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8:30pm

Jørn Åleskjær (N)
    Thursday February 16, 2012 8:30pm - 9:00pm @ The Crossroad Club
    Jørn Åleskjær finally makes his solo debut after having been a songwriter for four studio albums with Loch Ness Mouse as well as having worked with the likes of Brooklyn based band The Ladybug Transistor and somewhat closer to home, I Was A King. A whole host of members of the extended “family” feature heavily on the record. The album features a duet with Elvira Nikolaisen and former Loch Ness Mouse member Emil Nikolaisen (Serena Maneesh) who plays drums, bass and guitar. Likewise another ex-Loch Ness Mouse man, Håvard Krogedal (I Was A King, Serena Maneesh, Mirror Lakes) plays most of the bass parts on the record. Other players include Gary Olson (The Ladybug Transistor), Fred Strand (Lionheart Brothers, I Was A King, The Loch Ness Mouse) and Rebekka Markstein (Maribel). The record is produced by Jørn’s brother Ole Johannes Åleskjær. The record’s musical reference points range from Todd Rundgren-like 70s pop-sould to Beach Boys type orchestral antics, but at the very core of Jørn Åleskjær’s music is, as characterised by the duet with Elvira “I’m so glad I spent this day with you”, muted Dennis Wilsonesque tender pop.
    Type Live


9:30pm

Andre Holstad (N)
    Thursday February 16, 2012 9:30pm - 10:00pm @ The Crossroad Club
    Andre Holstad is a beanpole of a chap with a heart that constantly beats 4/4. By the time he was ten he’d already had it all mapped out, neatly recording in his school books how by the time he was thirty, he would be both a rock star and living in a castle. At 27, he looks like he’s well on schedule. With rare charisma and unforgettable tunes, &(&^&(&^%^&*& (which has become his trademark), André Holstad is at the vanguard of new Norwegian rock music. His new single “Corporation” is out on Universal.
    Type Live


10:30pm

Bendik Brænne (N)
    Thursday February 16, 2012 10:30pm - 11:00pm @ The Crossroad Club
    Bendik Brænne has for many years been the man in the shadows. As a sax player for a whole host of different artists he’s stood behind the curtain, at the very periphery of the action, with neither lights nor monitors more times than he cares to count. In his twenty four years of life on earth, he’s played the world over and has never for a minute thought of jacking it all in. In May of 2011 he swapped his sax for a mic and went to the Mecca for the world’s country trash, Nashville. With the aim of making an alt-country record he enticed the likes of Bobby Keys, Bryan Owings, Fats Kaplin, Tim Marks, Steven Sheehan, Andy Hall, and Rob McNelly in to the studio with him. The results are almost ready. Stay tuned!
    Type Live


11:30pm

Les Big Byrd (S)
    Thursday February 16, 2012 11:30pm - 12:00am @ The Crossroad Club
    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


 
 

12:30am

Deportees (S)
    Friday February 17, 2012 12:30am - 1:00am @ The Crossroad Club
    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


8:30pm

Hymns From Nineveh (DK)
    Friday February 17, 2012 8:30pm - 9:00pm @ The Crossroad Club
    Hymns from Nineveh was one of the year’s most critically acclaimed Danish albums and was was subsequently hailed as album of the year by Gaffa. Behind this self titled debut is one Jonas Petersen a Danish singer and guitarist who works under the alias Hymns from Nineveh. Hymns from Nineveh are the sound of life’s highs and low, protest songs and hymns respectively, melancholy and joy. All feelings evoked by his live shows, when he’s joined on stage by seven other musicians. “It was during the morning downpour that Hymns from Nineveh took to the stage, and played one of the best sets of the year’s Rosklide festival, you live and breathe for moments like that. The Danish debutants, with Jonas “Hymnboy” Petersen leading the charge, gave an inspired performance of dynamic folk-rock songs lifted from their brilliantly ramshackle debut album." – Kim Skotte for Politiken reviewing theur performance at Roskilde 2011
    Type Live


9:30pm

Helgi Jonsson (ICL)
    Friday February 17, 2012 9:30pm - 10:00pm @ The Crossroad Club
    Icelandic artist Helgi Jonsson started his unconventional journey in music when he picked up the trombone at the age of 7, but already at 5 he proclaimed he wanted to be a “pop singer”. Today, a critically acclaimed singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist, not many people would call Jonsson’s music “pop”, with its great wide landscapes of contrasts, sharp edges and big emotions, yet it’s evident that he is an artist with a strong ear for catchy melodies and a will to embrace and touch a broad audience. He studied classical music at the Reykjavik Conservatory of Music and later at the University of the Arts in Graz, Austria. Here he started digging into contemporary music and the world of jazz and improvisation. The beginning of the millennium saw the birth of Jonsson as a singer and songwriter, now accompanying himself on guitar and piano. While nurturing his own project and sound, Helgi Jonsson has been a treasured sideman, touring the world with Danish Tina Dico, Faeroese Teitur and fellow Icelanders Sigur Rós. He has recorded and performed with artists such as Damien Rice, Glen Hansard, Ane Brun, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Amiina, Funkstörung, Dzihan & Kamien, Tom Jones, Múm, Philipp Poisel and many others. Helgi Jonsson’s eclectic new solo album ”Big Spring” was released in September 2011.
    Type Live


10:30pm

Sondre Lerche (N)
    Friday February 17, 2012 10:30pm - 11:00pm @ The Crossroad Club
    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

Grande Roses (S)
    Friday February 17, 2012 11:30pm - 12:00am @ The Crossroad Club
    Grande Roses play loud and proud classic rock but without falling into the age old trap of making something generic and stale. Think Gun Club, Union Carbide, National, early Springsteen, Madrugada and er, Sisters of Mercy. Grande Roses began life in 2003 as the brainchild of Göran. Because he wasn’t a good enough musician to be able to master anyone else’s songs he wrote his own, which in time turned out to be some cracking tunes. Later that same Summer Göran was supposed to play a festival and needed someone to play pedal steel. He got the number for a guy in Östersund but it turned out that the chap had never played pedal steel. Göran tried to give him a bass but he took a guitar instead. This was the first time Göran and Johan has met. In the aftermath of the festival show they recorded a demo of post-apocalyptic rock and were subsequently signed, split up and got back together, then took a long break before getting back together a second time. Just the usual band stuff. As to how Grande Roses started for real; Johan had played with Erik and Magnus. Johan hinted to Göran that these could be smart choices for drums and bass for the band. And that’s how it was for the first few years, until Emil came along and took over on drums and Magnus moved up to play guitar alongside Johan.
    Type Live


 
 

12:30am

Gram Per Person (N)
    Saturday February 18, 2012 12:30am - 1:00am @ The Crossroad Club
    Gram Per Person is a band rooted in traditional Americana, and they sing rock music (in English) the way that Robert Johnson and Eartha Kitt used to. GPP will help to continue the musical heritage of the cultural experiment that is America. The sextet, from Bergen, completed work on their second album at the tail end of October. The record entitled “Fables for some”, was recorded at Duper Studio with Iver Sandøy manning the controls. Musical ideas are drawn from all across the genre spectrum, with role models as diverse as Dylan, Cash, Earle and Parsons, Grateful Dead/Jerry Garcia along side newer artists such as Uncle Tupelo, Lucinda Williams, Jesse Sykes, the Replacements, Son Volt and Ryan Adams. Also worthy of honourable mention are some Norwegian heroes, 12 Volt, Tussler Society and Flying Norwegians. In spite of their position as an unsigned band, GPP are playing more and more shows, and a number of tracks from their debut album frequented the airwaves following the record’s release.
    Type Live


8:30pm

Eirin Kinn (N)
    Saturday February 18, 2012 8:30pm - 9:00pm @ The Crossroad Club
    Eirin Kinn has just released her first E.P. an acoustic potpourri of americana, rock and folk. As well as writing her own songs, she plays both guitar and violin and sings with a voice that evokes Rickie Lee Jones as well as Alison Krauss. Her sound demonstrates depth in her personal tastes, with the likes of Joe Henry, Elliott Smith and The Flaming Lips all shining through. In addition to the tracks penned by her own fair hand, she’s chosen to to include a cover of Neil Young’s “Tell Me Why” with perhaps a nod to CSNY and their harmonies. The record also features a number of more established musicians, with help coming from members of Beady Belle, Serena Maneesh, Turboneger and Okavango.
    Type Live


9:30pm

Thom Hell (N)
    Saturday February 18, 2012 9:30pm - 10:00pm @ The Crossroad Club
    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


10:30pm

El Doom & the Born Electric (N)
    Saturday February 18, 2012 10:30pm - 11:00pm @ The Crossroad Club
    El Doom (Ole Petter Andreassen) is a well respected Norwegian guitarplayer/singer/producer (4 Norwegian Grammy nominations, 2 wins), whose work in the past has been divided between his main projects The Cumshots and Thulsa Doom, while still finding time to produce/engineer some of Norways biggest bands. Never a quitter, El Doom soon put together his new group after Thulsa Doom’s demise. Both former bands always had progressive elements, but those influences were somewhat restrained by some of the collaborators distaste for the genre. But those days are over. His new musicians are sort of a who’s who of the Norwegian progressive/jazz scene, including bassplayer Nicolai Eilertsen (Elephant 9, Bigbang), hammond wizard Ståle Storløkken (Elephant 9) and the grand old man Jon Eberson The music is labelled as progressive rock, but never loses its focus on delivering a good catchy chorus. The influences range from Thulsa Doom, Rush, Deep Purple, Melvins, (Badmotorfinger era) Soundgarden, to newer progressive bands like Mastodon and Opeth.
    Type Live


11:30pm

Mugison (ICL)
    Saturday February 18, 2012 11:30pm - 12:00am @ The Crossroad Club
    Mugison (a.k.a. Ørn Elías Guðmundsson) born September 4th 1976 is an Icelandic musician and vocalist who is a one man’s band of sorts, with the help of a guitar and computer. In 2004 Mugison was nominated at the Icelandic Music Awards. His album Mugimama Is This Monkey Music? was hailed as album of the year and the track “Murr Murr” best song.
    Type Live


 
 

12:30am

The Amazing (S)
    Sunday February 19, 2012 12:30am - 1:00am @ The Crossroad Club
    The Amazing is an apple that fell far from the tree. A natural process: coming together through affection, then slowly crystallising into a folk-rock- psych-pop- collective slowly pushing, bending then playing with any preconceived notions of pop. When a band take a name like The Amazing, they’d better be have the chops to back it up. Happily, this Swedish outfit – a collective headed by Reine Fiske (who’s solos so furiously it’s as if something’s trapped inside him that must be turned into melody or he’ll burst into flames) of neo-psych juggernauts Dungen and singer-songwriter Christoffer Gunrup – are masterful enough to take that mantle on. Friends first and foremost, it’s this kindred spirit that imbues the band’s two previous releases (“The Amazing” / “Wait For A Light To Come”) with a feeling unlike that of most releases – one of natural harmony, persistent progression and with a panoramic gaze fixed on distant settings. Some review excerpts: ”…the cream of Sweden’s psychedelic/neo-folk underground, an album of rare beauty." – MOJO 4/5 “Swedish underground supergroup’s debut suggests the dusty riches of some
    long-lost LP locked away in psychedelic folk-rock Valhalla.” – SPIN “…a sublime debut, genuinely an amazing album” – UNCUT 4/5 “The Amazing’s first is a gorgeously understated blend of gentle psychedelic pop, tranquil folk rock, and gently stoned prog.” – Q 4/5 “…a classic case of strength in diversity, blurring the boundaries between folk-rock dreaminess and psych splendour” – Word With an all-encompassing sonic soundscape of groovy electric folk rock, psychedelic pop and heavy jams. The intimacy permeating through their songs intensifies itself steadily in the music they produce; swimming idly through the groups twisted melody, yet luminously anchored by Reine’s astral guitar. Elsewhere they forgo interstellar for a more bucolic revelry, built upon acoustic laments and a male and female vocal ripple that could only have spread itself outwards from Sweden’s forlorn beauty. Nothing is introverted or overworked – everything is balanced, kept together by natural melodies, soulful vocals and just how perfect should be. The Amazing is a feeling, an organic consequence of something that effortlessly came together, the start of a quite extraordinary tale. The band will release their 2nd album proper worldwide in October/November 2011; “Gentle Stream” is widescreen, panoramic, horizon-reaching stuff. An elegantly constructed record of moody psychedelic majesty, it comes with a greater dose of CSNY-style Laurel Canyon bliss than those previous recordings. Astral guitars intertwine in serpentine solos, horns blast rainbow melodies and Gunrup’s flute-like voice floats elegantly over the sunset sounds. The line-up completed by Alexis Benson, Johan Holmegard and highly rated jazz drummer Moussa Fadera, The Amazing lives in Stockholm, Sweden and formed plans to collect themselves in this incredible unison. There are doubtless stories to be told. Including the one about playing a show for the Swedish Royal Family and Pink Floyd, where in the crowd Roger Waters appreciatively caught a bouquet thrown from the band during a standing ovation, but this mysterious band hold one principle dear to their hearts: “The music speaks for itself”.
    Type Live


 

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