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Lingua Ignota & HIDE at Urban Spree | Photo Recap

Lingua Ignota & HIDE at Urban Spree | Photo Recap

Like the sudden evening chill that has heralded the changing of the seasons, Lingua Ignota descended upon Urban Spree last night to remind the sold-out crowd that not all good things can last. The core of her art exposes the common thread between seemingly distant...
Schmutz Playlists | October 2019

Schmutz Playlists | October 2019

We’re officially back in full swing for concert season and there is an obnoxious amount of good music to check out. The heavy playlist, in particular, is a real doozy, featuring some of the heavy-hitters to be found at Berlin Deathfest and Vendetta Fest. Have a...
Sunday Edition | September 29th, 2019

Sunday Edition | September 29th, 2019

In Germany, Sunday is a government and culturally mandated day of rest. Regardless of what errands you may have, Sonntag Ruhezeiten says you need to keep it chill. With only a nagging hangover or the week ahead to ponder, we thought you might appreciate some music...
Múm at Zeiss-Großplanetarium | Photo Recap

Múm at Zeiss-Großplanetarium | Photo Recap

On September 26th, 2019, celestial beings of Icelandic lore beckoned Berlin with their Siren song. Múm chose Zeiss-Großplanetarium as the venue for the two-day revisiting of their debut LP, Yesterday was Dramatic – Today is OK. The magical evening was masterfully...
Pop-Kultur 2019 Recap

Pop-Kultur 2019 Recap

Back for its fifth year, Pop-Kultur Festival recently took over the historical Kulturbrauerei for three days of music, film and commissioned performances. This year’s line-up was populated with old favorites and newcomers alike, in addition to several site-specific...
Torstrassen Fest 2019

Torstrassen Fest 2019

  The music festival pushes into its ninth year as the surrounding neighborhood continues to change My first thoughts when I imagine wandering through present-day Mitte? I see moms decked out in designer brands with tiny dogs, holding bright green elixirs. Beyond the...
Schmutz Playlists | September 2019

Schmutz Playlists | September 2019

Personally, we’re a bit relieved that summer is on the way out and we can finally resume non-sweaty business as usual. The month ahead has plenty of artists to get stoked about, and the playlist kicks off with some of our favorites in post-punk and garage. Have...
Sunday Edition | September 1st, 2019

Sunday Edition | September 1st, 2019

In Germany, Sunday is a government and culturally mandated day of rest. Regardless of what errands you may have, Sonntag Ruhezeiten says you need to keep it chill. With only a nagging hangover or the week ahead to ponder, we thought you might appreciate some music...
Balagan | Impression Sessions

Balagan | Impression Sessions

As some of our favorite hometown heroes, Balagan has been on our list for a long time. After making us really work for it, the gang finally came by the studio late one Sunday evening to test the patience of our neighbors and to make us feel things. Still riding the...
Sunday Edition | August 18th, 2019

Sunday Edition | August 18th, 2019

In Germany, Sunday is a government and culturally mandated day of rest. Regardless of what errands you may have, Sonntag Ruhezeiten says you need to keep it chill. With only a nagging hangover or the week ahead to ponder, we thought you might appreciate some music...
New & Notable XXXVI

New & Notable XXXVI

Attempting to stay abreast on new music can be downright exhausting, which is why we started New & Notable. N&N is where we aggregate our latest finds from across the globe and musical spectrum, all so you can catch what’s good at a glance. We’re...
Sunday Edition | August 4th, 2019

Sunday Edition | August 4th, 2019

In Germany, Sunday is a government and culturally mandated day of rest. Regardless of what errands you may have, Sonntag Ruhezeiten says you need to keep it chill. With only a nagging hangover or the week ahead to ponder, we thought you might appreciate some music...
Heroines of Sound 2019: Festival Recap

Heroines of Sound 2019: Festival Recap

“These are our reparations. They beat us if we’re alone in this.”   That’s Antye Greie aka AGF – the co-curator of 2019’s Heroines of Sound Festival, a showcase of boundary-pushing female musicians and composers from around the world. A panel discussion on gender in...
New & Notable XXXV

New & Notable XXXV

Attempting to stay abreast on new music can be downright exhausting, which is why we started New & Notable. N&N is where we aggregate our latest finds from across the globe and musical spectrum, all so you can catch what’s good at a glance. We’re...
Schmutz Playlists | August 2019

Schmutz Playlists | August 2019

August is usually one of the quietest months of the year for touring artists, but fret not – we’ve still got plenty of good artists for you. Many of these gems can be found at the various festivals taking place over the coming weeks, all of which you can hear...
New & Notable XXXIV

New & Notable XXXIV

Attempting to stay abreast on new music can be downright exhausting, which is why we started New & Notable. N&N is where we aggregate our latest finds from across the world, so you can catch what’s good at a glance. Keep an eye on our Spotify channel,...
The 2019 Summer Berlin Festival Guide

The 2019 Summer Berlin Festival Guide

At long last, it’s finally that time of year when we can transition from complaining about Berlin’s grey, dismal weather to complaining about it being too hot to drink indoors. Summertime signifies a variety of things, like how it’s now socially acceptable to eat ice...
A L’ARME! FESTIVAL 2019 Playlist

A L’ARME! FESTIVAL 2019 Playlist

Every year, A L’ARME FESTIVAL prides itself on building lineups of adventurous artists from across the genre spectrum that you may not be familiar with unless you’re a complete dweeb. Heck, we even fancy ourselves as dweebs, yet we’re still pressed to do our...
Sunday Edition | July 7th, 2019

Sunday Edition | July 7th, 2019

In Germany, Sunday is a government and culturally mandated day of rest. Regardless of what errands you may have, Sonntag Ruhezeiten says you need to keep it chill. With only a nagging hangover or the week ahead to ponder, we thought you might appreciate some music...
Schmutz Playlists | July 2019

Schmutz Playlists | July 2019

The stereotype is that most bands give up conventional touring for the summer in favor of the festival circuit. While this may be true of some of the larger headliners, there are still more good indie artists coming through Berlin than one could shake a stick at. If...
New & Notable XXXIII

New & Notable XXXIII

Welcome back for another edition of New & Notable, where we share some of our favorite new and deserving music with you, our loyal followers. We’re consistently impressed with how artists around the world are continuing to innovate and push boundaries...
Sunday Edition | June 23rd, 2019

Sunday Edition | June 23rd, 2019

In Germany, Sunday is a government and culturally mandated day of rest. Regardless of what errands you may have, Sonntag Ruhezeiten says you need to keep it chill. With only a nagging hangover or the week ahead to ponder, we thought you might appreciate some music...
New & Notable XXXII

New & Notable XXXII

The New & Notable baby is getting older and, looking back on some of the tracks we’ve premiered on this puppy, we’re pretty proud. Heaviest of the heavy, softest of the soft, and everything in between. Thanks for sticking around thus far and for your...
Sunday Edition | June 9th, 2019

Sunday Edition | June 9th, 2019

In Germany, Sunday is a government and culturally mandated day of rest. Regardless of what errands you may have, Sonntag Ruhezeiten says you need to keep it chill. With only a nagging hangover or the week ahead to ponder, we thought you might appreciate some music...
Schmutz Playlists | June 2019

Schmutz Playlists | June 2019

Summer is nearly upon us, so we don’t expect you to spend your time inside reading a website to find out what to do. Lucky for you, we made these handy playlists to get you in the know about who’s playing in Berlin this month. Enjoy....
Sunday Edition | May 26th, 2019

Sunday Edition | May 26th, 2019

In Germany, Sunday is a government and culturally mandated day of rest. Regardless of what errands you may have, Sonntag Ruhezeiten says you need to keep it chill. With only a nagging hangover or the week ahead to ponder, we thought you might appreciate some music...
Sunday Edition | May 12th, 2019

Sunday Edition | May 12th, 2019

In Germany, Sunday is a government and culturally mandated day of rest. Regardless of what errands you may have, Sonntag Ruhezeiten says you need to keep it chill. With only a nagging hangover or the week ahead to ponder, we thought you might appreciate some music...
Sneaks at ACUD Macht Neu, 15 May

Sneaks at ACUD Macht Neu, 15 May

Why speak in full sentences when a few words do the trick? Sneaks, the one woman post-punk act from Washington D.C., uses spoken word statements, bass, and a drum machine to create impressive groove tracks. As a true minimalist, her songs are short, simple, and to the...
Sunday Edition | May 5th, 2019

Sunday Edition | May 5th, 2019

In Germany, Sunday is a government and culturally mandated day of rest. Regardless of what errands you may have, Sonntag Ruhezeiten says you need to keep it chill. With only a nagging hangover or the week ahead to ponder, we thought you might appreciate some music...
Schmutz Playlists | May 2019

Schmutz Playlists | May 2019

As you drag your heels through the workday post-May 1st festivities, nurse your wounds with these lovely playlists we’ve put together for you. Fret not, there’s lots to look forward to in the month...
Sunday Edition | April 27th, 2019

Sunday Edition | April 27th, 2019

In Germany, Sunday is a government and culturally mandated day of rest. Regardless of what errands you may have, Sonntag Ruhezeiten says you need to keep it chill. With only a nagging hangover or the week ahead to ponder, we thought you might appreciate some music...
New & Notable XXXI

New & Notable XXXI

The weather has been glorious here in Berlin the last weeks and we thought we would throw together some tracks that have been inspiring us! Seriously, Berlin sucks in the winter and everyone who actually lives here lives for the summer AND IT’S ALMOST HERE!...
New & Notable XXX

New & Notable XXX

N&N is turning XXX today and you know what that means… it’s gonna get nasty. Thanks for hanging with us for so long, we’ll keep the good times and tracks rolling. If you’re in Berlin tomorrow, April 5th, come down to arkaoda and shake ya...
Schmutz Playlists | April 2019

Schmutz Playlists | April 2019

April April, der macht was er will. We think you should also do what you want, assuming that entails going to a bunch of great shows this month. Have a listen and decide where you need to be. You can also get a personal rundown from us on this month’s KCRW...
Donny Benet | Impression Sessions

Donny Benet | Impression Sessions

The Australian sex icon and master of the Moog, Donny Benét, stopped by the studio on his latest Berlin tour for what may be our steamiest Impression Session yet. Brace yourself for shaky knees as he privately serenades you with Love Online, Reach the Top, and...
New & Notable XXIX

New & Notable XXIX

The ice is melting on the ground and in our hearts but we’ll always love coldwave and the band Isis. With the imminent approach of spring, we thought we might deliver a lighter, warmer N&N for this edition. But nah, we kept it heavy as usual. Also, if...
Baby Jesus + Father Midnight @ Monarch

Baby Jesus + Father Midnight @ Monarch

Any sun-worshippers our there? Thursday 21 March is fast-approaching. The day greets us with the northern hemisphere’s vernal equinox which offers us the same length of sunlight and darkness. The night, however, offers us a vast array of fine and freaky musical acts...
Album Premiere: Pieta by Glasnost

Album Premiere: Pieta by Glasnost

Glasnost is often used to describe the increased transparency of Soviet politics. We couldn’t think of a more fitting moniker for our latest discovery from the Great East, as it heralds what seems like a lifted embargo on innovative, quality music from Russia....
Dog Dimension at Loophole, 14 March

Dog Dimension at Loophole, 14 March

There’s a new band in town! Dog Dimension is a Berlin-based Noise Rock Trio who only materialized in the human realm last month. Their debut release, Life Vest EP, is a strong start and has our interest piqued. The tracks are smart, catchy, and difficult to classify,...
New & Notable XVIII

New & Notable XVIII

We’re getting picky in our old age and that’s a good thing for you. This edition of New & Notable is slimmed down in size but bulked up in quality. Just bangers here y’all. Kliffs Canada This slow and toy-like build melts into subtle energy....
Schmutz x KCRW Berlin

Schmutz x KCRW Berlin

Starting this month, March, in the year of our Lord, 2019, Schmutz will be hosting our own radio segment on KCRW Berlin. We’ll be chatting about what artists and bands are coming through Berlin and who we really think you should go check out. Oh and how much...
Jars Releases New Video for ‚E‘

Jars Releases New Video for ‚E‘

Moscow noise rock outfit, Jars, just released a new video for their mosh ballad, ‚E‘. The release is perfectly timed to ominously foreshadow what’s in store for their upcoming show at Cassiopeia on March 1st.  The band’s guitarists and...
TAU | Impression Sessions

TAU | Impression Sessions

For our latest installment of Impression Sessions, we had psych-folk collective, TAU, come by the studio to share a couple tracks off their new release, Tau and the Drones of Praise. If you like what you see, you can catch TAU for the official record release show at...
New & Notable XXVII

New & Notable XXVII

And we’re back! The geniuses behind New & Notable had a birthday and a three-country tour but never forgot about their tens of fans who have been waiting patiently for an update. We’ve also become more hardass with our selection process for N&N,...
Gemma Ray | Impression Sessions

Gemma Ray | Impression Sessions

Gemma Ray came by the studio to share a few of the cuts off her new album, Psychogeology. Enjoy our latest Impression Session and have a first listen to Death Tapes, Blossom Crawls, and Land of Make-believe. You can catch Gemma Ray live on February 15th for the album...
New & Notable XXVI

New & Notable XXVI

We just realized that N&N is old enough to drive! Wow! For this edition you know we are bringing the heat (because it’s freezing out there). Artists from all over the world playing all kinds of music. Today is also the birthdays of Etta James and Virginia...
Aphex Twin & The Funkhaus Dilemma

Aphex Twin & The Funkhaus Dilemma

When Aphex Twin announced his first German show since 2009, Berlin’s often apathetic concert-going crowd went briefly rabid. Fans and scalpers alike snapped up thousands of tickets in 24 hours. Some joked that second-hand tickets had become Berlin’s new...
New & Notable XXV

New & Notable XXV

2019 has been wacky-crazy thus far and shows no signs of stopping. Many amazing releases are slated to drop and more new projects are seeing the light of day, everyday. Here are some recent releases that we think are worth your time and attention. You just have to...
The Dirt on 2018: Our Year-end Lists

The Dirt on 2018: Our Year-end Lists

It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times. Ultimately, 2018 was a massive year for Schmutz: we launched the magazine, we threw our first (of many) shows, we launched our live session project, we got our visas renewed, and we made it out alive. Defying all...
New & Notable XXIV

New & Notable XXIV

As the holidays approach humans often become introspective and nostalgic. We are aware that the holidays aren’t an enjoyable time for everyone but we think the below list will have a little something for everyone. Enjoy. Va Banque Germany Mechanical while...
New & Notable XXIII

New & Notable XXIII

Hello all you nice and naughty kiddies. Schmutz has been making it’s list and checking it twice and the below tracks are naughty in the nice way and nice in the naughty way. We hope these tunes will get you through this chilly December and to the party that is...
Schmutz Playlists | December 2018

Schmutz Playlists | December 2018

These are the last playlists of 2018 and you know what?.. we really pulled out all the stops. 2018 was a big year for Schmutz and we thought we’d leave you with some big playlists. Thanks for hanging with us for another 365 and we’ll see y’all in...
New & Notable XXII

New & Notable XXII

The cooler weather is finally starting to grip Berlin and we’re all starting to feel it. Good thing for you Schmutz cares. Schmutz cares so much that we’ve compiled some hot tracks to warm you up. You’re welcome darlings. Ellemetue Canada This track...
Schmutz Playlists | November 2018

Schmutz Playlists | November 2018

November marks the last stretch of shows before the big international bands go into hibernation until spring. Regardless of your preferred music taste, you’ll have your work cut out for you. More specifically, there is more black and death metal on this month...
New & Notable XXI

New & Notable XXI

New & Notable is old enough to drink in the United States! Hazaa! We’ve gathered tracks specifically geared towards an older, more mature drinking crowd for this one. We hope you’ll enjoy the sophisticated taste of this edition. Our Echoes Scream...
New & Notable XX

New & Notable XX

Woah! We’ve hit the alustrious twenty mark for our „New & Notable“ serious! But you know what they say… „There’s no sleep till Kreuzberg“ and we’ve really taken that one to heart, we’re not going to stop...
New & Notable XIX

New & Notable XIX

Schmutz has a banger of a show coming up on October 11th at Maria Antoinette but that isn’t everything that’s going on in the world (but almost). We’ve roped some real doozies together for this edition of N&N. Drop in, turn out, tune on....
Schmutz Playlists | October 2018

Schmutz Playlists | October 2018

The witching hour is almost upon us. All the doors are locked, pentagram and candles are at hand. All we need now is you. We’re attending séances all over the city this October and the below bands and artists are providing the soundtracks for our collective...
New & Notable XVIII

New & Notable XVIII

As the cold creeps deeper and deeper into our bones, so does the horror of impending doom that only Berlin winters can incite. Fear not loyal Schmutzers, we’ve hand-harvested tracks from all over the world to keep you warm in their own special way. Voodoo Beach...
MONOM: Jlin vs. Oneohtrix Point Never

MONOM: Jlin vs. Oneohtrix Point Never

On December 1st, 2017, Funkhaus somewhat quietly unveiled the world’s most technically impressive spatial sound system: MONOM. The elaborate network is comprised of 48 omni-directional speakers, suspended at set intervals, while 9 massive subs rest on the floor. As...
New & Notable XVII

New & Notable XVII

What a beautiful end to summer and beginning of the dark, cold, wet, windy, never ending winter! But don’t get depressed and start crying everytime you think of Templehof just yet, we’ve got some glorious tunes for you to lick your wounds with. Please...
Proudly Introducing: Impression Sessions

Proudly Introducing: Impression Sessions

Our dear friends at Impression Recordings recently approached us with their concept for a studio session: carefully curated artists from across the musical spectrum, captured with an unpretentious style but backed with proper sound production. Naturally, we were more...
Plattenbau Releases New Video for Taxes

Plattenbau Releases New Video for Taxes

Your boys in Plattenbau just released a self-directed video for Taxes, off their latest three-track album and memoir, PTD (Pain, Taxes, Death). Comprised of the US‘ and Wales‘ finest, Plattenbau is now rooted in Berlin, sharing their brand of irreverent...
Schmutz Playlists | September 2018

Schmutz Playlists | September 2018

As festival season winds down, tour season blows up. The next few months are looking particularly dense with quality shows, so have a listen and start marking your calendar.   ?...
New & Notable XVII

New & Notable XVII

We’ve returned from putting out our feelers into the nether realms of the internet, bearing gifts of fresh tunes. Yama Warashi United Kingdom Reminiscent of various styles while managing to be entirely unique. For fans of Shintaro Sakamoto, Mariah Automatism...
A Festival for the People

A Festival for the People

From the start, People Festival billed itself as a highly unorthodox live-music experience. Their initial announcement stated “There will be no line up. You won’t know who you’re going to see until the artists come on stage.” This was a bold choice for a fledgling...
Berlin Atonal Festival 2018 Mix

Berlin Atonal Festival 2018 Mix

Wednesday marks the start of this year’s Berlin Atonal Festival and we can hardly contain our excitement. Maintaining their tradition of completely outdoing themselves, the festival’s curators have constructed another impressive lineup of veterans and...
Aphex Twin Releases New Video for T69 Collapse

Aphex Twin Releases New Video for T69 Collapse

After a slew of his logos cryptically appeared in cities across the world over the past week, a video was posted for the title track of his upcoming EP, The Collapse.  With the release slated for September 14th and his show in Berlin on November 1st, we have lots to...
Yves Tumor Releases New Track, Noid

Yves Tumor Releases New Track, Noid

Yves Tumor just posted a new track to their Youtube channel. As an artist that has built their reputation on experimentation, the dramatically different style of their new track should come as no surprise. Even so, the notably poppy-er track got us to pivot in our...
Schmutz Playlists | August 2018

Schmutz Playlists | August 2018

Remember this time last year when we were all whining because summer never arrived? Me neither. While you’re lounging by your preferred body of water, feel free to use these cool playlists to slow your inevitable transformation into a puddle. As always, all of...
Two New Videos from Oneohtrix Point Never

Two New Videos from Oneohtrix Point Never

Danial Lopatin, aka Oneohtrix Point Never, realease two new visuals from tracks off his latest release „Age Of“, check those out below and feel freaked out. OPN will be performing at Funkhaus‘ Saal 1 on September 20th as apart of Red Bull...
New & Notable XVI

New & Notable XVI

It’s been a minute since we’ve done a New & Notable and we thought it was high time. We’ve also stepped out with this one: lotsa goodie goodies. Three Body Problem United States Bringing jazz, noise and drama all crashingly together we have the...
Berlin Festival Guide (aka Festicle)

Berlin Festival Guide (aka Festicle)

Welcome to our late summer / early fall festival guide. This lil’ ditty goes out to the droves of tourists dipping their toes in the soothing (cess)pools of Berlin’s summer months. If you’ve been out exploring, surely you’ve already encountered some of our famous...
A (Gendered) Work in Progress

A (Gendered) Work in Progress

  As a female from a multicultural, minority background, I learned from early on how to deal with stigmatization: to internalize polemic issues, to disregard certain offensive behaviors, and how to generally cope with the clash of ideals in the scheme of society....
Bohemian Drips Returns to the Wasserspeicher

Bohemian Drips Returns to the Wasserspeicher

My, how the time flies. It has already been a year since we first caught wind of an innovative new show concept set in the historic water reservoirs of Prenzlauer Berg. A year on, Schmutz has a little more hair on its chest and Speicher II is making its triumphant...
Schmutz Playlists | June 2018

Schmutz Playlists | June 2018

Summer is officially in full swing. And what’s summer without sizzling playlists to accompany the hours spent lounging in the park? Trash, that’s what. Enjoy this sampler of artists playing in Berlin this month. As always, one for the normies and one for...
Wolf City Fest 2018: Photo Recap

Wolf City Fest 2018: Photo Recap

Another Wolf City Fest has come to a close. Last weekend’s marathon of pummeling thrash, death, and stoner metal has left our necks sore and our tinnitus prevalent. The wolf boys have successfully defended their title as Berlin’s premier curators...
Wrekmeister Harmonies at Urban Spree

Wrekmeister Harmonies at Urban Spree

Wrekmeister Harmonies was back in Berlin last week to remind us how loud just two people can be. Their penetrating brand of doom is an earnest one that leaves our hearts heavy and our ears ringing. The evening was captured by the talented Katja Vintz for...
Schmutz Playlists | May 2018

Schmutz Playlists | May 2018

Mayday! This is the last month of heavy show season before the festivals take over. Get out there and get your fill while you can. Let these playlists be your guiding light through the chaos of May...
A City Condemned to Becoming and Never Being

A City Condemned to Becoming and Never Being

photo by Colette Pomerleau “Our cultural mission is fulfilled for the time being.”   These are just a few of the final tear-jerking words of Tammi Torpedo, the owner of Prenzlauer’s Bassy Club. Likely by the time you read this sentence, it’s already too late:...
METZ Introduce Mr. Plague to Berlin

METZ Introduce Mr. Plague to Berlin

Our boys in METZ released an album on Sub Pop in September of last year but have just given us a new video for latest single, „Mr. Plague.“ Horror animation abounds! METZ are playing a show at Cassiopeia on July 19th and it happens be a Schmutz Presents...
ACUD Macht Neu Announces Amplify

ACUD Macht Neu Announces Amplify

Acud Macht Neu proudly presents: Amplify Berlin – a new residency program to support emerging Berlin-based musicians through mentorships. Official launch in September 2018, open call for applications from April 17 to May 17. The lovely folks at ACUD tipped us off to...
Meet Your Venue

Meet Your Venue

Experiencing Berlin’s history through its repurposed spaces   The 80’s were wrapping up and East Germany was looking to turn their life around. They dumped their ex with a weird birthmark on his forehead, started working out, and decided they needed to remodel...
Urban Spree Beer Garden Reopening April 7th

Urban Spree Beer Garden Reopening April 7th

German winter is making its slow, trudging exit, which means we get to enjoy this fabled place outside of our living rooms. Urban Spree is reopening their legendary beer garden to celebrate. Get the details straight from the horse’s mouth: „First of all,...
Schmutz Playlists | April 2018

Schmutz Playlists | April 2018

It’s possible that we’re just riding the high from our magazine launch, but we’re feeling particularly jazzed about this month of shows. Plenty of great gigs, ten of which have tickets you could win. Kick your feet up and have a...
New & Notable XV

New & Notable XV

Spring has sprung and everyone is emerging from their winter caves with new tunes to share! It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Check out these bands and artists from all over the globe and prepare to have your socks blown off! imi United Kingdom The...
Four Tet Drops A Big One.

Four Tet Drops A Big One.

Big and beautiful are two adjectives that could be used to describe Four Tet’s new track. Not under the Four Tet moniker, not under his given name (Kieran Hebden) but using a ton of cryptic af characters for both the name of the track and the name of the artist,...
On The Run With Beyoncé & Jay-Z, Again

On The Run With Beyoncé & Jay-Z, Again

Beyoncé and Jay have announced that they’ll be touring together again with their infamous „On The Run“ show. And, thank God, will be stopping in Berlin on June 28th at the Olympiastadion. Peep the tour announcement video below. Presale starts on...
New & Notable XIV

New & Notable XIV

Spring has sprung and the hibernating musicians are emerging from their winter caves in droves. It seems it was a productive winter for those of us who were pretending the world beyond our bedrooms didn’t exist. Enjoy the first of many spring N&N editions....
Parking It Like It’s Hot For Grouper

Parking It Like It’s Hot For Grouper

NPR Music just shared a new track from the prolific Grouper, solo project of Liz Harris. Harris is able to evoke the deepest emotions with just a breath. „Parking Lot“ it the first single from her forthcoming album Grid of Points out April 27th on Kranky....
serpentwithfeet Blesses Our Little Hearts

serpentwithfeet Blesses Our Little Hearts

Mysterious and short vid popped up today on Facebook… posted by serpentwithfeet and spanning all of 16 seconds, „bless ur heart“ seems to be a trailer for something. What? We don’t know. serpentwithfeet will be back in Berlin on April 17th at...
Schmutz Playlists | March 2018

Schmutz Playlists | March 2018

This weather is fucked, but… let us warm you from the inside out. We have, as per usual, put together two playlists of our favorite acts playing Berlin this month. One of which is comprised of the heavier sounds this March. Have a listen and then take yourself...
New vid. and Schmutz raffle for Parquet Courts

New vid. and Schmutz raffle for Parquet Courts

YOOO! We partnered with the homies over at Melt! Booking to bring Parquet Courts back to Berlin and to get you skunk punks some free tixxx. Also, check out their new music video for „Almost Had To Start A Fight/In And Out Of Patience“ from their upcoming...
Schmutz Presents | Spring 2018

Schmutz Presents | Spring 2018

We here at Schmutz have been hustling hard these past months to make sure that you, our faithful disciples, have access to the cream of the musical crop. This spring is about to be a big one. We’ve partnered with the likes of Greyzone, Landstreicher, Loft, Melt!...
Xiu Xiu & Swans Blow Our Covers

Xiu Xiu & Swans Blow Our Covers

After a long and emotional Youtube click hole we have emerged the victors once more! This time with a plethora of covers from all over the musical map by two of our favorite artists: Xiu Xiu and Swans. Geez, pretty bonkers if you ask us. The forthcoming Jamie Stewart...
New & Notable XIII

New & Notable XIII

Well look what we have here: New & Notable is now a teenager, let the awkward body growth and sexual frustration commence! But it’s alright, we’ve got the soundtrack to make you more at ease in your own skin. This betch of artists shant soon be...
Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto Release Glass

Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto Release Glass

Back in September 2016, Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto got together for an unforgettable live performance at Philip Johnson’s legendary Glass House. This wasn’t their first meeting, as they had previously combined their efforts to produce 2002’s...
Fun Fare Releases New Video for Angry Colour

Fun Fare Releases New Video for Angry Colour

Fun Fare’s new album drops today on Berlin label, Späti Palace. Check it out and catch them live at Kantine am Berghain tomorrow. More about Fun Fare, courtesy of Späti Palace: FUN FARE is the experimental pop laboratory of Friedrich Günther, Julia Boehme,...
Sextile at Musik & Frieden

Sextile at Musik & Frieden

Sextile is halfway through their full Europe tour, and last night they popped by Musik & Frieden. Here’s the story told in epileptic gifs.   https://www.schmutzberlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/video-1518525530.mp4...
New & Notable XII

New & Notable XII

Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud. Words to live by really. In this scenario the stars are Schmutz and the cloud is our New & Notable series. The plush cloud of tunes we’re providing you this time around is nice, real nice. Give...
Amazing Spotify Playlist of Berlin Metal Bands

Amazing Spotify Playlist of Berlin Metal Bands

We recently stumbled upon this very comprehensive collection of Berlin metal bands, assembled by a local hero named Maurice Kalinowski. A lot of these were new names to us, but this is hardly shocking considering that there are a staggering 216 tracks. Have a listen...
New & Notable XI: Drone Sessions

New & Notable XI: Drone Sessions

Either there is a lot of good new ambient and drone music coming out, or that’s the direction our taste is taking. Perhaps it’s a sign of the times. Our hectic and stressful world pushes us towards media that helps us escape, in this case to an ethereal...
Schmutz Playlists | February 2018

Schmutz Playlists | February 2018

With all the love floating around in the air every February, we thought we would extend the theme to our playlists this month. Tracks with topics surrounding the concept of love, family structure, sexual practices, companionship, devotion and of course… gay...
Bellchild at Barkett, 03 February

Bellchild at Barkett, 03 February

  We recently stumbled upon Bellchild, an experimental pop trio from the Rhine and Ruhr areas of Germany. Analogous of their name, they’re youngins on the music scene, though the quality of their sound gives no indication of this. We gave them a shout early this...
New & Notable X

New & Notable X

As we start to see the light at the end of winter’s tunnel, we still cling to the dark moods the cold seasons present us. This selection of tracks has been given to us from emerging artists from around the world. Don’t lose hope, the flowers will soon show...
CTM Festival 2018 Preview

CTM Festival 2018 Preview

January 26th marks the start of CTM’s 19th year of freaking out the normies. The ten-day festival will overtake Berlin, occupying the city’s premier spaces for cultural influence (Berghain, Kraftwerk, Festsaal Kreuzberg, Hebbel am Ufer, to name a few)....
New & Notable IX

New & Notable IX

The days are getting longer and so is the amount of music in our New & Notable series. There is so much moving, original music being produced right now. It’s inspiring. With music from all over the geographical and musical map, this doozy of a N&N will...
New & Notable VIII

New & Notable VIII

We all need something to hold onto during these cold months. Some people choose human partners, some choose model train construction, some flee to warmer climates. Because no one wants to hold us, we don’t have long enough attention spans and can’t afford...
A Catch Up with Joe James Boyle.

A Catch Up with Joe James Boyle.

A newcomer, but welcomed jolt of energy to the Berlin scene, Joe James Boyle takes influence from all over the musical map. Originally from London, JJB will be bringing his garage-y interpretation of The Velvets to 8MM Bar on January 11th in the year of our Lord,...
New & Notable VII

New & Notable VII

It’s 2018 and the vibrations are high. So much new music is slated to see the light of day this year and Schmutz is ready. Here’s a little list of some of the new favorites. This edition of N&N features both music videos and sound clips. Enjoy and...
Schmutz Playlists | January 2018

Schmutz Playlists | January 2018

Congratulations! If you’re reading this, it means you survived 2017. They say that what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. 2017 didn’t kill us, yet we’re left feeling like a despondent, wet noodle. Perhaps that’s just the remnants of...
New & Notable VI

New & Notable VI

Our house plants are dying, the glühwein is flowing and what don’t stop? The tunes don’t stop. With our sixth edition of New & Notable, we’re bringing you bangers from all over the world. Enjoy and we’ll see you on the other side. Jerry...
The Dirt on 2017: A Year in Review

The Dirt on 2017: A Year in Review

2017 was the best of times and the worst of times. Everything caught fire, we confirmed that essentially every man in power is a turd, and we’re all depressed since we spent our bitcoin on mediocre drugs rather than getting rich. But hey, it wasn’t all...
New & Notable V

New & Notable V

It’s cold outside. So cold it’s actually snowing this very moment. So cold that we thought we would heat you up with some new tunes. Wiggle your body a bit and let the music take you over. Haulm USA Following on the heels of the Brooklyn duo’s...
Schmutz Playlists | December 2017

Schmutz Playlists | December 2017

We have begun the great decent into the nether pits of winter. You’ve stopped exercising, your neighbors stopped cleaning up their dog poop, and fall’s incessant flow of shows has slowed to trickle. But don’t throw in the towel just yet, as there is...
New & Notable IV

New & Notable IV

For this edition of New & Notable, it’s videos only. The list runs the full gamut of styles and they all come with a bit of eye candy. Special shoutout to Berlin locals, Robot. VSTRS USA Described as an arty-thump of melody & bombast, Detroit quintet...
No! Music Festival Guide

No! Music Festival Guide

This Thursday, No! Music kicks off with an eclectic but carefully curated selection of luminaries, stringing a common thread through the experimental, political, and jazz music scenes. The festival takes place in one of Berlin’s premier havens for cultural...
New & Notable III

New & Notable III

On this episode of New & Notable, Schmutz takes you from furthest reaches of space disco to the most intimate of shoe gazing sessions. Please fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride. Dee D. Jackson Hidden on a secret moon base since 1978, the Italo-Disco legend...
A Happening Mix

A Happening Mix

A Happening Festival is now just a couple days away and we’re pumped. The collection of raw talent had us feeling inspired, so we put together a proper mix for you. Hit play, kick your feet up, and imagine you’re drifting listlessly on a glacier through...
New & Notable II

New & Notable II

This issue of New & Notable is an emotional rollercoaster, with high crests of positive soul and low troughs of warm drone. Take a ride with us.  INRA INRA is a project by Adam Ben-Nun and Philipp Rhensius: an attempt to bend time, shape worlds and vaporize our...
New & Notable: I

New & Notable: I

Music is our lifeblood. Our marrow. Our mana. Our romantic relationships never last because our partners can’t handle living in the shadow of our one-and-only bae: music.  In our daily struggle to keep you informed, we come across more new talent than one could...
An Interview with Tatu Rönkkö

An Interview with Tatu Rönkkö

In a few short weeks, A Happening Festival is bringing together some some of our favorite contemporary electronic acts for an evening of sonic glee. Among this list of legends is Finnish hunk, Tatu Rönkkö, who you may recognize as one quarter of the otherwise Danish...
The True Mayhem Reigns Over Columbiahalle

The True Mayhem Reigns Over Columbiahalle

This was a hell of a lineup for a hell of a beautiful fall Friday night in Berlin at the Columbiahalle. This was my first time at the small stage of this venue, which was a pleasant surprise—not too big, not a basement, strong pours at the bar and a patio out back to...
Schmutz Playlists | October 2017

Schmutz Playlists | October 2017

Tricks or treats, y’all? Well… we’ve got some treats right here. We give you the two playlists for October, 2017. Lots of spooky numbers in here to get yer skin crawling and heads boppin‘. All these acts will be haunting Berlin this month and...
Schmutz Playlists | September 2017

Schmutz Playlists | September 2017

Summer festival season has finally come to close. With that, Berlin is once again inundated with raw international talent. This month we’ll all get the chance to see Moderat, Forest Swords, Cattle Decapitation, and Sisters of Mercy, just to name a few. Check out...
A Schmutz Guide to Pop-Kultur Festival 2017

A Schmutz Guide to Pop-Kultur Festival 2017

In less than a week, Pop-Kultur will take over Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg and entertain your face off. Pop-Kultur’s name undermines its quality as a festival. Perhaps that’s the idea. Maybe the intent is to redefine what is associated with pop...
Berlin Atonal Festival 2017 Playlist

Berlin Atonal Festival 2017 Playlist

The collection of artists playing this year’s Berlin Atonal Festival is nothing short of overwhelming. Lucky for you, Schmutz loves you and is here to make your life easier. Enter: Our Berlin Atonal Playlist. So kick your feet up, let the tracks run, and get...
A Schmutz Guide to Berlin Atonal 2017

A Schmutz Guide to Berlin Atonal 2017

(photo cred: Camille Blake) The history of Berlin Atonal begins in November 1982. Set up at SO36 in Kreuzberg, the festival became ground-zero for altogether new forms of musical experience; Einstürzende Neubauten, Sprung aus den Wolken, Malaria, Notorische Reflexe,...
Schmutz Playlist | August 2017

Schmutz Playlist | August 2017

We’ve got some big acts coming through this month. From the stacked lineup of Atonal to the Mykki Blanco, Boris and Wrekmeister Harmonies shows. These playlists only reflect a small number of the acts rolling through Berlin this month be we hope to see you in...
Speicher: Concerts in Water Reservoirs

Speicher: Concerts in Water Reservoirs

This weekend, Speicher will be coming to a water reservoir near you. Speicher is a two-evening show with six artists of eclectic backgrounds, put together by the appropriately named Bohemian Drips. It will be set in the underground foundation of two water towers that...
Schmutz Playlist | July 2017

Schmutz Playlist | July 2017

Happy Gin Rickey Month! This is the Berlin playlist of the summer, folks. We’ve put this doozy together based on the bands and artists coming through Berlin this July. We’re excited to check out these legends live and hope you are too, tiny dancers....
Berlin Atonal Makes Second Lineup Announcement

Berlin Atonal Makes Second Lineup Announcement

As if we weren’t drooling enough after the first announcement, Berlin Atonal has listed the next set of confirmed performers. This year seems to be nearly equal parts world premieres to veterans of sound art, so we’re hoping to leave the festival with a...
Schmutz Playlist | June 2017

Schmutz Playlist | June 2017

All of these artists are playing gigs in Berlin this month and we’re too excited. Berlin has been waiting around for summer to come and now that it’s finally here, we’ve been rewarded with the music to match. The Beach Boys, Sun Ra, Blink-182, NOTS,...
Homeshake takes over Lido on 28.05

Homeshake takes over Lido on 28.05

The appeal for Homeshake seems obvious, especially on a blazing spring evening in Berlin. Lido was packed with swaying floral button ups, sun-dazed expressions and an eagerness to hear the Montreal-based headliner. Aldous RH opened and said hello to the crowd by...
May Playlists | Schmutz Berlin

May Playlists | Schmutz Berlin

April showers (and sleet and hail and snow) bring May flowers. We’ve got some big names coming through town this month that we’ve always wanted to see along with small acts that we’ve just discovered. The all-seeing eyes of Schmutz have seen that you...
Schmutz Guide to XJazz Festival 2017

Schmutz Guide to XJazz Festival 2017

Here we go again, it’s XJazz time!! Kicking off next week, from May 3rd to the 7th, XJazz is a unique festival when put in the context of the Berlin live music landscape. One of the main goals of XJazz is to blur and break the boundaries of jazz, experimental...
April 2017 Playlists

April 2017 Playlists

All of these bands and artists are coming through Berlin this month and we are very pumped. We decided that this month’s docket was deserving of two playlists. The first is a lighter listen with baroque-pop gems, shoegaze masterpieces, and compositional wonders....
Who is Schmutz?

Who is Schmutz?

Who? Who’s asking? Who are any of us, really? I have yet to see substantiated evidence that you aren’t all figments of my reality simulation. Or we could all be some sort of Westworld-esque, sexy robots, teetering on the brink of self-awareness, insanity, and an...