Yes, yes, Justin Bieber is coming to Vienna this month. If this kind of entertainment does not interest you, maybe you’ll find something that suits your taste better in this extensive list of tourdates of homegrown bands and artists?
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Rika - Mute
Go see Rika live if you get a chance, not only because their songs sound even more enchanting in concert, but also for their charming-because-wobbly jokes.
Only love can break your heart (Neil Young) - Killed by 9V Batteries
Ever since reading Navid Kermanis “Das Buch der von Neil Young getöteten” that wonderfully connects sufism, Neil Young and fatherhood, I have a new-found appreciation for both Neil Young and Killed by 9V Batteries’ Neil Young covers. I used to find them too lo-fi, too amateurish but now I can see the charm and beauty in that
Tosca - Bonjour
The new Tosca album is called Odeon because it was, if I understand correctly, recorded in Vienna’s Odeon theatre. (No, I probably don’t understand that correctly. But it has to have something to do with it.) During last year’s Waves Vienna, it was used as one of the festival locations. I still remember the very atmospheric Dillon gig. Bonus points for the song called “In My Brain Prinz Eugen”.
Likewise - Daddy Issues, from The Horror 10”, out now on Schoenwetter Schallplatten
Is that Marilies Jagsch in the video?
For those of you whose love for music by sensitive bearded guys with banjos peaked in 2010, rejoice! Slowly but steadily, Likewise are moving away from their folky origins and adding guitar riffs and effects pedals and the like to their oeuvre. For those of you who love folk music forever and always, rejoice also!, there’s still banjos and acoustic guitars on their new EP.
Daddy Issues is actually a rather old song from one of the band’s first EP’s, but rerecorded for The Horror - a wise decision; the newfound calmness of the song suits it well.
Beach Girls and the Monster - I Go Surfing, from I Go Surfing, out on 27 February on Kim Pop
This band from Graz makes - surprise! - surf music. My friend Simon rightfully mentioned that at times the four tracks on their 7” could be straight from a Tarantino movie soundtrack. Extra points for the adorable band photo.
Zanshin - Cloud Atlas
One of the Affine Records bunch, Zanshin will release his new 12” EP on 13 March. XLR8R is giving away Track #3 for free.
Bruch - My Name Should Be Trouble
This is catchier than I expected! Also, the cover can rightfully take its place inbetween all of The Black Angels’ album covers. (But of course it doesn’t compare to Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion)
* Goldsoundz, Mile Me Deaf, Andreas Spechtl, K.U.N.T.Z., Just Friends and Lovers, Black Fox Tropikal, Touristen Tempo, Ant Car, A Thousand Fuegos, Der Nino aus Wien, Sex Jams, Margarent Unknown, Heef, Pilots
Laura Mvula - Green Garden (S O H N Remix)
London-born, Vienna-based producer S O H Nshares his latest masterpiece - a remix of Laura Mvula’s “Green Gardem.” Mvula’s soulful vocals now sit atop a gentle head nodding beat, some well-placed handclaps, and an unexpected interlude. Stream it above.
– Sex Jams’ Flo Seyser on the album title “Trouble, Honey” in a recent The Gap interview. We have a thing about zwiespalts.
Clara Luzia - No One’s Watching, from We Are Fish, out on 1 March 2013 on Asinella Records
WIN: 2x2 Tickets für die Releaseshow des neuen Albums We Are Fish von CLARA LUZIA am 6. März im WUK! Schickt uns (bis spätestens Donnerstag, 21.2.) eure Findet Nemo GIFS oder einfach nur ein nettes Mail an walzerkoenige(at)gmail.com.
Freibad - A.geh Wirklich?
I kind of prefer listening to summery tunes in winter to listening to them in their proper season. In winter, you get nostalgic and only remember ditching school and talking about boyyyyyyyyssssss in the Gänsehäufel whereas in the summer, you’re stuck in a smelly bus and remember burning your feet on the concrete floors of Stadionbad.