Experimental, Theatrical, Unpredictable: Shaban

The world of theater might not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering experimental hip-hop, but for Shaban, the stage name for producer Hannes Gwisdek, it served as an organic touchstone for his style. After scoring a number of pieces in Germany and working with rapper Käptn Peng, Shaban is now releasing […]

Frankfurt’s Young Hare Releases Debut Album

 There’s a small label in Germany called Altin Village & Mine that’s been releasing record after record of high-quality dance tunes (among other genres of music) since 2001. Their latest act is a duo from Frankfurt, Young Hare, that’s celebrating its full-length debut this month. Unbreak My Heart includes nine songs that explore movement and depth […]

Benjamin Riedl’s Other Dance Project Everyone Should Embrace: PTTRNS

Last month we introduced readers to Urban Homes, a German dance outfit composed of four musicians from Cologne. One of the musicians, Benjamin Riedl, has another act that is garnering copious amounts of attention from Germany and abroad, called PTTRNS. Riedel must have been busy in the last year because as of April 12, both […]

Album Premiere: Urban Homes, Centres

It’s impressive when a band is able to significantly evolve within its genre over an extended period of time and keep an audience interested, but when the band traverses genres and still preserves its reputation, there’s real promise in the band’s musical potential. There are very few post-punk remnants left in Cologne’s Urban Homes‘ new […]

German Blues Guitarist, Henrik Freischlader

Henrik Freischlader is a German blues guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer and self-taught multi-instrumentalist from the North Rhine-Westphalia area of Germany. He was born in Cologne,  and began his musical journey as a drummer. When he was 14 he heard “Cold Day in Hell” by Gary Moore on the radio, which inspired him to play blues […]

Stories From A Canadian Musician In Germany

Traveling outside of Canada can be a bit overwhelming, especially for a Canadian musician who has never left his Continent before. But all it took was one click on the Lufthansa website and I was on my way. Oktoberfest was almost over and I was told that if I missed this Bavarian festival I would […]

An Impression from Abroad: The End Tree and The Revival Tour

As I walked through the backstage poster-ridden corridor of Beatpol in Dresden, Germany, I could hear Chuck Ragan’s growling baritone voice warming up along with tenor Jay Malinowski, who sung as he fixed his hair. To my left was the band’s work station, with computers meant for updating websites and coordinating the next half of the tour. […]

Western America in Germany with Digger Barnes

There are classic attributes assigned to the “Western” genre in entertainment. Western-themed television shows, movies, and art all tell stories of the 19th century and America’s raw beginnings, replete with war, financial struggle, sickness, and everyday life on the range. With any era and its treasured artifacts, it is generally frowned upon when individuals attempt […]

Berghain Shrines and Purity Rings

The following is a prose poetry narrative inspired by both Purity Ring‘s debut album, Shrines, and a trip I took to Berlin’s infamous electronic music nightclub, Berghain. It seemed apt for Berlin that Berghain was more or less in the middle of the city, yet in the middle of nowhere. The labyrinth of residential streets […]

Words for S ND Y P RL RS’s REX

A while back we profiled a new and upcoming musician/photographer in Berlin, S ND Y P RL  RS (Malte Cornelius Jantzen). The artist just released his latest work, a seven-track, sharp but droney, shoegazey record called REX (Umor Rex Records). When we spoke with him for the last article, Jantzen told us that the poppier sounds of […]