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What’s your favorite record of all time? In honor of Record Store Day, we surveyed Berlin record store owners

    What is your favorite record of all time? In honor of Record Store Day, we asked the proprietors of Berlin record stores Riseikel, HHV, Musik Department, Oldschool, Soul Trade and Dodo Beach. Discover their favorite tracks and listen to our record store day playlist. We also threw in some favorites from KCRW Berlin's staff and volunteers! We'll be celebrating Record Store Day, all day. Come out and support […]

todayApril 21, 2018

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Berlin-based band ‘Them There,’ featuring hit songwriters Craig Walker and Phoebe Kildeer, just released their new single!

  Update: The new single by Them There, featuring Berliners Craig Walker and Phoebe Killdeer, is out NOW! Check out the new video to accompany the release below and revisit our interview with the pair.   Craig Walker, frontman of indie/electronica band Archive, and former Nouvelle Vague singer Phoebe Killdeer have been living in Berlin for a decade, and say the city has been great to them musically – which […]

todayApril 7, 2018

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Rooting for the optimists and pessimists: Brian Eno’s Empty Formalism opens Berlin’s ISM Hexadome

  Composer and visual artist Brian Eno returned to Berlin this week for the opening of his audio-visual installation, "Empty Formalism," at the Martin Gropius Bau. The work is the first in a series of performances and installations created by artists for the newly created ISM Hexadome, a hexagonal structure featuring six large screens and over 50 speakers in a 3D sound stage, creating a spatial sensation coupling music with shifting visuals.  "One […]

todayMarch 31, 2018

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Artistic director of MaerzMusik: The politics of listening are ‘pulsating in the core of the festival’

  For 10 days, MaerzMusik will present its program of unusual musical experiences at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele and other locations around the city. This year's edition is titled "Time Wars," and explores our relationships with time through various artistic media and a conference, "Thinking Together." The festival's program is a reflection of current pressing issues – climate change, digitalization, migration – and opened on Friday with a German […]

todayMarch 17, 2018

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Cultural historian Josh Kun researches music and migration in Berlin this spring, asking ‘what music can do to us, and what music can do for us’

  Culture historian and 2016 MacArthur "Genius" grant recipient Josh Kun says although there's no "magic science" to figuring out a city, there are at least three types of places he visits from the outset: bookstores, record stores, and stationery stores. Plus, he eats out – preferably street food. Originally from Los Angeles, Kun is in Berlin as a Bosch Fellow in Public Policy at the American Academy and is […]

todayMarch 10, 2018

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International students convene at John F. Kennedy School for annual Honor Choirs festival

  At 7:00 p.m. on Saturday night, 200 students from all over the world will be taking the stage at the RBB Große Sendesaal in Berlin for the annual High School Honor Choirs Festival. The festival was established by the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) and has taken place annually since 1976. The event gives participating students the opportunity to work with renowned conductors and to travel to […]

todayMarch 3, 2018

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Funkhaus Berlin pairs historical detail with cutting-edge sound

  Walking through the Funkhaus Berlin with its grand concert halls, sweeping hallways, and state-of-the-art equipment, one can't help being reminded of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." The former GDR broadcasting studios are an enormous complex, housing cutting-edge sound technology within carefully preserved historical interiors and cavernous industrial halls. The Funkhaus was designed in the 1950s by Bauhaus engineer Franz Ehrlich, who during World War II had been interned at […]

todayFebruary 10, 2018

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Artist, busker, GIF, meme: Musician Stephen Paul Taylor on his unusual rise to notoriety

Note: This recording contains strong language that may not be suitable for young listeners.   A few years ago, Stephen Paul Taylor became an internet sensation when a tourist filmed him busking on the street with his ironic pop song "Sh*t's F***ed." The video went viral, and Taylor became a celebrity in his own right, with an album, memes, and regular appearances on German TV. Marlene Melchior caught up with Taylor […]

todayFebruary 3, 2018

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