The acts you can't miss according to Thomas Konings
STRRR profiles itself as the future of horizon-expanding television. Superstars and brilliant newcomers hailing from the world of music, art, design, film, and fashion present their favourite clips and films through the nearly unlimited archives of the internet. Each meticulously crafted episode takes one hour and presents a self-portrait of the selector, which allows us new insight into their life and work. S04E05 features producer Celestial Trax who picked an Iggy Pop music video, a docu about Rothko, a TED talk and a clip in which Björk introduces the late Mika Vainio. Other episodes feature Berghain’s bouncer Sven Marquardt, experimental noise artist Pan Daijing, vocalist Melanie De Biasio, CTM festival curator Oliver Baurhenn and many others that I myself still have to discover. Strrr & Chill.
From cover art for Kingdom’s latest album and merch (which Quavo sported in Migos’ Motorsport video clip), to live motion capture for the A/V show of Rabit and House Of Kenzo, to collaborations with high profiles such as Rihanna, Danny Brown, Dave Gahan, Louis Vuitton and Palmistry. Sam Rolfes’ art is everywhere. His work mixes different visual formats like modelling 3D sculptures, rendering, mocap and net art, but always closely tied to club culture. Often characterised as futuristic, dystopian and otherworldly, it makes you feel uncomfortable for sure. Even Mark ‘Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore’ Lecky commented: ‘best vid seen in a llllllong time. Makes me feel both terrified and thrilled of the future’ on the Progress Bar S03E03 trailer.
Mark It Zero, PopKatari, Rhâââ Lovely and Silenceless, some of Liege’s more active promoter collectives, join forces again to present the fourth edition of their Insert Name festival. Expect a sharp selection of various fierce and generous bands to rock the two stages of the KulturA. Top billing: the Swiss/Canadian couple Peter Kernel, well-known for their voluptuous live performances, fuelled by an experimental and liberating art-punk. Come early and don’t miss the dusty Nineties rock of local heroes KING FU, the furious noise of Ghent’s Crowd of Chairs and the seismic dreamsludge of American trio Spotlights (signed on Mike Patton’s Ipecac Recordings), our favourite picks of Insert Name’s heavy line-up. See you on 21 April at KulturA. in Liege!
Because it cannot be said enough: women are here to take the stage. Enter the Psst Mademoiselle live sessions, which are doing their part to ensure that Brussels will not go down as an place hostile to female performers. With previous editions hosting cutting-edge acts like Brussels wild child Blu Samu and Montreal-based journalist-turned-DJ Gayance, Psst Mademoiselle have big plans for the future. Up next will be the sensual and uber-catchy electronics of SWEATS followed by Liègeoise producer Karla Bohm, whose smooth beats will help you surrender to the night. Come to Kumiko in Brussels on 5 April for an evening of music, drinks and love.