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Music producer Victor Van Vugt is back in Berlin to tap the city’s ‘youthful, anarchic’ energy

    Victor Van Vugt is a producer, mixer, and engineer who has worked with acts including Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Einstürzende Neubauten, and P.J. Harvey. We speak with Van Vugt about his return to Berlin and his plans for the future. Van Vugt made Berlin his home in the 1980s before moving away to live in London and New York. He returned to Berlin four years ago […]

todayJune 2, 2018

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When Axel met Sally: music to show the magical side of the U8

    Berlin's public transport is both loved and hated by residents of the city, and the U8 line pretty much embodies this public sentiment. The line connects the north to the south, running through the heart of Berlin, and it connected an American from San Francisco with a Berliner for a musical homage of sorts. Journalist Sally McGrane and musician Axel Scheele both live on the U8. "The whole […]

todayMay 26, 2018

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From Elton John to the downright bizarre, we preview the Berlin Music Video Awards

    This year’s Berlin Music Video Awards will take place from May 23 and 26. Since 2013, the awards have highlighted the art behind music videos while acting as a networking platform for musicians and filmmakers. Aviel Silook, founder of the event, has always been a huge fan of music videos. In fact, at the age of 14, Silook would wake up in the middle of the night, just […]

todayMay 19, 2018

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‘A little bit organic and electronic’: O-SHiN shares her dreamy pop with us ahead of Berlin gig

    We spoke to Dutch singer-songwriter O-SHiN about her creative and recording processes. She talks about recording her last songs while immersing herself in the Swedish countryside because “I really love lots of Swedish artists...and I wanted to learn from them.” The album was mixed in Berlin, O-SHiN explains: “I think my music is a little bit ...organic and electronic at the same time...The electronic part of it happened […]

todayMay 12, 2018

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Pop-Kultur’s Christian Morin on ‘bringing back meaning and content to music’

Pop-Kultur Festival will be back in Berlin for it's fourth year between August 15 and 17. We caught up with curator Christian Morin to talk about how the goals of the festival have evolved and what to expect from this year's lineup, which features Neneh Cherry amidst a "very strong female presence." Morin says that he wants the festival "to bring back meaning and content...to music, and the other goal […]

todayMay 5, 2018

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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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