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Magnet (N)

9:30pm

LidoLido (N)
    Thursday February 16, 2012 9:30pm - 10:00pm @ Rockefeller
    LidoLido is an eighteen year old singer / rapper / producer / songwriter / drummer / pianist from Haugesund whose music sits somewhere between hip-hop, r&b and pop. In the past year, this young artist has begun to attract a lot of attention. Not only as a vocal media personality but also at the Stargate masterclass in New York, playing VG-Lista at Rådhusplassen (or Radio One Big Weekender for Norwegians) , performing all over the country and working with big acts such as Timbuktu, Little Steven (of The Sopranos / E Street Band fame) and many more. All alongside his radio hit “Different”. Now with an arsenal of material under his belt, LidoLido has put together a talented band of musicians to help him deliver a phenomenal live show, which is perhaps due in part to having Norway’s best DJ amongst their number. LidoLido’s debut full-length is due for release just before by:Larm.
    Type Live


10:30pm

Jonas Alaska (N)
    Thursday February 16, 2012 10:30pm - 11:00pm @ Rockefeller
    Jonas Alaska was one of the most talked about acts after by:Larm 2011 and later in the year he released his self-titled debut L.P. in Norway to rave reviews. In spite of his young age, Jonas is a talented lyricist and songwriter, with his own distinctive sound and a strong voice. After his single “In The Backseat” got some heavy rotation on Norwegian radio over the Summer he again came back with another fantastic track entitled “October”, which he performed live on TV2’s Senkveld and has since gone on to become a Youtube hit. Artists such as Paul Simon, John Lennon and Bob Dylan are often named as Jonas’ musical reference points, but Jonas Alaska is an artist with his very own, distinctive character and who makes music that is not rooted in the past, that is totally relevant to our time. Jonas’ songs vary between heartbreaking soliloquies, ballads with compelling harmonies and uptempo tracks with elements of Americana, folk and pop. All delivered with that trademark distinctive expression, both musically and lyrically. Alaska’s lyrics encompass many themes, be it love, politics or tragedy, but are all themes drawn from every day life that anyone can relate to.
    Type Live


11:30pm

Loney Dear (S)
    Thursday February 16, 2012 11:30pm - 12:00am @ Rockefeller
    Lonely Dear has, through his previous albums combined home-made indie pop with classical ideas, and this time, frontman Emil Svanängen taken genre mix a step even further. In 2010 he toured Sweden with a chamber orchestra and the process of arranging his old songs for the orchestra became a key influence on how “Hall Music” was written. With an expanded and more elaborate sound Svanängen’s emotional range is further highlighted. ’Hall Music" shifts from the spiritual to the sensational with such an easy grace that it serves as a testament to the extraordinary musicianship of this visionary romantic.
    Type Live


12:30am

The Raveonettes (DK)
    Friday February 17, 2012 12:30am - 1:00am @ Rockefeller
    When you’ve had a cult fan base for as long as The Raveonettes have, it’s only a matter of time before some of your most-loyal of acolytes begin branching out and make their own kinds of beautiful noise. In recent times, the musical DNA of Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo has been cropping up with such regularity that it prompted the British music press staple NME.com to declare the Danish duo to be responsible for sparking “America’s pop renaissance.” It was a long overdue tip of the hat which drew comparisons between the Raveonettes’ melodic magic and such modern tunesmiths as The Drums, Best Coast, Vivian Girls, Dum Dum Girls and even British bands like The Vaccines and Glasvegas. But why take NME’s word for it? The bands themselves are only too happy to give credit where it’s due and explain why the Raveonettes have been such a prominent reference point. “They taught me a thing or two about pop music,” admits Jonathan Pierce of New York indie-pop trio the Drums. “I’ve always been drawn to bands who are driven by a strong concept and The Raveonettes have been doing it consistently, uncompromisingly and unashamedly since their very first EP ‘Whip It On’ (2002). I listened to that record religiously for two years after it came out and still find myself going back to it now. They’re the modern king and queen of melody and mood.” It’s a sentiment that’s also echoed by Dee Dee of Sub Pop starlets The Dum Dum Girls who has also been loyally following our Danish heroes from day one. “They are one of a few bands I took direct kindred inspiration from when I started writing and recording my own songs. They are a constant reminder to keep the teeth of sound intact while courting the pop hook- a recipe I follow in my own work.” But it is perhaps the testimony of one Mr James Allan that exemplifies the Raveonettes-effect most dramatically. Back in 2004, James was jobless and aimless as he sat in Glasgow’s famous King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut venue drowning his sorrows one Friday afternoon. By coincidence, The Raveonettes happened to be playing the venue that very night and, whimsically hoping that some music would cheer him up, James spent his last bit of cash on a ticket. His money didn’t just buy him a quick pick-me-up, it bought him a new lease of life. “They were touring their ‘Chain Gang Of Love’ (2003) album- a modern day dream-pop masterpiece in my opinion,” he remembers. “I left the venue so inspired. I didn’t give a fuck about getting a job after that. It just further reinstated my longing to be in a rock ‘n’ roll band.” That band turned out to be the all-conquering Glasvegas for whom James became the talismanic frontman. Needless to say, he doesn’t spend too much time worrying about getting a job these days. If The Raveonettes decided to call it a day tomorrow, we would undoubtedly remember them with nothing but love. But it’s partly down to the fact that they’ve spawned this new generation of talent that the band have strived to move themselves forward with their fifth album. After the best part of a decade honing their instantly recognizable sound and seeing it co-opted by so many other bands aspiring for a similar level of greatness, Sharin and Sune are blazing a newer, darker trail with the brilliant “Raven In The Grave”. “I think we have finally hit on something quite important and different for this album,” explains Sune. “This is the first Raveonettes album we’ve done which doesn’t feature the signature Raveonettes surf drumbeat. None of the tunes have any real sunshine to them. It’s all very un-Rave.” “It has a mood of ethereal defiance” Sharin adds. “It’s dark but not bleak, like the single minded determination caused by crisis that is not quite hope but just as powerful. It’s the perfect winter soundtrack just in time for spring”. It doesn’t take long to hear how the band have superseded their traditional sound. Of course, melody is still key to what the Raveonettes do, but the familiar bombastic beats and squalls of guitar-noise take a backseat during much of “Raven In The Grave”. Instead, the album is awash with ghostly synths and chillingly beautiful riffs that leave you feeling simultaneously unsettled and enchanted. It’s easily the most soulful music the band have created to date. But once you scratch that sombre surface and dig a little deeper, you’ll find that ‘Raven In The Grave’ has an even darker lyrical heart. Inspired as ever by their own first hand experiences, many of the songs explore the disheartening finiteness of relationships and the devastating effects they can have when they do disintegrate. “Yeah, there are a lot of those kind of themes,” admits Sune. “‘With Recharge & Revolt’ I was trying to write an epic love song of longing and restlessness, ‘Summer Moon’ is about the blossoming of something beautiful which turns sour and starts deteriorating right in front of you and ‘My Time’s Up’ is about the perils of non-commitment to affection and the dangers of short-changing your life.” When you combine The Raveonettes expanded musical palette with this stream of nakedly honest emotions, the end result is an album so compelling and sincere that you could almost live (and potentially, die) inside it.

    The Raveonettes evolution won’t stop with the new album either. As the band set off on tour to support their latest creation, their constantly changing live line-up will be bolstered by a two-drummer line up to help ensure that the depth of “Raven In The Grave” is recreated on stage. It’s just another example of how Sharin and Sune are not content to rest on any laurels. The ten years of inspiring music they’ve already clocked up has already produced an undeniable legacy, but “Raven In The Grave” is proof that the Raveonettes are already soaring above all of their past achievements. Catch them if you can.
    Type Live


8:30pm

Thom Hell (N)
    Friday February 17, 2012 8:30pm - 9:00pm @ Rockefeller
    It was during Autumn 2010 when the plan for the recording of what would be Thom Hell’s fifth studio album began to take shape. Thom had established contact with one of his true heroes, Jason Falkner. The songwriter, solo artist, session musician, producer and composer of the soundtrack to Ocean’s 13. “Last year I took a chance and sent him a message, asking if he was at a loose end and wondering if he wanted to make a record with me. He said yes and so we got on with it. We gave ourselves three days together to see if it worked. No pressure to do anything in particular, just to see if it clicked. After the first day we went out partying together.” For Thomas the songwriting and recording process for this record has been vital. “If I hadn’t had the outlet that songwriting can give, I’d have been fucked. It is about getting over stuff and getting back on the horse as fast as possible.” The result comes on February 13th, with the release of the album entitled “Suddenly Past”.
    Type Live


9:30pm

Bernhoft (N)
    Friday February 17, 2012 9:30pm - 10:00pm @ Rockefeller
    Jarle Bernoft has built his career bit by bit, from small children’s roles at the opera, via the success of his first band Span, to his soul influenced solo debut. After a couple of detours he has now found an intensely personal way of expressing himself as an artist, which is characterised by his truly unique voice and has transformed him into one of the most successful Norwegian artists of recent times. In January 2011 Bernhoft released his second solo album “Solidarity Breaks”, a record which aptly showcases the results of many years at the grindstone working to find his own voice. Musically it is a distinctive mix of some clear and some rather less clear influences:
    “I’ve amongst other things, been listening to a lot of hip-hop, which is the pop genre which is developing most these days,” Bernoft says. “I’ve tried to be a bit more humble about this kind of stuff, and more open to other ideas than I have before. You could say it is a cross between early Nick Kershaw and The Roots but in the year 20202,” he quips. Right before Christmas he put out a live album entitled “Walk With Me” recorded with Kork (NRK’s in house orchestra). Jarle also appeared at the prestigious Nobel Prize concert, which was broadcast internationally enabling the whole world to enjoy one of Norway’s biggest voices.
    Type Live


10:30pm

Les Big Byrd (S)
    Friday February 17, 2012 10:30pm - 11:00pm @ Rockefeller
    les big byrd what I thought was the night sky
    was a sheet stretched over the earth with people hanging from it like little suns far, far away the moon is bigger than ever
    almost as large as earth and mixes up the clock with January 8 do you hear us
    we’re hanging on for life and limb up here, we want to have contact
    we are down here and cry, crying until you hear us it is a great time
    far, far away I hear you, that you are in here, humming
    it’s so good Mattias Alkberg
    Type Live


11:30pm

Deportees (S)
    Friday February 17, 2012 11:30pm - 12:00am @ Rockefeller
    Deportees are a Swedish four-piece band consisting of brothers Anders and Peder Stenberg, Thomas Hedlund and Mattias Lidström. Following their critically acclaimed and award winning album “Under The Pavement – The Beach” (2009) they now return with a new work “Islands & Shores”, a creative outburst that captures a world in gradual disintegration and indignation – a world where everyone is an island – and the dream of a love greater than death. “Islands & Shores” was recorded in Stockholm and Umeå over the last two years and although the members have been busy undertaking other musical journeys (Thomas plays the drums with French band Phoenix and Anders plays the guitar with Lykke Li, who is also featured on a track) the band has spent an unhealthy amount of time together in an old Kung-Fu dojo which now serves as their headquarters. From this site the band has created a strikingly beautiful and sincere pop album full of eccentric arrangements, fantastic harmonies and a love for details that will keep you coming back for more. Even though the music echoes of Paul Simon, Suicide, Arthur Russell, World, Arcade Fire and Big Star it keeps resisting easy categorization. Many Swedish critics have already named “Islands & Shores” album of the year.
    Type Live


12:30am

Donkeyboy (N)
    Saturday February 18, 2012 12:30am - 1:00am @ Rockefeller
    Donkeyboy began life in 2005, but didn’t get going for real until the release of their debut “Caught In A Life” in 2009. The singles “Ambitions” and “Sometimes” put the Drammen natives en route to a chart record at the top of the VG charts, having their singles in the top two spots at the same time as their debut L.P. topping the album charts. In the same year, the band won three Spellemann awards in the categories hit of the year, video of the year and new comer of the year. P3 has never playlisted a track for longer than “Ambitions” and no other band has ever has had four songs in the singles charts simultaneously for four weeks. In March 2012 the band’s second record will be released, with the first single “City Boy” coming at the end of November.
    Type Live


8:30pm

Rubik (FI) - Nordic Music Prize nominee
    Saturday February 18, 2012 8:30pm - 9:00pm @ Rockefeller
    Rubik is a Finnish indie pop/rock band known for its unique style of rich sound, complex but well-contained arrangements, changing rhythms and melodies ranging from playful and danceable to wistful and delicate. “Want to know what Sigur Ros would sound like if you took acid? There’s no need for drug experimentation, instead it’s all right here for you in Rubik’s new album, Solar.” (The 405, UK) “Perfect summer listening” (Mashable, US) “Brilliantly pitched helping of bespoke, superfried indie pop.” (Irish Times, IRL)
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9:30pm

Eye Emma Jedi (N)
    Saturday February 18, 2012 9:30pm - 10:00pm @ Rockefeller
    From totally out of nowhere Eye Emma Jedi popped up on Norwegian radio in November of 2010. From the very outset the band immediately attracted both industry and public attention, so much so that the band were booked by Øya (a first in their ten year history) to play the festival without having seen or heard them play live. What was the reason for this sea change? Of course the festival wanted to hear more than what had already aired publicly and amongst the four EPs they’d recorded in their ting rehearsal room, was Emma Eye Jedi’s new single “BROTHER.” And it was indeed BROTHER that NRK Lydverket picked out as their best song in their review of their packed show at Øya: “The track “Brother” is particularly special, and impresses immensely. It is more lingering and introverted, yet still totally danceable taking inspiration from more epic indierock." Together with Chris Zane (Passion Pit, Tokyo Police Club, Friendly Fires etc.) and recent George Merino (Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Guns And Roses), recently a Grammy winner for Arcade Fire’s “Suburbs” the band have produced, mixed and mastered this fantastic track which is already playlisted on NRK P3.
    Type Live


10:30pm

Sondre Lerche (N)
    Saturday February 18, 2012 10:30pm - 11:00pm @ Rockefeller
    Songwriter, film music composer, guitarist, singer and pop artist from Bergen, now residing in Brooklyn, New York. Sondre Lerche played by:Larm in 2007, and now he’s back. This time with his first self-titled album, his sixth studio album so far. Meanwhile, Sondre has recorded the soundtrack to the movie Dan in Real Life, took part in the Muppet tribute The Green Album and has appeared twice on The Late Show with David Letterman. The latest album is released on Tellé Records. Sondre has again collaborated with his regular producer Kato Ådland, alongside Nicholas Vernhes who has previously produced for Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors and Spoon. The record’s musicians are drawn from Midlake, Regina Spektor’s backing band and Vetiver. Sondre himself describes the album as coarser and darker than previous works, and it is at times quite stripped down, sometimes almost fuzzy.
    Type Live


11:30pm

Mirror Lakes (N)
    Saturday February 18, 2012 11:30pm - 12:00am @ Rockefeller
    Mirror Lakes consists of Frode Fivel (vocals), Knut Schreiner (guitar), Trond Mjøen (guitar), Havard Krogedal (bass) and Arne Mathisen (drums). This is an experienced group of musicians with broad experience – from bands like Kåre & The Cavemen, Euroboys, Turbonegro, I Was A King, Serena Maneesh, Heroes & Zeros and Hello Goodbye. Mirror Lakes sounds like a singer/songwriter backed by a loud rock band with a distinctive sound. The band members have a great musical heritage, but they show an emotionality and ambition that makes the songs never end up as a pastiche. First and foremost it is a group of friends who are beyond their twenties, but still want a creative band situation, a home for songwriting, studio production and guitar playing – hopefully for years to come. Mirror Lakes were recently signed to Warner Music Norway. Their first album has been recorded in Gothenburg, Oslo and New York and is scheduled for release in Winter 2012.
    Type Live


12:30am

Kitchie Kitchie Ki Me O (N)
    Sunday February 19, 2012 12:30am - 1:00am @ Rockefeller
    The band rose from the ashes of Madrugada and My Midnight Creeps and have found almost instant success with their brand of hypnotic, percussive and primitive rock. The debut album was released in June of last year and was widely praised with excellent reviews from the likes of VG, Dagbladet, Aftenposten, Dagsavisen and Musikknyheter.no. The band played at a number of key festivals, taking in Roskilde, Øya and Bukta amongst others during the Summer. The band is comprised of Alex Kloster-Jensen (vox, guitar), Frode Jacobsen (bass), Behzad Farazollahi (drums), Dag Stiberg (sax) and Anders Møller (percussion) as well as a couple of backing singers. Øya 2011 was closed by a near perfect concert from KKKMO and they plan to pick up where they left off during by:Larm with a show at Rockefeller.
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