Music Listings: 14th -20th Feb
Samaris + Blaue Blume
Rust; Fri 14th; 21:00, 95 kr
Of Monsters and Men, Sigur Ros, Gus Gus, Bjørke you name it. In a world where talentless attention-seeking gits steal the limelight, Icelandic music has consistently delivered a humble albeit vehemently powerful message in the world of music, standing out as something very special indeed. Samaris are no different to your “typical” Icelandic band, sounding like the soundtrack of some mythical medieval-age movie. They are backed up by a Danish band that draws astonishing parallels with Anthony and The Johnson’s on account of their beautiful, surreal vocals, Blaue Blume. This is a must-see concert and the pick of the bunch this time round.
100 % Max Akwaaba, Who Are You People
Global Cph; Fri 14th; 21:30, 70 kr
Afrobeat is anything but popular in today’s Denmark. Globally though, the efforts of Fela Kuti, Tony Allen and others have made the genre into a powerful voice of protest, revelry and elation. 100% max Akwaaba feature members from established non-mainstream bands such as Analogik and Bli glad, a self-proclaimed African Viking band that fuses Danish texts over heavily percussive, feel-good African music. The other band on show, Who Are You people, are Global CPH stalwarts, having performed as part of the house’s orchestra and as part of the afrobeat club, Go Shout Plenty. Nuclear fusion has nothing on musical fusion and this evening will be heavily laden with the latter.
The Deep Dark Woods
Lille Vega; Sat 15th Feb; 21:00, 150 kr
The Deep Dark Woods are one of those bands whose sound is akin to that of a cat on velvet feet or the hushed paddle of a swan flipper in moonlit waters. Poetically astute and replete with rich indie influences that waltz in and out of country and neo-folk persuasions, The Deep Dark Woods will be in the country promoting their 5th album, Jubilee, and will be, rather appropriately supported by local indie band, Under The Pines. Together, they will make for a venturesome foray into the rock-rich landscapes nestled deep in the woodlands of modern music.
Lille Vega; Sun 16th; 21:00, 185 kr
I’m personally not a fan of Heavy Metal, but as a genre it does tend to be perennially overlooked by many. Iced Earth have been around for the last 20 years during which they have released a rollicking 10 albums, 4 e.p’s and one fully live album. Their sound is driven, pile-driver-esque metal, devoid of some of the roaring that tends to characterize the genre. Be on the lookout for songs from their latest album, Dystopia, a work themed on Orwelian nightmare scenarios of the future whose sound would be at home in many a modern entertaining video game.
The Juke Joint
Mojo’s Blues Bar; Mon 17th; 21:00, Free
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Monday night’s Mojo’s Juke Joint is the place to be. Free of charge and hosted by the talented Alain Apoloo, this particular evening features Peter Skjerning as the headliner. A seasoned, mature musician from the outhern tip of Jutlansd, Skjerning divides his time between playing music and teaching it. As always, the Juke Joint’s jam format allows people to contribute to the evening should they wish to do so. For those of you with the musician gene in your blood, this could be a good oppirtunity to take to the grand stage for a few minutes.
Alain Apoloo / womex.com
Song Surfing: Anne Søeglund, White Ocean
Drop Inn; Tues 18th; 21:00, free
Tuesday night, very much a hit or miss affair as far as night’s out go. We reckon that this Tuesday will be a hit though as Anne Søegren showcases her canny blend of melancholic jazz and minimalist pop. Søegren’s lyrics are a tangled matrix of mundane and extraordinary thoughts of the everyday, covering all spectra of emotions from love to every Dane’s favourite topic, the weather and our relationship to it. Backing her up on the night are White Ocean, a Germanic / Scandinavian experimental band whose rock ‘n roll forays are curiously melancholic but still worth a listen.
Jolene; Fri 14th; 01:00, Free
One of the pearls of the meatpacking district, Jolene rarely posts its night lineup anywhere and therefore frequently misses being listed in different media. It is probably Copenhagen’s best night club, in purely musical terms- representing deep house, disco and even funk and old school hip hop with the low-key panache of a veritable underground bastion of culture. Try it out for yourself.
Culture Box; Fri 14th; 21:00, 70 kr
Milton Bradley is one of Berlin’s old timers within the electronic music scene. His sets are dark, hangar-like concoctions of the industrial, repetitive sort. These concrete constructions are built on many years worth of varied influences that chart the history of one of the most exciting capitals in Europe, and ultimately Bradley’s own quest for his identity within this musical landscape.
What Happens Presents James Dutton
Culture Box; Sat 15th; 21:00, 50 kr
Culture Box’s monthly patronage to house music, What Happens, is back, this time with the seasoned Iberian James Dutton, whose residencies at clubs such as Amnesia and Ushuaia and Privelege on the White Isle of Ibiza demarcate him as a stellar booking. Add hefty local support in the form of resident jockeys Tim Andresen and Emilio and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a solid night out.
Mester & Lærling
Mester & Lærling; Sat 15th; 22:00, Free
Another meatpacking district pearl that’s very discreet in its promotion, Mester & Lærling is where to go for the nostalgia of the seventies and eighties. Funk of the funkiest sort in tiled, compact surroundings that once housed one of the city’s oldest slaughterhouses exemplifies what can be done with a slight bit of creative thinking and gentrification. Don your dancing shoes.