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.

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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Allan Mutuku-Kortbæk (allanm46@gmail.com)

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.

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

Denmark’s Ten Must – See Concerts for January

Original artilcle written for The Local, available here

Denmark's ten must-see concerts in January

Cold Specks. Photo: Steve Gullick/Arts & Crafts

Denmark’s ten must-see concerts in January

Published: 29 Dec 2014 19:51 GMT+01:00

With the Yuletide frenzy now having come and gone and two gruelling months (at least!) of winter to go before we can well and truly venture out of our wintry Hobbit holes, music and entertainment prospects are somewhat bleak for the month ahead. We have, however, managed to scour different venues for the best of what January has to offer. Whilst larger venues like Forum go into snooze mode, there are plenty of intimate concerts to look forward to at the likes of Vega and Rust – shows that ought to capture the cosy connotations of that ever-so-widely used term hygge. Metal fans, electronic aficionados, rock boys and girls and the hip-hoppers amongst you are in for a good start to your musical year. Click here for our ten must-see concerts in January Happy holidays from The Local’s entertainment team and see you in 2015!

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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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.

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

Going Underground: Underneath The Leaves

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October 13, 2013 – 14:25
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Welcome to October: a month of glassy, glossy shades of maroon, steamy yellow and crackling falling leaves. Copenhagen’s underground is blossoming with different cultural events to suit many tastes as the best of the Indian summer lies ahead. Here’s the best of the bunch.
Imperial Tiger Orchestra
Tiger Orchestra are as Swiss as chocolat noir (if you’ll excuse the cheesy pun). Their music, however, is a trip down memory lane, revisiting the height of Ethiopian music magic of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Not too different to the legendary Mulatu Atstatke, expect heavily instrumental sequences and captivating sounds teeming with influences of the vast open African Savannah – all this in an intimate venue that allows for a wholeheartedly immersive experience.
Global CPH; Sat 26 Oct, 21:00; 70kr
Seasick Steve
Don’t let the price dissuade you, as Seasick Steve may well be one of the most unique musicians out there. An old-timer who began his career very late on, his blues recall stories of his youth when he lived the life of a veritable bohemian, jumping trains and living one day at a time. Seasick Steve (aka Steve Wold) has performed alongside the likes of John Lee Hooker and appeared on Jools Holland’s well known music show, and in addition to his guitar mastery, he has a tendency to intrigue audiences by playing his own homemade instruments as well.
Store Vega; Mon 21 Oct, 20:00; 200kr
Factory Floor
Factory Floor are a post-industrial band from London whose music has been said to draw on influences such as Joy Division and The Fall. In truth, it sounds more like a modern interpretation of the sort of music one would hear at legendary clubs like Manchester’s Hacienda in the early 1990s, fused with a cheeky sparkle of synth genius, driven industrial percussion and vocals that would be at home in an Andy Warhol film. Speaking of films, the concert is part of this year’s CPH:DOX festival, so expect visual eye candy that you’ll either love with reckless abandon or get sick of in an instant.
Lille Vega; Mon 14 Oct, 21:00; 150kr
Kissaway Trail
This gig is for all the indie and rock lovers out there. Danish band Kissaway Trail are a world-class act who have managed to master the mix of local popularity and international acclaim with aplomb, cultivating a driven rock sound that runs parallel to the efforts of indie heavyweights like Arcade Fire.  Fresh from gallivanting around the globe over the past couple of years, the trio from Odense come into this show high on the rush of their recently released album, Breach – the fourth member of their repertoire.
Rust; Sat 19 Oct, 21:00; 100kr
Majical Cloudz
Majical Cloudz are a Canadian duo who produce contemplative, minimalist arty sounds that one would expect to hear at an avant-garde art installation. Their hollow, furrowed approach straddles the domain of the creative, trippy, artistic and ghostly all at once – a daringly experimental direction that inspires in as much as it triggers light-headed contemplation. Once again, CPH:DOX  will be sorting out the visuals for this show, making for an immersive audiovisual experience in the deep waters of lo-fi, atmospheric sound bytes and misty visuals.
CPH Jazzhouse; Mon 21 Oct, 20:00; 80kr

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

Going Underground: Welcome to the pleasure dome

Going underground | Welcome to the pleasure dome

 

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pic: Edoardo Bottalico

 

April 6, 2013 – 10:00

Original article at: http://cphpost.dk/inout/going-underground-welcome-pleasure-dome

Last time around, the temperature outside was a frightful minus something, and in spite of a few flickers of optimism, the bleak, dank atmosphere of a standard savage Scandinavian winter was very much upon us. Fast forward a month and the snow and ice has returned with a vengeance, even though the sun is high in the sky these days and actually warms the skin when the wind abates. Spring is nigh, bringing with it the new-found optimism that tends to literally ‘light up’ Copenhagen. Here’s the best of what to expect from the start of the season:

Dome Of Visions
The architects and performance designers behind the dome of visions concept thought it would be cool to toy with the way we use our time and space in cities. Dome of Visions (DOV) is a 21m wide, 12m high Plexiglas dome that’s been smacked temporarily on the waterfront-edge of Krøyers Plads in Christianshavn, opposite the world’s best restaurant, Noma. There’s an event to suit all tastes over the next few months of the dome’s life in Copenhagen (it will be relocated to Aarhus in May), the highlight of which is the Danish DJ and musician Andreas Trentemøller’s performance on the 30th as part of the ‘Dusk to Dark’ series of experimental musical experiences at the DOV. Other events include ‘Cre-active spaces’ on May 2 (a networking event that unites urban planners, social entrepreneurs, urban gardeners and essentially anyone and everyone who has radically rethought space use in an open dialogue) and ‘waves of transformations’ (an audiovisual bombardment series that takes place once a fortnight). The walk there takes one past some of the old, romantic leaning houses along Christianshavn’s canals, so if you fancy a scenic stroll with entertainment at the end of it and a sneak peak at Noma from the outside, the DOV will surely be worth your while. For more info and specific event prices, check out the website. You’ll find that tickets to most events can, for the most part, only be purchased onsite and will probably do less than 100kr worth of damage to your wallet.
Expand your cultural horizons/Perform YOUR city
Various venues; runs through April; ticket prices mostly under 100kr; http://www.domeofvisions.dk

Dawda Jorbateh
If you’ve never heard a kora played live, then Dawada Jorbateh’s show at Loppen is a must-see. The Gambian will be backed by Danish guitarist Preben Carlsen and Ghanian bassist Nana Osibio and looks set to usher in the spring at Loppen in style with a concert that will probably showcase quite a few tracks of his new, highly-rated album, Northern Light Gambian Night. Originally a percussionist, Jorbateh has in recent years performed at Roskilde and carved a name out for himself on the world music scene after moving to Denmark a good few years ago.
Loppen, Christiania; April 14; 50kr

Rangleklods
Rangleklods’s music is better than his name suggests. The last few years have seen this electronic musician follow in the heavy-bass line shadows of the likes of fellow Danish artists Troels Abrahamsen, Veto and Vinnie Who. Rangleklods’s music consists of ephemeral vocals and instrumentation slapped wittily onto a foundation of thumping electronic beats. Like many other musicians du jour, Rangleklods has pulled off the in-vogue maneouvre of practising his trade in and seeking inspiration from Berlin, a move which seems to be paying off for him following the release of his debut album Beekeeper last year and a solid showing on Roskilde Festival’s Cosmopol Stage.
Rust, Guldbergsgade 8, Cph N; April 19; 120kr

Mames Babegenush,
Mames Babegenush sounds like the sort of band you’d hire at a wedding if you wanted things to steam up. The klezmer musicians produce exactly the sort of rattling, rowdy musical concoctions that’ll get most crowds jumping in no time. They aren’t all that established yet, so their gig at Rust will definitely be an opportunity for them to showcase their trade and make more of a name for themselves.
Rust; April 13; 100kr

Chronixx
At just 20 years of age, Jamaica’s Chronixx is a breath of fresh air in the dancehall world at the moment. Following in the steps of groups like the legendary TOK, Chronixx combines a traditional dancehall affiliation with powerful lyrics and a down-tempo edge. His Danish debut at Christiania’s Loppen will provide a welcome substitute for the popular Rub-a-Dub Sundays that have disappeared off the nightlife radar for the moment, depriving local reggae and dancehall enthusiasts of their weekly fix of Caribbean vibes.
Loppen; April 16; 180kr