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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 event 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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