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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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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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The Tallest Man on Earth – Paradiso – 18.05.2011

It wasn’t so much the tallest man on earth as the highest man on earth this evening at the Paradiso. It seems Christian Matson made the most of his day in Amsterdam before performing to a packed Grote Zaal. Fortunately it didn’t seem to affect the quality of the musical performance adversely; he was certainly more chatty than the last...

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Broken Records / Young the Giant – 14.05.2010 – Bitterzoet

I was keen not to miss out on an opportunity to see Broken Records again, particularly in the cosier confines of Bitterzoet. The last time they played Amsterdam was also a “double header” with Freelance Whales in the Melkweg. On that occasion more of the crowd had come to see the whiny pop of Freelance Whales, with the result that...

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Alela Diane – Paradiso – 04.05.2011

Alela Diane has a special voice – plaintive and strong, but sweet and gentle too. I quite like her album To Be Still, the only one with which I was familiar before last night’s gig. I was expecting lots of banjo and steel guitar, over acoustic fingerpicking and haunting melodies. What I got was Wild Devine, the band she’s touring...