One crappy cellphone picture of DER NINO AUS WIEN at Popfest 2014, 26 July, Vienna, TU Prechtlsaal
Nino started (I think) 40 minutes late, which was good. Otherwise I would have missed Nino’s musings on life, which are worth seeing and hearing every time.
One crappy cellphone picture of ROTIFER at Popfest 2014, 26 July, Vienna, TU Prechtlsaal
So, this is Rotifer. My memory does not serve me well at all on this gig. I guess it was just a quick step in between toilet and Innenhof. Really - the heat was quite unbearable.
One flary cellphone picture of HOLY OXYGEN at Popfest 2014, 26 July, Vienna, Seebühne
I think it’s safe to say that Holy Oxygen was our Popfest 2014 highlight. Here are my unedited drunk notes from Saturday night:
"Something about downloading mp3s and M.C. Escher and ‘it’s a party time’ and ‘internet, internet’ and ‘oida ur viel kohle grad’ / It’s nice to see people enjoying themselves on stage so much / I want to wear sunglasses at night too"
One crappy cellphone picture of KIDS N CATS at Popfest 2014, 25 July, Vienna, TU Prechtlsaal
We basically just went inside the TU Prechtlsaal during the Kids N Cats gig to shoot a cellphone picture. From what we saw, it was an entertaining, artsy show but the Innenhof just seemed more appealing temperature-wise.
One crappy cellphone picture of EFFI at Popfest 2014, Vienna, 25 July, Seebühne
A brass section does make everything better. Also, can anyone explain to me why Tagträumer and Julian le Play and The Makemakes are on heavy Ö3 rotation but Effi isn’t? The name “Popfest” has never been more appropriate than when Effi was on stage.
One crappy cellphone picture of NAZAR at Popfest 2014, Vienna, 24 July 2014
Waiting for Nazar was a bit dull. I was hoping for a collaboration set of the announced artists (Nazar, Yasmo, Blak Twang), but instead everybody performed after each other. Nazar was definitely the highlight of these artists. Anyhow Nazar finally showed up for 3 or 4 songs, which were pretty good. The Karlskirche in the background really makes the atmosphere of every gig at the Seebühne unique.
One crappy cellphone picture of THE BETH EDGES at Rock im Dorf 2014, Kremstal, 18 July 2014
It has become a little tradition of mine to go on a roadtrip to Upper Austria every summer to see some concerts and mountains and pollution-free skies. It’s always a highlight of the season.
The Beth Edges and OK Kid and the once again lovely, personal, beautiful festival location and organizational team have been such a highlight once again. How long until summer 2015?
Photo credit: Kat Rudolph
Two crappy cellphone pictures of WANDL and MONSTERHEART at the Neue Wege Festival, Ovalhalle MQ Wien, 27-28 June 2014
I’m guessing that most of the people who go to Vienna’s Museumsquartier in the summertime do so not to enjoy the huge cultural offer there, but to hang out in the bars, restaurants and on the Enzos and, well, drink. Not that I haven’t done so too every summer ever since I moved here, but once in a while it’s worth checking out the events going on at MQ, which quite often feature great live music.
One of those events took place last weekend as accompanying program for the exhibition “Neue Wege nichts zu tun” (which was way too confusing for me). The concerts in the Ovalhalle were especially impressive as they featured 360 degrees visuals and a stage in the middle of the room. My highlights undoubtedly were Wandl and Monsterheart - the former having the most awesome visuals thanks to his very own visualist (is that a word?) and the best to-make-out-to sound, the latter winning me over easily with Anna’s lovely, hyper character and their quite interesting “Born To Be Wild” version.
Monsterheart is also playing at Popfest Wien on July 26 at the Kunsthalle Ziegelfoyer.
One crappy cellphone picture of STEHSEIDL at the Miller-von-Aichholz-Schlössel, 13 June 2014
Is it Francis International Airport? Noooo.
Is it Rika? Noooo.
It’s Stehseidl!! And they are the self-proclaimed best wedding band in the entire world. To which I’m not going to object since they’re a) the first wedding band I’ve actually seen and b) they know how to play Africa. The only catch here is that in order to experience the best Bruce Springsteen, Proclaimers, Tom Petty et al. covers ever, somebody will have to get married and you will have to be invited.
One crappy cellphone picture of CLOUD NOTHINGS at Primavera Sound 2014, Barcelona, 1 June 2014
For me, “Here And Nowhere Else” has been the best release of 2014 so far. So picking Cloud Nothings as the grand finale for a grand festival was no coincidence, but in fact was also due to the show the day before at the Vice stage being so crowded that I was already almost standing at the Pitchfork stage next to it - which obviously resulted in hearing crap. It must have been about two times the crowd of an Arena Open Air - just to compare it, the band played in Vienna last year at B72.
Anyhow, the concert at a full and hot and frantic Sala Apolo was fast and loud and intense and a pure adrenaline and endorphin-rush - and looked something like this. Also, it reminded me of how much I hate stage-divers.
One crappy cellphone picture of VÀLIUS at Primavera Sound 2014, Barcelona, 1 June 2014
How to get into a pogo full of Spaniards? Easy: read 22.20 instead of 23.20 and find yourself in front row of a Catalan lo-fi band where obviously you don’t understand a single word while everyone around you is singing along and going crazy. Fun nonetheless.
One crappy cellphone picture of LA SERA at Primavera Sound 2014, Barcelona, 31 May 2014
After Cassie Ramone, Katy Goodman was now the second Vivian Girl I saw with their solo act. Even though I found the constant smiling and beaming happiness of Katy during her performance weird at first, the bright pop melodies and her radiant, powerful performance in the tiny Ray-Ban Unplugged container even managed to enchant me in the end.
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.