♫ Vök – Muziekgieterij and Gebr. De Nobel

Vök is an Icelandic electronic/pop band with Margrét Rán as a vocalist and Andri Már on sax and keys. After being enchanted by their music for a year, I finally got the chance to see them live. Even twice! First in Muziekgieterij, Maastricht and the day after in Gebr. De Nobel in Leiden. Although Muziekgieterij is a very nice location, the loud and drunk students ruined the concert a bit for me. It was hard to focus on the music. In Leiden the atmosphere was a lot better and I guess that’s why they did an encore.

Vök in Gebr. De Nobel – Leiden – 9 March 2016
‘Before’ is the first song that I heard from Vök and I fell in love with it instantly. The combination of the sax and Margrét’s delicate voice is just perfect. And this year the love grew even bigger with their latest single ‘Waiting’. Now waiting for a full album and hopefully more shows later this year.

♫ Taxiwars at Muziekgieterij Maastricht

When I was invited to a concert of Taxiwars, founded by Tom Barman of dEUS, I didn’t hesitate to confirm. Even though I knew it was jazz, I was confident I would still like it as I tend to like live jazz. Never ever listen to it at home though. But the largest part of the concert turned out to be the kind of nervous jazz that I really don’t like. It wasn’t until the end that Tom finally left his annoying voice transformer alone and showed us his real voice. Which was as always amazing. The last half hour was actually very nice. Next time I buy tickets for Tom, it will be for dEUS..

♫ Tindersticks at Carré

A short video overview of last night’s performance of Tindersticks at Carré in Amsterdam. Stuart Staples’ voice was perfect and sensitive as always, only a bit much depressing songs this time. The show could have been more bombastic for my taste.. By the way, who on earth invited that support act?! My ears are still bleeding.

Last but not least..

♫ Heather Nova

As I mentioned in a previous blog I instantly fell in love with Heather’s latest album. Didn’t dare to dream that I would finally see her live (in Stadsschouwburg Nijmegen). She still has that incredibly fragile voice that makes me cry. Moving back to the Netherlands is at least satisfying my hunger for live music 🙂

Moon River Days

Encore: Starman

For the full setlist (except for the cover) see my playlist on Spotify:

♫ Jasper Steverlinck – Things That I Should Have Done

The song was out for a while but today finally the video clip was released. Jasper’s music needs nothing more than the kind of simple and beautiful setting like the Minard Schouwburg in Ghent. After a five (!!!) year wait I’m finally able to see him play live again. He will be performing this Saturday in Botanique in Brussels. For the new album you have to be patient for a little while longer, it’s coming out after summer..

♫ Jacco Gardner in concert in Granada

Jacco Gardner, only 27 years old, is a Dutch multi talent. He creates a unique sound by combining the sounds of various instruments like strings, flutes and other classical instruments with raw psychedelic effects. Teatro Caja Granada was a perfect setting although it would have been nice to see the place a bit more filled up. The band deserved it.
After two years of musical drought in Granada, this was the best goodbye of the city I could wish for. A Dutch artist in Granada. Luckily in two days I’m going back to my concerts and festivals in The Netherlands, and who knows, I might see Jacco somewhere around.
Jacco Gardner at Teatro Caja Granada