Yearly Archives: 2019

Live Skull (USA)

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Formed in 1982, the quintessential New York noise band Live Skull are back this year with a brand-new album ‘Saturday Night Massacre’, out now. Together with other New York bands Sonic Youth and Swans, Live Skull defined the term “noise rock”.
In his much-quoted review for The New York Times, Robert Palmer declared, “With each new record, New York’s Live Skull delivers a more concentrated brand of emotional intensity, a more ferociously disciplined sonic assault”.
Often brutal and yet strangely seductive, full of hooks and emotional intensity, and with a drone-dance-quality that reminds us of the early Velvet Underground.
After a gap of 30 years, Live Skull are back! The band’s live line-up for the November-tour of Europe is Mark C., Rich Hutchins, Kent Heine and Dave Hollinghurst.
New album ‘Saturday Night Massacre’ out now (Bronson Recordings – import).
Bookings for Europe (by Rob)

Thu. Nov. 21 – ITA – Ravenna – Transmissions Festival
Fri. Nov. 22 – ITA – Ravenna – Transmissions Festival

Sun. Nov. 24 – FRA -Lille – La Malterie
Mon. Nov. 25 – NLD – Amsterdam – OCCII
Tue. Nov. 26 – DEU – Berlin – Urban Spree (with White Hills and Martin Bisi)

Huun Huur Tu (RUS)

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Tuvan throat singers, the music is based on native Tuvan folk traditions in instruments and singing, though in recent years western instruments like guitar and electronics are added.
New album “Children of the Otter” out now! (Jaro Medien-Music&Word).
Bookings for the Netherlands (by Hilde)

Sat. Nov. 23 – NLD – Rotterdam – LantarenVenster (SOLD OUT!)
Sun. Nov. 24 – NLD – Arnhem – Oostpool (SOLD OUT!)

Sun. Oct. 11 – NLD

Sun. Oct. 18 – NLD
Mon. Oct. 19 – NLD
Tue. Oct. 20 – NLD
Wed. Oct. 21 – NLD – t.b.a. (int.)

Pussy Riot: Riot Days (RUS)

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Protest art collective based in Moscow formed in 2011 with approx. 11 women participating. They staged unauthorised provocative guerrilla punk rock performances in unusual public places, which brought 3 of them to prison camps. Maria Alyokhina was one of them. She wrote a book about it, “Riot Days”. The book is the basis for this multi-media performance. Read also the great interview in The Music.
New book “Riot Days” (Bertelsmann Pinguin).
Bookings for the Netherlands (by Hilde)

Sun. Nov. 24 – NLD – Leeuwarden – Explore the North festival
Mon. Nov. 25 – NLD – Leeuwarden – Hanze Hoogeschool (public interview with Maria Alyokhina, afternoon)
Mon. Nov. 25 – NLD – Leeuwarden – Iepen-Up (public discussion with Maria Alyokhina, evening)
Tue. Nov. 26 – NLD – Utrecht – TivoliVredenburg
Wed. Nov. 27 – BEL – Gent – Handelsgebouw (promoter: Democrazy)

Hardwicke Circus (GBR)

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This fresh 6-piece from Carlisle, in the far North-West of England, delivers an exhilarating sound that mixes blues-rock with sometimes punky rock’n’roll, reminiscent of The Rolling Stones, The Boomtown Rats, Tom Petty, or Graham Parker. Still, they sound very much present-day, with a clear social agenda.
Hardwicke Circus has played a lot of shows in the U.K. and Ireland already, including some of the major U.K.-festivals, and several shows in London. The future looks bright now that the band has been picked up by manager Dave Robinson (formerly Stiff Records, Island Records).
The band’s brand-new EP “The Jug” is available online and via physical distribution (Absolute/Universal; Proper Distribution).
Bookings for the Netherlands (by Rob)

Thu. Jan. 16 – NLD – Groningen – EuroSonic Festival

I Muvrini (FRA)

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Corsican singer-songwriters since 30 years, combination of traditional polyphony with pop.
The live shows of I Muvrini are known for the engagement of the group for tolerance among humans. The song texts also speak about a great respect for nature.
New album “Portu in Core” out now!
Bookings for the Netherlands (by Hilde)

Portu in Core tour:
Tue. Mar. 17 – NLD – Tilburg – Theaters Tilburg

Sat. Mar. 28 – NLD – Heerlen – Parkstad Limburg Theater

The Nomads (SWE)

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The godfathers of the Swedish garage rock scene.
Current album ‘Solna’ received rave reviews (Universal for Scandinavia, Devils Jukebox for the rest of Europe); 2013 release: “Loaded Deluxe EP” on coloured vinyl with brand new tracks!
Bookings for all of Europe except SWE (by Rob)

Fri. Mar. 27 – NOR – Oslo – Rockefeller (special guest with The Dogs)

Low House (USA/FRA)

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Eugene S. Robinson was in the hardcore-experimental-psychedelic band Whipping Boy (the Californian one) in the 80s, and still is in noise-band Oxbow. Together with members from Putan Club he has now started the totally new band Low House, whose motto is ‘Low houses whose looks we did not like. Degraded state of earthly flesh’.
Ask for the private Soundcloud-link! It’s wonderful and exciting music, it’s dark, it’s moody, it’s powerful, and can sometimes be compared to Nick Cave.
Debut-album out soon.
Booking for the Netherlands (by Rob)

Mon. Mar. 30 – NLD
Tue. Mar. 31 – NLD
Wed. Apr. 01 – NLD

Curse of Lono (GBR)

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This international band makes a blend of deeply cinematic, harmony-laden Americana and driving, gothic alt-rock. Last year, this band convinced the Dutch audience at various support gigs for well known artists like Chuck Prophet. The reactions on the new album from July 2019 are amazing:
“If dangerous living bothers you, look away now – but for everyone else, Curse Of Lono are a new beacon of darkness.”(MOJO)
new album out now: “4am and Counting” (Submarine Cat Records-Bertis)
Bookings for the Netherlands (by Hilde)

Fri. Mar. 27 – NLD
Sat. Mar. 28 – NLD
Sun. Mar. 29 – NLD

Thu. Apr. 02 – NLD – t.b.a. (t.b.c.)
Fri. Apr. 03 – NLD – t.b.a. (int.)
Sat. Apr. 04 – NLD
Sun. Apr. 05 – NLD – t.b.a. (int.)

Thu. Apr. 23 – NLD – t.b.a. (int.)

10cc (GBR)

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Legendary band with ultra-high quality pop/rock songs that reached the charts many times.
Merely reading the titles should bring the song to your mind: Dreadlock Holiday, I’m Not In Love, The Wall Street Shuffle, The Things We Do For Love, Rubber Bullets, I’m Mandy Fly Me, etcetera.Check the recent documentary ‘I’m Not In Love – The Story of 10cc’ here.
Bookings for the Netherlands (by Rob)

2020 tour:
Thu. Apr. 09 – NLD – Zwolle – Theater de Spiegel
Fri. Apr. 10 – NLD – Den Haag – Zuiderstrandtheater
Sat. Apr. 11 – NLD – Nijmegen – De Vereeniging
Sun. Apr. 12 – NLD – Groningen – De Oosterpoort

Tue. Apr. 14 – NLD – Amsterdam – Het Concertgebouw
Wed. Apr. 15 – NLD – Kerkrade – Parkstad Limburg Theaters

Fri. Apr. 17 – NLD – Hengelo (Ov.) – Schouwburg Hengelo
Sat. Apr. 18 – NLD – Eindhoven – Muziekgebouw Eindhoven
Sun. Apr. 19 – NLD – Vlissingen – CineCityXL

Jeb Loy Nichols (USA/FRA)

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From the Ozark hills to the big cities worldwide, and finally to the hills of Wales. Former member of the band ‘The Fellow Travellers’ Jeb Loy Nichols has found his home to produce the feel and sound he prefers: the meeting place of folk, soul and country. Not without a bit darkish edge. Smokey retro soul, with Jamaican influences (reggae, dub, dancehall).
Brand-new album: ‘June is Short, July is Long’ (Compass Records – Bertus)
Bookings for the Netherlands (by Rob)

Wed. Apr. 22 – NLD
Thu. Apr. 23 – NLD

Minimal Compact (ISR)

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Formed in Amsterdam in 1980, Minimal Compact were part of the original post-punk explosion – and remain one of its most distinctive voices. The band developed a unique mix of propulsive rhythms, spacious bass lines, rich keyboard textures, mesmeric guitar lines, and vocal melodies with a Middle-Eastern inflection. They sounded like nothing that had gone before.
Well-known releases include the album ‘Deadly Weapons’ (with club-hit ‘Next One Is Real’) and ‘Raging Souls’.
Minimal Compact have now reconvened, together with producer and long-time collaborator Colin Newman (of post-punk legends Wire), who will also perform with the band live in May 2020, to record part of their material in the best possible way, with a brand-new song as a bonus.
New album “Creation is Perfect” out now! (MC-Konkurrent).
Booking for the Netherlands (by Rob)

Sat. May 23 – NLD

Mon. May 25 – NLD

Hazmat Modine (USA)

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The band distills American music into an essence from its myriad forms: Blues, Country, R & B, Rock-n-Roll, Jazz, Gospel, World Music – yet it adds to this mixture something raw and mysterious that feels at once familiar and new.
Current album “Box of Breath” (Jaro Medien-Music&Words)
Available for festivals all summer through.
Bookings for the Netherlands (by Hilde)

Wed. Jul. 01 – NLD
Thu. Jul. 02 – NLD
Fri. Jul. 03 – NLD
Sat. Jul. 04 – NLD – t.b.a. (int.)
Sun. Jul. 05 – NLD

The Bulgarian Voices Angelité (BGR)

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The sensational success of this choir started in 1987 under the name “Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares”. The choir had to the name and has released more than 13 albums. After more than 15 years of absence they are back!
New album “Heritage” out now! (Jaro Medien – Music&Words).
Bookings for the Netherlands (by Hilde)

Fri. Jan. 15 – NLD – t.b.a. (t.b.c.)

Fri. Jan. 29 – NLD – t.b.a. (int.)

Fri. Feb. 26 – NLD – t.b.a. (t.b.c.)