Denmark’s ten must-see concerts in December

Original article written for The Local Denmark, available here

Christmas dominates the proceedings in December, but the month still features several promising shows, particularly within the drum ‘n’ bass and heavy metal genres

If stadium-sized gigs are your thing, December is definitely not the month for you. More intimate, less commercial gigs are a bit of a given in a month in which shopping and julefrokoster eat up our time,  and amongst these, several hold great potential as events to be remembered.

The Local has gone digging amongst the scraps and found the best of the lot.

Children of Bodom
Amager Bio, December 1st at 8pm
What was originally supposed to be a double bill with Lamb of God at Vega has been downsized after the American band cancelled its tour in the aftermath of the Paris attacks. Finland’s Children of Bodom are soldiering on and will bring their seemingly gruesome and even barbaric thunderous approach to metal to rip whatever rafters bind Amager Bio’s roof to its hinges. ‘I Worship Chaos’ is the title of their ninth studio album, which was released earlier this year, adding to a catalogue of chaos-causing music over the years.

 

Doe Parro
Ideal Bar, December 2nd at 8pm
If you hear Doe Parro’s name mentioned in the same breath as Bon Iver or The Tallest Man on Earth, you may quite rightly wonder why. LA-based Parro is not a rock musician by any stretch of the imagination but her producers have had great success with the previously mentioned artists – a testament to her eclecticism, which spans the genres of R&B, soul and even the odd touch of dubstep.

 

Kadavar
Rust, December 2nd at 8pm
Kadavar are a watered-down take on Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, featuring similar trippy, heavily laden rock influences. Armed with a new album,  ‘Berlin’, expect burly, broad-shouldered show from these German heavyweights.

 

Clutch
Store Vega, December 4th at 7pm
Clutch epitomise all that is good and great about the American hard-rock tradition. Touring in support of their 2015 album ‘Psychic Warfare’, the Maryland-based band has been a mainstay for well over 20 years. With the band seasoned veterans in what Consequence of Sound dubbed “belligerent boogie rock”, Clutch will be the soundtrack for a Friday night party not to be missed.

 

Flavour, Dj Graded & Luc Rocc
Rust, December 5th at 11pm
Rust’s new nightclub fixture ‘Flavour’ kicks off its December programme with a visit from two of hip-hop’s veritable local representatives. Dj Grdaded, a four-time Danish DMC champion and two-time Nordic champ, is a permanent establishment within Copenhagen’s hip-hop scene. Luc Rocc is slightly less well-known but holds an impressive portfolio as one of the city’s foremost disc jockeys.

 

Area 55
Store Vega, December 5th at 11:30 pm
Area 55 is a trance collective that has hosted some of the city’s most renowned underground trance events, many of which have taken place in venues such as KPH Volume and Halvandet. The setting this time round is a well-known music venue, cementing the rise of electronic music into the commercial narrative locally.

 

Thundercat
Store Vega, December 7th at 8pm
Although the name sounds like it belongs to a heavy metal band, Thundercat is one of the standouts in the R&B world. Los-Angeles based Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner has worked with the likes of Erykah Badu, Kendrick Lamar, Suicidal Tendencies and his co-producer and partner in crime, Flying Lotus. This is a man whose rhythmic qualities are peerless, so prepare for some great entertainment.

OHOI! Presents Christmas Bass
Stengade, December 12th at 10pm
Bass legends, The OHOI! drum ‘n’ bass collective are back with a mammoth lineup for their annual Christmas ball. Particularly impressive on a list of names that showcases some of the best underground talent in the city is Rasmus Kjærbo, an experienced producer who lives and breathes music. Prepare for a bass invasion.

 

Dubioza Kolektiv
Loppen, December 18th at 9pm
What better way to prepare for the festive season than with a dose of Bosnian Balkan Beat? High-octane, adrenaline-pumping action is on the menu for the evening, held at Christiania’s Loppen, a befitting location for the occasion.

 

Ulige Numre, Extra Concert
Store Vega, December 28th at 8pm
The voice of the new generation of Danish rock, Ulige Numre (Odd Numbers) will be performing at a sold-out show at Vega at the start of December. For those unable to catch a piece of the action, the band will be back at Vega on the cusp on the new year to perform a show that should be rich in memories and merry-making.

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Denmark’s ten must-see concerts in September

Original article written for The Local Denmark, available here

September is a month synonymous with the buzz of the back-to-school rush and new beginnings for many. As we head into a late Indian summer (which we all hope will last just a bit longer), there are quite a few shows popping up on The Local’s gig radar.

The Charlatans
Amager Bio, September 2 at 8pm
Amager Bio have pulled off a major coup here, reeling in a band whose contribution to rock music for over 20 years has been nothing short of seminal. Despite not being able to steal the Madchester scene’s heart with as much aplomb as contemporaries such as The Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses did in their heyday, this is a band that has had all 12 of its studio albums chart amongst the UK Top 40 (three of which have graced the number one spot).

Foals
Store Vega, September 10 at 8pm
Probably the only genuine rock booking on Vega’s calendar this September, Foals are a quintet that hail from Oxford, England. Stalwarts in any good modern-day rock playlist, theirs is an upbeat and raucous on the genre that features indie-esque vocals in high, jittery pitches. A refreshing addition to late summer.

Parquet Courts
Pumpehuset, September 10 at 9pm
Strap in for a whizzing ride through rapid-fire rock laden with a hefty dose of summer campfire material. Originally from Texas, Parquet Courts sound like a a hybrid of Blink 182 and Vampire Weekend tipped with a psychedelic sting from the 13th Floor Elevators.

Soundvenue Session: Stormzy & Big Narstie
Pumpehuset, September 18 at 9pm
The prodigal son of genres such as garage, hip-hop and drum and bass, grime epitomizes the uncut, rude urban underground of London. Now enjoying a renaissance of sorts following a slight fade over the past years, grime’s rise has been picked up by Denmark’s Soundevenue magazine, which has booked two of the genre’s ambassadors, Stormzy & Big Narstie, for an evening of underground action at Pumpehuset.

James Zabiela
Culture Box, September 19 at 9pm
In the world in which superstar selfie DJs such as David Guetta and Steve Aoki are one-eyed men with the stature of kings in the land of the blind, technical maestros like James Zabiela are a refreshing reminder  that good things are hard to come by. Zabiela’s musical strengths are expressed through introspective, technically-astute explorations of the electronic music genre. Even by Culture Box’s standards, this is a great booking.

Vega Club & Borneland presents: Les Loups
Ideal Bar, 19 Sept at 11pm
The Borneland brothers (Jonas and Micki) have become a permanent fixture on the Copenhagen disco and house scene since they made their advances into it half a decade or so ago. Making the transition to music production, Borneland look to be taking other talented outfits under their wing – in this case, Les Loups. Prepare for an evening of pop-inclined house and nu disco.

Baby Love & The Van Dangos
Loppen, September 25 at 9pm
Arguably not the most well-known of bands, Baby Love & The Van Dangos churn out the sort of ska that would be at home on a Caribbean island. That they are, in fact, from cold and dreary Denmark only makes them more interesting and with a gig in Christiania, expect them to be entirely in their element.

Seasick Steve
Amager Bio, September 26 at 9pm
Seasick Steve epitomizes what music should be about. A self-trained musician, Steve fled a home eroded by alcohol at the tender age of 14 and lived the life of a wandering hobo for many years (he has since settled in Norway). Now an old and discerning man, Steve performs his spontaneous blues renditions using home-made instruments that lack acoustic perfection and are wholeheartedly brilliant by such virtue.

Reptile Youth & Abby Portner
Bremen Theatre, September 29 at 8:30 pm
When I first saw Reptile Youth a few years ago at the Roskilde Festival’s Pavilion Junior stage, I was blown away by their immense stage presence and thought to myself, “this band is headed somewhere.” Fast forward a few years and the Danish rock band are playing a more mature, settled sound backed by Mercedes Benz, who’ve jumped at the content marketing opportunity to support a group that could easily become the latest cult phenomenon. For this particular outing they will be joined by Abby Porter (known for her exploits with psychedelic pioneers Animal Collective), who will take care of the visual and stage setup.

Action Bronson
Store Vega, September 30 at 8pm
The physical appearance of Action Bronson bears a strange resemblance to the hirsute, hip-seeking types of hoods such as Vesterbro. An astute-as-they-come rapper and the son of an Albanian Muslim and an American Jew, Bronson epitomizes the plurality of New York’s Queens where he hails from. In under a year, he has gone from being a Lille Vega floor filler to a full-grown stage killer. We have yet to see the best of Action Bronson.

Denmark’s ten must-see concerts in August

Original article for The Local Denmark

With the lazy holiday month of July behind us, August promises a number of good musical experiences and festivals to round off the summer.
Heading into late summer, gone are the roaring, chaotic festivals of June and the sedate vibe of July. August is not the wildest of months for Danish festivals, but it does feature lesser-known ones and an opportunity to well and truly enjoy some great music in the sun before the the cold autumn rains herald the end to yet another all-too-brief Danish summer.

Here’s some of what to look forward to:

Beth Hart

Amager Bio, 3 August at 8pm

Beth Hart’s powerful vocals echo in one’s ears days after attending one of her fantastic live performances. Now in her early 40’s, the multiple Grammy nominee returns to an established and ever-expanding fanbase here in Denmark.

YoungBlood Brass Band

Lille Vega, 4 August at 9pm

The Local’s pick of the month, YoungBlood Brass Band are yet another export from the music Mecca of New Orleans. Pioneers of the genre of riot brass – a feisty combination of hip-hop inspired instrumentals with swathes of funk and percussive panache – YoungBlood Brass Band are sure to provide a whole evening’s worth of great entertainment.

Rob Zombie

Store Vega, 5 August at 8pm

As the name suggests, the music of Rob Zombie is not for the faint of heart. Zombie’s live shows entail a video game-like immersion into a universe of drama, horror and raw metal that has helped the band make a solid name for itself over the years.

STRØM Festival: The Party Cruise

MS BJØRNSHOLM, 8 August at 6pm

Now a permanent fixture on the festival calendar, Copenhagen’s STRØM Festival is less intense (and less-known) than many of the major music festivals in the city. However, the experiences it offers are truly unique. One of the highlights of this year’s event will be a boat cruise organised by the record label WAA Industry. Kenton Slash Demon, Kasper Marott og Kristian Kjôller will be doing the honours on board, providing soothing electronic music for the occasion.

STRØM Festival: Copenhagen Metro

The Metro Line, 11 August, check STRØM festival’s webpage for exact time

Staying in the vein of unique STRØM experiences, this particular one takes the form of a metro ride with live deejays. The music tends to straddle the borderline between weird and experimentally cool, so don’t expect something like your typical festival experience (there will be other normal commutters on board too, some of whom won’t be too enthused), but do expect an experience that you’ll rarely get anywhere else in the world.

Vince Staples

(Moved from the 20th of June) Lille Vega, August 12 at 8pm

Staples’ original show penned for the 20th of June failed to materialize. We featured him in our June listings however, so here he is again. Several years after carving out a name for himself with a series of recordings for the established Odd Future crew, Long Beach rapper Vince Staples has evolved to become one of the most exciting names in rap music today. His upbringing, run-ins with authorities and prior near-misses are frequently the subject of his lyrics, many of which take a poetic stab at some of the inequalities of life.

König

Ideal Bar, August 20 at 9pm

Ahead of a debut album release this autumn, Danish R&B duo König still don’t have much material to help us gauge what they’re all about. The little they do have, however, is enough to suggest that this a band with quite a bit of potential; soft vocals in the R&B tradition combined with sharp electronic influences.

Derrick May

Culture Box, August 21 at 9pm

Derrick May is known as one of the Belleville three. Along with Kevin Saunderson and Juan Atkins, May was one of the pioneers of the Detroit techno genre that emerged from the industrial backdrop of the motor city and spread across the world ever since. In a dance music landscape dominated by the age of selfies and pseudo superstar deejays, this show promises to be a trip back in time.

Fort Minor

Pumpehuset, August 26 at 8pm

Growing up, Linkin Park was one of the bands I was most inspired by. Linkin Park fans, rejoice, as pianist and rapper Mark Shinoda will be bringing his solo project, Fort Minor, to the grunge confines of Copenhagen’s Pumpehuset. Less rock-inclined than the sounds of Linkin Park, Fort Minor wanders down a more percussive and often gloomier path.

Jurassic 5

Store Vega, August 29 at 8pm

One of the seminal bands in the history of hip-hop, Jurassic 5 returns to Denmark for their third outing here, following their previous shows at Vega and Northside, respectively. Theirs is a breed of hip-hop that, by comparison to the development of the genre today, remains a class apart. It’s vintage musicianship that is true to its roots, and they are anything but Jurassic.

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Denmark’s ten must-see concerts in June

The following weeks will offer more than enough entertainment as the closely contested general election kicks into top gear, but there is plenty to do in June for the non-political junkies out there.

We’ll have more on the concert festivals as they approach, but for now here are our ten don’t-miss concerts for June.

Distortion Festival
Various locations in Copenhagen • June 3-7

Billed as “a week of emerging dance music and orchestrated chaos” Distortion has grown from strength to strength over the years. Now one of Europe’s most renowned street festivals, Distortion features a street party in Nørrebro on June 3 and in Vesterbro the following day before the chaos migrates to the fashionably grunge confines of Refshaleøen for two more days of mayhem featuring a solid lineup of up and coming acts alongside evergreen establishments such as Fritz Kalknbrenner, Kenton Slash Demon and Eloq.

Hatebreed
Lille Vega • June 4 at 9pm

This will get messy. Hailed as moshpit kings for the last two decades, Hatebreed will be celebrating their 20th anniversary at Vega at the start of June. With numerous performances on Danish soil under their belt, these metalcore stalwarts look to add yet another memorable concert to their impressive local repertoire.

Marilyn Manson
Store Vega • June 8 at 8pm

He may be more than a few years past his prime and not quite as scary as he once was, but Marilyn Manson’s 2015 album The Pale Emperor shows that the shock rocker still has a few tricks up his sleeve. The man formerly known as Brian Warner will bring his “The Hell Not Hallelujah Tour” to Vega for what will surely be a hard romp through his catalogue of goth-inspired metal.

NorthSide Festival
Aarhus • June 12-14

Northside Festival is the music festival amongst music festivals. Retailing at a cool 1378 kroner, the Jutland festival, located in downtown Aarhus is cheaper than both Tinderbox and Roskilde. It’s lineup is also less commercial, with quality acts like Anthony & The Johnsons, Alt J, Ben Howard, the Black Keys, Earl Sweatshirt, Wu-Tang Clan, Grace Jones and Placebo gracing its stages. Unlike Roskidle, Northside doesn’t feature designated camping areas due to its city centre location.

Copenhell
Refshaleøen • June 18-20

Copenhell is exactly what it sounds like; two days of decibel-defying hell in Copenhagen held in the industrial surroundings of Refshaleøen heavily dedicated to metal; heavy metal. Hellishly unique experiences such as a scene where one can grab a mallet and smash away of heaps of junk metal are some of the attractions on offer at Copenhell. This year’s lineup has bands such as Slipknot, Red Fang, Cannibal Corpse, Exodus and Kreator, making Copenhell a heaven for metalheads.

Tyondai Braxton
Pumpehuset • June 10 at 8pm

Tyondai Braxton’s music would be more at home at an art exhibition at The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art than it would at Pumpehuset so this choice is, admittedly, curious. To their credit, Pumpehuset have billed a true pioneer within the field of experimental music whose work sounds what life on a galaxy far far away in an unforeseeable future might sound like. His music is either too nerdy to be understood or the craftsmanship of a genius – figure it out for yourself.

Black Daniels
Rust • June 12 at 1am

M.C Black Daniels is one of Denmark’s veritable ambassadors within the drum ‘n’ bass genre; a niche that often doesn’t get the representation it deserves in music circles. Having shared stages with the likes of England’s High Contrast (one of the few commercial successes within the genre), Daniels may not have that much material of his own but there is no disputing his lyrical wizardry as an emcee.

Vince Staples
Lille Vega • June 20 at 9pm

Several years after carving a name for himself with a series of recordings for the established Odd Future crew, Long Beach rapper Vince Staples has evolved to become one of the most exciting names in rap music today. His upbringing, run-ins with authorities and past near-misses are frequently the subject of his lyrics, many of which take a poetic stab at some of the inequalities of life.

Tinderbox Festival
Odense • June 26-28

The latest heavyweight addition to Denmark’s impressive festival repertoire, Tinderbox, initially received a hostile reception from music journalists and the industry at large, given its bold decision to stage the event just before Roskilde Festival. Retailing for a cool 500 kroner less than Roskilde, Tinderbox have lined up a very impressive artist roster considering that it’s their first-ever installation. The Prodigy, Faithless, Above & Beyond, Calvin Harris, Modest Mouse (shown in the video below), Robbie Williams, Faith No More and James Blake  are but a few of the names on a billing that features heavyweight electronic artists and established commercial acts.

Roskilde Festival
June 27 – July 4

Even though we’re cheating a bit (the main lineup of music acts doesn’t start until July 1), our coverage wouldn’t be complete without mention of the Roskilde Festival – one of the largest festivals in Europe and a staple on the local Danish festival scene. Some of the bigger names on this year’s billing include Paul McCartney, Pharell Williams and Muse. Beyond the music, there’s an interactive art and culture scene and of course, the world famous camping experience that makes Roskilde a gem amongst gems.

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Denmark’s ten must-see concerts in May

Original article published in The Local

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.

Dennmark’s ten must-see concerts in April

April: lo and behold, a rightful end to the dour fortunes of winter and a return to better climes (though one must admit that the current weather makes this seem like a faraway tale).

But enough about weather, let’s talk music. The Local’s favourite venue Vega has several good concerts lined up this month, though some of the best ones have already sold out. South London poet, rapper and novelist Kate Tempest is our pick of the bunch. The young Mercury Prize winner will surely raise a few eyebrows with her witty word wizardy.

Click here for our ten must-see concerts in April

Nørrebro’s Stengade is well represented again in our listings, with a farewell show for one of Copenhagen’s legendary alternative country bands, Sink Ships and yet another Rub-a-Dub reggae Sunday to add to the many.

The end of the month is highlighted by a pair of American rock trios – Russian Circles and Helms Alee – who promise to blow the roof off the Jazzhouse, each in their own special way.

Denmark’s ten must – see concerts in March

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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will land in Copenhagen on March 17th. Photo: Lawrence Watson

Original article written for The Local Denmark, available here:

Ahh, is there anything more anticipated than the coming of spring? While March is finally here, we’ve still got a long way to go until Denmark’s strong summer music season begins – which this year is looking better than ever.
But fear not, there are plenty of great (and, thankfully, indoor) concerts to enjoy this month. While March is lacking a bit when it comes to big-name international acts, it offers everything from a world-class breakdance battle to a St Patrick’s rock extravanganza.

Denmark’s ten must – see concerts in February

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Ah, February. The shortest month of the year, or just as easily the longest if you consider how long its drab grey skies tend to linger around.

But don’t let the weather keep you holed up at home. There’s always something going on in the Copenhagen area and this month is no exception.

In fact, when I began putting together these listings I was a tad worried about having to scrape the platter for events deserving of a mention. Thankfully, I was positively surprised to find a plethora of great concerts on the horizon, from hip-hop revolutionary extraordinaire Immortal Technique to the endearing Jessie Ware, whose music stands tall amongst the shrubs of modern pop. Here are my picks for the month of February – a smörgåsbord of reggae, industrial grime, alternative rock, folk, hip-hop, Balkan and more.

Click here for The Local’s concert picks in February

Polica, Lille Vega, January 2014

Polica better than the last time around

original article in this week’s version of The Copenhagen Post

A solid improvement over their last Lille Vega show and a sign of better things to come (PR Photo)

Polica
January 24 at Lille Vega

Synth pop dreamers Polica had a solid if underwhelming debut on Danish soil last summer when they performed at a steamy Lille Vega. Wind the clock forward and plummet down the temperature gauge a good 30 degrees and the Minneapolis quintet are back in town, this time around having grown musically over the past half a year or so.

A welcome blast of brooding bass served by Marijuana Death Squads, the industrially inclined, R&B-influenced warm-up act, breathed life into a frozen audience that quickly warmed to the evening’s entertainment. Whilst solid in their performance, the Death Squads were perhaps too hefty a cocktail to start the night off with, as their high pitch frequencies tore into the thin evening air with a menacing vengeance.

Polica pranced elegantly onto the scene and tamed the chaos, driving home coaxing, organic-sounding synth pop that highlighted the best of lead singer Channy Leanagh’s vocal talents against a backdrop of heavier sounds. From time to time she did sound slightly at sea in the waves of instrumentation, but it was certainly an improvement on Polica’s last appearance at the same venue.

Leanagh’s charm is by and large her greatest asset as a performer and this was ultimately what allowed her to gain the respect and attention of the begrudging audience who fronted their usually icy first impression upon Polica’s stage emergence.

Songs off 2012 album Give You The Ghost were the order of the day, performed with flair, fluency and a remarkably quick wit. The highlight of this was signature track ‘Dark Star’, a number that encapsulates all that is good about Polica: Leanagh’s soft vocals over a firm foundation of synth pop brilliance that sparkles with flares of distant melancholia and elation in equal measure.

The audience warmed to Polica as the show neared its conclusion, charmed no doubt by the quick wit of Leanagh, who reinforced her performance with short bursts of creative banter in between songs. After a short, swift encore Polica exited the stage as they had come, humbly pleased with a good performance on the night. Though just shy of a five star rating, it is pleasing to note how much the band have grown in just six months and fair to expect even better from them in the future.

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