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