A Kid of the 90s but feeling older. Dreamer and proactive deplacer of inevitable truths. In a love/hate relationship with the Internet and digital world. Too introverted to be anything else but hopeful and passionate about these strange and beautiful times we live in. A romantic cynicist.
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It was worth a shot and there was certainly nothing done wrong about it. But ultimately, the Reeperbahn Festival 2020 just made apparent what's missing and what we should take good care of. We're all in this together. Reeperbahn verteran and Hamburg resident Henning Grabow put on his finest mask and gave the strange event a shot.
Our beloved annual gathering in Hamburg takes place from September 16th to the 19th. That is as much of a news in this extraordinary year as it is reason for doubts, questions, anxiety and maybe also a little euphoria. The RBF 2020 is an experiment that is for sure. And it won't be comparable to anything we've come to love about this event over the years. So where are the gains in this?
Last year's sparkling and sprawling All Mirrors marked yet another giant leap for Angel Olsen towards indie stardom. A place where she belongs but that can also come with a very dangerous environment. Turns out: Olsen can teach us all a thing or two about how to ruthlessly reflect. How to take a look in the mirror – and what to make of the many illusions and delusions that come with it.
We met up with the Danish two-piece ahead of their performance at this year's Reeperbahn Festival and learned that GENTS is about much more than retro pop. With their new album "Human Connection", these folks found their very own pace and are obliged to encourage it in others.
The beloved German festival institution continues to grow and evolve. Something that might call for criticical reflection as we think. Apart from that our editors Louisa Zimmer, Henning Grabow and Norman Fleischer still managed to discover great new artists and bands you should really fall in love with.
Ten years of music, ten personal stories. The writers of NBHAP are given the opportunity to resume about the records that excited them the most during the past decade. This is a subjective reflection rather than an ultimate conclusion. Longtime editor Henning weaves his fibres into the bigger picture.
Craig Beaton, legendary figure of the Scottish indie music scene and his musical partner Graeme Smillie announced a final musical statement as A Mote Of Dust before the man quite possibly stops music alltogether. We owed it to him, that in this (possibly) last interview he got all the room he needed to explain himself. It became quite an extensive one: Honest to the bone, furious, warm and smart. Just like Craig Beaton's music...
Especially with her latest album 'Turn Out The Lights' Julien Baker won hearts all over the world, turning the 23 year old American into the darling of emotional indie songwriting. With her newly found supergroup Boygenius she just dropped another more than promising project. A talk to her reveals that she's got no agenda with all that, but to connect: The marginalized, the angry, the majority. All can relate to her disarming emotionality.