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CTM Festival 2018 Preview

CTM Festival 2018 Preview

January 26th marks the start of CTM’s 19th year of freaking out the normies. The ten day festival will overtake the city, occupying the city’s premier spaces for cultural influence (Berghain, Kraftwerk, Festsaal Kreuzberg, Hebbel am Ufer, to name a few)....
New & Notable IX

New & Notable IX

The days are getting longer and so is the amount of music in our New & Notable series. There is so much moving, original music being produced right now, it’s inspiring. With music from all over the geographical and musical map, this doozy of a N&N will...
New & Notable VIII

New & Notable VIII

We all need something to hold onto during these cold months. Some people choose human partners, some choose model train construction, some flee to warmer climates. Because no one wants to hold us, we don’t have long enough attention spans and can’t afford...
A Catch Up with Joe James Boyle.

A Catch Up with Joe James Boyle.

A newcomer, but welcomed jolt of energy to the Berlin scene, Joe James Boyle takes influence from all over the musical map. Originally from London, JJB will be bringing his garage-y interpretation of The Velvets to 8MM Bar on January 11th in the year of our Lord,...
New & Notable VII

New & Notable VII

It’s 2018 and the vibrations are high. So much new music is slated to see the light of day this year and Schmutz is ready. Here’s a little list of some of the new favorites. This edition of N&N features both music videos and sound clips. Enjoy and...
Schmutz Playlists | January 2018

Schmutz Playlists | January 2018

Congratulations! If you’re reading this, it means you survived 2017. They say that what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. 2017 didn’t kill us, yet we’re left feeling like a despondent, wet noodle. Perhaps that’s just the remnants of...
New & Notable VI

New & Notable VI

Our house plants are dying, the glühwein is flowing and what don’t stop? The tunes don’t stop. With our sixth edition of New & Notable, we’re bringing you bangers from all over the world. Enjoy and we’ll see you on the other side. Jerry...
The Dirt on 2017: A Year in Review

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...
New & Notable #5

New & Notable #5

It’s cold outside. So cold it’s actually snowing this very moment. So cold that we thought we would heat you up with some new tunes. Wiggle your body a bit and let the music take you over. Haulm USA Following on the heels of the Brooklyn duo’s...
Schmutz Playlists | December 2017

Schmutz Playlists | December 2017

We have begun the great decent into the nether pits of winter. You’ve stopped exercising, your neighbors stopped cleaning up their dog poop, and fall’s incessant flow of shows has slowed to trickle. But don’t throw in the towel just yet, as there is...
New & Notable # 4

New & Notable # 4

For this edition of New & Notable, it’s videos only. The list runs the full gamut of styles and they all come with a bit of eye candy. Special shoutout to Berlin locals, Robot. VSTRS USA Described as an arty-thump of melody & bombast, Detroit quintet...
No! Music Festival Guide

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...
New & Notable #3

New & Notable #3

On this episode of New & Notable, Schmutz takes you from furthest reaches of space disco to the most intimate of shoe gazing sessions. Please fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride. Dee D. Jackson Hidden on a secret moon base since 1978, the Italo-Disco legend...
A Happening Mix

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...
New & Notable #2

New & Notable #2

This issue of New & Notable is an emotional rollercoaster, with high crests of positive soul and low troughs of warm drone. Take a ride with us.  INRA INRA is a project by Adam Ben-Nun and Philipp Rhensius: an attempt to bend time, shape worlds and vaporize our...
New & Notable: #1

New & Notable: #1

Music is our lifeblood. Our marrow. Our mana. Our romantic relationships never last because our partners can’t handle living in the shadow of our one-and-only bae: music.  In our daily struggle to keep you informed, we come across more new talent than one could...
Schmutz Playlists | October 2017

Schmutz Playlists | October 2017

Tricks or treats, y’all? Well… we’ve got some treats right here. We give you the two playlists for October, 2017. Lots of spooky numbers in here to get yer skin crawling and heads boppin’. All these acts will be haunting Berlin this month and...
Schmutz Playlists | September 2017

Schmutz Playlists | September 2017

Summer festival season has finally come to close. With that, Berlin is once again inundated with raw international talent. This month we’ll all get the chance to see Moderat, Forest Swords, Cattle Decapitation, and Sisters of Mercy, just to name a few. Check out...
Berlin Atonal Festival 2017 Playlist

Berlin Atonal Festival 2017 Playlist

The collection of artists playing this year’s Berlin Atonal Festival is nothing short of overwhelming. Lucky for you, Schmutz loves you and is here to make your life easier. Enter: Our Berlin Atonal Playlist. So kick your feet up, let the tracks run, and get...
A Schmutz Guide to Berlin Atonal 2017

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,...
Schmutz Playlist | August 2017

Schmutz Playlist | August 2017

We’ve got some big acts coming through this month. From the stacked lineup of Atonal to the Mykki Blanco, Boris and Wrekmeister Harmonies shows. These playlists only reflect a small number of the acts rolling through Berlin this month be we hope to see you in...
Speicher: Concerts in Water Reservoirs

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...
Schmutz Playlist | July 2017

Schmutz Playlist | July 2017

Happy Gin Rickey Month! This is the Berlin playlist of the summer, folks. We’ve put this doozy together based on the bands and artists coming through Berlin this July. We’re excited to check out these legends live and hope you are too, tiny dancers....
Berlin Atonal Makes Second Lineup Announcement

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...
Schmutz Playlist | June 2017

Schmutz Playlist | June 2017

All of these artists are playing gigs in Berlin this month and we’re too excited. Berlin has been waiting around for summer to come and now that it’s finally here, we’ve been rewarded with the music to match. The Beach Boys, Sun Ra, Blink-182, NOTS,...
Homeshake takes over Lido on 28.05

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...
May Playlists | Schmutz Berlin

May Playlists | Schmutz Berlin

April showers (and sleet and hail and snow) bring May flowers. We’ve got some big names coming through town this month that we’ve always wanted to see along with small acts that we’ve just discovered. The all-seeing eyes of Schmutz have seen that you...
Schmutz Guide to XJazz Festival 2017

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...
April 2017 Playlists

April 2017 Playlists

All of these bands and artists are coming through Berlin this month and we are very pumped. We decided that this month’s docket was deserving of two playlists. The first is a lighter listen with baroque-pop gems, shoegaze masterpieces, and compositional wonders....
Who is Schmutz?

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...