Monday, June 18, 2012

Sofa Salon July and Berlin Music Week

Dearhearts, Sofa Salon is back after the Sommerpause and I have some amazing lineups, collaborations and festival news for you for the rest of 2012. Feast your eyes and ears.

Dearhearts, Danach die Sommerpause, 'Sofa Salon' kommt wieder mit großartig Künstler and Festival Nachricht! Fest Ihre Augen und Ohren!


Sofa Salon 2nd Birthday Celebration!
Emperor X (US) + Remarkable Shipwrecks (AU)

In collaboration with Berlin Booking Agency Paper and Iron, I'm proud to present an intimate concert from US underground electro-acoustic noise wunderkind Emperor X (Bar/None Records). Chad Matheny's gleeful shows in tunnels, festivals, houses and bus stations are part fierce acoustic indie-rock and part sampled/looped noise heaven.  Making his Berlin debut at Sofa Salon, Remarkable Shipwrecks is Melburnian Simon Morrison's new project, all low-fi folk rock stripped and resonating with raw intensity.

Lapingra (IT) + Big Strong Brute (AU)

Italian toycore band Lapingra is a collaboration between two quirky musicians with shared passion for Barbie, bake-a-cakes, Björk, Disney soundtracks and Bauhaus. Their album uses toy instruments to bake oven-fresh and original songs.
Big Strong Brute is the vehicle for Brisbane songwriter Paul Donoughue's intelligent and sensitive folk-pop. He plays songs from new album, Avalanche Of Truth.

Ned Collette (AU), Ben Salter (AU) + Mark Geary (IE)

Three great songwriters grace us with music from their critically-acclaimed new albums. Ben Salter is from Brisbane bands Giants Of Science and collective The Gin Club and co-produced his intelligent, complex debut solo album The Cat with members of The Drones. Ned Collette is a past host and performer at Sofa Salon. He brings us literate musings from his sixth album, 2. Mark Geary is an Irish singer-songwriter whose time in NYC saw him share stages with acts like Jeff Buckley and Glen Hansard (The Swell Season, The Frames) as well as releasing four albums including the haunting melancholia of this year's songs about love, songs about leaving.

Berlin Music Week Showcases

Sofa Salon and A Headful of Bees host three official showcases for Berlin Music Week.

Mi 5. Sep - Sofa Salon presents Phia (AU) + Town of Saints (NL)

Australian songwriter Phia has made kalimba (African thumb piano) and loops the centre of her indie pop sound, constructing energetic, layered songs with soaring vocals reminiscent of Björk's Vespertine album. She will play songs from her new album recorded in Poland. She is supported by Dutch/Finnish acoustic folk-punk act Town of Saints who are renowned for their joyous live shows and will be playing songs from their new EP The Silent Sea.

Do 6. Sep -
A Headful of Bees Music presents Eric Eckhart (US), Ken Burke (IE), Wasp Summer (AU), Miss Kenichi (DE) and Nina Hynes (IE) at Lovelite, F'hainMy label-collective A Headful of Bees showcases new music from five of Berlin's finest folk/roots singer-songwriters at Friedrichshain venue Lovelite for Berlin Music Week: the classic guitar pop of Eric Eckhart, Ken Burke's Irish acoustic-pop storytelling, Wasp Summer's soulful folk, the delicate East German Americana of Miss Kenichi and the experimental pop of well-known Irish indie chanteuse Nina Hynes.

Fr 7. Sep - Sofa Salon presents Mute Swimmer (UK) + Il Tempo Gigante (DK)

Over solid and ingenious melodies, Mute Swimmer commits darkly funny and metaphysical sabotage on the art of performance. Il Tempo Gigante is Danish musician Rolf Hansen whose distinctive guitar-style and layered folk-pop recalls a one-man Beirut or Radiohead.

Roller One (AU) + Justin Cusack (AU)

Both acts are previous Sofa Salon performers. I'm happy to welcome back Melburnians Roller One and Justin Cusack with their distinctive takes on dusty, spacious Australian Folk.

Matt Walker (AU) + Lucie Thorne (AU)

Matt Walker is a well-loved figure on the Australian roots music scene, known for his astonishing white-boy blues voice and mastery of dobro, lap steel and guitar. His tourmate, Lucie Thorne is an itinerant troubadour armed with a deadly red Guild electric guitar and a seductive, womanly voice.

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