Wednesday, November 10, 2010

@LEGUESSWHO tips by @ABconcerts - Broken Social Scene, Strange Boys, Alasdair Roberts, James Blackshaw, Eskmo, Sleigh Bells

We have asked our favorite promoters, festivals and bands to tip their three recommendations from this year's Le Guess Who? festival line-up. This edition: Herman Hulsens and Kurt Overbergh from concert hall Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium.

Tips by Herman Hulsens:

Broken Social Scene (Thu 25 Nov)
We had BSS at the AB in 2005 and it was a blast. But it was nothing compared to their amazing set at this year’s Primavera festival in Barcelona. I know the settings there are sometimes misleading (a zillion beautiful women and way too many glasses filled with Torres 10 to top it off) but they were just timeless. This band should be as big as Arcade Fire, Sigur Rós and the likes.

The Strange Boys (Thu 25 Nov)
I was a sucker for 60’s inspired garage bands in my late teens/early twenties and was kinda thrown back in time when I saw these young dudes play a cold and no fun venue at SXSW last year. They had it all: songs, sounds and attitudes.

Alasdair Roberts (Sat 27 Nov)
The man who single-handedly keeps the British folkmusic heritage alive. When he takes the stage you’re being propelled 100 years back in time for a visit to long-lost Scottish fishercommunities. Get last year’s ‘Spoils’ on the übercool Drag City label and become a folk fanatic. Oh and he’s also the most charming man west of the Shetland Islands.

Tips by Kurt Overbergh:

James Blackshaw (Wed 24 Nov)
Recently picked up by Michael ‘Swans’ Gira on his excellent Young God label (see as well: Devendra Banhart, Larkin Grimm, Akron/Family,…). This twelve string guitar player knows exactly how to move and create endless beauty. A truly must have seen!

Eskmo (Sat 27 Nov)
We discovered Eskmo through a split 12 inch on Warp. We saw him rockin’ at SXSW earlier this year where he pushed the limits of dubstep one level further. And if you bump into him: do ask him about his project Eskmon, a musique concrète project with his friend Amon Tobin.

Sleigh Bells (Sat 27 Nov)
Explosive duo from Brooklyn that rocks like hell. Saw them live at the excellent Oya Festival in Oslo last August and - I repeat – ‘they rock like hell’. Dirty beats, simple lyrics and loads of energy. M.I.A. is a fan, like Pitchfork who gave them a rare 8.7.

Tomorrow: Le Guess Who? tips by Daniel Fontana (promoter of Bad Bonn & Kilbi Festival, Switzerland)

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