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The Dirt on 2017: A Year in Review

2017 was the best of times and the worst of times. Everything caught fire, we confirmed that essentially every man in power is a turd, and we’re all depressed since we spent our bitcoin on mediocre drugs rather than getting rich. But hey, it wasn’t all bad: Nolan got hit by a taxi and they […]

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HEADZ UP Anniversary | FIVE YEARZ of DOOM

Prepare thy mind to be flayed. Deep within the confines of a black hole at the far end of the Alpha Metallicus Galaxy, there is a rumble of sound… a guttural growl of a galactic monster so ancient that Father Time himself is said to have played fetch with it as a child. Mere mortals […]

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No! Music Festival Guide

This Thursday, No! Music kicks off with an eclectic but carefully curated selection of luminaries, stringing a common thread through the experimental, political, and jazz music scenes. The festival takes place in one of Berlin’s premier havens for cultural events, Haus der Kulturen der Welt.  Worth the visit alone, the building’s Cold War era architecture was conceived […]

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A Happening Mix

A Happening Festival is now just a couple days away and we’re pumped. The collection of raw talent had us feeling inspired, so we put together a proper mix for you. Hit play, kick your feet up, and imagine you’re drifting listlessly on a glacier through the cosmos. 1) From the Jaws by Derek Hunter Wilson | 0:00 […]

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A Happening. Interview #2: A Fireside Chat with Bijan Berahimi

Bijan Berahimi is a Portland via L.A. designer that has worked with the biggest names in the business down to the closest of Portland homies. He has taken charge of the aesthetic of A Happening. festival this year and will be producing a limited newspaper/zine type situation for the event. He took the time to […]

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Urban Spree Launches The Smallest Record Store in the World

Tucked away in the corner of the Urban Spree Art Galerie is the latest brain child of Josh Murphy, the venue’s music curator and all around nice guy. A vintage Temp-Rite refrigerator has been outfitted with a modest mixer, table, and stacks of boutique vinyl releases from Berlin labels. The mobile music-box has been dubbed, […]

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An Interview with Tatu Rönkkö

In a few short weeks, A Happening Festival is bringing together some some of our favorite contemporary electronic acts for an evening of sonic glee. Among this list of legends is Finnish hunk, Tatu Rönkkö, who you may recognize as one quarter of the otherwise Danish electro-pop sensation, Liima. Aside from being inexplicably well-tanned, Rönkkö […]

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The True Mayhem Reigns Over Columbiahalle

This was a hell of a lineup for a hell of a beautiful fall Friday night in Berlin at the Columbiahalle. This was my first time at the small stage of this venue, which was a pleasant surprise—not too big, not a basement, strong pours at the bar and a patio out back to chill […]

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Jarboe & Co. Darken the Depths of Quasimodo

It was one of the first proper fall nights in Berlin as we rode out west to a venue for the first time. As we dodged puddles and attempted to keep warm, the graffiti and trash of Kreuzberg was gradually replaced by the glitz and glam of Charlottenburg. Our destination, Quasimodo, sits in the basement […]

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Show Recap | CFM and Tanning Bats at Urban Spree

On Wednesday, October 13th at Urban Spree, Greyzone Concerts provided a familiar, yet smart line-up: international heavy hitter with promising local support. Tanning Bats The three-piece formerly known as Ringo Starwars took their first stage since May with a newfound style, urgency, and moniker: Tanning Bats. The first few tracks shot like a semi-automatic in the night, […]

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Photo Recap: A Saturday Adventure at Pure and Crafted

  We spent this last Saturday afternoon wandering this year’s Pure and Crafted, hosted at the old power plant in Rummelsburg. The festival promised bikes, a “New Heritage” market, and a lineup of incredible live music. Our favorite band to see was Berlin’s own Gurr. In a festival full of people who seemed to be […]

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A Schmutz Guide to Pure and Crafted Festival 2017

This weekend presents the opportunity to indulge in two full days of vintage culture, music and custom motorcycles in an old power plant in Rummelsburg. This year marks the third anniversary of the Pure & Crafted festival, a family-friendly show with a promising line up. Check out some of the highlights: American indie rock staple […]

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A Schmutz Guide to Pop-Kultur Festival 2017

In less than a week, Pop-Kultur will take over Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg and entertain your face off. Pop-Kultur’s name undermines its quality as a festival. Perhaps that’s the idea. Maybe the intent is to redefine what is associated with pop culture, and to help shape its future by giving a platform to artists that are actually worthy of mass […]

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A Schmutz Guide to Berlin Atonal 2017

(photo cred: Camille Blake) The history of Berlin Atonal begins in November 1982. Set up at SO36 in Kreuzberg, the festival became ground-zero for altogether new forms of musical experience; Einstürzende Neubauten, Sprung aus den Wolken, Malaria, Notorische Reflexe, Alu, White Russia, Didaktische Einheit and many other like-minded musical pioneers used Berlin Atonal to launch […]

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Speicher: Concerts in Water Reservoirs

This weekend, Speicher will be coming to a water reservoir near you. Speicher is a two-evening show with six artists of eclectic backgrounds, put together by the appropriately named Bohemian Drips. It will be set in the underground foundation of two water towers that are a staple of Prenzlauerberg’s scenery. Among Berlin’s oldest, they were completed in 1877 and in use […]

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Berlin Atonal Makes Second Lineup Announcement

As if we weren’t drooling enough after the first announcement, Berlin Atonal has listed the next set of confirmed performers. This year seems to be nearly equal parts world premieres to veterans of sound art, so we’re hoping to leave the festival with a grip of new favorites. You can find the full writeup HERE. There is more […]

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Soviet Soviet Guides ACUD in Introspection on 31.05

The Italian post-punk trio, Soviet Soviet, headlined ACUD last Wednesday night in support of their latest album, Endless. I watched a man in the audience stare out the window for twenty minutes. Soon after, I realized how perfect Soviet Soviet is for introspection. The three-piece created the perfect atmosphere for thinking about it all. I imagined the […]

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Homeshake takes over Lido on 28.05

The appeal for Homeshake seems obvious, especially on a blazing spring evening in Berlin. Lido was packed with swaying floral button ups, sun-dazed expressions and an eagerness to hear the Montreal-based headliner. Aldous RH opened and said hello to the crowd by mentioning how their 9 hour drive was worth it. Berlin seemed to agree […]

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Schmutz Guide to XJazz Festival 2017

Here we go again, it’s XJazz time!! Kicking off next week, from May 3rd to the 7th, XJazz is a unique festival when put in the context of the Berlin live music landscape. One of the main goals of XJazz is to blur and break the boundaries of jazz, experimental electronic, neo-classical and other genres […]

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Show Recap | Wolf City Presents Blood Incantation

Sometimes the metals become so mighty, the death so real, that the skin sprouts fur and the claws come out. When you hit werewolf-grade seven, your voice is raw, shrieking along as your fist pounds the air; when you hit eight, you’ve made it to dawn; once you hit nine, you’ve probably thrown up the defenseless deer […]

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Max Richter Releases New Video For Modular Astronomy

Earlier this year, German-born British composer Max Richter released his score for the narrative dance piece entitled Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works on Deutsche Grammophon. The pieces were initially scored to accompany the choreography of Wayne McGregor that are based on three of Virginia Woolf’s novels (Mrs. Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves), but after seeing him perform […]

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Who is Schmutz?

Who? Who’s asking? Who are any of us, really? I have yet to see substantiated evidence that you aren’t all figments of my reality simulation. Or we could all be some sort of Westworld-esque, sexy robots, teetering on the brink of self-awareness, insanity, and an inevitable murder spree. All that aside, music is our life […]

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