One crappy cellphone picture of THE NATIONAL at Primavera Sound 2014, Barcelona, 30 May 2014
I didn’t plan on writing about any headliners. But with The National’s upcoming Vienna show, I feel like I have the perfect excuse to once again state how amazing they are and how everyone should have seen them live. This time it was even a whole other level of special with Justin Vernon joining them for Slow Show and members of The Walkmen for Mr. November. 90 minutes of raw emotions and passion; goose-flesh guaranteed.
The National are playing an Arena Open Air in Vienna on August 12, tickets here.
One crappy cellphone picture of HOKEI at Primavera Sound 2014, Barcelona, 30 May 2014
I took this picture on my way from FKA Twigs to Slowdive, when I had to stop because I was too fascinated by this band on the Adidas Originals stage - which, according to the timetable, must have been Hokei from Warsaw. Incredible live energy, plus two (!!) drumsets. Take a listen to their post/experimental/psychedelic rock tunes here.
One crappy cellphone picture of FKA TWIGS at Primavera Sound 2014, Barcelona, 30 May 2014
This surely was the sexiest show of the whole festival. Tahliah Barnett in a black bra, black panties and a see-through rain cape, moving her body titillatingly on the stage through the smoke in an incredibly hypnotizing way. And to top all that, she even seemed endearing and grateful between the songs - not even close to the bitchy diva I expected for some reason.
One crappy cellphone picture of MAJICAL CLOUDZ at Primavera Sound 2014, Barcelona, 29 May 2014
Majical Cloudz introduced themselves with an honest “Our music is really quiet”, which was true especially coming from the noise of Girl Band before. Their music exists with little to none harmonic motion, but is lyrically extremely strong, haunting, even discomforting at times. Their show is captivating, mesmerizing, and somehow this picture with Devon Welsh in the beam of light fits this feeling perfectly.
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