…A tad more than just fashionably late, but hopefully still in time to help you plan your week!
And there’s lots going on in Munich this week, at long last.
On Wednesday, Brooklyn troupe Caged Animals will be playing Milla. It’s Vincent Cacchione’s (of Soft Black fame) new band, Their shoegaze melodies are doleful and captivating, and if I didn’t have other plans, I would most definitely be there this Wednesday. Tickets cost just 12 €.
On Thursday, the superb Kevin Devine is playing the Kranhalle. Tickets cost just 14 € in advance and I highly recommend you go see him. I got to interview him a few years ago before I knew his music – he was supporting Nada Surf, and I was there to interview them – and I was blown away by his lyrics and his delicate voice. Since then, I’ve seen him play a few times, most notably at an intimate Hauskonzerte gig last summer, and he is always, always brilliant.
Friday is particularly busy. The Amerika Haus is hosting a vernissage – Wayne Lawrence’s Bronx Riviera photos will be on display, and if you can’t make it to the vernissage, the exhibition continues until the end of April. Lawrence dedicated years to taking portrait photographs of Bronx residents along a 1.1 mile stretch of man-made beach in the Bronx borough of New York City. The photographs are striking – the subjects are dignified, resolute, strong. Some are lugubrious, others carelessly content. The exhibition offers an intimate portrait into a borough that still has a whole lot of stigma, and it’s lovely.
Also on Friday, German singer-songwriter coterie Alin Coen Band will be playing the Ampere (tickets cost 20 € in advance). Alin has a warm, satiny voice, and if you’re after a chilled out evening, here’s your gig.
Friday also sees the opening of Abraham Cruzvillegas’ Autocontrucción Suites exhibition at the Haus der Kunst. The Mexican artist combines materials – both synthetic and natural – to create hybrid pieces that verge on craft creations. The artist himself will be at the Haus der Kunst on Friday at 6pm, talking with León Krempel, the new director of the Kunsthalle Darmstadt. The interview is followed by the opening of the exhibition, at 7pm.
If you’re still at a loose end, Belgian pop band Girls in Hawaii are playing Strom on Friday. The music’s pacific and gentle, so if you’ve had a hard week, the gig may just be the perfect antidote.
And after all that, if you’re still awake and ready to party, the Kunstverein are playing host to Norway’s DRIPPIN’ and Berlin’s M.E.S.H. until the early hours of Saturday morning. Talking of parties, Mjunik Disco’s Mirko Hecktor will be DJing at Pimpernel on Friday, if that’s more your style.
If you followed the Occupy movement which began in 2011, you may be interested in a collaborative film showing at the Stadtmuseum on Saturday night – 99%. It’s showing at 9pm and after the film, a discussion with members of the Munich American Peace Committee and Occupy Munich will follow.
On Sunday, Canadian band the Hidden Cameras are playing Milla. They release their sixth studio album Age on January 24, and if it’s anything like their compelling lead single (released last October) Gay Goth Scene, it will be a powerful album. Gay Goth Scene harrowingly portrays an adolescent boy being bullied at school. The music video too, is affecting and beautifully shot. Tickets cost 12 € in advance, or 15 € on the door.
And last but not least, a head’s up – lovely Lissie is coming back to Munich in March, she’ll be playing Strom on the 27th. Make sure you buy your tickets soon, as the show’s likely to sell out.