zaterdag 20 september 2014
Kill All Hipsters
Rotown Nights
sounds like: 100% INDIE * ELECTRO * ECLECTIC POP APPROVED!
donderdag 25 september 2014
Duncan Idaho
Releaseparty
sounds like: Cloud Control, Two Door Cinema Club, Bombay Bicycle Club
donderdag 25 september 2014
Losgeld
Rotown Nights
sounds like: Coup de Sjans, VENOUR en BAARD & STAART willen feest
vrijdag 26 september 2014
Audacity
Locatie: V11
sounds like: King Tuff, The Thermals, Pixies
vrijdag 26 september 2014
Thirty-threes & Forty-fives
sounds like: vinyl helden verzorgen zomerse sferen vanuit de booth
zaterdag 27 september 2014
Oscar and The Wolf (uitverkocht)
sounds like: The xx, Wild Beasts, Chet Faker

Oscar and The Wolf, a spirited indie pop outfit from Belgium, first emerged with two EP's. Founded by former teen heartthrob Max Colombie, the band is taking a significantly different route with debut LP Entity: a moonstricken, subtle ornamented r&b/synth amalgam, akin to the likes of James Blake and The xx. According to Colombie, his main inspirations were the nighttime, fairy tales and renowned Belgian composed Wil De Craene. In their home country, Oscar and The Wolf can do no wrong: they have been a big draw at the festivals and clubs, so it won't be much of a surprise to see The Netherlands and the rest of Europe follow suit in a hurrah! Rotown is in for one heckuva night. Translated by Jasper Willems

dinsdag 30 september 2014
Sleepy sun
sounds like: The Black Angels, Spacemen 3, Brian Jonestown Massacre
vrijdag 03 oktober 2014
1, 2, 3... 40 Jaar Ramones
sounds like: Ramones-tribute met 30 gastmuzikanten
vrijdag 03 oktober 2014
Nouveau Velo
Locatie: V11
sounds like: The Feelies, Real Estate, DIIV
vrijdag 03 oktober 2014
Thirty-threes & Forty-fives
sounds like: vinyl helden verzorgen zomerse sferen vanuit de booth
zaterdag 04 oktober 2014
Navarone
sounds like: Het Nederlandse antwoord op Pearl Jam en The Black Crowes

Navarone may well be the hardest working rock unit in The Netherlands. The Nijmegen five piece made an ace record with A Darker Shade Of White, a sprightly cocktail of post-grunge, seventies country-folk and stoner rock. While many bands basically put their own spin on these formulaic rock frameworks, Navarone has proven themselves time and time again as crafty songwriters. Thankfully, Vance Powell, Jack White's trusty right-hand man, noticed as well. For the second time Powell brought Navarone to Nashville to record Vim And Vigor. This new LP captures the same ardency as its predecessor, only for Navarone to take a more adventurous  approach in their musicianship. Nowadays, the bands permits more discord, more experimentation in their established guitar sound, enabling heir Herculean rhythm section to have a more incisive impact. Vocalist Merijn van Haren has pushed his limits as a vocalist, reminding us of Candlebox and The Black Crowes. Navarone is what you call the prototypical rock band, so better brace yourself for a rowdy night! Translated by Jasper Willems

zaterdag 04 oktober 2014
Welcome to Los Bangeles
Rotown Nights
sounds like: Online magazine en collectief hosten hun eigen sfeervolle avond
zondag 05 oktober 2014
Dotan (uitverkocht)
Middagshow
3FM Presents
sounds like: José González, Blaudzun, John Mayer

With smash hit This Town, smooth-singing Amsterdam-based balladeer Dotan made his mark in 2011 as a 3FM Serious Talent. His debut LP Dream Parade signified embellished pleasing-to-the-ear pop tunes; its follow-up 7 Layers however takes a more sparse, intimate route. In particular lead single Fall, with its hazy production and subtle, atonal vocal delivery, Dotan almost sound like his Swedish peer José González. This time, Dotan has taken the reigns as a producer, resulting in a handful of clandestine songs covertly adorned with nice overtones. The ocean serves as a ubiquitous backdrop, as Dotan traveled to England, Norway and birthplace Israel to do field recordings. We're quite impressed with the result and think this daunting new approach will serve him well tonight at Rotown. If you wish to reminisce the past summer days, Dotan will be your man for the night. Translated by Jasper Willems

zondag 05 oktober 2014
Dotan (uitverkocht)
3FM Presents
sounds like: José González, Blaudzun, John Mayer

With smash hit This Town, smooth-singing Amsterdam-based balladeer Dotan made his mark in 2011 as a 3FM Serious Talent. His debut LP Dream Parade signified embellished pleasing-to-the-ear pop tunes; its follow-up 7 Layers however takes a more sparse, intimate route. In particular lead single Fall, with its hazy production and subtle, atonal vocal delivery, Dotan almost sound like his Swedish peer José González. This time, Dotan has taken the reigns as a producer, resulting in a handful of clandestine songs covertly adorned with nice overtones. The ocean serves as a ubiquitous backdrop, as Dotan traveled to England, Norway and birthplace Israel to do field recordings. We're quite impressed with the result and think this daunting new approach will serve him well tonight at Rotown. If you wish to reminisce the past summer days, Dotan will be your man for the night. Translated by Jasper Willems

woensdag 08 oktober 2014
Fiction Plane (uitverkocht)
sounds like: The Police in modern jasje met 'de zoon van'

We all remember the summer of 2007, right? Two Sisters by Fiction Plane was a fixture on each and every popular radio station, with a maddeningly catchy chorus you couldn't expatriate from your psyche if you tried. Maybe it's because the song felt profusely familiar: Fiction Plane's lead singer is none other than Joe Sumner, the scion of former The Police legend and superstar Sting. Like his old man, Sumner has taken up the art of holding down the bass while adapting the same signature high-register pipes. To call Fiction Plane a blatant The Police-ripoff, however sells them ways short. They apply the legendary trio's syncopated beats and killer hooks into a more modern day template, with some heavy guitar riffs to boot. Of course, all without taking themselves too seriously: Fiction Plane is in fact an anagram for "Infant Police". Don't be surprised to hear some of daddy dearest's classics - in any case, will Two Sisters definitely hold up. In fact, you can count on it! Translated by Jasper Willems

vrijdag 10 oktober 2014
Thirty-threes & Forty-fives
sounds like: vinyl helden verzorgen zomerse sferen vanuit de booth
zaterdag 11 oktober 2014
Kill All Hipsters
Rotown Nights
sounds like: 100% INDIE * ELECTRO * ECLECTIC POP APPROVED!
zondag 12 oktober 2014
Olof Arnalds
sounds like: Emilíana Torrini, CocoRosie, Thus:Owls
donderdag 16 oktober 2014
WAVE
Rotown Nights
sounds like: DJ's met o.a. Blancmange, Depeche Mode en The Chills op de draaitafel
zaterdag 18 oktober 2014
The Sedan Vault
sounds like: And So I Watch You From Afar, Radiohead, At The Drive-In
zaterdag 18 oktober 2014
Club UMPH
Rotown Nights
sounds like: Disko Matique host eigen club avond
woensdag 22 oktober 2014
Popquiz Marathon
sounds like: Legendarische popquiz in marathon vorm
donderdag 23 oktober 2014
Boys! Boys! Boys!
Rotown Nights
sounds like: Een avond vol dansbare house, electro, disco en aanverwante artikelen
vrijdag 24 oktober 2014
Tangarine
Locatie: LantarenVenster
sounds like: De Simon & Garfunkel van de lage landen
vrijdag 24 oktober 2014
Thirty-threes & Forty-fives
sounds like: vinyl helden verzorgen zomerse sferen vanuit de booth
zaterdag 25 oktober 2014
Kishi Bashi
Locatie: Paradijskerk
sounds like: Owen Pallett, MGMT, Son Lux

For years, prodigal musician K. Ishibashi flanked well-known artists such as Regina Spektor Of Montreal and Sondre Lerche. Not until 2012, Ishibashi has framed his own musical vehicle, Kishi Bashi. With a second album Lighght (named after the famous one-word poem by Aram Saroyan) in the fold, Kishi Bashi will perform tonight at the Paradijskerk's grand yet intimate setting. Like peers Ryan Lott (Son Lux), Nico Muhly and Owen Pallett, Ishibashi excels in co-existing the realism of classical and pop music in a crafty way, using samples, electronics, beatboxing, these dynamic, luscious tracks radiate a wonderful otherworldly aura. As a Japanese-American, Ishibashi is keen to delve into his roots: his previous LP 151a is based on the Japanese term "ichigo ichie", meaning "one time, one meeting", a phrase oft-used at tea ceremonies. "This one moment in time is unique, enjoy it with all its imperfections", according to the man himself. A word of advice we will bring to bear tonight's gig. Let there be Lighght! NOTE: This show will take place at Paradijskerk (Nieuwe Binnenweg 25). Translated by Jasper Willems

zaterdag 25 oktober 2014
35 & Still Alive
sounds like: Dansen zonder kinderen
zaterdag 25 oktober 2014
Thomas Azier
Locatie: Maassilo
sounds like: Nederlands wonderkind maakt futuristische pop uit Berlijn
zondag 26 oktober 2014
Michael Prins
Locatie: Paradijskerk
sounds like: Ron Sexsmith, Nick Drake, Damien Rice
donderdag 30 oktober 2014
Gap Dream
Locatie: V11
sounds like: White Fence, Ducktails, Mac DeMarco
donderdag 30 oktober 2014
Losgeld
Rotown Nights
sounds like: Coup de Sjans, VENOUR en BAARD & STAART willen feest
vrijdag 31 oktober 2014
Moss
Support: Alamo Race Track
Locatie: Maassilo
sounds like: Het Nederlandse antwoord op Grizzly Bear en The Shins

With three incredible full-length's under their belt, Amsterdam-based vets Moss have emerged as one of the greatest bands of the Benelux. Bass player Jasper Verhulst bolting to join Jacco Gardner was one of many episodes in a rough-and-tumble year 2013. Thankfully, Moss resurfaced this year with new incentive, releasing their fourth LP We Both Know The Rest Is Noise. Marien Dorleijn and his pals give newly acquired bass player Koen van der Wardt plenty of moments to shine. Van der Wardt takes up the lead vocal of earnest heart-tugger Bruised. Musically he makes his mark with the propelling motorik-drives of New Shape and Health. It's abundantly clear that Moss heedlessly continues evolving in a time where bands come and go across the ephemeral time lapse of album releases. And more importantly, making albums that still feel fresh and contemporary, a trait only the greatest bands posses. Meanwhile, Moss has proven themselves at the zenith of their live prowess at this year's Motel Mozaïque. They have outgrown Rotown's intimate setting for a few years now, so the Maassilo will be tonight's backdrop. They will have to live up to their live rep with a killer band like Alamo Race Track doing their opening slot.  After their successful collaboration with Conny Janssen's How Long Is Now-show and Jakop Ahlbom internationally acclaimed Lebensraum, the band is once again headed for the clubs and festivals. With a brand new LP in the works no less, which is slated for early next year on Excelsior Recordings. NOTE: This show will take place at Maassilo (Maashaven Zuidzijde 1-2). Translated by Jasper Willems

vrijdag 31 oktober 2014
27 Club Halloween
sounds like: Dansen op Dead Elvis
vrijdag 31 oktober 2014
The History of Apple Pie
Locatie: V11
sounds like: The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, My Bloody Valentine, Yuck
zondag 02 november 2014
La Luz
Support: Slow Down Mollasses
Subbacultcha! Presents
sounds like: Ubercatchy surfpop meets Mazzy Star en The Ronettes
vrijdag 07 november 2014
The Kik
Rotterdamse Popweek
Locatie: Maassilo
sounds like: Onvervalste ‘nederbeat’ van Rotterdamse klasse
zondag 09 november 2014
Siinai (afgelast)
sounds like: Neu!, Mogwai & Vangelis
zondag 16 november 2014
Amatorski
sounds like: Portishead, Beach House, Efterklang

Amatorski is one of more intriguing outfits across the Southern borders. Fronted by enigmatic vocalist/musician Inne Eysermans, the trio completely spellbinded a sellout crowd at Rotown back in 2012 with their breathtaking lo-fi pop. After unearthing sophomore release From Clay To Figures, we rejoice as the band returns to the Nieuwe Binnenweg. The album drew wild reviews by notably The Guardian. The established nebulous triphop of TBC has made way for a more fractured, introverted sound. These days, Amatorski's stratum delves into deeper contemplation, utilizing a more minimalist approach with more meticulous instrumentation and arguably a more confidential oratory. They've accomplished Efterklang's abstract conceptualism, composer Phillip Glass's minimalism and Boards Of Canada's mystique into one saucy whole. An immense creative leap of faith without the most concise op pop songs. But if you put Amatorski's live rep into account, you cannot help but be enticed, right? Well, the band is still progressing further and further as a live unit, if their recent gig at Best Kept Secret is any indication. So yeah, we're absolutely stoked to have Amatorksi back! Translated by Jasper Willems

maandag 17 november 2014
Anais Mitchell
Locatie: Paradijskerk
sounds like: Laura Marling, Ray LaMontagne, Kathleen Edwards

Singer-songwriters successfully embarking a more traditionalist brand of American folk music as their vernacular are hard to come by. Mostly because you have to be really friggin' good to pull it off. Hailing from pastoral Vermont, Anais Mitchell is one of those special artists who can take any song and instantly make it her own. After releasing records via Ani DiFranco's Righteous Babe, Mitchell has finally spread her wings by running her an  indie label of her own: Wilderland. Many peers seem to gravitate to the immensely charismatic songstress: Mitchell has toured with the likes of Richard Thompson and Josh Ritter, while the wonderful Hadestown features artists like Bon Iver and The Low Anthem. A true storyteller, often using fictional backdrops and characters to illustrate her songs, with so much detail and sincerity that they feel like confessionals. To some extent, Mitchell's music draws from firsthand narratives: Young Man In Arms is based on her grandfathers life, largely written from a male perspective. Like DiFranco and namesake Joni Mitchell, Anais is a magnetic performer who likes to engage her audience. Expect original material as well as personal interpretations of traditional Celtic and British folk music. Note: this show will take place at the  Paradijskerk (Nieuwe Binnenweg 25).  Translated by Jasper Willems

dinsdag 18 november 2014
Kensington (uitverkocht)
3FM Presents
sounds like: Utrechtse hitkanon keert terug voor intieme show
woensdag 19 november 2014
Kensington (uitverkocht)
3FM Presents
sounds like: Utrechtse hitkanon keert terug voor extra show
donderdag 20 november 2014
Wouter Hamel
Locatie: LantarenVenster
sounds like: Jason Mraz, Jamie Cullum, Gavin DeGraw
donderdag 20 november 2014
I Heart Sharks
sounds like: Foals, Friendly Fires, Kakkmaddafakka
vrijdag 21 november 2014
Augustines
sounds like: The Boxer Rebellion, Frightened Rabbit, The National
zaterdag 22 november 2014
Amen Dunes
sounds like: Devendra Banhart, Chad VanGaalen, Kurt Vile
maandag 24 november 2014
Lamb
Support: The Ramona Flowers
Locatie: Rotterdamse Schouwburg
sounds like: Engelse electronicaband rondom Lou Rhodes en Andy Barlow
dinsdag 25 november 2014
Twin Atlantic
sounds like: Biffy Clyro, Kensington, Morning Parade
donderdag 27 november 2014
Sinkane
Subbacultcha! Presents
sounds like: Yeasayer, Washed Out, Jungle
vrijdag 12 december 2014
Blaudzun
Locatie: Rotterdamse Schouwburg
sounds like: 3FM Presents // Woven Hand, Arcade Fire, The Veils
dinsdag 16 december 2014
Novastar
Support: High Hi
Locatie: Maassilo
sounds like: Inside 2014 Tour // Popsongs van de bovenste plank
vrijdag 19 december 2014
How To Throw A Christmas Party
Locatie: Maassilo
sounds like: De Nederlandse Polyphonic Spree in een kerstjasje
maandag 22 december 2014
Festival Stille Nacht
Met o.a. Finn Andrews (The Veils) & Jacco Gardner
sounds like: Kwaliteitsfestival met singer-songwriters, americana en indiepop
donderdag 15 januari 2015
Jan Jaap van der Wal
sounds like: Stand up comedy in een intieme zaal