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Dirty Honkers' "electro swing" isn't a nostalgia trip back to the 1940s when swing began. Or even the 1990s when Brian Setzer tried to bring it back. Their style and sound hails back to the mid-2000s when trashy, brashy and colourful ruled Berlin. more »

Seymour Gris: A euro for a mall?

The failing Mall of Berlin has received a bid for its purchase – for a symbolic €1. The would-be buyers? Berlin's Club Commission, the city's nightlife lobby, who are taking a stand against "club death". more »

Dec 16, 2014 2:00 PM The Berlin Blog

Three questions for... Sherry LeBlanc of Love Inks

INTERVIEW. Austin, Texas minimalist electro-dreamers Love Inks – husband-and-wife duo Sherry LeBlanc and Kevin Dehan, bassist Zach Biggs – have further stripped back their pared-down sound with new album Exi. Meet them at Lido on Dec 20. more »

Dec 16, 2014 12:05 PM Music & nightlife

A last minute bash for orphans and misfits by orphans and misfits. The queens of Sissy work a hip-hop night the night before Christmas. Black Cracker, La Fraicheur and Pansy spin and Bambi Mercury and more unwrap themselves on stage. more »

Replacing Whitney: Gary Catona

Most famous for restoring Whitney Houston’s damaged voice to its former glory, the 62-year-old Italian-American voice coach recently visited Berlin with his Venezuelan protege Aneeka to promote his new online talent show The Ultimate Diva. more »

Dec 16, 2014 10:00 AM Music & nightlife

Bass in the house of techno

After years of neglect, it’s a high point for low sounds in Berlin. Here’s a quick primer on the city’s new bass music explosion. Get a taste of bass this month at Moonbootica at Gretchen on December 12 or catch Sick Girls at OHM on December 27. more »

Dec 9, 2014 11:00 AM Music & nightlife

The New Year's gala boasts eight live acts, including Maurizio Vitale's Lolita Terrorist Sounds, a rock 'n' roll indietronix collective with Steve Morell. Art and acrobatics abound and the resident DJs will dance you into dawn. more »

An extra heimspiel for the hippies concludes the 2014 tour of their new album, Biester. Though they're less than 17 (barely), a menagerie of instruments, complete with trombone and seesaw, still promises to pleasantly overwhelm with folky acoustics. more »

Little Dragon: Cut-ups

INTERVIEW. Gothenburg, Sweden is better known for its twee and pensive singer-songwriters. One wouldn’t expect it to also host the lair of a Little Dragon. Hear them roar at Astra (Dec 8) as they show the world their new album Nabuma Rubberband. more »

Dec 3, 2014 2:10 PM Music & nightlife

Pretty much what it sounds like: Opal, a new collective creating 'food and lifestyle events' in Berlin, presents an evening of modern Thai snacks, cocktails and, yup, techno. The food part ends at 10pm, so show up on time! more »

Miss Aruba and Hollywood welcome you in to join resident crew Sissy who will be blasting out some all-female hip-hop and R&B upstairs, whilst Gutterslut will be shaking the house down in the basement with help from Isis Salam's live PA performance. more »

Berlin's new vaudeville salon premieres a monthly variety show with pianist Señor Depressivo's consolation for the broken hearted, Gerd Schönfeld's reading of Prenzlauer Berg tales, neo-burlesque torture artist Missa Blue, vintage grooves, and more. more »

From Monster Mash to mashed potatoes

It's been a sparkle-filled 10 years of Berlin's notorious karaoke club Monster Ronson's. Founder Ron Rineck still sings, but mostly to the animals on his farm, where he finds needed respite from the party mecca. Ronson's monster bash is Dec 1, 19:00. more »

Dec 1, 2014 2:00 PM , Music & nightlife

A very antifolk Christmas: the nerdy Berlin-based Canadians (tonight in duo form) promise to lift your feet and your spirits with their witty melodies. Berlin's own Horror Me opens the show. more »

The perfect way to chill out before Sylvester, a baroque trio presents a whimsical evening of musical theatre, promising wordless surprises full of passion and seduction. more »

Boston's Zamir Chorale performs at the Jewish music festival's pre-opening. This year features Jewish-German composers who fled to the US during the Nazi regime. Through Dec 21. more »

After several years of silence, Mieze Katz and her boys take their sixth album on tour. United States of Ich&Du adds sounds from their 1990s punk beginnings to a fully electronic dance pit. more »

With Fenster, Slow Steve, Aloa Input and the Morr Music DJs, expect a mix of mantra pop, trippy visuals, and future sounds from the cult Berlin indie label. more »

The Canadian singer-songwriter released his E.P. Invisible Diamonds earlier this year to celebrate his first European tour, now he’s set for a load of dates in Germany with his band, bringing new and old sounds with them. more »

The all girl line-up of Berlin's own period-blood-sisters riot grrls Jolly Goods, the 1960s garage metal band Half Girl, and the queer-pop-surfer-guitar sound of Stockholm's Hellmouth will surely bring feminist spirits out in full force. more »