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.
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.
Two crappy cellphone pictures of MILE ME DEAF at Kulturhuset Islands Brygge, Copenhagen on May 16th and May 17th 2014
This (the first one) was the mellowest Mile Me Deaf show I have ever seen. I guess it was owed to the time (5:30) and the place (outside the Kulturhuset, overlooking the harbour) but it was fitting for the audience (the usual concert-goes plus a helluva lot of toddlers and seagulls).
The second concert was more of the typical Mile Me Deaf fare, although it was again in a seated venue - with candles on the tables! They were the last (and most interesting) band to go on at a small music festival but unfortunately, at the time they were playing, a lot of the people had already left. I had convinced a friend to come with me by playing him the Ace of Base cover and although he was disappointed that they didn’t play it, he enjoyed it.
One crappy cellphone picture of NOWHERE TRAIN at Stadtsaal, Vienna, 12 May 2014
Selten so viele hemmungslos besoffene Männer auf einer Bühne vereint gesehen. Das war in den Momenten, wo es nicht sowieso spirituell-reinigend americanamäßig war, durchaus auch unterhaltsam. Und chaotisch. Und insgesamt schön.
One crappy cellphone picture of GERARD at Poolbar mit Pratersauna, Pratersauna, Vienna, 10 May 2014
Ein paar Tage nach diesem unerklärlichen Auftritt von Gerard mit Jennifer Rostock am Amadeus gab es beim Wien-Ableger des Poolbar-Festivals in der Pratersauna ein reguläres Gerard-Heimspiel zu sehen, während Conchita Wurst in Kopenhagen den Eurovision Song Contest gewonnen hat.
Wahnsinn, wie sich die “Zu-ga-be”-Rufe nach und nach in “Lis-sa-bon”-Rufe verwandelt haben. Ja, das war ein würdiges Alternativprogramm zur Songcontest-Party, die wir für dieses Konzert frühzeitig verlassen mussten.