Original article published in The Local
From a Dutch violin virtuoso to Danish trip-rock, German prog-metal and American hip-hop, here is The Local’s guide to the best concerts of May.
The air is rife with the scent of spring and cherry tree blossoms have provided newfound optimism after a winter that many would rather forget. Gone are the bleak, icicle-strewn mornings and false promises of spring being “just round the corner.”
Now that we’re in to May, outdoor concerts is underway and one of our picks for this month is the unlikely combination of Danish trip-rock outfit Spids Nøgenhat performing in the idyllic setting of Tivoli.
We’ve compiled a list of ten concerts – from Dutch violin maestro Andre Rieu to the Peruvian psychedelic electronic sounds of Dengue Dengue Dengue and acclaimed British singer-songwriter Laura Marling – that you won’t want to miss this month.
Original article written for The Local Denmark, available here
From raucous metal to seismic drum ‘n’ bass and Arab rock, here are our picks for December’s ten best gigs.
It might be easy to overlook the music options here and now given the fact that summer festivals Roskilde, NorthSide and Tinderbox are already doing their best to get us thinking about the warmer and brighter months ahead.
But there’s no need to hibernate until summer rolls around. Despite December being one of the busiest months of the year for most people, there are still plenty of opportunities to escape the hustle and bustle of the holidays by taking in a concert. Indeed, this month is filled with opportunities for the catharsis and enjoyment that live music brings.
For those of you who’d like a break from the madness of the festive season, there are sedate acts like Iceland’s Samaris that’ll calm the feistiest of winter nights.
Click here for The Local’s concert picks in December
For those in need of more of a release, the likes of Meshuggah and Mastodon tip the heavy metal scales for this month’s listings whilst impeccable electronic acts such as Gorgon City and Friction & Linguistics offer the chance to dance the night away. And who could forget Lykke Li, an act well and truly in a category of her own? See all ten of our picks here.
Electronic darling Tangerine
Tivoli Concert Hall; Th 3 April, 19:30; 395kr
Tangerine Dream are heavyweight champions in the field of electronic music, having contributed monumentally to music history since they were founded back in the swinging ‘60s in Berlin.
Since then the band’s musicians have come and gone like the tide – today Edgar Froese is the only founder left.
Capable of trading blows for krautrock supremacy with other titans such as Kraftwerk (who closed last year’s Roskilde Festival), this is Tangerine Dream’s Scandinavian debut and it should be an absolute masterclass.
Lee Ranaldo & The Dust
Rust; Thu 3 April, 21:00; 180kr
Lee Ranaldo, who Spin magazine staff identified as the #1 guitarist of all time, used to play in the well-known rock band Sonic Youth. His solo work is even more passionate some say. You can decide for yourself.
Global CPH; Fri 4 April, 20:00; 120kr
TamiKrest are a captivating blues band from Mali, the nation that gave us musicians like Amadou & Mariam and Tinariwen. Global CPH is the perfect venue to experience their soulful music.