This week in Munich

The Crookes play the Atomic Cafe on FridayToronto four-piece Azari & III hit the Feierwerk on Monday 14th November, with their dark disco sounds. The sound channels hedonistic nostalgic house and their debut was released in August of this year to much acclaim (and opened an interesting debate on 'eighties house revival' - are we really recycling culture so quickly?).Support from ice-cool Danes When Saints Go Machine.

Kaiser Chiefs are back in Munich this Monday, playing in Backstage at 8pm. You would be forgiven for thinking the Leeds band had split, but the band reklindled after a two-year hiatus in 2010. We guarantee a raucous I Predict A Riot in the encore.

If house revival and British indie aren't for you, check out Tim Bendzko at 59:1 this Monday - for some cute German pop.

On Tuesday, New-Yorker Lydia Lunch is in Munich. The nineties No Wave scene may have been short-lived, but she's still releasing music with Big Sexy Noise. At 8pm, New York music scene's royalty is in the Kranhalle.

On Wednesday we recommend you head back to the Kranhalle to see WHY? drummer Josiah Wolf in action. His first solo album was released in 2010 and if indie folk is your thing, he's worth checking out live - he is a true musical master.

Substanz are hosting Larkin Poe on Wednesday - two sisters making bluegrass / folk music. At Import/Export you can check out a variety of singer-songwriters at the open stage night, which kicks off at 8pm.

On Thursday, George Michael is in town, playing at the Olympiahalle. His concerts have been going down a storm recently, and if you're a long-standing fan, it'll be worth the 52 € ticket price (and that's for the cheap tickets)!

If Wham! was never your thing, you might be more interested in Zebrahead - the US punk band are playing at Backstage on Thursday, for a fraction of the price of the George Michael concert, with at least double the amount of oomph.

On Friday we recommend you check out Sheffield indie band The Crookes at the Atomic Cafe.

Saturday sees the wonderful Zola Jesus at the Orangehouse. Trained as an opera singer, the petite Russian-American will perform her brand of goth electro pop. Definitely the concert of the week.

Sunday rounds off the week with Ohio indie band The Drums, back in Munich at the Muffathalle.

As for non-music related events in Munich, last Thursday saw the start of Munich's literature festival, which runs until Sunday 27th November. The Munich Times particularly recommends the talk on Tuesday 15th November at the Literaturhaus with Wolfgang Schömel and Feridun Zaimoglu, discussing sex and the erotic.

Lot Vekemans play Gift is currently showing at the Kammerspiele. Translated from Dutch into German, the drama unfolds when a mother learns that the cemetary in which her son is buried is contaminated and a reburial is required. The play centres on her broken relationship with the boy's father as they discuss the reburial. Hard-hitting, but reviews have been positive.

Make sure you check out Three Kingdoms before the run ends at the Kammerspiele (this Saturday). There aren't many tickets left, so be sure to book soon.

The Munich International Festival of Film Schools started on Sunday 13th in Munich - film students from around the world head to Munich to present their films to the public. To catch a few, head to the Filmmuseum in the city centre. Lars von Trier once showcased his work at the festival, and it's a great place to catch the latest international hot young filmmakers.

And there we have it, a week of music, literature and film - viel Spaß!


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