Do 23.02.2017
19.00 Uhr
Musik   SONIC BOOM: Lo Fat Orchestra (Elektro-Wave/Schweiz) & Die Tunnel (GaragePunkSynth/Berlin)

Hier ein ausgeborgter Artikel von Flight 13, der den Sound vom Lo Fat Orchestra gut beschreibt:
Ganz überraschend ein überfälliges neues Lebenszeichen in Form eines 7 Track starken Albums. 3 Jahre später schafft das Schweizer Trio es mühelos ihren selbst-kategorisierten "Elektro-Garage"-Stil in Richtung Wave und Indie auszubauen, was nicht nur am neuen Basser Roman (Deadverse) liegen kann. Attribute des neuen Sounds könnten lauten: tanzbar, urban, rau, catchy, dunkel und moderner. Der Opener und zugleich Titelstück drückt gleich diesen Stempel auf das Klangbild auf. Ein waviger Basslauf, getriggerte, hypnotische Drumparts, ein effektives Feedbackriff und ein unterkühlter Gesang: Effekte, die alle in der grandiosen Fanfare des Refrains zusammenfinden. Ein Hit, zweifellos. Minimalwave-Anleihen bei dem furiosen "Bankrupt Democracy", stoische Bassläufe bei "Hands are tied" und perfektes Coldwave-Drama im Closer "TE 230" mit seinen 6 min. Auffallend die kühlen neuen, assoziationsreichen Synthieflächen, die sich episch zum tanzbaren Fundament aufmachen. Das LFO ist grandios beim "Elektro-Wave" angekommen.

Die Tunnel-Hardcore basierter, kühl-psychedelischer Sound von einem Planeten, auf dem der Ostblock gewonnen hat, so als hätte Jerry Garcia Grateful Dead 1979 einem Vorort von LA mit Enver Hodscha, Damon Edge, Bruce Lee und Lassie gegründet

Fr 24.02.2017
19.00 Uhr
Musik   Bambi Slaughter + Dukes of Blizzard / Grunge meets Stoner Rock

Bambi Slaughterdoor 7 pm, show 8 pm (Aftershowparty from 10 pm with DJ Chrille - Punk, Wave, Rock and Soul)
Dukes Of Blizzard Am 24.2.2017 öffnet der Schokoladen seine legendären Pforten für ein besonderes Musikspektakel!
Grunge trifft auf Stoner.
Bei dieser Doppel-Headliner Show geben sich Bambi Slaughter und Dukes Of Blizzard die Klinke in die Hand. Seid dabei und streicht Euch das Datum fett im neuen Kalender an.

Sa 25.02.2017
19.00 Uhr
Musik   OFFBEATCLUB: The Unlimiters (Ska_Rocksteady_Reggae/Bln)

There's no limit to the unlimitation! THE UNLIMITERS treten nicht nur in die Fußstapfen der Urahnen des Reggae, Rocksteady und Ska, sie führen den Weg fort. Ihre schweißtreibenden Rhythmen bringen jeden Dancefloor in Ekstase. Poppige Gesangsmelodien treffen auf traditionelle Ska-Instrumentals im besten Stil, bereichert durch den einen oder anderen Surf- und Beatkracher, alles im Namen eines rude and unlimited Lifestyle.
Gesang? Vieles ist instrumental, ansonsten ist er männlich wie weiblich, denn die Unlimiters sind vielseitig - und sie werden es bleiben. THE UNLIMITERS beaten viel und halten alles! Acht Köpfe, acht Instrumente! Geformt in den Gewölben Berlins und zusammengeschweißt auf der Bühne für ein Live-Inferno im Angesicht tanzender Freunde jamaikanischer Musik. Eine smarte, kontinent- und genreübergreifende Combo, das sind THE UNLIMITERS!

Mi 01.03.2017
19.00 Uhr
Musik   thirsty & miserable: Steal Shit Do Drugs (Garage-/Post-Punk, Seattle)

doors 19:00 - show 20:00
Annibale Records | Help Yourself Records

The members of Steal Shit Do Drugs have been in other people's bands and done other people's drugs, now they are in their own band and do their own drugs. Hailing from Seattle, Wa, the raucous five piece combines the energy of rock groups such as The Stooges and marries it with elements of Pere Ubu and The Fall. Jermaine Blair and Ricky Cloudon's dual guitars blend nauseating psych and catchy garage. Bassist Erika Mayfeild and drummer Pete Capponi's rhythm sections powers through with a proto punk stomp. All the while front man Kennedy Carda narrates the chaotic affair with scenes of boredom, confusion and nihilistic urges.

Do 02.03.2017
19.00 Uhr
Musik   thirsty & miserable: QUASIVIRI (Math/Prog n Robotic Space-Kraut, Milano)

Quasiviridoors 19:00 - show 20:00
Two parts Italian, one part Canadian: Quasiviri are a trio that formed in 2006 in Milan, Italy, comprised of Chet Martino (Ronin, Pin Pin Sugar) on eight string bass, Roberto Rizzo (R.U.N.I.) on a micro korg synth and André Arraiz-Rivas (Mondongo, Satan Is My Brother) on drums.

Their music, an insanely original  polyhedral formula, sounding a little bit like Devo playing prog with the sonic mass of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, for a truly solid and cohesive outing, using a mixture of math-metal and robotic calypso-kraut combined with anthemic vocals.

Their albums "The Mutant Affair" (CD 2009), "Freak of Nature" (EP 2012), "Super Human" (CD 2014), "Choro Tempore" (Tape 2016) were released by Blue Tapes and X-Ray Records, Wallace Records, To Lose La Track, Bloody Sound Fucktory, FalloDischi, HysM?, Megaplomb, Morte Records and distributed in Europe, USA and Japan. .

"Superheroes should be psychedelic motherfuckers. Quasiviri sometimes sound to me like a pop Oneida – and if anyone are superheroes, then its fucking Oneida. It's that muscular, fuck-you bass – which sometimes just settles into an up-middle-fingered stomp and then stomps all over your face. It's those mind-scrambles of organ. It's the fact you can fill up a fuck of a lot of space with just three instruments and a sound to die for. But it's not just wig-out mayhem. Quasiviri is tight, clear-eyed, ultra-focused and purposeful rock that just happens to share a sound with your dream psychedelic record. It isn't prone to noodling, or playing jazz chords with 20 notes when one note repeated 20 times will do just as well. Also it's playful, and funny, and why isn't it this stuff that people are obsessing over now? Be not apologetic. Play like a superhero. Walk like a motherfucker." - 20 Jazz Funk Greats
"Think Ian Curtis and Primus. Then forget and forgive me about that, and press play. Quasiviri." - Komakino

Fr 03.03.2017
19.00 Uhr
Musik   little league shows prsnts: HAWK (indie/post-rock/post-punk, uk/bln) & BIKINI JESUS (indie pop/surf/new wave, bln)

Little League Shows presents:

HAWK /// indie/post-rock/post-punk, uk/bln
Bikini Jesus /// indie pop/surf/new wave, bln

at Schokoladen. doors 7 pm, show 8 pm.
after 10 pm: djs, tba
"HAWK are an indie band based in Berlin. Hailing from the west of Ireland and the UK, the band formed in London, releasing three EPs before moving to Berlin in 2016. Described by The Line of Best Fit as “simply sublime - sharp post-punk riffs akin to Warpaint's clearer moments or Savages' smoggier ones”, the band have constantly added to their abrasive edge, teaming this with Julie Hawk’s celestial vocals to create a driving, expansive sound. Their music has ‘activism at its heart’, with their most recent releases singing out about marriage equality, abortion laws, and attitudes towards the female body. HAWK will release the EP ‘She Knows’ on 17th March 2017 via Veta Records.“

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„As soon as Bikini Jesus meets, the dreadful Berlin weather turns into bright sunshine. Little is known about how exactly this works, but it seems to require a certain ritual involving reverb-drenched guitars, hypnotic bass lines, twisted drum beats and bittersweet vocals. Despite a lack of scientific evidence, Bikini Jesus continue to celebrate their climate-change voodoo in front of selected audiences."

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Sa 04.03.2017
19.00 Uhr
Musik   thirsty & miserable: 13 Year Cicada (NoisePop/SoftCore, Berlin - Rec-Release-Show) + Pranke (AvantMathRockPop, Berlin)

12 year cicadadoors 19:00 - show 20:00 - danach DJs Thunder & Kush Khazeela
pranke13 Year Cicadas really exist. Their larvae live in the soil, where they develop over the course of 13 years, feeding off of root juice. Then the entire population emerges at once, flooding the forest and is either eaten or dies after eight weeks. Their strategy is predator satiation: overwhelming their enemies by mass occurrence.
'Totem Tongue' is the first full length album by the Berlin based band 13 Year Cicada, being released on February 17, 2017 on Gandula in Barcelona, Spain. From noise to rap to improv, extended vocal techniques to psychedelia, fluffy synth-pop to in-your-face math-rock anything that felt right was amalgamated into one dense 37 minute ride. 13 Year Cicada started out first and foremost as a live band, playing their first show in a dusty wooden attic in 2014. Since then they have stuck to their cinematic concept of performing without breaks between songs, taking people on a surging trip that they might not come off of long after the music has faded. This live-idea comes across in 'Totem Tongue'. One can hear the joy in striking that one hit, playing that one drone, screaming that one word that counts - other than their totem 13 Year Cicada are not planning to stay below ground for the next 13 years.

was formed in the summer of 2014 by Icelandic guitarist Daniel Bödvarsson and German drummer Max Andrzejewski. Both are prominent on the young Berlin jazz/improvised music scene.

The flatmates’ listening sessions led them to the rehearsal room, jamming odd-time based rock riffs and exploring the reduced setting of guitar and drums. Eventually, elements from free jazz and pop found their way into the music, with the addition of vocals and a synthesizer pushing them into a new territory. Think Hella, with a fair amount of songwriting, shreds and drones a la the Dirty Projectors,
The Thing and Can. The unexpected twists and turns, huge dynamics and juggling of grittiness and sensitivity has an urban vibe and reflects Max and Daniel’s search for a way of living in the city.
Pranke EP was released on tape (incl. download) on Twaague Records in September 2015.

Mo 06.03.2017
19.00 Uhr
Musik   Süper.Nice.Shows & little league shows prsnt: HUMAN ABFALL (post-punk, ger) + RINGOSTARWARS (garage/punk, bln)

after 10: schokokuss djs

Powerline Agency | Little League Shows | Süper.Nice.Shows prsnts:


Einlass: 19 Uhr
Konzert: 20 Uhr
no presale / kein VVK

HUMAN ABFALL bestehen seit Herbst 2011 aus Menschen, die an unwirtlichen Orten wie Stuttgart und Berlin leben müssen – den Städten der Verachteten, wo wirklich niemand auch nur mal für eine halbe Stunde tot über dem Nachbarszaun hängen möchte. Trotz oder gerade wegen des unumstößlichen Molochs ihres Lebensraumes sind alle Augen und das Interesse der Öffentlichkeit auf die zurzeit, sagen wir, eigenständigste Punkband des Erdballs gerichtet. Das anziehende Soundgerüst besteht aus einem noisigen Gitarrensound mit knarzigen, dem Wave zugewandten Bassläufen und einem zielsetzend, minimalistisch scheppernden Schlagzeugbeat. 

RINGOSTARWARS including members of the Berlin based explosive gospel soul punk BIG EATER and the Israeli based oldschool punk'n'roll UZBEKS, RSW are Berlin based energized punk trio with a big bag of noisy, surfy riffs, tight grooves and garagy snappy tunes. fasten your seat belts - the Falcon is about to take off to light speed - it's time to go catch Lucy. One way ticket for your brain to leave it's head!

Mi 08.03.2017
19.00 Uhr
Musik   Fourtrack On Stage: Walls & Birds (Indie, Berlin)

+ DJ Nordpolzigeuner
Walls & Birds machen eine wattige Mischung aus Disko und Surf, dekonstruieren nebenbei die Spider Murphy Gang oder spielen verschmitzt mit Fahrstuhlmusik und einer feinen Auswahl von Yacht- und Dreampop-Elementen. Ihre Lieder enthalten mindestens zwölfeinhalbtausend Melodien, genau doppelt so viele Wendungen und ultrapathetische Intros: Transzendenz Grand Cru!

Do 09.03.2017
19.00 Uhr
Musik   thirsty & miserable: GORILLA MASK (Avant-Thrash-Jazz, Berlin) + LED BIB (Londons Improv-Rocking Jazz Machine) - Double-Rec-Release-Show

gorilla maskdoors 19:00 - show 20:00
led bib

Peter Van Huffel – Alto Saxophone

Roland Fidezius – Electric Bass, Effects

Rudi Fischerlehner – Drums

Ground-shaking grooves, hammering rhythms and wailing melodies, layered with explosive no-holds-barred improvisations: GORILLA MASK is a type of sonic madness roaring with a restless, implacable energy that totters dangerously on the verge of total chaos. They craft spirals of sound in 4 or 5 dimensions, jabbing you in the ribs as they mess with your brain; the ebb and flow of an acutely aware trio of musicians who know what they want and know how to get it. Canadian ex-pat Peter Van Huffel is a saxophonist out of Coltrane, Ayler and Zorn, but he frames his improvisational forays in the context of a trio with hard rock dynamics, riding the churn of Roland Fidezius' frenetic bass and Rudi Fischerlehner's pulsating drum kit like a surfer on the biggest wave he’s ever seen.

GORILLA MASK is the product of a constantly active, hyper-intelligent hive-mind of three virtuosos; their music a mishmash of punk, rock and metal influences rooted in jazz, free-improvisation and the modern avant-garde. A collision of styles which form the key to the band's identity. This is bold, audacious 21st Century improvised music writ huge, with innumerable influences and tendencies, gritty and urban, intellectual and ready to run a marathon.

Mark Holub: drums
Liran Donin: bass

Toby McLaren: keyboards
Chris Williams, Pete Grogan: alto saxophone

Drummer and composer Mark Holub formed Led Bib in 2003 for a university masters project. Made up of his Middlesex university friends, the five piece played its first gig at London’s Klinker Club on February 24th 2004 to ten people in the backroom of a North London pub. Five years later they were performing on primetime TV to millions, having been nominated as a Mercury Prize album of the year. Theirs was a full gas acceleration to that point. Having had their first album met with widespread critical praise in May 2005, they also won the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award in the same year. A second album, Sizewell Tea released in 2007 through iconic London label Babel brought more interest, bigger features, better reviews. There was a notable shift in numbers too, audiences grew as fans cottoned on to a new jazz movement, of which Led Bib was a frontrunner, ditching the noodling and pulling more into rock territory. As they drew references from across the musical spectrum Beefheart and Zorn, Pink Floyd and Miles Davis so too did they draw in a larger swathe of interest, drum and bass heads, jazz aficionados, death metalists and folk, world music and pop fans were, in equal number, their audience.

A limited edition live release appeared in 2008, but it was the release of their 4th album Sensible Shoes that saw them experience widespread acclaim following the announcement that they were chosen as an Album of the Year in the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize. The ensuing media storm saw them reach in excess of 20 million people as they performed on TV & Radio sessions including Channel 4 TV News with Jon Snow, playing live on BBC 2 and found a befuddled and unlikely pundit in Holub being asked to explain the likes of “what is jazz?” to the masses of early morning BBC breakfast radio listeners .

In 2011 the group released Bring Your Own, their second album for US based Cuneiform Records. Quickly hailed as a stand out success it gained 4 and 5 star reviews across the board. 2014 saw the release of two new albums to celebrate their 10th anniversary, the studio album 'The People in Your Neighbourhood' and the limited edition live vinyl 'The Good Egg', both hailed as modern classics and there best yet. 2017 sees the band release their eagerly anticipated 6th studio album and first with genre defying London label Rare Noise Records, a tour of Europe and the UK will be done in support. Will the next 10 years take them on a similarly unpredictable journey? Whatever happens, it’ll be interesting to watch.

“Rarely have two saxes, keyboards, bass and drums sounded so dangerous yet so compelling.” The Guardian
“Part free improv, part art-rock, the band’s uncompromising formula puts them in the vanguard of the new school of British jazz” — The Sunday Times

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