Live 2014:

Exile On Mainstream & Rügencore Records present:

CONNY OCHS

FRIEDEMANN

KRISTIAN HARTING

Some things might have been written about Friedemann, Conny Ochs and Kristian Harting in the past few months. No wonder, since all three have just recently released new albums on your favourite label. But what really seems to combine all three is the mention of authenticity and honesty almost everywhere we had the pleasure of seeing their music being discussed. Happy we are now for being able to present you this tour of Friedemann, Conny Ochs and Kristian Harting. Their musical endeavours might differ but rarely have we seen such a perfect match of attitudes. Expect an evening of pure greatness and don’t miss these fine men laying some emotional sounds over your soil:

 

KRISTIAN HARTING

Inspired by sufi-music, mali-blues, western low-fi pop and avant-garde, Danish-born Kristian Harting composes songs using his guitar, voice, circuit-bending and effects – pushing to create sounds that are gritty and noisy yet beautiful – culminating in diverse electronic and acoustic trips. He positions his attitude and approach as “a spiritual journey as well as a physical one“, Harting continues to embellish, “it is my way of communicating freely and truthfully and articulate the ever-changing waves of confusion, emotions, ideas, people, power and surroundings, that is my life.

FRIEDEMANN

While he is rolling a wreath of songs off his tongue, Friedemann extols an attitude in songwriting that leaves behind your traditional narrative approach and meta-level storytelling. In Friedmann, we don’t have a singer/songwriter who remains on the safe side while taking a third-person perspective rather, he almost radically unsheathes his own soul and life history into the lyrics. There aren’t many songwriters in music history who we could name with a comparably distinct attitude – Townes Van Zandt, Nick Drake or Sixto Rodriguez would be the only ones coming to mind.

“Friedemann is capable of great tenderness and expression but a background in punk means plenty of bite behind his words, even if the direction is more inwards and experiential than a violent kicking out at the system. It’s folk, rock, blues and bluegrass as run through the eyes, ears, throat and hands of a lone German with a lack of restraint in gradually unravelling his inner workings.” (THE SLEEPING SHAMAN)

CONNY OCHS

Conny bears his soul with raw emotion, combining his beguiling vocal and melodic guitar style. What is channeled into his music, tone and lyrics are indisputable personal truths, the kind that are deeply rooted in the blackened parts of the human soul. Sometimes happy, sometimes sad, sometimes nasty, sometimes nice, sometimes begging, sometimes proud, sometimes cheerful, sometimes bitter, sometimes lost, sometimes found. Conny Ochs’ music ultimately draws upon a tradition and history of great acoustic craftsmanship created by some of America’s finest songwriters (though not restricted to the American continent). Through that inspiration especially, Conny explores the realms of how your inner self can be sonically portrayed, once you are on your own and armed with only a guitar and your voice. Yes, this musical path is a well trodden one, but it isn’t worn out yet and Conny walks the road in his own wholehearted way.

„Something about his music pulls you in and makes it hard for you to want to leave…“ (TERRORIZER)

„It´s when Ochs is at his most vulnerable when he is best able to provide a genuine sense of catharsis and wonder.“ (ROCK-A-ROLLA)

 

  • 31.10.2014 DK Copenhagen, Huset KBA
  • 01.11.2014 DK Aarhus, Backstage
  • 02.11.2014 GER Hamburg, Kleiner Donner
  • 03.11.2014 GER Bremen, Römer
  • 04.11.2014 GER Duisburg, Djaezz
  • 05.11.2014 GER Köln, Sonic Ballroom
  • 06.11.2014 GER Mainz, Caveau
  • 07.11.2014 FRA Chambery, Brin de Zinc
  • 08.11.2014 FRA Aix Le Bains, Diagonale Salamah
  • 09.11.2014 SUI Olten, Coq d’Or
  • 10.11.2014 tba.
  • 12.11.2014 AUT Abtenau, The Garage
  • 13.11.2014 AUT Wien, Variete Arena Bar
  • 14.11.2014 GER Nürnberg, Low Frequency Assault
  • 15.11.2014 GER Herzberg/ Elster, Jugendclub
  • 16.11.2014 CZ Hradec Kralove, Klub 4
  • 18.11.2014 GER Dresden, Ostpol
  • 19.11.2014 GER Jena, Rosenkeller
  • 20.11.2014 GER Leipzig, UT Connewitz
  • 21.11.2014 GER Berlin, Schokoladen
  • 22.11.2014 GER Rostock, JAZ

 

For more information: www.mainstreamrecords.de/artists

FUTURE ISLANDS ADD OCTOBER/ NOVEMBER EUROPEAN TOUR

With their Spring tour well under way, Future Islands are adding further European live dates to what is already a busy 2014 for the Baltimore trio. The new shows include July festival appearances and a month-long headline tour in October.

A full list of all forthcoming Future Islands live shows can be found here:  www.future-islands.com

Future Islands is the trio of vocalist Samuel T. Herring, bassist William Cashion and keyboardist/programmer Gerrit Whelmers. Together for more than a decade and with more than 800 shows under their belts, Future Islands are finally getting the attention they deserve with the release of their fourth album Singles, their first release since signing to 4AD in late 2013.

“Only the most hardened of hearts could resist Future Islands.” NME 8/10
“A brilliant, bewitching album.” Q ****
“A great balance of pop and melodrama.” Pitchfork 8/10
“The record is called Singles and it is just that. Everything is so contagious.” NPR

  • 03.10.2014 Amsterdam (NL), Melkweg TICKET LINK
  • 04.10.2014 Hamburg (DE), Markthalle TICKET LINK
  • 05.10.2014 Berlin (DE), Astra TICKET LINK
  • 07.10.2014 Prague (CZ), Lucerna Music Bar TICKET LINK
  • 08.10.2014 Linz (AT), Posthof TICKET LINK
  • 09.10.2014 Athen (GR), Gagarin 2015 TICKET LINK
  • 11.10.2014 Zagreb (HR), Mochvara TICKET LINK
  • 12.10.2014 Ljubljana (SLO), Menza pri koritu TICKET LINK
  • 15.10.2014 Rom (IT), Circolo degli Artisti TICKET LINK
  • 16.10.2014 Milano (IT), Tunnel TICKET LINK
  • 17.10.2014 Lyon (FR), Epicerie Moderne TICKET LINK
  • 18.10.2014 Nimes (FR), Paloma
  • 20.10.2014 Barcelona (ES), Bikini TICKET LINK
  • 22.10.2014 Madrid (ES), Joy Eslava TICKET LINK
  • 23.10.2014 Lisbon (PT), Musicbox (SOLD OUT)
  • 24.10.2014 Porto (PT), Hard Club TICKET LINK
  • 25.10.2014 Gijon (ES), Teatro Albeniz TICKET LINK
  • 26.10.2014 San Sebastian (ES), Intxaurrondo TICKET LINK
  • 28.10.2014 Bordeaux (FR), Rocher de Palmer TICKET LINK
  • 29.10.2014 Paris (FR), Pitchfork Music Festival TICKET LINK
  • 30.10.2014 Brussels (BE), Botanique (SOLD OUT)
  • 01.11.2014 Manchester (UK), Columns Festival
  • 02.11.2014 Dublin (IE), Vicar Street (SOLD OUT)
  • 03.11.2014 Dublin (IE), Vicar Street (SOLD OUT)
  • 04.11.2014 Glasgow (UK), ABC TICKET LINK
  • 06.11.2014 London (UK), Shepherd’s Bush Empire (SOLD OUT)
  • 08.11.2014 Reykjavik (IS), Iceland Airwaves Festival  TICKET LINK

 

Watch Future Islands perform Singles tracks ‘Doves’ and ‘Spirit’ on Jimmy Kimmel Live:

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