The Month Of Mu­sic

With an un­con­tain­able love for mu­sic, Serene Tseng stays warm dur­ing Novem­ber by at­tend­ing count­less con­certs in the cap­i­tal.

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As the largest city in Ger­many, Ber­lin is a sure stop for most ev­ery artist tour­ing the con­ti­nent, and this month the city’s con­cert cal­en­dar is even more packed with note­wor­thy bands than usual.

Af­ter Madonna (p. 66), the big­gest name on the Novem­ber ros­ter is Seat­tle’s Foo Fight­ers. De­spite front­man Dave Grohl’s mid-tour ac­ci­dent ear­lier this June, which re­sulted in a bro­ken leg and all sub­se­quent Euro­pean tour dates be­ing can­celed, the alt-rock­ers re­turn to Europe to con­tinue their 20th-an­niver­sary tour. (8 Nov, Mercedes- Benz Arena, p. 56).

Tem­pel­hof’s C- Halle plays host to some of the month’s big­gest acts, both old and new. Kick­ing off the sched­ule on 2 Novem­ber are Ice­landic in­die dar­lings Of Mon­sters and Men, whose quirky sound has proven sur­pris­ingly pop­u­lar, with such hits as Lit­tle Talks and King and Lion­heart. Not skip­ping a beat af­ter a string of Oc­to­ber gigs in the South­ern US, Marilyn Man­son hits C- Halle (6 Nov) to sup­port The Pale Em­peror, an al­bum Rolling Stone de­scribes as an “old-fash­ioned art-rock tantrum.”

The venue’s stage is taken over a few days later (9 Nov) by English post-punk re­vival­ists Ed­i­tors, whose dark in­die sound is of­ten com­pared to Joy Divi­sion and In­ter­pol. The band’s most re­cent full-length re­lease, In Dream, comes highly rec­om­mended by world­fa­mous DJ Paul van Dyk (p. 10). Pre­fer your bands loud and full of thrash? Then don’t miss the dou­ble-header of Slayer and spe­cial guest An­thrax, who tear up the stage on 12 Nov.

Head­ing over to the night­club cir­cuit, world­fa­mous Berghain (p. 59) presents Cana­dian synth-pop out­fit Pu­rity Ring, mak­ing its sec­ond Ber­lin visit this year on 11 Novem­ber. Start­ing the mu­si­cal month off on a warm note is Jaga Jazz­ist, the award-win­ning ex­per­i­men­tal jazz group from Nor­way, who per­forms at Kreuzberg venue Gretchen.

Near the end of the month, on 24 Novem­ber, fans have a dif­fi­cult choice to make when two big acts take dif­fer­ent stages in the cap­i­tal. Clas­sic rock­ers Deep Pur­ple per­form at MaxSch­mel­ing- Halle (www.max-sch­mel­ing-halle. de), while Ham­burg’s own hip-hop trio Fettes Brot, sup­port­ing their re­lease Teenagers vom Mars, stop for a night at Tem­po­drom (p. 56).

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