Original out in this week’s version of The Copenhagen Post
Music Listings 17th-23rd Jan
Who will headline Roskilde Festival this year?
Trentemøller, Mø, Arctic Monkeys, Major Lazer and (I hope) The Lumineers, Disclosure
Which Danish acts will break out internationally this year?
Iceage, Ice Cream Cathedral, Schultz & Forever,
Who is your all-time music hero and why?
The Bob Dylan of the 60´s for befriending Woodie Guthrie and incorporating his genuine music ethos into an idea that was in sync with the ideals of the counterculture movement. His work from this decade echoes on in eternity.
In three words, describe X Factor
vox populi tragedy
Music listings, Concerts:
Mc Ollie & Eco
Rust; Fri 17th Jan; 01:00, 60 kr
Mc Ollie is known in local circles for having something of a talent within the art of freestyle rap. His coming of age is exemplified by his victory in the 2013 MC’s fight night championship, a crown which he took with some aplomb at a spectator-packed Tivoli last year. Eco is no slack himself, having released a critically acclaimed album,Epen Alter in 2012 which was followed by him winning the then inaugural Rap slam competition. Expect plenty of hip hop influences from two of the more seasoned performers on the local scene, who in addition to playing their own material, will surely add fresh elements of impromptu composition.
Lanterns on the Lake
Ideal Bar; Sat 18th Jan; 20:00, 90 kr
Lanterns on the Lake are a British band who are enjoying quite a bit of popularity at the moment with their beautiful, airy indie rock. Having made their name at last year’s Glastonbury festival, Lanterns on the Lake also released their second album in 2013, the cunningly named ‘Until The Colours Run,’ a dreamy journey through desperation, exasperation, melancholia and ultimately, hope. Theirs is a gentle, breezy take on rock that combines soft vocals with a minimalist instrumental finish that’s easy on the ears, easier still on the soul and 90 DKK is a small price to pay to see a band destined for great things in the future.
Rux, Loke Depth & SolKongen
Rust; Sat 18th Jan; 01:00, 60 kr
To hip hop now where Nørrebro’s marquee club Rust will be serving a late nigh session of local talent. Danish hip hop is by and large amateur by comparison to American or French traditions but it’s worth listening to it for yourself and drawing your own judgements, so here’s your chance. Rux is an orthodox rapper, known for his forays into Danish hip hop along with Loke Depth, who’ll also be performing on the evening. Solkongen, the third performer of the evening has also worked closely with the others, so expect a hyggeligt, beat filled, lyric-rich hip hop family affair.
Lille Vega; Mon 20th Jan; 21:00, 255 kr
Not my personal favourite by any stretch of the imagination, but if you’re into hard rock, this is surely one concert you wouldn’t want to miss. Bordering on the limits of heavy metal, Monster Magnet have been around since the late eighties and have been heavyweights in the niche of American stoner rock, providing a heady concoction of pure madness that is quite popular amongst fans of the genre and that draws inspiration from the likes of Black Sabbath and The Stooges. After a 13 hiatus, Monster Magnet will be eager to remind their local fans of what they’ve been missing all these years.
Martini’s 5-tet, Paradise Jazz
Huset; Tues 21st Jan; 20:00, 80 kr
Kira Martini and her quintet have been slowly but surely cementing themselves into the annals of modern jazz in the city. Replete with references and styles that echo with the warmth and pleasantry of Brazil and New Orleans, Martini’s music has gone from being popular underground brilliance to unique, non-mainstream music that’s backed by a humble, down-to-earth ethos that’s charmed the hearts of many (including Berlinske Tidende who gave her a rare 5 stars for her latest album). Expect warm, immersive music that’ll consign your winter blues to the back of your mind and take you on a jazz-inspired tour of Rio.
The Juke Joint
Modjo’s Blues Bar; Mon 20th Jan; 21:30, Free
The ideal aftershock to the weekend’s high jinxes, Monday’s Juke joint is an easy-going night of blues, singer-songwriter material and other pleasantries, hosted by a man who’s dedicated his life to fronting for the blues in this city, Alain Apoloo. The endearing Kaia Højlund will be back at the Juke Joint this particular Monday. Her vocal qualities are phenomenal and have been known to leave audiences spellbound from time to time. The swashbuckling Peter Skjerning is also on the bill and it’s safe to say that one can expect guest impromptu appearances from all manner of weird and wonderful guitar lovers.
Ennio, Tol10 & Mr Revealomaniac
Culture Box; Fri 17th Jan;
Hamburg man Ennio is a young gun on the electronic music scene, whose style has drawn comparisons with one of the most appealing names of 2013, Disclosure. Underground house that packs a decisive punch cheekily flanked by airy, pop-like vocals is what Ennio is all about; a welcome change to Culture Box’s unrelenting tendency to stick to booking electronic acts of the harder, faster beat-per-minute spectrum.
What Happens presents Steve Lawler
Culture Box; Sat 18th Jan; 21:00, 100 kr
Viva records boss Steve Lawler is a Don amongst the sheep in the world of tech house. Energetic, quick-witted behind the decks and boasting a DJ curriculum vitae that spans expansive shows across the globe and numerous accolades including that of best British DJ, this is surely one of Culture Box’s biggest signings in a while. Expect pure hedonism from a world class entertainer.
House of Harvey / Move D
Harvey Copenhagen; Sat 18th Jan; 22:00, 60 kr
If Steve Lawler’s tech house is too immersive a frequency to latch on to, trust the meatpacking district to throw a party that’s potentially equally cool but far more low-key. Move D is one of many German Deejays flying the flag of minimalist electronic music high in sky and will add a contemplative touch to the usually strictly classic house appeal of Harvey Copenhagen.
KB18; Sat 18th Jan; 00:00, 50 kr
A techno purist, Psyk (aka Manuel Anós) hails from a city in which this genre is the creme de la creme of cult culture, Madrid. Following in the footsteps of the likes of Plastikman and Jeff Mills, Psyk’s sets are merciless, heady and hedonistic; ventures into insanity of the Detroit-school of techno sort. Buckle up !