One crappy cellphone picture of GIRL BAND at Primavera Sound 2014, Barcelona, 29 May 2014
For the past weeks, my colleague at work was going on about how awesome Girl Band are. So I followed his advice to watch them - and well, their awesomeness was no understatement.
From the picture, you can already guess the misleading (and quite un-Google-able) name - they’re actually not a girl band at all. But they surely are one of those bands where you wished they’d played after sundown, so you can stomp your feet and frantically nod your head to their noise rock in an appropriate atmosphere (and without everyone watching you). So I’m gonna pass on the advice of my colleague: catch them live as soon as you can, because they’re gonna be big indeed.
Austrians may count themselves lucky: Girl Band will be playing this year’s Waves Vienna on one day between October 2 and 5.
One crappy cellphone picture of REAL ESTATE at Primavera Sound 2014, Barcelona, May 29
I might be completely wrong with this, but the guys from Real Estate seem like those boys that might not have been the coolest boys in school - they were the nice ones who’d give you their jacket when you’re cold at a concert, and not the ones that threw up all over your shoes.
Real Estate was the perfect beginning of this year’s Primavera Sound, with their light, shimmering rhythms and the soft voice beckoning the sunshine. Sadly it’s one of those bands who probably won’t come to Austria anytime soon - actually I’m not sure they even ever played here before.
Don’t worry, those of you in school or at university, it’s only one more month to go until the summer holidays, and here are some concerts that are perfect for taking breaks from studying.
First Aid Kid - My Silver Lining
The idea of two young sisters with long hair and clear voices making country folk music turns me off so much. But somehow First Aid Kit, the Swedish band formerly signed to Wichita and meanwhile releasing on a major label, turn this idea that is awful, awful, awful in theory into something so beautiful that I cannot wait for them to come to Vienna for the very first time this October.
First Aid Kit are playing at Waves Vienna 2014, which is taking place from 1-5 October 2014. Festival tickets are 47-49 EUR.
FM4 Hip Hop Open 2014 (Trailer)
Chances are you’ve heard about the controversy around the headliners of the lineup of this event. It names the local party rap newcomer, teenage hype sensation and son of an influential father Left Boy before the internationally renowned hip hop veteran Nas who will be performing his seminal album Illmatic.
But have you also heard about the rest of the lineup? No? Luckily here’s a trailer to inform you.
The FM4 Hip Hop Open 2014 is taking place on 11 July at Arena Wien and Nas, Blumentopf, Left Boy, Crack Ignaz, the Duzz Down San crew and more will be performing. Tickets are 45 EUR.
Electric Theatre - After All These Years
Sorry for all the comparing Electric Theatre to other things way bigger than them, but with a lead voice like Tom Smith’s, a sound like that of Bloc Party and a video with a Twin Peaks reference (that is a Twin Peaks reference, isn’t it?) it’s hard not to.
Ash My Love - Screamin’ Blues, from Honeymoon Blues, out now on Noise Appeal Records
Ash My Love is one of these bands that are featured in all the relevant media, and more prominently than what their Facebook stats or concert venues would suggest to be apt, and from the outside you’re never quite sure whether it might have a little to do with having friends in all the right places?
I have complained about this prevalent Vienna scene Freunderlwirtschaft before and the amount of upset people was less than leiwand, so let me end this post on a really friendly note: Ash My Love come across so charming in this video that I can understand why their friends are so supportive.
Against Me! - Shivers (Rowland S. Howard cover)
Already two years passed since Tom Gabel announced that he’d continue his life as Laura Jane Grace. I remember the reactions on twitter, ranging from confusion and disbelief to support and admiration. I nearly forgot about all the fuss until “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” was released this January - a brilliant album, depicting Laura’s doubts and struggles in an incredibly intimate tone. Lines like "You want them to see you / Like they see any other girl / They just see a faggot / They hold their breath not to catch the sick" (Talking Transgender Dysphoria Blues) leave no doubt about how hard this literal transformation must have been.
This openness is admirable, however I’m not so sure about the upcoming AOL show starring Laura. I want to be cautious since I haven’t seen it yet, but the “punk rock singer doing a reality show” title does have this bitter taste of attention-seeking and putting out. Nonetheless, I’m quite excited for the upcoming Vienna show - which will probably be without this great cover version of Rowland S. Howard’s “Shivers” (which he wrote when he was only 16!).
Against Me! are playing in Vienna on June 10 at Arena, tickets here.
Der Nino aus Wien - Grant (They Shoot Music session)
Gefilmt im wunderbaren Café Dezentral, wo man eh öfter hingehen würd, wenn’s näher wär. Bitte bis zum Ende hören.
ich kann nicht mehr überall sein und dort schon gar nicht
weil wenn ich noch weiterhin bleib, verlier ich mich ganz
es is immer eine gute Zeit, aber nur weil man nicht weinen will
überall die Fürchterlichkeiten und die Stimmen der Macht
ich weiß, dass ich’s hass
Mogwai - Simon Ferocious
Bungee jumping and skydiving are two things on my seemingly endless list of things to do before I die. And this Mogwai video features the latter, without being one of those annoying “let’s all jump out of the plane and make random formations” videos thanks to the rather beautiful shots.
Mogwai are playing Primavera Sound 2014, where one of us Walzerköniginnen will also enjoy concerts and sunshine and beach. Thus, some recommendations (apart from the obvious ones) in case you’re there too:
Thu, May 29: Girl Band, Majical Cloudz, C+C=Maxigross, Real Estate
Fri, May 30: Mas Ysa, Pional
Sat, May 31: Islands, Cloud Nothings
Robb - Vaduz
Ugh, not another railroad tracks scenery! Apart from that, this video is nice as usual and combines the relaxed soul of Robb with beautiful shots of young people in and around Vienna.
Robb are playing at Der Gute Club on 5 June at Vienna’s B72. Tickets are 9,90 EUR.
(c) Shervin Lainez
Eichen sollst du weichen? Das wäre in diesem Fall ein gravierender Fehler. Wir verlosen
1x2 Tickets für WYE OAK am 28. Mai 2014 (das ist bereits übermorgen!) im Wiener Chelsea (Support: BACHELORETTE)
unter allen, die uns bis 27. Mai, 21h eine Mail an walzerkoenige (at) gmail (dot) com schicken oder den Gewinnspielpost favorisieren oder retweeten.
Übrigens, wer sich nicht auf Fortuna verlassen will, kann auch Tickets um 19 EUR käuflich erwerben.
Party like it’s the 90s #MileMeDeaf
Mile Me Deaf - Macrosleep
Mile Me Deaf had some more greenbox fun for the second video for a song from their most recent album Holography. The flowery pants that were allegedly bought at the women’s department of New Yorker make a return to the screen as well.
St. Vincent - Digital Witness
Musician, media philosopher (“What’s the point of doing anything?”) and Alberti-school art theoretician (“people turn their TV on, it looks just like a window”) St. Vincent is coming to Austria this fall.
St. Vincent is playing in Vienna on 18 November 2014 at Arena. Tickets are 25 EUR.
Ping Pong Boys - Kitsch
A song of ice and fire; at least the video has a lot of that, plus things breaking, and all of it in slow motion.
Ping Pong Boys is the newish project of singer-songwriter Stefan Galler and his bandmate Fabian Burstein who currently live in Mexico City and Mannheim, respectively, and who create their songs by throwing bits of music at each other via the internet. So you know, Ping Pong Boys is actually a really clever band name.