Sonntag 14.04. 19:00 Uhr Kneipe
chesslounge & games barNight @ schokoladen
join the smokin' heads

* backgammon dame mühle memory kniffel würfel karten mensch ärger dich nicht *
* seven chessboards inc. chess clock on the in between *
* exquisite drinks, delicate tunes & scrabble w/ wello @ the bar area *
* bring along your favourite games + friends *

Montag 15.04. 19:00 Uhr Musik
Courting (indie/uk) [ausverkauft]
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Courting (indie/uk)

  • Einlass: 19 Uhr
  • Beginn: 20 Uhr

Das Konzert ist komplett ausverkauft.

From the funk-pop guitars in “We Look Good Together” through to the baroque strings in “Flex” or even the country-tinged stylings of “Babys”, it would be an understatement to call “New Last Name” adventurous. That’s all before you even come onto the drum and bass drumming of the vibrant and vital “Happy Endings”.

Going on to speak about the album, Murphy O’Neill says, “I’ll admit that New Last Name isn’t really a play. Whilst it IS tied together by a narrative thread – it’s actually a collection of our most contained pop songs, and strangest experiments sat side by side. 

New Last Name is unrestrained and chaotic. At the same time, it is more focused and detail-oriented than anything we’ve done before. New Last Name is a study in contradictions, and it’s the best damn play south of the north pole.”

That play goes on the road next year, with the band also having announced a new run of EU / UK tour dates to take place in Spring next year. Having cemented themselves as a must-see live act, Courting recently toured as main support for Circa Waves. The band also toured “Guitar Music” extensively last Autumn as well as performing at multiple summer festivals including Reading & Leeds Festival, Wide Eyed Festival, Latitude, Truck Festival, Live At Leeds, Community Festival, and The Great Escape. They also came together earlier this year for “The Wedding” – a hometown wedding-themed show which saw the band unveil new material for the first time – which NME reviewed, describing them as “one of the most innovative and elevated acts of the moment.” 



Dienstag 16.04. 19:00 Uhr Lesung
LSD - Liebe Statt Drogen
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Einlass 19h Beginn 20h

Andreas „Spider“ Krenzke, Tobias „Tube“ Herre, Uli Hannemann, Eva Mirasol und Ivo Lotion präsentieren Geschichten, Lieder und Gäste.

LSD – Liebe Statt Drogen ist eine der bekanntesten Lesebühnen Berlins. Jeden Dienstagabend gestalten die 5 Mitglieder von LSD und eingeladene Gäste im Berliner Schokoladen ein Programm aus neuen Texten und Songs. Gegründet 1996 besteht LSD heute aus den Mitgliedern Andreas „Spider“ Krenzke, Tobias „Tube“ Herre, Uli Hannemann, Eva Mirasol und Ivo Lotion. Alle 5 genannten Künstler sind als Autoren und Musiker auch in anderen Bereichen aktiv.

LSD bietet jeden 1. & 3. Dienstag ein Offenes Mikro für Menschen an, die spontan etwas vortragen wollen. Beachtet bitte, dass der Beitrag selbstverfasst sein muss und nicht länger als 6 Minuten dauert. Wer am Offenen Mikro liest, braucht keinen Eintritt zahlen und bekommt ein Freigetränk.

Mittwoch 17.04. 19:00 Uhr Musik
Lofi Lounge
loFi lounge prsnts: Zukunft und die Lichter [country swing°bln] + Post Neo [elektronika]
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doors 19h - show 20h

Zukunft und die Lichter (Country/Swing/Berlin)
"Lo-Fi Pop straight outta Neukoelln. Die Lieder von Zukunft und die Lichter klingen, als wären sie der Band an einem Sommertag am See eingefallen. 
Grundsympathisch, positiv und trotzdem geprägt vom zarten Schleier der Großstadt-Melancholie." (Tip Berlin)"Ganz ohne laute Töne, aber doch mit einem gewissen Schwung, der nur eben nicht auf dem Rock, sondern - sagen wir mal - auf dem Swing basiert agieren die Jungs von Zukunft un die Lichterin einem Bereich, den eher sensible Kollegen wie Tom Liwa,dessen Vorliebe für ein sprödes Klanguniversum sie teilen oder Sven Regener, an dessen angenehm temperierten Mutterwitz in der Alltagssprache sie erinnern, für sich entdeckt haben. Mit dem eher typischen, Charts-kompatiblen Deutschpop hat das hierweniger zu tun als mit der Tradition poetisch veranlagter Troubadoure; nur halt dass hier eine gut aufeinander eingespielte und technisch versierte Band am Werke ist."

Post Neo
Post Neo sind Nicole Luján und Pauline Weh als experimentelles elektronisches Pop-Musik-Duo zwischen Berlin und Mexico City. Ihr Stil changiert zwischen technoiden Beats und einer Melancholie, die sich in langsameren und verträumten Gesangs- & Synthie-Passagen wiederfindet. Ihre neue EP "Alles Immer Wieder" wird Anfang April 2024 bei dem Label Monika Enterprise erscheinen.

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Donnerstag 18.04. 19:00 Uhr Musik
m:soundtrack presents: LAKE FELIX (trio) + PETULA (uno)
Thursday's at Schokoladen - good music and cheap drinks

Tonight's show will be our "We miss House Concerts" feeling and will come back to those wordy masters, those with music who get under your skin, goosebumps for sure and a soul shake reminding us to the connection these intimate spaces give us, but since Schokoladen is our favorite listening room, it makes so much  sense to invite our guests to join us here on the sofa! Grab a friend, a red wine and pretend it's 2000, leave your smart phones at home, bring your analog cameras and be in the moment with us! 

M:Soundtrack presents: LAKE FELIX (Trio) + PETULA (Uno)

Katharina Kollmann, alias Nichtseattle, returns with her English-language project Lake Felix - finding beauty in the brittle and the in betweens. Born in 1985, Katharina Kollmann from Berlin has been releasing music under this name for over ten years. Lake Felix feels like the kinda "deeper" sister than Nichtseattle. She describes her music as "Beside It, soul rumble, Final Enemy..Rock to sing along to"....

Petula is the solo project of Berlin musician Sebastian Cleemann. He likes to loop stuff. Cleemann has played in the post-rock band Seidenmatt (SDNMT), the indie rock group Kate Mosh and the electro trio UNS. He has also been the live drummer in ClickClickDecker, the band of Kevin Hamann and Oli Stangl, since 2013.


Freitag 19.04. 19:00 Uhr Musik
Baby Jesus (swe) + LUFT
+ residence DJs Marycherry&Telegram Sam and Guest Psychic Thrills from Sweden& Yuki Onna from Berlin

Fiery, raw, and raucous, four-piece garage rockers, Baby Jesus, are keeping rock and roll alive and well in their hometown of Halmstad, Sweden, with psychedelic flare, a punk edge, and enough energy to heat up a hearty dinner of Sjömansbiff for 12.
Founding members and long time friends. Fredrik Kristoffersson (guitar/vox) and Elis Jäghammar (bass/vox), spent a few years together in various metal and hardcore punk projects.
It wasn't until they both moved to Oslo, Norway, in 2011 that they discovered and became infatuated with the 13th Floor Elevators— a legendary mid-sixties rock act from Austin, Texas largely credited with coining the phrase “psychedelic rock.” The Elevators’ music hit Elis and Fredrik like a rock. That experience opened their ears and writing sensibilities to the music of Night Beats, Black Lips, a range of Back From the Grave compilations, and—funny enough—Pugh Rogerfeldt, Träd, gräs och stenar, Philemon Arthur & The dung, and other great Swedish talents who made the rounds on their country’s turntables in the late sixties and early seventies with their wild and often experimental amalgamations of rock, psych, folk, and country music.
2023 comes with new offerings i the form of the album simply titled "Rock n Roll Music" (for why lie when it's true). The album is filed with Rolling Stones-esque songs with lots of things going on in the background. There’s a neat rhythm guitar, fuzz and a solo that’s slippin’ and slidin’ all over the place. A rock n roll piece that inevitably will become a standard on every single god damned young rock ’n’ roll bands setlist in the future.

LUFT is a band, primarily British and based in Berlin. Formed in 2023 by Tom Dougall of Toy and various other members of the London music SCENE, they draw inspiration from British eccentrics, pagan holidays, the bed, Nico & Lou & John and 50p in the jukebox – ethereal and ready to DISH OUT. Catch them soon at a venue near you.
+residence DJs Marycherry&Telegram Sam and Guest Psychic Thrills from Sweden& Yuki Onna from Berlin
And vintage film screenings
Tickets here
At door 12€

Samstag 20.04. 19:00 Uhr Musik
Pink Wonder (punk, bln) + Günther and the Jauchs (punk, potsdam)
doors 19h, show 20h, after 22h DJ fragil/stabil (punk / indie / wave)

Tickets im Presale:


PINK WONDER (punk, berlin)

Vorsicht Explosionsgefahr. Hallo Stooges auf Highspeed. PINK WONDER machen nicht diesen angesagten Punk-Sound, sondern bleiben dreckig. Dazu eine gewisse Portion Madness, die den Punk mal gefährlich und anziehend machte. Hier ist Wut nicht einstudiert, sondern Folge der Desilussionierung von Menschen in ihren Mittdreißigeren. Jeder Song ein Übergeben in die Gosse.


Ein abschreckender Name, aber super Band. Und Punk war nie süßer. Die drei harmlosen Potsdamer Agitatoren von Günther and the Jauchs hassen schnellen, anstrengenden Punk. Aber sie können nicht anders. Hektische Lieder unterlegt mit Abrisslyrik und Theatralik – eine musikalische Baggerfahrt durch den Stadtpark. Niveau, Ästhetik, Athletik, Stress. Alles nichts für Günther and the Jauchs .

ab 22h DJ fragil/stabil (punk / indie / wave)

Dienstag 23.04. 19:00 Uhr Musik
Jolie Holland (US) + Mark McKowski (UK)
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doors 19:00 - show 20:00


Jolie Holland
(born September 11, 1976 at Houston, Texas) is an American singer and performer who combines elements of folk, traditional country, jazz, and blues.

Over the span of her career, Jolie Holland has knotted together a century of American song—jazz, blues, soul, rock and roll—into some stew that is impossible to categorize with any conventional critical terminology. This is her burden and her gift, to know all of these American songs of the last ten decades in her head and her heart, and to have to wrestle with their legacy. She dives straight to the pathos of a song the way the very greatest singers, singers like Mavis Staples, or Al Green, or Skip James, or Tom Waits do. Upon first encounter her songs seem challenging, perhaps unsettling at times, but as so many poets and rockers have shown us (from Dante Alighieri to William Blake to Sylvia Plath to Patti Smith to Nick Cave to Mark E. Smith) that’s where the beauty lies. As evident on her first recordings, Holland apparently has no fear of the truth, and there is no emotional core that she cannot reach in song. In fact she thrives on the red hot center of a musical composition, in all its strange and brutal detail.

This fall, Jolie Holland will unveil her latest album, ‘Haunted Mountain’; intricately connected with friend and collaborator Buck Meek’s record of the same name, ‘Haunted Mountain’ features five songs co-written by the pair, including the mesmerizing title track. Holland explains:

“I wrote the song a couple years ago, and it existed as two verses for many months. Buck added a third verse, and then we both began performing it with our bands. When he told me he was including our song on his next record, I was extremely pleased at the weirdness – I was going to release a version as well. Then he told me he wanted to name his record Haunted Mountain, “…only if you’re not already naming your record Haunted Mountain.” Well, that had been the name of my next record for quite a while. We thought about it for a minute and decided it was bizarre and wonderful. Buck’s Haunted Mountain is out in late August. My Haunted Mountain comes out in the autumn. I love how the image of a haunted mountain is so open ended. I love how fun it is to say. I am enormously pleased that Buck chose it as his album name too.”

The nine-track stunner delves into a treasure trove of themes, from anti-colonial thought to homelessness, all while exploring the profound significance of being in reciprocity with nature. “When the world is sacred, we are moved to protect it,” Holland explains. “Elves stop highways in Iceland. Faeries save forests in Ireland. Even though the numinous is beyond reason, it’s a motivating, communicative idea. You can tell it to a kid, and when the kid grows up they might understand it ecologically, or they might understand it aesthetically. The numinous is a huge idea,”  she continues. “An old friend of mine saw the Jordan River at a place in Palestine where it was just a little creek. His description opened up this realization to me: every river is sacred to someone. Every inch of Earth is someone’s storied, sung homelands. No one needs to understand this more than settler Americans.”

Working closely with her talented collaborators, Adam Brisbin and Justin Veloso, Jolie recorded the core of the album as a trio before adding layers of intriguing overdubs. Ever the innovator, she employed some unconventional recording techniques, like capturing the sound of knuckles rapping on the piano and incorporating the sounds of cicadas in album closer “What It’s Worth”. The intriguing atmosphere of “Feet On The Ground” was created by running a drum machine through an amp into a vast barn, every sonic experiment a testament to her willingness to push the boundaries of her art.
‘Haunted Mountain’  is a triumph of boundless creativity, profound lyricism, and thought-provoking artistry. With poetic storytelling awash in a dream-like sonic palette, Holland invites audiences on an alluring journey that transcends genres and leaves an indelible mark on the heart and mind.

“Noir, lived in, caustic, not entirely of this time”
Aquarium Drunkard

Mark McKowski (Northern Ireland, UK)
Mark McCausland is an Irish songwriter/producer/musician, best known for his work as one half of The Lost Brothers. He also collaborates with a variety of artists and produces his own records under the name McKowski. He currently works from his home studio in Omagh, the town that he’s been trying to escape since birth. 

Mittwoch 24.04. 19:00 Uhr Musik
little league shows
little league shows prsnts: MARKER STARLING (indie-outsider-pop, can, tin angel recs) & ELIZA NIEMI (songwriter/exp-pop, can).
doors 19h - show 20h

little league shows prsnts:

MARKER STARLING / outsider-pop, can, tin angel recs / 

& ELIZA NIEMI / songwriter/exp-pop, can  /

at Schokoladen. doors 19 uhr, concert starts 20 uhr. tickets at the doors and in pre-sale --> 

+ dj set by Alex Bechberger (Rock/Pop Am Montag / Fucky Laibel / Soft Rock Convention)


Toronto troubadour Chris A. Cummings (MARKER STARLING, formerly Mantler) has been
playing Melancholy Party Jams since 1999. A solo performer for many years, his
preferred weapons were a Wurltizer electric piano and an early pre-programmed drum
machine. More recently he has been supported by a Toronto-based band consisting of
Dorothea Paas (vocals, guitar) Jay Anderson (drums), Matt McLaren (bass) and Andy
Scott (guitar and keyboards).

Cummings has in the past collaborated with the German band Von Spar, contributing
vocals and lyrics to their albums STREETLIFE (Italic, 2014) and UNDER PRESSURE
(Bureau B, 2019). His song “Deep Background” was recorded by Stereolab’s Laetitia
Sadier for her Source Ensemble record FIND ME FINDING YOU (Drag City, 2017). His
2010 song "In Stride" was included in DJ Koze's DJ-Kicks compilation on !K7 Records in
2015. He has opened for Stereolab, The Books, Destroyer, Yo La Tengo, Gary Wilson and
Sandro Perri, and also plays in the bands Matias, Hank and The Canadian Romantic.


Our earliest exposures to music can often be the most formative. For Toronto-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist ELIZA NIEMI, that influence came from her Dad who taught her the basics of bass and guitar at home. These childhood experiences of playing music together by ear fostered the sense of playfulness that she’s approached her craft with ever since. They also instilled an ethic in her creative work that prioritizes making music with friends and loved ones.

Those honed guitar —and later piano, cello and vocal— skills make Eliza an ideal collaborator: starting in Halifax’s rich music scene with the mid-2010s experimental pop groups New Love Underground and Mauno, and later in her role supporting artists Le Ren, Quaker Parents and Evan J. Cartwright. Through the rhythms of touring and the brilliant spark that's shared in musical exchange, Eliza found and developed connections across Canada's DIY music communities. These collaborative moments fuel her creative practice, whether playing solo, in an ensemble or releasing others’ music as the founder of her own label, Vain Mina Records.

Connection and collaboration lives in the intimacy of her albums, starting with 2019’s Vinegar, an understated set of songs for cello, keyboard and voice that wander with a comforting grace. 2020’s Glass furthered Eliza’s reputation for writing songs that are boundless and experimental without ever being alienating. There’s an open, inviting quality throughout the record, apparent from the close-miked instruments, to her softly sung and affable lyrics that unfold like a conversation with a good friend.

Her latest album, Staying Mellow Blows, furthers these ideas and aesthetics to a staggering degree, retaining the candor, humor and emotional humility she’s known for, while letting the vast number of supporting musicians shape each song with their own emotionally resonant performances. The result feels whimsical and inspired, and is the sound of an artist flourishing.