vrijdag 30 januari 2015
Losgeld All Weekender
sounds like: Onofficiële IFFR afterparty met VENOUR, Coup de Sjans en Staart & Baard
zaterdag 31 januari 2015
Justin Townes Earle
sounds like: De zoon van country/americanalegende Steve Earle
Justin Townes Earle is  a name that resonates with avid fans of American folk and county music. "Townes" refers to Townes Van Zandt, while ""Earle", of course, is passed on by his father, country legend Steve Earle. With a name and bloodline like that, it's a given that Justin Townes Earle's been a culture vulture from the moment he crawled out of his cradle. Born in Nashville, Tennessee, he's more or less become a personification of the musical aristocracy in America. And, now at 32, quite a prolific songwriter in his own right, with over five LPs under this belt.  Justin's most recent album, Single Mothers, is his personal ode to adulthood, nostalgia and happiness. Translated by Jasper Willems
 
zaterdag 31 januari 2015
Naomi Punk
Locatie: V11
sounds like: Foxygen, XTC, Siouxsie & The Banshees
With so many devious guitar-based records released in 2015, its easy to overlook Naomi Punks deliciously wacky LP Television Man. Luckily, Rotown has paid close attention. This puerile threesome hails from Olympia, Washington, a known sanctuary for fringe rock and DIY punk scenes throughout history. Naomi Punk's bizarro lo-fi collage instantly calls to mind a myriad of influences. The uncanny psych rock theatrics of Foxygen and The Flaming Lips, the thorny new wave fret of Drums & Wires-era XTC and the rough and tumble post-punk attack of Siouxsie & The Banshees' The Scream.  The band members themselves actually name less apparent influences: most notably Kate Bush's complex song structures seem to have had a profound influence on the band's loosely tailored framework and rapid fire guitar surges. Quite the peculiar bunch, we're all the more intrigued how Naomi Punk's bizarro-approach translates inside Light Vessel V11's  chummy lower deck. NOTE: this show will take placed at Light Vessel V11 (Wijnhaven across from 101).
 
zaterdag 31 januari 2015
Losgeld All Weekender
sounds like: Onofficiële IFFR afterparty met VENOUR, Coup de Sjans en Staart & Baard
woensdag 04 februari 2015
Disappears
Support: Yokocola
sounds like: SUUNS, Spacemen 3, The Birthday Party

Jarring guitar inflammations, ominous post-punk thump, heady motorik-propulsion and Brian Case's wretched baritone: these are the sum of parts that make up the mighty Disappears. This Chicago-based group currently operates at the height of their powers, stealing the limelight at Eindhoven Psych Fest and a support-show with Slint last year. Truly an impressive live unit, sounding as if Television, Spacemen 3 and The Birthday Party formed a heavy krautrock-band together. Disappears' ferocious uproar belies their wily songcraft, but having said that, this is a band that mostly rinse-and-repeats their distinctively unsettling ambience and dynamism, often mid-song, producting a menacing and frenetic no-gaze trip. Translated by Jasper Willems

donderdag 05 februari 2015
Eendracht Festival
sounds like: Rotterdams jongste showcase festival
zaterdag 07 februari 2015
Paulusma + Chasing Rainbows
sounds like: Big Star, Modern Lovers, Wilco, Neil Young
Chasing Rainbows is a new band led by American songwriter/musician Lawrence Rengert. In a distant past, Rengert studied Arts in Amsterdam with Henk Jonkers, who proficiently mans the skins for Hallo Venray and Fatal Flowers. As it turned out, this was perfect habitat for the two to collaborate in. This resulted in recording a bunch of demo's, material that's just now recently been unearthed by Jonkers and Rengert. Chasing Rainbows suddenly came to be an actual band by promptly releasing the (aptly titled) debut LP With Henk Jonkers. Now a full-fledged live unit, Chasing Rainbows draws from the blue-chip era's of Crazy Horse, The Byrds and The Velvet Underground, putting their own spin on it with spirited pop jams.
Even whilst performing with revived indie legends Daryll-Ann, Jelle Paulusma has been writing some of his best solo-material in recent memory. Fourth PAULUSMA-album Pulling Weeds again illustrates the songsmith's virtue in the same sober fashion we're used to. Pulling Weeds' emits a somewhat fraught, pensive tension that starkly contrasts with the more outward-themed predecessor Up On The Roof. Once again, the music channels many familiar sounds, ranging from Morricone to Big Star, applying rich Beach Boys-like baroque pop and off-kilter Pavement-esque wit. However, the ever-prolific Paulusma never lays it on too thick, always enforcing that trademark warm melancholy into his songs. Tonight at Rotown, PAULUSMA will be playing own songs as well as some of Daryll-Ann's finest classics. Translated by Jasper Willems
donderdag 12 februari 2015
Stukafest Eindfeest
Rotown Nights
sounds like: Official afterparty voor Stukafest
donderdag 12 februari 2015
Superfood
sounds like: Blur, Super Furry Animals, Beck

With the city sporting a brand new Market Hall, the thought of food probably crosses the average Rotterdam-resident's mind more frequently these days. Probably a good thing we at Rotown still have Superfood's number in our rolodex, after the spectacle they put up last summer at the Metropolis Festival-afterparty. This charming  Birmingham quartet has a penchant for high-spirited Britpop-anthems akin to fellow super friends Supergrass and Super Furry Animals. In their short tenure as a band, it didn't take long for Superfood to amass a rep for sizzling on-stage shenanigans. Luckily, this isn't the only superpower Dom Ganderton and his pals possess. Superfood's debut LP Don't Say That reveals a heady crossover-mentality similar to Beck, Primal Scream and Popscene-era Blur, with elements like sitar and hip-hop beats adding a fresh new dimension. Whether these sounds are implemented live, we're not sure. But we DO know Superfood is one of the most bright-eyed and bushy-tailed British groups in recent memory. Call us super energized to bring them back! Translated by Jasper Willems

vrijdag 13 februari 2015
44 Shakedown
Support: Haystack Hi-Tones
sounds like: Releaseparty van het tweede album 'Honkers'
After a year and a half persistently recording, mixing and mastering, 44 Shakedown has unveiled their sophomore LP Honkers to the world, a record that heavily draws from 40's and 50's rhythm & blues and rock-'n-roll. Inspired by the likes of Joe & Jimmy Liggins, Jimmy McCracklin and Louis Jordan, 44 Shakedown open a can of jokers, jivers, swingers, shufflers and strollers on whatever stage they set foot. Expect a barrage of gleeful saxophones, scorching geetar licks, hefty swamp blues and New Orleans Jump. 
 
To jumpstart this party, 44 Shakedown has invited their pals Haystack Hi-Tones to rile up the crowd with their infectious rockabilly-swing and country pop. Over the years, these cats have instilled their trademark pizzazz and joie de vivre to folks across the globe, from Europe all the way to Vegas!
 
Leave it to DJ GoGo and DJ TinTin to keep things moving with some of their dazzling tunes on vinyl.   Translated by Jasper Willems
zaterdag 14 februari 2015
Hiss Golden Messenger
Support: Phil Cook
sounds like: Wilco, Phosphorescent, Megafaun

In a distant past, Durham, North Carolina-based balladeer MC Taylor left his hardcore roots behind to render his emotions and personal subject matter more deeply, with his own tender-but-burdensome brand of American folk. As Hiss Golden Messenger, Taylor already has four LP's under his belt, most recently the wondrous Lateness Of Dancers. Where past material had Taylor engaging a more glass-half-empty candor, his latest album provokes a sense of fulfillment and outwardness. Or at the very least, a glass half full. The demons are still there, but you can now witness the sunshine in-between the clouds. These songs emit a warm tow-colored glow, instilling a sense of wanderlust and rejoicing. To put it more concise: Hiss Golden Messenger indeed writes tunes with each a big heart of gold in the middle.  Phil Cook of Megafaun, Shouting Matches and GAYNGS-fame will be opening up. Translated by Jasper Willems

zondag 15 februari 2015
Jolie Holland
sounds like: Scout Niblett, Bill Callahan, PJ Harvey

Jolie Holland's music is like a wandering spirit, inquisitively drifting through the realms of freak folk, avant-garde, blues, gospel and folk music. The Texas-based songstress obviously holds a fascination for traditional music, molding it into her own personal concoctions. According to Holland, putting your own spin on settled musical dogmas is actually more understanding than emulating the aesthetics to a tee. Het latest album Wine Dark Sea is once again a masterful, unhinged document, in which Holland remains unbiased between heaven and earth, comfortably roaming about in limbo. Translated by Jasper Willems

maandag 16 februari 2015
Viet Cong
Support: Absolutely Free
Subbacultcha! Presents
sounds like: Deerhunter, Guided By Voices, Television

Canada seems to harvest a new exciting indie rock music at a blistering pace. Luckily Rotown has been playing close attention: Calgary-based foursome Viet Cong rose from the ashes of noise rock iconoclasts Women, with former members Matt Flegel and Mike Wallace reciting Danny Christiansen and Scott "Monty" Munro. The first EP release Cassette draws from an abundance of familiar sounds: whether it'd be the catchy lo-fi tunes of Guided By Voices, the rabid dream punk onslaught of Deerhunter and the cunning art-rock of Television.That said, Viet Cong doesn't blatantly rip off any of these bands, blurring the lines into these abstract corrosive sound structures. Songs that frenetically simmer,  jump up like a jack-in-the-box with a catchy melody or reverberate into a hazy noise trip. Translated by Jasper Willems

donderdag 19 februari 2015
We Were Promised Jetpacks
sounds like: The Twilight Sad, The Joy Formidable, Frightened Rabbit
Rotown has become one of We We're Promised Jetpacks's favorite destinations to touch down: for the fourth time, we shall welcome these heady Scotsmen to the Nieuwe Binnenweg. Scotland remains an essential place with heaps of intriguing indie rock outfits, with We Were Promised Jetpacks are pretty much the cream of the crop. Their third album Unravelling once again puts their penchant for blustering alternative rock anthems on display. Despite their complex song progressions and cutting edge dynamism, We Were Promised Jetpack never stray from the song's true essence, an impressive thing to pull off. On stage, they're always a sheer force of nature, and we can speak from experience. As close as a sure thing you'll get. Welcome back, lads.  Translated by Jasper Willems
  
zaterdag 21 februari 2015
35 & Still Alive
Rotown Nights
sounds like: Dansen zonder kinderen

35 & Still Alive is THE gathering for anyone who passed the thirty year-mark - or, for that matter, simply feels that way. Are you in for a night of dancing and prancing without staggering all the way back home, long after midnight? You're in luck: we already kick off at 9pm with the best erstwhile and contemporary tunes at our disposal. Since we don't want everyone feeling old as dirt,  we won't just play the dance classics of yesteryear; all decades will be represented equally. 35 & Still Alive gives license to every festive thirty-something to boogie til complete dizziness strikes, because this train'll keep a-moving til 4am sharp. A party isn't a party without plenty of deliciously pointless hustle 'n bustle: DJ-collective Dave Grohl & The Topless DJs will offer name tags you can swap for free shots, two dance floors and much much more we won't reveal right away! For one, DJ-collective Dave Grohl & The Topless DJ aren't the types to limit themselves to mere categories or genres, so basically, expect the unexpected. All the eggs go in the same basket: every style, every decade…as long as you can move your feet to the beat, that's all there is to it! Oh and no requests... Just go with the flow already! Rotown clubcard-holders can enter 35 & Still Alive for free. You can order the Clubcard coupon online. 

Presale= VIP
Buy a ticket for 10 euros apiece (no service costs) and you'll receive a free drink, dibs in the line outside and the use of the special VIP-restroom. Since the door fee costs 12 euro, that's quite the no brainer, eh? Better move quickly!

Translated by Jasper Willems

zondag 22 februari 2015
Douwe Bob (uitverkocht)
Avondshow (21.30 uur)
Try-out
sounds like: Ryan Adams, Johnny Cash

You could say Douwe Bob becoming a professional musician is more a case of good fortune than a simple coincidence. His father Simon Posthuma once stood at the epicenter of the British Invasion as a member of legendary visual art fellowship The Fool, responsible for the vibrant clothing and album covers for just-as-legendary bands The Beatles, Cream and The Hollies. Interestingly, Douwe Bob draws his inspiration more from late fifties/early sixties rock-'n-roll heritage. His song carry the swagger of Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly thanks to his his deep, earnest vocal style. Ever since hitting the big stage winning the Best Singer-songwriter of Holland talent show, this magnetic balladeer has been headstrong in both his artistic and career trajectory. To give the new songs off his latest LP Can't Slow Down a spin, Douwe Bob will play a handful of try-out shows, with Rotown being one of them! In other words, hesitating too long before getting your ticket would be folly, as this show will sell out in a hurry! Translated by Jasper Willems

zondag 22 februari 2015
Douwe Bob (uitverkocht)
Middagshow (16.30 uur)
Try-out
sounds like: Ryan Adams, Johnny Cash

You could say Douwe Bob becoming a professional musician is more a case of good fortune than a simple coincidence. His father Simon Posthuma once stood at the epicenter of the British Invasion as a member of legendary visual art fellowship The Fool, responsible for the vibrant clothing and album covers for just-as-legendary bands The Beatles, Cream and The Hollies. Interestingly, Douwe Bob draws his inspiration more from late fifties/early sixties rock-'n-roll heritage. His song carry the swagger of Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly thanks to his his deep, earnest vocal style. Ever since hitting the big stage winning the Best Singer-songwriter of Holland talent show, this magnetic balladeer has been headstrong in both his artistic and career trajectory. To give the new songs off his latest LP Can't Slow Down a spin, Douwe Bob will play a handful of try-out shows, with Rotown being one of them! In other words, hesitating too long before getting your ticket would be folly, as this show will sell out in a hurry! Translated by Jasper Willems

donderdag 26 februari 2015
Wallace Vanborn
sounds like: Queens of the Stone Age, Triggerfinger, Masters of Reality

Belgium has quite a rep to live up to when it comes to top tier desert rock. Millionaire, Eagles of Death Metal (both bands enjoyed the services of Tim Van Hamel)... oh, right, some group going by the name of Triggerfinger, have pretty much validated this. In their decade-long existence, Ghent-based trio Wallace Vanborn haven't just joined this canon.. They have proven to be one of the stoner rocks most important stalwarts, pushing the genre to new exciting boundaries. Their latest LP The Orb We Absorb a not only thrives on mammoth riffs, but deceptively entrench glam rock, prog and psychedelica into their forward thinking paradigm. The album was helmed by none other than Masters Of Reality-legend Chris Goss. If there is one human being on this planet who can explain why Wallace Vanborn is a must-see live act, it's this guy: "Take QOTSA quality riffage, but 10 x weight, add swinging crazy drums and monster ass bass and you might have something like Wallace Vanborn.”  You goddamn right. Translated by Jasper Willems

zondag 01 maart 2015
Meneer van Dalen
Releaseparty 'Plastic Rozen'
sounds like: Roosbeef, Spinvis, Eefje de Visser
dinsdag 03 maart 2015
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Verplaatst naar 18 april
sounds like: Death Cab For Cutie, The Cure, Broken Social Scene
zaterdag 07 maart 2015
Sue The Night
Support: Half Way Station
sounds like: Bon Iver, Dirty Projectors, Lykke Li

Enigmatic songstress Suus de Groot aka Sue The Night revels in sparsely orchestrated pop with a unique twist. A nocturnal creature at heart, nighttime is the right time for inspiration to hit home. The shimmering nature of her music is most evident in single Top Of Mind, recalling Kate Bush, Lykke Li and eighties-era Fleetwood Mac, yet we can't help but feel this is just the tip of  the iceberg. Especially considering the all-star cast of musicians contributing to her pending debut LP Mosaic, slated for release in January. Bombay Show Pig, Frank "BINKBEATS" Wienk, Thijs van der Klugt (Baskerville) and Pascal Deweze (Sukilove, Broken Glass Heroes) have helped shape this record. One of the more intriguing prospects of 2015, for sure! Translated by Jasper Willems

zondag 08 maart 2015
Guster
sounds like: Fountains Of Wayne, Crowded House, Ben Folds

Boston-based folk-pop foursome Guster have been around since 1991. While the band remains relatively unknown in The Netherlands, they'e been a mainstay back home. 2003's Keep It Together actually became a modest mainstream success, cracking the US Top 40. Besides their penchant for deft and charming pop melancholy, they posses a good sense of humor. To combat piracy of Keep It Together, they replaced the vocals with cat meowing on every illegal copy. Another peculiar thing about Guster is their leniency towards bootleggers, fortifying their cult status and endearing them to the hometaping community. A special kind of band indeed, who pretty much maintain their own unique modus operandi through and through. In any case, if it's simply about listening to wonderfully buoyant pop music, Rotown's the place to be tonight!

dinsdag 10 maart 2015
Champs
sounds like: Kodaline, Noah and The Whale, MGMT
zaterdag 14 maart 2015
Palio SuperSpeed Donkey
sounds like: Arctic Monkeys, Blur, Spoon

Three years ago at the Into The Great Wide Open festival, Palio Superspeed Donkey broke out of obscurity with an amazing performance that won the hearts of anyone lucky enough to witness it. The ten fourteen-year-olds completely shook the venue out of its foundations with their infectious Arctic Monkeys-styled indie pop. Nowadays, the Palios have found their creative footing, taking a necessary two-year break to become more self-aware and mature as musicians and songwriters. Their newly found virtue is on full display with their long-awaited debut LP A Funny Sunrise set to release early 2015.The band hinted at drawing more from an American-European styled guitar sound, now less concerned with emulating today's British rock luminaries. It'll be quite exciting to see how far they've progressed as a unit as they are set to play Rotown. I mean, Palio has proven they can pull an exhilarating show, and we highly doubt they've regressed on that front. This will be a riot! Translated by Jasper Willems

donderdag 19 maart 2015
Roosbeef
sounds like: Dwarse nederpop met nieuw album
zondag 22 maart 2015
Sean Rowe
sounds like: Van Morrison, Ryan Adams, Tindersticks
donderdag 26 maart 2015
Broken Brass Ensemble
Nieuwe datum
sounds like: Achtkoppig brassmonster extraordinaire
zaterdag 28 maart 2015
Rotown Popquiz
sounds like: Het gezellige broertje van de fameuze decemberpopquiz
zaterdag 28 maart 2015
Northern Soul All Nighter
sounds like: Zeldzaam goede soul om op te dansen
donderdag 02 april 2015
Sven Hammond
sounds like: Charles Bradley, Aloe Blacc, Gary Clark Jr.
donderdag 02 april 2015
July Talk
Locatie: V11
sounds like: Veronica Falls, The Black Keys, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes
zondag 05 april 2015
Marc Broussard (solo)
Locatie: Paradijskerk
sounds like: Dave Matthews, John Hiatt, Jason Mraz
vrijdag 10 april 2015
Motel Mozaique
sounds like: Interdisciplinair kunstenfestival
zaterdag 11 april 2015
Motel Mozaique
sounds like: Interdisciplinair kunstenfestival
donderdag 16 april 2015
The Deaf
sounds like: The Black Keys, The Hives, Dr. Feelgood
zaterdag 18 april 2015
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Record Store Day
sounds like: Death Cab For Cutie, The Cure, Broken Social Scene
donderdag 23 april 2015
DeWolff
sounds like: The Black Keys, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin
vrijdag 08 mei 2015
Splendid
sounds like: Chef'Special, Will and The People, Pete Philly & Perquisite
zaterdag 09 mei 2015
Sophie Hunger
sounds like: Wende, PJ Harvey, Thus: Owls , Fiona Apple
zaterdag 16 mei 2015
Ronde & Orange Skyline & Emil Landman
3FM Serious Talent On Tour
sounds like: 3FM Serious Talents samen op tournee langs de clubs
vrijdag 29 mei 2015
Andrea Gibson
Locatie: Paradijskerk
sounds like: Activiste, slam poet en spoken word voordraagster uit Colorado
woensdag 03 juni 2015
Pokey LaFarge
Locatie: Maassilo
sounds like: Authentieke western swing met oké van Jack White
zondag 07 juni 2015
The Dustbowl Revival
sounds like: Vernieuwende mengelmoes van Amerikaanse rootsmuziek

Whether it's jazz, gospel, blues, folk or rock-n-roll, the US still clings very much to rich traditions within modern music and its subcultures. We do love purists who carry these traditions over to new generations, like our hero Pokey LaFarge. Equally impressive are those artists who subvert old paradigms into a fresh overhaul, creating exciting original music. The Dustbowl Revival are the epitome of that, a group of young musicians who reinterpret pretty much every aspect of American music in vibrant forward-thinking manner. The result is something to behold: a melting pot of musical styles, breaking all boundaries with a myriad of sounds and instruments. The Dustbowl Revival cleverly package these elements into songs that will surely put a smile on your face. And to think it started with a simple Craigslist-message sent by founder, guitarist and singer Z. Lupetin. Translated by Jasper Willems

maandag 07 december 2015
K's Choice
Locatie: Rotterdamse Schouwburg
sounds like: Vlaamse rockvedetten aangevoerd door Sarah en Gert Bettens