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Of Monsters and Men – Melkweg – 04.09.2012

A work-related visit to Amsterdam (for IBC 2012) gave me an opportunity to catch a gig in the Melkweg. Even though it was officially sold out, I had a feeling I’d be able to pick up a ticket outside the venue. Sure enough, I met a very nice man who sold me his spare ticket for the face value of...

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Taking stock: two years of live music in Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s live music scene was one of the main attractions for us when we moved there from Geneva in June 2009. In the last two years I’ve been to around fifty gigs, mostly at the Paradiso and Melkweg, two of Europe’s great music venues. With our return now to Geneva I thought it’d be fun to take stock: certainly there...

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DeVotchKa – Melkweg – 23.06.2011

The hottest ticket in town tonight were the youngsters from Sheffield who were singing down the road at a packed-to-the-rafters Paradiso. I didn’t manage to get a ticket but it worked out rather well in the end as I got to see the Denver-based DeVotchKa at the Melkweg instead. I would have been sorry to miss out on catching them,...

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Freelance Whales/Broken Records – Melkweg – 09.02.2011

This double-header took place in my favourite room for live music in Amsterdam, the Oude Zaal in the Melkweg. Both bands played for more than an hour and it seemed that there were more people there specifically to see Freelance Whales than Broken Records. This is a pity as, for me at least, the latter delivered a stronger and more...

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Suzanne Vega – Melkweg – 05.11.2010

I saw Suzanne Vega in Paris around 2000 or 2001 and I recall being really impressed by her performance. Ten years later the set list was largely the same, as was the format – Vega on acoustic guitar accompanied by an electric guitarist (Gerry Leonard I think). It’s hard to tell after so many years, but I seem to recall...

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Yeasayer – Melkweg – 29.10.2010

About an hour after the gig we were having a few Belgian beers outside De Zotte, a bar just around the corner from the Melkweg, when a buddy and I got chatting to a couple of American guys. One of them was the lead singer of The Suckers, the band that had supported Yeasayer earlier that evening. We were talking...

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Neil Hannon – Melkweg – 27.09.2010

I knew that Neil Hannon was talented and could write a catchy pop tune without breaking a sweat. What I didn’t realise is just how entertaining he is as a live performer. During last night’s “An Evening with the Divine Comedy”, which was essentially a one-man cabaret, he delivered almost two hours of witty, moving, catchy, musically interesting songs. The...

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Modest Mouse – Melkweg – 07.09.2010

The first time I saw Modest Mouse, also at the Melkweg, in September 2007, I was blown away. They were touring the We were dead… album, which is packed full of catchy songs. They also played lots of songs from the Good News… album, again plenty to sing along to. Even allowing for the fact that they were (I guess)...

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The Tallest Man on Earth – Melkweg – 02.09.2010

Groot-muziek! Groot-muziek indeed. Beautiful guitar-playing, a voice full of emotion, lyrics that successfully walk the line between obscure imagery and stories you can relate to, and a warm, charismatic performer. What’s not to like? I love the Oude Zaal in the Melkweg and this was the first time I’ve seen a solo artist headlining there. He really commanded the full...

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Broken Bells – Melkweg – 19.08.2010

I’m not sure whether James Mercer and Brian Burton (a.k.a. the lead singer of The Shins and DJ Danger Mouse, a.k.a. Broken Bells) originally planned to perform the material from their album live. Seemingly they’ve been working in the studio together since 2008 and, to me at least, the album sounds like one that was put together painstakingly in the...