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Baby Jesus + Father Midnight @ Monarch

Any sun-worshippers our there? Thursday 21 March is fast-approaching. The day greets us with the northern hemisphere’s vernal equinox which offers us the same length of sunlight and darkness. The night, however, offers us a vast array of fine and freaky musical acts...

Album Premiere: Pieta by Glasnost

Glasnost is often used to describe the increased transparency of Soviet politics. We couldn't think of a more fitting moniker for our latest discovery from the Great East, as it heralds what seems like a lifted embargo on innovative, quality music from Russia. The...

Dog Dimension at Loophole, 14 March

There’s a new band in town! Dog Dimension is a Berlin-based Noise Rock Trio who only materialized in the human realm last month. Their debut release, Life Jacket EP, is a strong start and has our interest piqued. The tracks are smart, catchy, and difficult to...

Schmutz x KCRW Berlin

Starting this month, March, in the year of our Lord, 2019, Schmutz will be hosting our own radio segment on KCRW Berlin. We'll be chatting about what artists and bands are coming through Berlin and who we really think you should go check out. Oh and how much Nolan...

TAU | Impression Sessions

For our latest installment of Impression Sessions, we had psych-folk collective, TAU, come by the studio to share a couple tracks off their new release, Tau and the Drones of Praise. If you like what you see, you can catch TAU for the official record release show at...

Gemma Ray | Impression Sessions

Gemma Ray came by the studio to share a few of the cuts off her new album, Psychogeology. Enjoy our latest Impression Session and have a first listen to Death Tapes, Blossom Crawls, and Land of Make-believe. You can catch Gemma Ray live on February 15th for the album...

It’s a Family Affair | A Conversation with Colin Self

Colin Self Challenges Antiquated Archetypes with their latest Release, Siblings After a long history in relative safety, the concept of family is under heavy scrutiny. The conventional understanding is seldom relatable in the nuclear sense: two parents of distinct...

Aphex Twin & The Funkhaus Dilemma

When Aphex Twin announced his first German show since 2009, Berlin’s often apathetic concert-going crowd went briefly rabid. Fans and scalpers alike snapped up thousands of tickets in 24 hours. Some joked that second-hand tickets had become Berlin’s new...

The Dirt on 2018: Our Year-end Lists

It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times. Ultimately, 2018 was a massive year for Schmutz: we launched the magazine, we threw our first (of many) shows, we launched our live session project, we got our visas renewed, and we made it out alive. Defying all...

Video Premiere: Gym Tonic – B12 Injection

Our favorite local synth punks are feeling particularly generous this holiday season. Gym Tonic's gift of a long-awaited new album comes topped with a shiny video premiere as the bow. The story of 'B12 Injection' begins with the viewer lazily...

Photo Recap: serpentwithfeet & Kelsey Lu

Photos and words by Ryan Mackley, edited by Joe Bisciotti Spiritual intensity rang through Lido Berlin thanks to serpentwithfeet and his supporting act Kelsey Lu. She opened with her recent single “Shades of Blue,” commanding the hall with the clarity and resonance of...