Berlin Gig Forecast | PWR BTTM + Fai Baba

Who | PWR BTTM

When | Friday, December 9

Where | Lido

For fans of: Diet Cig, Weezer

Formed in New York State, PWR BTTM began as a trio but later reduced size to the current duo consisting of Liv Bruce and Ben Hopkins. The two met in college and quickly realized that they shared a common interest in combining the drag scene with the punk and the DIY scenes. Their powerpop-punk debut album Ugly Cherries was released mid-September last year, and still–more than a year later–I swear that in a better world all of the songs on that album would’ve been smash hits. The occasional Van Halen guitar solo not withstanding, their sparse set-up of drums and guitar riffs (and obviously some glitter) makes it pretty clear that their focus is on the politically-charged lyrics and sing-along melodic hooks melodies. So in the words of Queen Bey, put those ‘middle fingers up, put them hands high’ towards the establishment and be as flamboyant as you can when you head to Lido to watch PWR BTTM this Friday.

Who | Fai Baba

When | Saturday, December 10

Where | Urban Spree

For fans of: Timber Timbre, Patrick Watson

Fai Baba is honestly the only band that I even considered checking out two separate times at Reeperbahn Festival this year; their performances packed such a wickedly good punch that I just couldn’t resist. The Zurich-based duo have a bluesy psychfolk sound that’s deliciously off-kilter. Fabian Sigmund leads with smooth, dreamy vocals contrasting to his gritty guitar, joined by his partner in crime, Domi Chansorn, perfectly accompanying with his superb, inventive drumming. Entitled Sad and Horny, their 2016 full-length release is anything but sad, rather supercharged with soulful energy and vitality. Given that Fai Baba puts on one of the best live shows I’ve seen in a while, don’t miss out on their gig at Tutti Frutti Fest this Saturday.

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