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BERLIN LOVES YOU, even if you’re one of those lebkuchen-crazed hopefuls who decorates the Christmas tree November 1, eager for Jesus to come.  And Berlin STILL Loves You if you use the street as your personal elf parade, far before cracking open that Advent Calendar. It just assumes you’re kind of a Christmassy always-one-step-ahead fashion whack-job.  … when … Read moreLast Week in Berlin: Christmas is Coming! (Whether You Like It or Not.)

Last Week in the Streets: This is Hallowe’en

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“If you can see things out of whack, then you can see how things can be in whack.” — Dr. Seuss Berlin streets were certainly whacked this past weekend. Erratic energy, vibrant costumes, bloodied lovers–we caught the moments on film, before the monsters retreated to their caverns for the long, Berlin winter’s night. The eyes of … Read moreLast Week in the Streets: This is Hallowe’en

Get Ready for A Berlin Winter with KILEZA @ Bohannon Club

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Written during Berlin’s coldest and longest winter in 50 years, A Berlin Winter is the upcoming album from indie-pop singer-songwriter Kileza. Born and raised in South Africa, Kileza has lived and performed in Argentina, Canada, and is currently situated Berlin. Her music reflects the influences of her travels, which she describes as psychedelic R&B, a blend … Read moreGet Ready for A Berlin Winter with KILEZA @ Bohannon Club

How to Make it in Berlin – Sahra

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Sahra’s story is perhaps the archetypical process of the ‘Berlin dream’. Visit city. Fall in love with city. Move to city. This three-step process has defined Berlin for generations as a place for a fresh start and new life. 25-year-old Sahra was born and bred in Stuttgart, Germany, but says that because of the city’s … Read moreHow to Make it in Berlin – Sahra

Who Controls the Turf? Berlin’s Görlitzer Park

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Even during midnight hours on a weeknight, I can open my window in Kreuzberg and hear commotion from Görlitzer Park. Shattering glass, a boom-box blasting dub music and heated talk rise up into the air and bang on my eardrums with little relenting. Most apartments are darkened, sleepy time for early morning folk and their … Read moreWho Controls the Turf? Berlin’s Görlitzer Park

Vesselroom Project hosts DARK ENTRIES RECORDS + DOKIDOKI //// MUSIC LABEL ART EXHIBITION

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After watching Germany come up with a tie during Saturday night’s World Cup match, I hit the streets to find signs of Fête de la Musique, which takes place yearly on June 21. Kotti seemed to be the epicenter of excitement in Kreuzberg. A dense atmosphere of people lined the sidewalks, streets and bars. I … Read moreVesselroom Project hosts DARK ENTRIES RECORDS + DOKIDOKI //// MUSIC LABEL ART EXHIBITION

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Berlin show 2014 @ Postbahnhof

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Indie messiah Stephen Malkmus & band ‘The Jicks’ are to embark upon another world tour in 2014!. That means us lucky Berliners are entitled to a thick slice of the post-Pavement pie.

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His 6th studio LP ‘Wig Out At Jagbags’ is set to be released early next year and by the sounds of the two lead singles, predictably laden with observational randomness and inexhaustible satire, it’s going to be a goody!. As if he were capable of anything else.

Not one to rest on his laurels, Malkmus (47, with a kind of Benjamin Button thing going on) is an extraordinary man. A tireless musician using the modern-day media platform (in his case Domino Recording Co) to his advantage whilst seemingly remaining aloof, underground and very 90’s.

If you’re unfamiliar with his solo work – you can expect all the magic of Pavement’s ‘Brighten the Corners’ or ‘Wowee Zowee’ with, dare I say, a preponderance of prog. The new set up enables Malkmus to utilise his underrated guitar chops. He does this tastefully, of course.

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For more info on Steve and the band visit Stephen Malkmus official

The show takes place @ Postbahnhof, Straße Der Pariser, Kommune 3-10,
^^^10243 Berlin, Germany. Full details and tickets.

I’d love to leave you with a clip from the upcoming album but alas, GEMA have thwarted my plans (again). Here’s a classic!

Text: Rob Bravery

Statistics of Berlin Part III: Where are all the young people living?

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Berlin has tons of young people running around for one reason or another, but here’s where you can find most of them (or avoid them). Mitte has become the main neighborhood for younger people, with an average age of 36 (while 42.9 is the average age in Berlin). The reason for this is that many … Read moreStatistics of Berlin Part III: Where are all the young people living?

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