Release’s Mike Whyte reports from Sonar in Barcelona where he had a great time and caught performances with Kraftwerk, Pet Shop Boys, Skrillex, Justice, Lindstrom and Todd Terje, Karl Hyde, Atom TM and many many more. [more...]
From what started off as a small celebration for independent music stores in the US in 2007, and the UK later, Record Store Day has turned into a worldwide celebration of the remaining record stores, vinyl and in a larger sense, the independent music scene.
I went to see Hurts at Debaser Medis here in Stockholm. The gig was sold out, and the lads delivered a great show with songs from the new album “Exile” as well as their debut “Happiness”. [more...]
Fredrik “Schlatta” Svensson went to Düsseldorf to watch some of Kraftwerk’s 10 3D full album concerts in their own hometown. He came back with an interesting, detailed report, set lists and photos. He also met 3 out of 4 Kraftwerk members.
Sparks, brothers Ron and Russell Mael, have released 22 albums during the last 40 years. They have always been lurking in my record collection but I have never had the chance to see them live. Until now that is. [more...]
Electronic Summer is a new indoor festival at the multi venue in Gothenburg, organized by Depeche Mode Party Gothenburg and PK Musik. The former consists of two seasoned people in the electronic scene – Henrik Wittgren and Sebastian Hess – and together they managed to run a very successful event, with a synthpop slant. After a draught of big events in the synth genre here in Sweden there seemed to be an unmet need in people that they could satisfy, and it was very close to sold out. Lots of familiar faces came out for this, and there have been an unanimous praise of the festival afterwards.
During 2011 Kraftwerk introduced a new live show in Munich and in the spring of 2012 Kraftwerk performed 8 nights in a row at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. During these concerts some new 3D projections were shown and continuing that theme it has taken Kraftwerk to the US, Japan, Brazil and to my personal joy Gothenburg and the Way out West festival. [more...]
Release was invited to Sonar again and we sent our London writer and photographer Mike Whyte on a plane to Barcelona. He writes: It’s always nice to be back at Sonar, and this year was no exception. A little bit more commercial than in past years, especially at Sonar by Night where dance music in its various guises seemed to be the order of the day. Still, there was plenty to amuse and entertain across the 3 days, 2 locations and 8 stages. [more...]
Release’s Jonas Carlson photographed the Forever Young Tour at Bergs Slussar in Sweden in 2010. It was a package tour with Ultravox, Alphaville, Howard Jones and others. Browse our gallery.