8 July 2015, 8PM
Mary Ocher & Your Government/Ya Tosiba/DJ Steev Lemercier
WestGermany, Skalitzerstr. 133, 10999 Berlin
I am used to music projects that mix genres in a hard-to-define way, yet exactly because of that I can usually at least place them in a certain scene and build some expectations in regards of which venues they’ll fit into or which sort of audience they will gather. Every once in a while, though, there are characters who manage to be purely eccentric and render such categorisation harder, if not simply unnecessary: I think Klaus Nomi and the Austrian band Wipeout are two suitable examples, and that Mary Ocher’s solo project may be another one. The trio Mary Ocher & Your Government brings things even further in that direction by adding the beats of two talented drummers – Oliver Rivera-Drew and Stefan Widdess – as well as more synth sounds and space-age costumes to the game. The gig is part of a minitour organised on the occasion of a 7″ release.
10-11-12 July 2015
Heroines of Sound Festival // Pionierinnen der elektronischen und aktuellen Musikszene
Radialsystem V, Holzmarktstraße 33, 10243 Berlin
According to my own personal approach to gender issues, there would be ideally no need to point out that something cool has been done by a woman, yet the world does not seem to be ready for such an attitude, so I warmly welcome this three-day program at Radialsystem. The list of directly or indirectly featured artists – be it through film-portraits, livesets, performances or other events and media – will include Electric Indigo, Gudrun Gut, Pauline Oliveros, Eliane Radigue and Les Femmes Savantes, among many others. Check the full schedule and take the chance.
10-11-12 July 2015
MAGIC WAVES SUMMER FESTIVAL
Griessmuehle, Sonnenallee 221, 12059 Berlin
No big conflict with the previous recommendation as the latter will be going on during the day/evening and this one in the night. Early new wave/electronic experimentations from Tuscany (Alexander Robotnick), pioneers of Italo Disco (Fred Ventura), the best of the electro-techno scene that emerged in Rome in the late 90s and early 00s (Mat 101, Raiders of the Lost Arp), finest dj selection from Belgium (Rob’n’Zoopsie) and oh so much more: Griessmuehle’s Keller does get pretty hot in the summer, but the line-up is really worth it and you’ll find music & bar in the yard in the back as well; you can manage it fine by venturing downstairs for the sets you don’t want to miss and climbing upstairs for a fresh air break whenever needed.