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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
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!
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
"There is an ancient story about three young men coming across each other in the middle of the jungle. When they met, they smiled and danced the dance of joy until the sun came up again. Overwhelmed by their experience, the three went back to civilization and started a collective called Ohana Hana. In this way, they could give the other people a taste of what they witnessed that spiritual night in the jungle. Many people felt blessed and became part of the family instantly. Now, after thousands of years, there are still people discovering that magical feeling, as it is endless and forever..."
Ohana Hana will arrive in Rotterdam on this friday in March and will join forces with the Mindless Boogie Collective to make;
"The Combination that swings the nation"
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.
Translated by Jasper Willems
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