The last day of March sees Glasgow’s nattiest dressers – Franz Ferdinand – playing at the Zenith. They’ve been around for twelve years now, which makes me feel old. Their heyday was back in 2006, when they were headlining UK festivals, but according to recent reviews, they can still put on quite a show. Tickets are 42 € though, which I think is a bit steep.
Blues band The Temperance Movement formed in 2011 with Jamiroquai bassist Nick Fyffe and ex-Rooster guitarist Luke Potashnick, among other highly regarded musicians. They released their debut album in September of last year, and are touring Europe for the first time this spring. They’re playing at Backstage Club and tickets cost 13 € in advance.
And last but not least, Brighton band Peggy Sue are playing at the Kranhalle on Monday. Tickets are super cheap – just 12 € in advance, and they are a really lovely neo-folk group, very cute – without being overly twee.
There’s a cool gig on in the Glockenbachwerkstatt on Tuesday – as part of a festival celebrating culture from Sarajevo and former Yugoslavia, which runs until April 10, Sarajevo born musician Damir Imamović will be performing. Tickets cost just 4 €.
Cults are over from New York to play the Kranhalle on Tuesday. They released their second album Static in October, and are in Europe to promote it. For tickets, get down there early and ask on the door.
The flamboyant Gabby Young and Other Animals is playing at the Ampere on Tuesday, and it’s my gig of the week. She has a dreamy voice, and on stage, the music is jumbled and as colourful and cheerful as Gabby’s outfits. She’s brilliant. Tickets cost 22 € on the door.
If any of you studied German at university, you will no doubt remember Goethe’s epistolary novel Das Leiden des jungen Werthers. It’s being performed in the Volkstheater on Tuesday, and if I were in town, I’d be very tempted to go. Tickets are available between 13 € and 31 €.
A fascinating exhibition begins in the Pinakothek der Moderne on Wednesday, focusing on the German photographer August Sander. Sander has been described as one of the most important German portrait photographers of the early twentieth century and his work covers a broad spectrum of people – from farmers and tradesmen to artists and homeless people living in the Weimar Republic. It’s estimated that by 1945, he had taken over 40,000 photos. I am excited to see his work for the very first time as a complete body, and if you’re interested, you can catch the exhibition until August 24.
Thursday continues the week’s bluesy vibe, with Londoners The Graveltones playing at Strom on Thursday. Influenced by the likes of Captain Beefheart and John Lee Hooker, it’ll be a loud, raucous evening. Tickets cost 14 € in advance and the show starts at 9:30pm.
Friday’s rather quiet in terms of events – I’m off to see Die gelbe Klang ballet performance at the Nationaltheater, for which there are a few tickets left. My ‘hood, Westend, is opening atelier doors from Friday to Sunday, as part of Open Westend – a project focusing on art identity in the neighbourhood.
Devon electro pop makers Metronomy are at the Muffathalle on Saturday, tickets cost 25 € on the door. They’ve just released their latest album, Love Letters, which has been highly praised by critics.
And on Sunday, the wonderful improv group Isar148 are putting on an improv session, and I implore you to go. Tickets cost 15 € and the show is worth every cent.