Roskilde Festival 2008 – day 1 (in English)

It just struck me: The Roskilde Festival can be seen as an embodiment of the civilized Danish society. Only the Danes could manage to make a huge rock festival so safe and comfortable. I arrived midway through MGMT‘s set – but instead of what the programme hailed as “psychedelic electro rock”, I heard a crowd-pleasing Read More …

Pet Shop Boys – en panserkrydser på tværs af genrer

I Berlin fortsætter sommeren ofte ind i september, og på denne varme aften er der næppe en sky på himlen – perfekt til en udendørskoncert. Alt er udsolgt, og de heldige forsamles i den lille have foran det pompøse Alte Nationalgalerie, mens aftensolen kaster sit gule lys over Berlins gamle domkirke. I baggrunden aner man Read More …

Roskilde Festival 2005 – day 4 (in English)

The Futureheads offered an explosion of pure energy. Absurd as it is to imagine a cross between Devo and The Proclaimers, delivered with the pop-punk simplicity of The Buzzcocks, The Futureheads make it work. I had a great time, but for the rest of the Festival audience 2 p.m. seemed a bit too early for Read More …

Roskilde Festival 2005, day 3 (in English)

Some say Efterklang is one of the most interesting Danish bands at the moment. And I always like to check out any mix of rock and electronica. But this brand of shoe-gazing postrock is just too dull for my taste. Efterklang seems lost in a maze of introvert artistic pretentiousness – even stooping to “fragile” Read More …

Roskilde Festival 2005, Day 2 (in English)

What would heavy metal sound like played in super-slowmotion? Something like Sunn O))): A deep, almost motionless drone – a primordial soup of distorted guitars and bass synthesizer. From the outside it sounded like the Odeon Stage had been transformed into a huge, electric didgeridoo. And Hungarian singer Attila Csihar managed to make his gritty Read More …

Roskilde Festival 2005, day 1 (in English)

The day started with perfect sunny weather, which amazingly ended up lasting for the entire festival. On the station I met Hans E. Madsen, whom I know from my Århus days. It turns out he was the mastermind behind (among other installations) the orange neon sculpture in front of which Morten and I were posing Read More …

Roskilde Festival 2004, day 4 (in English)

The Von Bondies from Detroit played the Odeon stage: Oh my – more retro garage rock of the massively noisy and uncompromising kind. They do have a good (almost danceable) groove going at times, but to often they fall back into a grungy blues feel. Canadian Broken Social Scene play against all odds: Their complex Read More …

Roskilde Festival 2004, day 3 (in English)

It may be me, but I don’t really understand the hype surrounding I am Kloot. Sure, he writes decent songs and has a pleasant voice, but to me it’s just another singer/songwriter thing. Someone gave me a tip about Lali Puna from Munich, Germany, and I’m glad I went. It’s rare to see a rock Read More …

Roskilde Festival 2004, day 2 (in English)

A friend dragged me along to Within Temptation, but we left after a couple of songs: The worst cliches of goth/symphonic metal, with the female singer sounding like Kate Bush before she grew up. A little worse, and they could be Evanescence (and I really hate Evanescence). DJ Krush was the DJ as an artist: Read More …

Roskilde Festival 2004, day 1 (in English)

My first day at the Roskilde Festival: Always be wary of bands who claim to be “inspired by Sonic Youth”. The opening act at the Odeon Stage, Blonde Redhead had some original beats and ethereal melodies. But only in the last song as the guitar noise kicked in, did they show their full potential. The Read More …