February’s Berlin Must-See | Mitski

Who | Mitski

When | Tuesday, February 28

Where | Lido

For fans of: Frankie Cosmos, Courtney Barnett, St. Vincent


2016 was a wild ride for Mitski Miyawaki—simply known as Mitski. After some years of mixed reviews, it finally felt like the music community reached the unanimous conclusion that Mitski is one of the best artists around. Sometimes it pays off to be consistent and to follow your heart.

While she’s always written songs that play out like diary confessionals—frank tales of disaffected romantic encounters told with that familiar underlying feeling of not knowing how you really fit into the world around you—these sentiments are brought to the forefront on the NY-based musician’s highly-acclaimed ‘breakthrough’ album, Puberty 2, and serve as a springboard for the LP’s overall raw energy. In line with the album’s title, her songwriting has matured to the extent that the polarity present in her work isn’t at all jarring, but rather invigorating. She couples the chaos of punk with calculated pop hooks, and her saccharine lyrics are counteracted by dissonance and noise. As a result, Mitski has captured the beauty in imbalance and imperfection, then spun it into some of the most refreshing indie rock on the scene right now.

Even if we’re trying to survive the last weeks of winter here in Berlin, it warms at least our hearts to know that Mitski decided to come back to play less than six months after her previous gig here. So don’t miss out on one of the best gigs this month; we’re pretty certain that it’ll be more than just a few months before she rolls ’round again.

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