Events I attended in 2011 (w/ reviews, pictures and more)

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10. Jan. 2011, 10:23

Welcome to my nearly complete list of artists I saw live in 2011! This journal contains a chronologically sorted list with all artists I saw live in 2011, including pictures, videos, reviews and more.

2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - Albums I own + Band merch

This journal is more than just a list. Every artist I have ever seen live, I do my best to upload pictures for, write bio's and tag them (often I see artists without plays etc). I am also planning on adding lists of who I have seen the most times, who I have went to most concerts with, what venues I've been to the most and which artists I have the most album's of. When the lists are finished I'll make nice graphs out of them.

Green color means that this concert was awesome.

I also keep a personal tag list of all artists I have seen live, which you can find here: artists I have seen live.

The syntax is:
day month year ({link to} event title (day # {for festivals}), {link to} venue name, city, county, country)


List of artists I saw live in 2011:

8th January 2011 (Norsk orgelfestival new year concert, Sankt Petri kirke, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Nils Henrik Asheim (, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Edgar Hansen (, Rogaland, Norway)
Kolbein Haga (, Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)
Timothy Miller (, United Kingdom)
Kristina Flatebø (, Ølen, Rogaland, Norway)
Vidar Vikøren (, Stavanger?, Rogaland, Norway)
Bodil Fagerheim (, Klepp?, Rogaland, Norway)

(note: one of these organists might not have performed. The speaker's sound was too bad, so I didn't really catch the names of any of the performers, apart from those I found out after the concert)

My very first solo organ concert. It was ok, but I was relatively bored until Bodil Fagerheim started playing. She played some stuff composed by Marcel Dupré (Variations sur un vieux Noel, Op. 20). It was pure awesomeness. Virtuoso-ish. So much variation and finally some volume and massive organ sounds. Everything else was kinda dull and mediocre for a big church. Anyway, it was free and got some cookies after the concert :>.




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12th January 2011 (Concert, Bøker & børst, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Armar & Bein (, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Atlars (/, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)

Already when we arrived at Bøker & børst (Stavanger's hipster cafe/bar) at 8pm it was packed, and we had to sit out in the garden. So when the concert started at 9 it was.. even more packed. But we managed to get a spot right in front of the band.

Armar & bein plays some kind of rock that I have a hard time categorizing. A little reggae, a little 70s rock and they played with the excellent rapper Atlars. They played for over 2 hours, so it was a little too long, but very fun. Very nice music. Very nice mood in the bar. Over 30 degrees and no fresh air and veery crowded, but I didn't mind.




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21st January 2011 (Concert, Folken, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Kråkesølv (, Bodø, Nordland, Norway)

So they have grown so popular that they get to play Folken now.. First time I saw them I paid 30 NOK, this time I paid 200 NOK+, and that was a student ticket.. Before I comment on the music, I just have to mention some things that bothered me: that couple 15cm in front of me that kissed every 8 seconds. That guy with a sound recorder who looked like had never been to a concert before. All the underage girls. That loud, talking guy behind me. That tall guy in the front. That ridiculous guy doing silly dance moves all the time, laughing of it, and then doing another.

Now, music wise, it was good, but I was bored. I would much rather see them at a smaller venue. The calm songs became boring and people were making a lot of noise. The noisier parts (3-4) were epic. They should really make more songs like Nordavinn mot varme kinn.

If they play a small venue and I'm around, I'll see them again. If they play at a big venue, I'm not going to see them again.

After the concert we tried finding some food, but not a single restaurant was open. Stavanger is horrible that way.







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23rd January 2011 (Concert, Korskirken, Bergen, Hordaland, Norway)
Ung Symfoni (/, Bergen, Hordaland, Norway)
Kjell Seim (, Voss, Hordaland, Norway)
Anton Bruckner (, Austria)


Roadtrip to Bergen. Me and anders_sn drove from Sandnes at 10:00 am, took the 11:00 am ferry to Arsvågen, did not catch the 13:00 ferry from Sandvikvåg and had to wait 45 minutes (time well spent, though; pee, climb, eat). Arrival Bergen: 15:00. Visited TwoWah at her dorm and ate dinner. Finished just in time for the concert.

Behind us: a guy who made horse noises and hated the whole thing. After the concert he told us that Beethoven ist God. In front of us: 3 thug life boys talking. In front of us [2]: a girl knitting and taking photos. Below us: wooden seats made of wood.

Ung Symfoni played Anton Bruckner symphony No. 4 in E flat. This being my first symphonic concert, I was amazed by a) the volume (forgot my ear plugs in the car, so ear was distorted 10% of the time), b) the amount of musicians you can fit in a church, c) how beautiful a symphony orchestra can sound and d) how disturbing the audience can be. I will definitely be attending more classical concerts in the future.

After the concert we stole pizza from the orchestra, explored Bergen (everything is 50% cheaper than in Stavanger + there are 150% more people out in the streets compared to Stavanger on Sunday nights) and chilled out at Tuva's dorm. We drove home around 18:30 (Tuva joined us). Took the 20:00 ferry from Halhjem (where I met Nikolai's parents), was 15 seconds too late for the 22:15 ferry from Arsvågen and had to wait for the 23:15 ferry and was home around 00:30.



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29th January 2011 (Concert, Martinique, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Phat (-ish /, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Johnny Hancocks (, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Nite Sprite (, Norway)


PHAT was awesome. A drums/guitar/vocals trio that played some kind of weird crossover between stonerish hardcore and rock (see the video). I enjoyed their songs, their rhythms and their riffs. Will try to catch them live some other time too! btw, the drummer threw a PHAT t-shirt to the audience and I grabbed it. Yay.

PHAT:


Johnny Hancocks had been hyping this concert for some weeks now.. and they did not let me down. Pure awesomeness from the beginning to the end. Their sound was great today (small venues ftw) and their new t-shirts looks great as well.

This was their vinyl release concert. The vinyl is a 7" single with the songs Pyramid Daft and Attention Citizens Of California (Nite Sprite Remix). Limited edition of 500 colored vinyls. 100 of each color. I bought a transparent red one + a red Johnny Hancocks t-shirt.

Johnny Hancocks:


Nite Sprite played his dj set afterwards, but sadly no dubstep/brostep.

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5th February 2011 (Concert, Tou Scene, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Rub A Dubs (, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Atlars (, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Våland Rockers Sound System (, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)

... yet again the audience manages to ruin my concert experience. In front of me: three drunk 30 year old women dancing like they owned the place. Also in front me: two 40 year old women, also drunk, dancing dances that made me vomit.

The music: at times it was epic reggae, and at times it was boring reggae. Rapper Atlars did an excellent job on the stage and is by far my favorite rapper in Norway. I left a little early as I wasn't exactly captivated by this concert. Våland Rockers Sound System spun records in the lobby.




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11th February 2011 (Concert, Sandnes brygge, Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)
Sund Sessions (, (Sund folkehøgskole, Inderøy, Nord-Trøndelag,) Norway)

Sund Sessions is the students at the jazz line at Sund folkhøgskole. The ~15 students has made around 25 bands, and every band has made 2-3 songs. In their Norway tour they play a selection of these songs, and the set list varies from concert to concert.

The bands varied from standard jazz to funk, soul and free jazz. It was a good mix. The last few songs of the concert was definitely the best though. I would have liked to see a little more energy on the stage. A friend of mine, Johannes, played the trombone and he played it good! Was also very impressed with the left-hand drummer, the pianist and one of the guitarists.



Friends attended:
  • Elrend
  • Aleksi
  • Yngve M. H.
  • Thomas H. B.
  • Johannes F. S.
  • ++


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12th February 2011 (Concert, Skur 2, Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)
Christian Wallumrød Ensemble (//, (Kongsberg, Buskerud,) Norway)

Stine Janvin Motland (/ , Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)

Ice cold this Saturday evening; luckily Skur 2 was pre-heated. First up was Stine Janvin Motland. I have seen her perform with an accordion-playing man at Skur 2 before, and it was very interesting. Reminded me of Toot. Sadly, interesting doesn't make it good... Tonight she did a 30-minute solo improvisation making gargling noises, screaming, humming and doing some kind of "cancelled traditional folk music sounds".. I can elaborate if needed :P. (one can argue if I "don't understand this kind of music" etc etc, but I was not entertained.)

Christian Wallumrød Ensemble though, entertained me greatly. I was blown away by the nice (dis)harmonies and the blending of music, folk music and contemporary music. Some of the songs were so beautiful that I wanted to shed a tear like a man. I loved the toy piano/piano combination + the beautifully sounding vibraphone + the awesome (sometimes also rhythmical) drumming. Other instruments included viola, violin, hardingfele, cello, trumpet and harmonica.

After the concert I signed up as a member of Ny musikk!



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General about by:Larm 2011, 17th-19th February 2011 (by:Larm 2011, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)

Woop. Me and hLeks took the train to Oslo from Sandnes 06:15, even though I got my drivers license the day before.. The train ride was 8 hours, but it was ok. We traveled in comfort class. Tried to get some sleep, but instead I listened to some music and watched the winter landscapes.. and watched some TV series.. and the internet. When we finally arrived we checked in at Comfort Hotel Xpress, where we were surrounded by audio tech guys and musicians. The hotel was some kind of official by:larm hotel, and has a rock/trendy image. We got a room in the sixth floor which looked like it was the largest room of the floor. Nice bathroom, TV and twin beds. Then we traded our festival passes for a festival wrist band before we walked to MartinNH's *cough* 6 million NOK apartment to make and eat dinner. After this, we took the tram back to the hotel and started our loong night (actually, I won a guest list pass for me and a friend for a Øya party in the basement of the hotel with free t-shirt, concerts, food and beer, where we hung out for about an hour before the by:larm concerts)

Friday, I woke up "early", took a shower and went down to the lobby to eat and update myself on the internet. I believe I was there for around 2 hours just chilling in the hotel's great atmosphere and waiting for Aleks to wake up.. When he finally woke up, we went out to eat at Café Sara, before checking out hipster store Hunting Lodge, record store Tiger (disappointingly small) and Big Dipper. Bought a Fjorden baby! album and a Daughters album. After this we chilled out at the hotel for a bit before heading to Martin for yet another dinner, this time with olletone, Johannes and Åsne. --> Concerts.

Saturday; same procedure: Aleks sleeps, I check the internet in the lobby. (here I found out that I won a Nokia N8 for checking into their tent on Youngstorget with Foursquare last night!) We walk all the way to Martin's appartment, goes out to eat, ends up at Peppes pizza where I eat delicious pasta bolognese, before we took the tram back to the city. I then joined Stene and carolinefeita for pizza and TV at Stene's appartment and had a good time, while Aleks met Tone and had a few beers before the concerts. I was back in the city at 21:00 and saw the last bits of Einar Stray's band. Sunday: 8 hour train-ride home.


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17th February 2011 (by:Larm 2011 (day 1), Comfort Hotel Xpress, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
Team Me (, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)

Hotel party.



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17th February 2011 (by:Larm 2011 (day 1), Samfunnssalen, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
Eline Thorp (/, Hamarøy, Nordland, Norway)

Sweet girl and very nice music. Perhaps a little boring after a while, though. Solo piano and vocals is not my favorite.



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17th February 2011 (by:Larm 2011 (day 1), Sentrum scene, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
Team Me (, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)

One or two very good songs, but most of them were not very good. A little disappointed (the performance was good, but I didn't like the songs).










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17th February 2011 (by:Larm 2011 (day 1), Samfunnssalen, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
Ólöf Arnalds (/, Iceland)

Nice music, but it bored me. She should have brought a band. Would have made everything much better. I like her music on tape, but this was not very delightful to watch/listen to.




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17th February 2011 (by:Larm 2011 (day 1), Sub scene, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
Surfers Lingo (ish , Svolvær, Nordland, Norway)

Sub Scene is the Metropolis / L54 of Oslo. Only 10x cooler. I loved the interior and the cafe, but the stage was a little meh. Very few people met up for this concert. Surfers Lingo's song Memories was very good, but the rest of the songs weren't that good..



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17th February 2011 (by:Larm 2011 (day 1), Samfunnssalen, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
Anders Danielsen Lie ( , Oslo, Oslo, Norway)

Anders Danielsen Lie is a solo project that I definitely looked forward to before by:larm, and I was not disappointed. Anders loops drums, bass, vocals and keyboards into a great atmospheric mix topped off with jazzy keyboard solos and vocal melodies. All in all it sounds like an advanced dream pop band up there on the stage. The only thing I didn't like was the piano solo songs which were rather boring for min sinnsstemning.




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17th February 2011 (by:Larm 2011 (day 1), Rockefeller, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
Blood Command (/, Bergen, Hordaland, Norway)

Blood Command doesn't really play the style of hardcore I (can) enjoy.. Seeing Blood Command wasn't even in my tight scheduele, but we were there and Aleks wanted to see them so. The vocalist, a girl, had crazy vocals and there were actually some cool riffs in there, so this was a positive surprise.





Tafse-circle pit:


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17th February 2011 (by:Larm 2011 (day 1), John Dee, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
Social Suicide ( (punk), Bergen, Hordaland, Norway)


So intense! Epic hardcore, very brutal. Endless energy from the vocalist and lots of people made this concert one of the best of by:larm.









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17th February 2011 (by:Larm 2011 (day 1), Sentrum scene, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
Lukestar (, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)

As Lukestar entered the stage my expectations weren't super high, although what I've heard of them before by:larm was pretty good. The vocalist surprised me with his falsetto vocals, which were really great! The band was tight, the melodies were nice and the concert as a whole was very good.





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17th February 2011 (by:Larm 2011 (day 1), Nokia-teltet at Youngstorget, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
Young Dreams (, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)

Pretty good, but I was too tired to enjoy it. Very typical Norwegian indie though.






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18th February 2011 (by:Larm 2011 (day 2), Rockefeller Annex, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
Johnny Hancocks (, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)


Epic. God stemning, good Johnny Hancocks concert. Their tracks are insanely good.






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18th February 2011 (by:Larm 2011 (day 2), Sentrum scene, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
Britta Persson (/, Vattholma, Uppland, Sweden)

Britta Persson was one of the acts I had huge expectations to, as I had listened a lot to her album before by:Larm. At Sentrum scene she disappointed. Most songs were boring and not very exciting. Meet a Bear was good however.




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18th February 2011 (by:Larm 2011 (day 2), Rockefeller Annex, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
Alexander von Mehren ((aero)//ish, Bergen, Hordaland, Norway)


Best concert so far. Wonderfuly tight and good music. The tracks are pop masterpieces and I can't wait to see them again.



Here's a movie from one of their other by:larm concerts:



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18th February 2011 (by:Larm 2011 (day 2), Kulturkirken Jakob, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
Dungen (/, Sweden)

omg. In July 2009, I woke up around 3:30 AM to get ready for the 7-hour train ride to Kongsberg jazzfestival. That night, on the 8 PM concert, I could barely keep my eyes open and every time I would blink, I could swear I was actually asleep for some nanoseconds. This night at the nice church in Oslo, the same thing happened, only worse. I could barely keep my eyes open and was sleepy. After the concert I stayed for about 15 minutes just sitting in the gallery alone, trying not to sleep, while stage crew started cleaning up for the day.

What I was actually able to hear at the concert was however very interesting and good. I'm gonna catch them live some other time. I was too tired to be able to enjoy it, and it didn't help that their music was kinda shoegazy.




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18th February 2011 (by:Larm 2011 (day 2), Blå, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
Sleep Party People (/, København, Denmark)


Blå (the stage) reminded me very much of Tou Scene in that it is far from the city centre, kinda hidden away and seems to host the weirdest (and best) concerts. They even had an ATM in there, never seen that inside a venue/club before. I came early (because I couldn't sleep in the church all day (see above)), grabbed a glass of water and positioned myself in the front where I had a pole to lean on. Great choice. No people in front of me, and good sound. Every person inside Blå looked like persons I could get along with + the venue was really warm(<3).

Musicwise (og stemningsmessig), this concert is probably on my top 3 all time concerts. It was epic. Dreamy, dreamy lo-fi shoegaze, in Oslo's thus far coolest and warmest place = great combination, especially when you're tired and this was just what you needed to wake you up (or rather, make you sleep with your eyes and ears open).

With the power of the ATM in the pub, I bought their CD from a band member and have been listening to it in my car ever since. (Writing this in late March 2011).

Recordings from the concert:
10 Feet Up:
http://soundcloud.com/radiorevoltlive/sleep-party-people-10-feet-up

I'm Not Human At All:
http://soundcloud.com/radiorevoltlive/sleep-party-people-im-not




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18th February 2011 (by:Larm 2011 (day 2), Nokia-teltet at Youngstorget, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
Fjorden baby! (y ish (newer stuff is more , Bergen, Hordaland, Norway)

As Sleep Party People played a pretty long set, + I stayed to buy their CD AND it was pretty far away from the city centre, I did only get to see one Fjorden baby! song. That song was however not good. Too much synth and that classical Norwegian indie sound, instead of their chilled out dub sound from earlier.

One good thing however: I checked in at the tent on Foursquare, and I won a Nokia N8!







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19th February 2011 (by:Larm 2011 (day 3), Samfunnssalen, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
Einar Stray (y , Sandvika, Oslo, Norway)

Third and last day with concerts. As mentioned earlier, ate dinner at Peppes with Aleks and MartinNH and was at carolinefeita's boyfriend's place eating dinner and watching a show about Thai wives and Norwegian men. Lol. So because of this, I only got to see the two last songs by Einar Stray and his band. Which were medicore. Typical Norwegian indie. Not impressed.

Here's a Norwegian review backing me up: http://universitas.no/anmeldelser/55829/pa-stray-med-einar






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19th February 2011 (by:Larm 2011 (day 3), Nokia-teltet at Youngstorget, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
22 (/, Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway)

After Einar Stray we sat down at a table at Rockefeller and chilled out, as there were nothing interesting in the program for about 1 hour. 22 was a band I had heard one track by from before, which I liked. Seeing them at Nokia-teltet was however a disaster. Cheesy, cheesy guys running around in make-up playing bad and boring tracks. One good track though.





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19th February 2011 (by:Larm 2011 (day 3), Samfunnssalen, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
Tôg (/, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)

I did abseloutly not like Tôg when I saw them last year, and I hated it this year. Bass drum "party music", every song was the same, boring thing. (And still they got good reviews :\)





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19th February 2011 (by:Larm 2011 (day 3), Rockefeller Annex, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
Treefight for Sunlight (, Copenhagen, Denmark)

Treefight for Sunlight had promising words written about them in the programme, but they disappointed live. It started OK, Pretty tight, upbeat un-Norwegian indie, but after a while it became veery boring and not as "American" as I had hoped.





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19th February 2011 (by:Larm 2011 (day 3), Nokia-teltet at Youngstorget, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
Cold Mailman (, Bodø/Oslo, Norway)

Cold Mailman is to me, typical Norwegian indie pop. They're also a very typical Norwegian band. A couple of radio singles, but mostly mediocre songs. So tonight at Nokia-teltet, they did not impress me. They had one good song, but the rest was fast-paced, loud and boring. Boo.





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19th February 2011 (by:Larm 2011 (day 3), Sentrum scene, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
Peter Bjorn and John (, Stockholm, Sweden)

So after this hugely disappointing Bylarm night, I looked forward to Peter Bjorn and John. Turned out Peter Bjorn and John was the band what would disappoint me the most. Keyword: boring. Left after 10 minutes and went to sleep.







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4th March (Concert, Kafé Akvariet, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Sturle Dagsland (/, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)

Me and Anders arrived very late... Only saw the last 30 seconds of the last artist's last song. Did not catch Disorderly House that was also playing. From what we heard it was a nice acoustic concert.


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5th March (Concert, Folken, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Razika (-y , Bergen, Hordaland, Norway)
John Olav Nilsen & Gjengen (, Bergen, Hordaland, Norway)

Razika:
Four kinda innocently looking Bergen girls with a very charismatic lead singer singing about boys. Fun band, good music and definitely gonna check out their debut album coming out in in May (already bought it).

John olav nilsen & gjengen:
Sooooooo muuuuuuuuch beer throwing... Luckily i was standing right in front of the soundboard, but there was still 2 or 3 drops... Extremely good mood in teh audience today.. The band played many good, old songs, though the new songs felt mediocre and too much "Norwegian indie style".. That synthy thing i despise (bylarm was filled with it).. It felt a lot more polished than the first album which was raw and "true".. Also, the band members was as far away as you can get when it comes to indie look.. Not that it matters, just making observartions...

Bought their debut CD, For sant til å være godt.

Razika:


John Olav Nilsen & Gjengen:








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8th March (Concert, Folken, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Circulasione Totale Orchestra (, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway (but has members from all over the world)

Started off with some nice vibraphone/clarinet duo stuff.. Then evolved into this 12-man jam.. With a lot of bright noises from wind instruments and a lot of powerful, fast drum/bass background... It became very intense at times... But I disliked the lack of a theme + I missed stage precense and the joy. I saw a total of two smiles during the entire concert.... They were just standing there in their one-colored t-shirts playing their instrument.







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24th March (Concert, Checkpoint Charlie, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Fjorden baby! ( , Bergen, Hordaland, Norway

160 NOK; pretty expensive concert. Started with the wonderful Nike Äir and everything was great. But the new songs were too synthy and "Norwegian" and happy. The band has a great stage presence though. Himmelen was great, Mary Janewas great. The laser lighting and the smoke was epic! Very happy I went, but I did not buy their new record despite good reviews online.








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26th March (Concert, Checkpoint Charlie, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Social Suicide ( (punk), Bergen, Hordaland, Norway)
I Shot Alice (, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway

Arrived around 9:30. I Shot Alice was supposed to start 9; didn't want to see them as their Myspace recording sucked. Sadly/luckily, the show was majorly delayed. While we were waiting for them to start, they played a siiiick song at hiiigh volume with extreme bass on Checkpoint which was epic! I Shot Alice turned out to be former members of bands I saw live in 2007 and 2008 in the hardcore scene, only older and better. Their songs though, was mostly straight-forward deathcore with slow breakdowns (don't get me wrong, I like breakdowns but they weren't very groundbreaking or innovative). They also had an electronic bass drop sound they used extensively (like Despised Icon and many other bands). Was much better than expected. Then there was a 30 minute wait before Social Suicide entered the stage. The band I paid 120 NOK to see. I only got to see one song before I had to leave :\. Song was good though. See below why I had to leave.


I Shot Alice:


Social Suicide:





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26th March (Concert, Resept, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Jazzsteppa (live , London, United Kingdom)
Awsome (/, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway (?)


Resept is a vegetarian café that sometimes hosts club nights with DJ's. This time they went all dubstep, with the legendary Jazzsteppa performing their live dubstep. One problem though. Age limit 20, I'm 19. No problem. I contacted one of the DJ's (I believe?) and asked if he knew a way I could get in... He set me up with one of the place's owners and told me I could come in if I helped with picking up empty glasses/bottles \o/ lolll.

So that's what I did. Me and Jone went over there, I told the guy in the door that I was the undercover cleaning guy, got in for free and met the guys in the bar. And started picking up glasses at the same time that an unidentified DJ team (possibly Awsome) was on the stage playing deep and filthy dubstep to drunk and high, dancing club-goers. I didn't really get to see very much of them, was busy picking up glasses and hung around in the second floor as it was simply too crowded downstairs. But from what I heard, it was great.

The first thing I heard when Jazzsteppa entered the stage was the awesome sound of the drum kit. Perfect cymbal and kick drum sound. And then their DJ, trombonist and vocalist did their magical things, blowing away the whole place with their dub, filth and jazzy dubstep. Things spotted during their 2-hour set: cocaine, cigarettes inside, way-too-crowded basement, Anders 'sneaking' in without showing ID, great music, Resepts kitchen, storage room and washing room and even more great music. Home at 5 AM. Was an absurd night for me, and a nice preview of the nightclub scene in Stavanger..


Jazzsteppa:




Watching the bar while the bar guy was upstairs..












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1st April (Concert, Checkpoint Charlie, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Johnny Hancocks (, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)


Johnny Hancocks played in front of the stage this time, which turned out to be genius. Became very intimate. High volume and high energy along with a great dancing crowd made this concert one of the best Johnny Hancocks concert ever. Johnny Hancocks has really nailed it with their new style. Loved their new-new song too.











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1st April (Concert, Tribute, Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)
Shallow Yellow (, Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway)
Mick Pointer('s Marillion) (, United Kingdom)

Shallow Yellow was nothing special. Typical "hard rock" band. Did their clean group vocals in every song which was kinda unoriginal. Not my style.

Mick Pointer's Marillion was well, old guys. Mick Pointer in his sweatpants and white t-shirt, guitarist in leather jacket and vocalist with face paint and a mullet. He was scottish. And pretty funny actually. Some drunk people at tribute, as you would expect. This 80s prog music was quite nice actually! Good, slow guitar solos and synth that didn't sound cheesy. They played a very long set and my back was very tired, but it was worth it.

Mick Pointer's Marillion:



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8th April (Concert, Checkpoint Charlie, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
EGG3 (dark/hard y stuff, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)

I looked forward to EGG3 based on their recording on Spotify + their video on the event page on Facebook which showed some even darker stuff going on.
Sadly, when they played Checkpoint, something was missing. Most of their songs wasn't "cool". They missed a lot of power (bass guitar). They tried being extreme, but was something in the middle. Guitar wasn't distorted enough, sax wasn't dark enough, no bass and drums wasn't powerful enough for the sound they tried to achieve.

The calm songs were the best. Disappointing concert.






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9th April (Ny Musikks vårkonsert, Tou Scene, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Kristian Thunestvedt Evjen ( , Norway)
Ola Lindseth ( , Norway)

Anders Gjerde (/, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)

Stine Janvin Motland (/ , Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Sanae Yoshida Mæland ( , resides in Norway)

Bastien Ricquebourg ( , resides in Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)

Mini-Wunderkammer (-y/ music):
Pål Jackman (, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Gjertrud Økland ( , Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Per Zanussi (, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)

Reidar Garthus (/, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)

Odd Børge Sagland (, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Vidar Schanche (, Norway)
Ståle Birkeland (, Norway)
Christophe Bezenac (, Norway)
Petter Fadnes (, Norway)

Spring concert for Ny Musikk.

The first thing we saw was Kristian Thunestvedt Evjen og Ola Lindseth playing a piece by the Russian Альфре́д Га́рриевич Шни́тке (Alfred Schnittke) and a new piece by Øyvind Mæland. One guy on piano and one on violin. They played their typical "contemporary classical" styled music and it was interesting enough. Not a whole lot to say about that.



After this, we moved to stage 2 where Anders Gjerde played beautiful noise/soundscape music + vocals + guitar. It was pretty good. (thought I talked to him some weeks later at Cafe Humbug where he told me it was just some stuff he made last night and he didn't like it himself).



Then we went outside to buy and eat some hot dogs while Stine Janvin Motland and Sanae Yoshida Mæland premiering "Ad Undas", a new piece by Øyvind Mæland with lyrics by Øyvind Rimbereid. We heard and saw this from outside, and I'm pretty happy I didn't have to sit through it. Typical Stine Janvin Motland performance. Very high pitch at times.

After this we went to see Lukestar on Folken. Read about it below. After Lukestar, we returned to this spring concert, where Karin Midgard og Elise Aabakken danced to percussion by Bastien Ricquebourgs. We only saw the last 15 seconds of it, but it looked good. Two dancers and a percussionist.



Next up, Pål Jackman, Gjertrud Økland and Per Zanussi performed as Mini-Wunderkammer. Pretty fun, spanish-y music with double bass, acoustic guitar and violin. The audience loved it.



Then, Maria Hannevold danced in front of the bar with Reidar Garthus on the saxophone. They had problems with their background track, so it was only the saxophone and the dance, and not the background noises. It was good nonetheless, even though i couldn't really see anything from where i was standing.



And at last; Odd Børge Sagland, Vidar Schanche, Ståle Birkeland, Christophe Bezenac and Petter Fadnes played free jazz. Too contemporary and jazz for me. Just spastic drums and spastic saxophones. Applauds weren't that good either, so i guess I wasn't alone not liking it. Or maybe it was too late.





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9th April (Concert, Folken, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Lukestar (, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)

I looked forward to this concert, as I liked their show in Oslo. (note: was positively surprised by their show in Oslo).

However, today they entered a 30% filled Folken with the attitude of rock stars. Chanting to the audience to try to create a lively atmosphere and act like everything was crazy down there. It wasn't. The band member's attitude was also saying "i'm a big rock star, so i'll do these cliche moves and chants". I hated it. Also, every single song was mediocre. Typical norwegian indie band with lots of fillers, and a couple of radio hits. Disappointing. Left just a couple of songs in the concert. Luckily I got the concert for free, winning a guest list pass for me + a friend.





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14th April (Concert, Tou Scene, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Like Thunder Goes Under (, Stavanger/Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)
Protendo (: /, Rogaland, Norway)

Like Thunder Goes Under:
Better than expected. Classic-y rock. Guitarist broke a string after the first song so there was a 5 minute break. But songs were surpringsly good.



Protendo:
For the next performance, Yngve and Thomas arrived (they knew 90% of the crowd). Protendo, which is a group of graduate students from Vågen high school, played many cheesy funk songs with trumpets and saxophones. They played it good, but i hated the songs. Fun evening though.



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1st May 2011 (Konfirmasjonsgudtjeneste, Rossabø kirke, Haugesund, Rogaland, Norway)
Justin Vickery (, Nottingham, England/Haugesund, Rogaland, Norway)
Harald Helland (/, ?, ?, Norway)
Ruben Espelid (, Haugesund, Rogaland, Norway)

Justin Vickery played the organ. Didn't really pay attention. Harald Helland and Ruben Espelid played some songs. I guess Ruben sings good, but the songs were Christian so yeah... blabla.

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6th May 2011 (Concert, Martinique, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Harrys gym (dreamy , Oslo, Oslo, Norway)


Never seen this many people at Martinique before. The place was packed, and Harrys gym seemed genuinely happy to be there. They played a fantastic set, with Brother as the best tune of the evening.




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6th May 2011 (Concert, Tou Scene: Loftet, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
120 Days (/, Kristiansund, Møre og Romsdal, Norway)


After the concert at Martinique (see above), we rushed to Tou Scene to see 120 Days. Bloksberg played an hour before. 120 Days was standing in a circle, and the audience was supposed to stand around them. People kinda flocked at the entrance, which was the worst position in terms of sound, but they moved to where we were standing after a while. There was a lot of smoke and cool lights. This + the dancy music made it a fun concert. People were dancing. How rare is that? Music was good too!











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7th May 2011 (Art gallery opening, Galleri Sult, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Line Horneland/Alf Terje Hana (//, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)

I biked to Stavanger this windy, but warm May day. Me and Anders went to Rogaland Teater where they had a costume sale, before biking down to Galleri Sult to see this duo consisting of Line Horneland and Alf Terje Hana (Athana). Their soundscapes were beautiful, and Hana really knows how to make nice sounds with his guitar and his pedals. But it was perhaps not interesting enough for my young ears, so no green concert.



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14th May 2011 (Konfirmasjonsgudtjeneste, Sandnes kirke, Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)
Ingvar Lygren (/, Bryne, Rogaland, Norway)
Åge Østrem (, ?, Rogaland, Norway)
Tonje Egeland (, Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)
Henriette Kristiansen (, Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)
Stine Bore (, Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)
Ingvild Næss (, Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)
+1 more girl singing

Ingvar Lygren played organ and piano pretty good. Åge Østrem played trumpet pretty good. The rest were "confirmants" singing + my cousin Ingvild Næss on violin.


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21st May 2011 (Konfirmasjonsgudtjeneste, Gand kirke, Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)
Gospelkoret Abraham (/, Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)
Bjarte Lending (/, Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)


My brother's konfirmasjon. Didn't like Gospelkoret Abraham. Didn't really fit in this ceremony.


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26th May 2011 (Concert, Stavanger konserthus, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Stavanger Symfoniorkester ( , Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Kjersti Dahle (/, ?, ?, Norway)

My first symphony orchestra concert. I drove the wrong way on my way to Stavanger konserthus, so I was very late. When I arrived there, the foyer was already empty and I had to run to make it to the the hall before the orchestra started playing. The second I entered they started playing. Win.

First thing they played was the overture from Ruslan and Lyudmila by Михаи́л Ива́нович Гли́нка (Mikhail Glinka). I can't really remember anything from this.

Secondly, they played Still Talking to Myself, composed by Mark Adderley. This was the premiere of the piece. Kjersti Dahle was the solo oboist. I liked it a lot. Interesting contemporary classical music.

I left during the break, before the 40 minute piece by Пётр Ильич Чайковский (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) was performed.

Applauses for Mark Adderley's piece:


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26th May 2011 (Concert, Cementen, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Köenigsberg 5 (, members from North Europe)

After the SSO concert, I drove to Cementen where I saw Köenigsberg 5. They are:

They played their free jazz and the audience loved it. I wasn't too much into it, but it was ok! I left after the break. This was my first time at Cementen, they usually have 20/21 years there. Cool place. They played in the bar - I don't know if there are more to Cementen than this, guess I won't find out either as I'm moving to Kristiansand this summer.



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  • Johannes F. S.



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28th May 2011 (Concert, Resept, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
DJ Automat.piss.tool. (//, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Skytebass (, Bergen, Hordaland, Norway)
Cookie Monsta (/, London, United Kingdom)


This concert is a little special: I was the promoter of the concert.

It started out with anders_sn wanting to do something special (now that he turns 20(?)). So he wanted to arrange a concert, and so he did. He contacted the vegan cafe Resept, who hosted a Jazzsteppa concert earlier this year, and they said yes to hosting a new dubstep concert. So he then contacted a couple of artists, and got hold of Cookie Monsta through his booking company. Resept took responsibility for the sound, place, beer, poster etc, while Anders fixed the flight tickets, contracts, hotel and driving. I was the promoter. Prior to the event I invited people on Facebook, Last.fm, various forums, and me and Anders walked around the entire city putting up legal posters for the concert.

The concert day:
I picked up Lars Erik, who was also in on this, and we drove to Anders to finish up making some vegan cookies we were selling at the show, while Anders picked up Cookie Monsta at the airport. We then bought some food for the night, and drove to Resept where we started packing in the whole basement in tin foil and clearing the tables and pillows from the cafe up to the kitchen. The stage was also set up, and the audio equipment set up and tested by the other DJ's of the night, Dj Automat.Piss.Tool aka Tante Trude, I believe, chef, at Resept, was playing + Skytebass from Bergen, who took a nap while we set the stage up.

The doormen/bouncers, which were friends of Anders, I believe came around 21:30. Doors opened 22:00. This was a 20years concert/nightclub, so I wasn't even old enough to come in, and many of my friends weren't old enough, sadly, but we did want to target the nightclub scene in Stavanger. When the clock was 22:30, and there still only was 2 guys dancing to Automat.Piss.Tool, I must admit I was beginning to get nervous.

Around 11:30 we had 45 paying people, but still almost nobody was there. Skytebass started playing his own tracks, a little more melodic and sometimes 8-bitty dubstep, was pretty cool, but I think we should have brought more than 1 sub. When the clock passed midnight, everybody who was outside had to go in, as you can't have alcohol outside after midnight. Then it finally became relatively crowded on the dancefloor. People were having a really good time. Around 1am Automat.Piss.Tool took the stage again, and played his filthy stuff, and people loved it. Anders picked up Cookie Monsta from the hotel, and he came on stage around 1:30 am. People loved it. I liked it. The whole floor was filled with dancing people, and the people upstairs was enjoying themselves as well. At this time, I was also up on the stage, sitting behind the dj "desk" and controlling the one light we had. It was a huge blitzer/flasher, and every time it flashed, the whole room (covered in tin foil) reflected the light. There was only one speed, which was epelecticly fast. In other words, epic in the drops. No light during the buildup, BAM full epelepsy party during the drop. Success. But it was hard timing it, as the light needed 3-4 seconds to warm up. Anyway, it was pretty interesting sitting behind the artist, and not to mention being the guy making the place light up. Me and Lars Erik split the job, so I got dig the music as well.

He was done around 2:45 am. Automat.Piss.Tool played some songs until 3:30am, when we packed up. I drove home.

Me with cookies:


Cookie Monsta performing:


Me with the lights:


People enjoying themselves:










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2nd June 2011 (Concert, Tou Scene: Maskinhallen, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Adlib (ish , Stavanger/Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)

Maskinhallen is a brand new stage at Tou Scene, and this was one of the first concerts there. I loved the place. Pipes in the ceiling and walls from the old brewery. Lighting was also good. AdLib played their usual good show, but I'm not as impressed anymore by their skills ("seen it before"), so they have to do something else to impress me from now on. One of their lasts tracks were pretty good though, Jaga Jazzist-inspired stuff with lots of sound and cymbals. I think it's a good road for them to take.



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9th June 2011 (Concert, Humla, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
Strike A Match (emotional , Oslo/Skien(?), Oslo, Norway)
Dark Times (/ stuff, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
Xaxaxa (, Macedonia)
Bernays Propaganda (, Macedonia)

Was in Oslo for a couple of days, just for fun, and this concert was one of the few events that interested me. Hausmania is a ""self-driven"" culture house, occupied by punks and communists and all that. The whole house is basically just graffiti. I arrived in the backyard, where 4 guys were drinking beer. When I found the way in, I had no idea where "Humla" was. I asked a flute-playing hippie who was in the graffiti-hallway, and he pointed me to a room with a sofa and some speakers, where I met a girl from bodø called "Ane vegane" (or as I originally thought, "Ane med gane"). I paid 40kr, and got two huge straight-edge X's on my fists. She told me the concert didn't really start just yet, in fact, an hour from now. So I went back to the city and found 4-5 nice cd's and vinyl's at Big Dipper + forgot my umbrella there, before heading back with the cd's to where I was sleeping (Jon's brand new apartment), and walked back to Humla. I bought my tickets around 19, and now the clock was 21, and the concert still hadn't started.

The first band was from Skien, and play real screamo-ish hardcore. Real feelings and awesome screamo-styled music. I loved it. Ane Vegane joined in on vocals on one track.

Strike a Match:



The second band was a 2-girl-1-boy-band, who I was originally looking forward to watching. They had a free demo on Bandcamp which was great, emotional hardcore. They were pretty cute. And good music too. I bought their cassette demo afterwards.

Dark Times:





The two last bands were from Macedonia. The first one was pretty nice, not so hard, but still pretty hardcore. They had some sound problems towards the end with the bass drum. The last band was nearly the same band, just with a girl as a vocalist. They were ok too I guess, but I did leave because I was tired and a little uncomfortable due to the fact I was at a concert alone (who does that anyway?).

Xaxaxa:




Bernays Propaganda:

Very interesting experience.


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14th June 2011 (Concert, Tou Scene, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Taku Unami (/, Japan)
Sindre Bjerga (/, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Jarrod Fowler (/, United Kingdom?)

Now this was weird. It said it would start around 22:00 on touscene.com, but it was more like 21:30, so we only got to see the last 15 minutes. There was only about 2 cars parked outside, so we did start to think a little, but after all, it was a Tuesday. We paid; but the girl behind the empty bar/counter didn't know if they had started or not (which is a weird thing to not know).

I entered stage one (the biggest one) with ear plugs, and immediately I thought I had entered a sound check. But it turned out it wasn't a sound check. In fact it was in the middle of the concert.

Tou scene 1 is a huge room. In this room, there were 5 people sitting on chairs in the middle of the room, holding ropes attached to the light rig (see picture). And no music or anything. Taku Unami was in the process of putting up more objects in the light rig while I was taking a chair. Me and Nikolai were given the heaviest rope, which had a chair attached. He then lifted the light rig up to the roof, and we had to hold back/drag/release to make the chair go up and down (it did make a sound while doing this). Taku was laughing through the entire thing. At one point he sat beneath our mid-air chair with a blanket over his head and just sat there laughing while we were teasing him with releasing the chair on his head. After this, still in complete silence, he packed together while we sat there in the middle of the room watching. When everything was cleaned up, we applauded and then left. It was super weird.




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