Reviews

Organisatie Brainstorm Festival haalt de krenten uit de pap en dropt ze in Gigant

In november reist de avontuurlijke muziekliefhebber naar Apeldoorn voor het Brainstorm Festival dat onderdak vindt in poppodium Gigant. Op het programma staan twee dagen metal en rock in veel verschillende vormen. Daarnaast is er in Gigant eveneens aandacht voor cultuur, is er een expositie en wordt er een lokaal goed doel ondersteund. De organisatie weet muzikaal de krenten uit de pap altijd wel te vinden. Ook deze twaalfde editie.  Tekst

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LGW2019: The greatness of independence – A noisy night in dB’s with The Glücks, Italia 90 and Empath

Most of Le Guess Who?’s venues are right in the city centre, but two main ones stand out on either side. To the southeast De Helling provides an alternate location for more abrasive bands less suitable for their main Vredenburg complex. On the northwestern side of the centre a large industrial warehouse is situated, called the CAB-building, containing amongst others a brewery, a film studio and dB’s, one of a

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LGW2019: A celebration of psych with Moon Duo, Acid Mothers Temple and Acid Rooster

Whether you like jazz, world music or electronic: with over 200 bands Le Guess Who? has something for everyone. But the way Le Guess Who? realizes its full potential is also via an unrequited love for psychedelic music in all its facets. Throughout the years there has been a good dosage of psychrock acts and this year is no different. From Earth on Thursday, two Mythic Sunship sets to up-and-coming

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LGW2019: How Mythic Sunship became one of this editions highlights

It is strange to think that Mythic Sunship, with seven albums under their belt, only just now in 2019 visited the Netherlands for the first time, back in April at Roadburn. Naturally, the anaconda rockers from Copenhagen, seem a great fit for Le Guess Who? too, because the band has been steadily rising in the psychscene. And for good reason, because their discography encompasses a whole heap of influences, from

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LGW2019: A headfirst dive into a sea of noise and deprivation with Moon Relay and Girl Band

As usual Le Guess Who? has a lot to offer for enthusiasts of noise and experimental rock. From the wildly innovative, deeply unsettling or just immensely loud, bands all across this genre have made their way to Utrecht to wreak havoc this weekend. Primary among them on this Friday are the freewheeling spacerock of Moon Relay from Norway and the Irish menace Girl Band with the honours of properly ending

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LGW2019: Timeless post-punk in a packed Pandora with The Raincoats

Post-punk seems to be back and stronger than ever, with bands such as Fontaines D.C., The Murder Capital or black midi releasing critically acclaimed albums in 2019. But every genre has its starting point and even post-punk would not have been the same today without a couple of legendary bands. Rest assured, The Raincoats are one of them, a cult act embodying that DYI approach and raw British rock-’n-roll spirit.

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LGW2019: Who needs eardrums anyway? Lightning Bolts addictively destructive party at the end of the world 

The name Le Guess Who? has for many people become synonymous for breaking boundaries, experimentation and, even in louder genres, for good taste. However, what happened at the tail end of an already particularly noise-laden Friday night when Lightning Bolt took to the stage has nothing to do with all of the above. For anyone who’s already witnessed a live show by this duo before, or who’s heard of their

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LGW2019: The Sweet Release of Death & blissful noise

The Sweet Release Of Death has been brooding – both underground and at times above ground – for at least five years now. The Rotterdam noise group managed to kick up some dust and gather quite a following with the release of two albums in 2015 and 2016. Live shows were sometimes scarce, but met with merely raving reports. They came out of self-chosen isolation to drop their third record

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LGW2019: Industrial grooves and psychedelic sounds – Exploring The Bug’s Thursday curation at Le Guess Who 2019?

Dub, industrial hip hop, dancehall, dubstep…these are only a few of the music genres British musician Kevin Martin has dabbled in. Therefore fittingly, he has been chosen to curate Le Guess Who? festival with an eclectic array of musicians under his banner. From the dub stylings of Jah Shaka Sound System to the peculiar electronic free jazz of LOTTO: there seems to be something for everyone. But The Bug’s choices

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Sh*tstories in de metallounge: Opeth overdondert in TivoliVredenburg

De band Opeth brengt met ieder nieuw album een hoop discussie met zich mee in het metalen wereldje. Of dat nu ten tijde van grensverleggende deathmetalplaten als Ghost Reveries of Blackweater Park was, of vandaag de dag met de psychedelische progroute bewandeld sinds Heritage uit 2011. Maar hoe je het ook bekijkt: Mikael Akerfeldt en zijn makkers doen waar ze zin in hebben. En dat is het maken van complexe

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