What’s on Copenhagen May

More Dusseldorf than Detroit

Rust; Fri 2 May, 01:00; 80kr

 

Daniel Plessow, a mix between soul and house (Photo: Stefan Braunbarth)

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by Allan Mutuku-Kortbæk

Motor City Drum Ensemble

Rust; Fri 2 May, 01:00; 80kr

Motor City Drum Ensemble is a German DJ (Daniel Plessow) who stormed onto the global house scene back in 2008 with some a refreshingly new wave of productions that were aflame with occulted, retro references to the soulful side of house music.

Plessow’s musical ethos is anchored on a passionate intent to re-introduce soul into house and techno music, which, following its inception in the Detroit and Chicago of the ‘80s, has branched out into multiple directions, many of which are associated with a stereotype of beat monotony and uninterrupted drum kikcs.

 

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

Store Vega; Tue 20 May, 21:00; 350kr

 

Band members of the Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings (Photo: Kyle Dean Reinford)

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings 

Over the years Daptone records have provided the world with an indomitable stream of funk and soul that has often grounded its roots in a revivalist mindset intent on reliving the 1960s and 70s heydays of these genres.

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings are the flagship of this ethos and are back in the alley with a mammoth, soul-strewn album Give The People What They Want.

Those who are unfamiliar with Sharon Jones and her ageless classic southern soul persuasion are in for a concert that could easily end up being one of the best of the year.

For routine aficionados, Give the People What They Want is a work that reverberates with new energetic influences that cement Sharon Jones and The Dap King’s status as established gentry in the spectrum of soul and R & B.

The very same album also represents the struggle with pancreatic cancer that lead singer Jones has been through, a duel that led to the postponement of the initially planned album release and tour, which should have taken place a year or so ago.

Back in full force and nourished from the affection of fans, family and friends the world over, Jone’s and her troupe will surely bring a new lease of life to a Copenhagen audience looking to banish the traumas of the cold, dark winter to mere memory.

 

 

Manic Street Preachers

Store Vega; Mon 12 May, 20:00, 360kr

 

Manic Street Preachers return to Danish soil (Photo: Band’s facebook page)

Manic Street Preachers

Locally, they’ve appeared at festivals like Roskilde and had limited, albeit memorable outings at venues like Vega and Amagerbio. In the rest of Europe, few are unfamiliar with their status as musicians and confrontational revolutionaries.

Colloquially known as “The Manics,”  Welsh alternative rock stalwarts Manic street preachers have been around since the late 80’s, ‘preaching’ a leftist discourse of  heavily politicized statements through their music.

Vehement critics of socially-relevant themes such as alienation, boredom and despair aided by androgynous glam apparel and appearances, the status of the preachers in sociopolitical music folklore is by and large unrivaled in the modern era.

And whilst their latest material is a lot more acoustic than a lot of their previous work and there are no doubt many who would allege that the Welshmen are past their prime,  the preachers’ legendary status still casts an overwhelmingly powerful shadow over all that they do. 

Their return to Danish soil ought to help somewhat as far as them consolidating their reputation on the local venue circuit is concerned.

Joining the Manics on stage, London duo Public Service Broadcasting ought to provide the ideal warm up with their dystopian- themed samples from propaganda and television material; a futuristic musical narrative rooted in the now unfashionable mechanisms of state control and subversion.

Prepare for doses of alternative rock laced with traces of punk and post-punk. 

De dødelige

Rust; Sat 24 May, 21:00; 75kr

 

The De Dødelidge’s pop assault (Photo: De Dødelige)

De Dødelidge

Pop boys De Dødelige (The deathly) have been melting quite a few teenage hearts over the last year or so, following their ascension up the local mainstream ladder.

A lot of it is down to the vocal talents of lead singer Andreas Knudsen. Sony Records have been quick to capitalise on their potential and it’s safe to say that they will be around for sometime. 
Having warmed up for the cheesiest of all Danish bands, the unfathomably successful Nik & Jay, De Dødelige look poised to continue their pop assault on Denmark’s airwaves.


Sean Carey (Bon Iver) 

Vega; Wed 28 May, 21:00; 160kr


Sean Carey (Photo: Cameron Wittig)

One of the frontmen behind the critically acclaimed indie folk band Bon Iver, Sean Carey’s music is replete with chamber-pop persuasions and cinematic soundscapes that astound and inspire all at once.


Bo Saris

Lille Vega; Sat 31 May, 21:00; 170kr 


Boris Titulaer (Photo: Seginternational)

Motown-inspired pop rich in soulful influences that would do Amy Winehouse and Marvin Gaye proud. And Dutch soul singer Bo Saris (Boris Titulaer) hasn’t even got a debut album on the shelves yet.


The Fried Orka Band

Mojo’s Blues Bar; Fri 23 May, 20:00, 70kr 


The Fired Orka band (Photo: Freidokraband.dk)

The Fried Orka band are local purveyors of the more raw, acoustically-driven blues sound. Featuring multi-instrumental influences and lyrics themed on the city, they are a solid local act.

 

 

 


Calling News DJs #2


Culture Box; Fri 2 May, 21:00; 50kr 

If you’re looking for the sound of the latest undiscovered talent within electronic music, this is one party you’d do well to check out as Culture Box puts on another stellar line-up for the month of May.

 

Operaen Christiana; Fri 9 May, 21:00, 50kr

 

The smiling Larica band (Photo: Facebook)

Larica #100 

A precursor to rocksteady and reggae, ska music originated in the Jamaica of the 50’s and embedded itself in the annals of mod culture of the 60’s in Britain. Something of an unknown quantity locally, the genre is kept alive by the efforts of a few extraordinarily impassioned bands, the Næstved-founded Larica outfit being one such outfit.

Their centenary concert at one of the pearls of underground culture, Christiania’s Operaen could not have arrived at a more opportune time. Buckle up for a blast from the past.


Peter H Olsen + Mute Swimmer

Copenhagen Jazzhouse Thu 15 May, 20:00; 90kr


(Photo: NielsFabæk)

Musically-orientated poetry from local performer Peter Olsen and literary-oriented songwriting from the U.K’s Mute Swimmer is what’s on the bill for this particular evening at the jazz house.


Alain Apoloo

The Juke Joint at Mojo’s Blues Bar; Mon May 19 21:30; free adm


(Photo: alainapaloo.com)

The weekly Juke Joint at Mojo’s is a solid fixture on the local Copenhagen blues scene. On May 19 it is spearheaded by the talented Alain Apoloo and open to anyone willing to play on the night.


Schoolboy Q

Rust; Fri 18 April, 20:00; 165kr


(Photo: Mikel Galicia)

The man responsible for seminal track ‘Man of the year’ will be in Copenhagen as part of his European tour, much to the delight of many a hip hop fan.

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Music Listings, Copenhagen. 17th-23rd Jan

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: 

 

Friday 17th

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.

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http://www.mundecarlo.dk

 

 

Saturday 18th

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.

 

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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.

Monday 20th

Monster Magnet

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.

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http://www.ghostcultmag.com

 

Tuesday 21st

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.

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http://www.stardustcafe.dk

 

 

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.

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Club

Friday

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.

Saturday 18th

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.

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http://www.endclub.com

 

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.

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http://www.residentadviser.net

 

Psyk,

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 !

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http://www.mixside.com

Music Listings, Copenhagen Late August 2013

Music listings, August 30th- September 5th

CocoRosie: If you’re one of the many nostalgics who long for Roskilde festival-esque experiences, or anything remotely similar from the second you leave the festival grounds every June, CocoRosie’s concert at Vega on the 3rd of September may well be the last such moment of the year. The American sisters sound like a user-friendly version of Icelandic standout Bjørk, albeit with far more indie influences demarcating their identity. CocoRosie are the sort of band that you’d hear shattering the silence of a dark European forest at the peak of summer. You’ll have to make do with experiencing them at Store Vega this time round, though their introspective sound will give your imagination plenty of leeway to run wild.

CocoRosie: Store Vega / 3rd September . 250 DKK

Lulu Rouge / Djuna Barnes : Lulu Rouge is one of the most well-known faces on the Danish deejay circuit, within which, along with the likes of Trentemøller and Mike Sheridan, he’s managed to carve a niche out for himself. A headliner at the annual Stella Polaris chillout festival, Lulu Rouge will most likely venture into a more dance-inducing setlist than his festival forays. He’ll be backed by one of Vesterbro’s most revered personalities, Djuna Barnes, who is no stranger to the world of deejaying and electronic music herself. Los Angeles based Awesome Tapes of Africa will be adding a tribal element to the proceedings with their funky, ritual-like sounds, making for quite a good mix of genres on the evening.

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Lulu Rouge / Djuna Barnes / Awesome Tapes From Africa : Rust. 30th August. 60 DKK

Signe Eeg: Signe Eeg’s music is the sort of thing you’d listen to on a Monday night after work. Her soothing voice is as calming as it is captivating, softly flanked by gentle piano accompaniments and the occasional flutter of contrabass. She’ll be performing at the bastion of all things jazz in this city, Monmatre, in a Matinee concert that’ll sooth you softly into September on the 1st of the month. Signe will also perform the evening before, if a Sunday afternoon of jazz is not to your taste.

Signe Eeg quartet, Jazzhus Monmatre, 31st Augustt (20:00) and 1st September (Matinee / 15.00) 375 DKK

Alain Apoloo / The Juke Joint / Modjo’s Blues Bar : Modjo’s Blues Bar is practically the only place that’s worth going to on a Monday night in this city (that is unless you’re into chanting karaoke and getting sloshed with tourists at Sam’s bar). Alain Apoloo may well one of the best guitarists Copenhagen has ever seen, and many in musical circuits wonder why he’s not signed to a major American music label touring the world. Luckily for Copenhagen, his feisty guitar-plucking and cocky vocal skills can still be heard every Monday at the Juke Joint, where many other underground talents strut their stuff in the open jam session.

Alain Apollo: Modjo’s Blues Bar, 2nd September : 20:00 / FREE

Katolysik / Jazzhouse, 30th August 60 DKK

A bit of a wildcard this one. If you’re into spoken word, Katolysik are a dynamic duo who combine poetry (some freestyle) with a guitar and effects pedal. Their lyrical themes seem to capture the imagination of the Danish zeitgeist quite well, hence their popularity. There are also few other rivals in the spoken word category of music in the city, so expect a unique experience but do brush up on your Danish, as some of it can be a bit hard to understand for the untrained ear.

Tina Dickow / Tivoli, 30th August. 95 DKK

Few Danish singers can compete with Tina Dickow at the moment. In fact, if you’re one of those in search of high quality “local” music, look no further. The Århus-born Dickow has gained popularity both locally and abroad for her adventurous forays into the world of the singer-songwriter, producing her music through an independent label. Tivoli is a great place to see her whilst there’s still a slight chance of sun and good weather.

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Tina Dicow_ http://www.backseatseattle.com

Twista / Pumpehuset, 31st August. 180 DKK

A couple of years ago, Pumpehuset was headed for bankruptcy and catastrophe therein. Fast forward and the hard work of getting the venue back on its feet is paying off, with many quality bookings being made at the moment to restore the venue’s profile. Twista holds the coveted accolade of being the world’s fastest rapper, capable of “spitting” a bewildering 598 characters in 55 seconds according to the Guinness Book of Records. A seasoned veteran in the world of hip hop, Twista, or “Tongue Twista” as he was known in the past will be supported by Dj Hornes, Realz and Denmark’s uncrowned pop Prince, Joe Moe, the latter of whom has a new album out on the streets currently.

Rub a dub – SRF afterparty / Pharfar single release: 1st September / Stengade. 50 DKK

This year’s very first Scandinavian reggae festival is likely to be a grand affair with the likes of Albarosie, Raske Penge and Mr Vegas performing on Refshaleøen. If the deserted island is too far off, catch a snapshot of the action at the official after party which has been bound with one of the most exciting nights on the monthly calendar, Rub a dub Sunday’s. Danish Dancehall don, PharFar will be releasing an eagerly anticipated new album on the evening which will also feature appearances from the Donkeysound record label, one of the powerhouses behind the upsurge in Danish dancehall at the moment.

Downbeat Impact Vs Larica, BolsjeFabrikken (LÆRKEVEJ, Nørrebro): FREE

The legendary Candy Factory on Lærkevej or BolsjeFabrikken as it is known locally will soon be closing. Before it does however, some of the house’s veritable patrons, cult Ska Outfit Larica will probably tear the roof off it with what will surely be a mammoth evening. Larica will be backed by a host of local and international names on the evening. Did we mention that beers cost a meagre 10 DKK ?

Troels Abrahamsen : Bipolar release party, 30th August, Culture Box, 70 DKK

Troels Abrahamsen is better known as the leader of Danish electronic rock outfit Veto. The charismatic frontman combines lazy, high pitch vocals with trippy albeit lightweight beat structures that are more ideal to sway along to than they are to going amok. Abrahamsen will be flanked by popular trouble maker James Braun and names such as Erosion Flow and Walk Live. As usual, there are 2 rooms to choose from, the larger, more spacious Black Box and the basement Red room, with its low ceiling and lo-fi aesthetics.

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Troels Abrahamsan: http://www.politiken.dk