Not often enough do exploding stars like the LA-based Silversun Pickups visit Athens to indulge us in a couple hours of pure, fuzzy, distorted, melodic sounds loud enough to blast the ceiling of the beloved Athenian venue on Liossion Avenue, Gagarin 205. The show on 24 June will be the first one for Silversun Pickups in Athens.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are a New York four-piece band who play dreamy, noisy pop songs with boy/girl vocals, wonderful melodies, fuzzy guitar and exploding drums. Despite only having been together for just over a year, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart are one of the most talked-about American bands of the moment. Don't miss them live at Gagarin205, in Athens on 15 June.
The British emblematic band that defined ambient music during the '90s and is considered to be one of the most influential projects in the history of electronic music, along with Kraftwerk and Orbital, will be performing for the first time in Greece to open a series of limited appearances in Europe after 12 years of absence from live performance. They will appear at the softball stadium at the Elliniko Olympic Complex in Athens on 23 May.
After their sold-out performance during the winter, God Is an Astronaut return to Athens Greece with their new record, promising an exciting night full of serene ambience and blazing intensity. With a set list featuring new and old songs and their full audio visual show on tap, the Irish post-rockers will be at Gagarin205 in Athens on 8 May for a memorable performance.
It's an undeniable fact that Swedish Opeth is a musically integrated heavy metal group! Having drawn influences from progressive music, folk, blues, rock and jazz, they create dynamic songs with strong guitar changes and a combination of brutal and clear vocals. Don't miss them live on 10 April at the Cultural Centre ''Hellenic Cosmos" in Athens.
Club des Belugas is one of the leading lounge and nu-jazz projects in Germany, perhaps in Europe. They combine contemporary European lounge and nu-jazz styles with Brazilian beats and American black soul of the '50s, '60s and '70s for a uniquely creative and intense outcome. They will be performing at Gazarte in Athens on 2 and 3 April, presenting a musical variety which includes funk, swing and rock.
The gentle guitar virtuoso of jazz Lionel Loueke from Benin, West Africa, will charm his audience with his jazz melodies from 27 March to 2 April, at the Half Note Jazz Club in Athens. Loueke presents a unique combination of his native African culture, his technical mastery and touching melodies that have thrilled audiences world wide.
The City of Athens Big Band will present a concert of jazz music at the Roes Theatre on Monday 30 March at 21:00. The performance is the last in a series of bi-weekly musical events put on by the Big Band at this venue. The Big Band will play a variety of popular jazz works under the direction of conductor Giannis Terezakis.
Billy Jones brings a fresh and electric sound that flirts with funk and rock music. He combines the modern blues sound with the traditional blues and Neo-Soul. Jones was a child prodigy and has studied under great blues artists such as Little Johnny Taylor, Larry "Totsie" Davis, Calvin Leavy, Rufus Thomas and many others. Don't miss him live at the Half Note Jazz Club in Athens from 20 to 26 March.
Amon Düül II is a German rock band that emerged from the hippie scene in Munich in the late '60s. They are considered to be one of the founders of the German rock music scene and a great influence on Krautrock. Catch them live at Gagarin 205 in Athens on 21 March.
Quadro Nuevo, a jazz quartet with sounds from Asia Minor that remind us of Argentina, mixed with a touch of Balkan music with an American touch, will be at Gazarte on March 12, and March 13, in Athens. Their programme will include tango, valse musette, arabesque and flamenco music, songs from Italy and Asia Minor, as well as adapted melodies and their own version of Misirlou.
Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers Exodus will team up with Sweden's Entombed and UK's Sabbat for a one-off show on March 8 at Gagarin 205 in Athens. Spanning a career of almost 30 years, Exodus has gone through numerous line-up changes, two extended hiatuses and has seen the deaths of two former band members. With eight studio albums, two live albums and two compilations, Exodus has released a total of 12 albums since their debut in 1985.
English singer-songwriter James Blunt was launched into fame in 2005 with the release of his debut album, Back to Bedlam, and singles releases - especially the No. 1 hit You're Beautiful. Along with vocals, James Blunt performs on a variety of instruments, including piano and guitar, in a pop, rock and folk mix. Don't miss him live in Athens at the Tae-Kwon-Do Stadium on March 7.
After almost eight years, Tindersticks return to Athens for a concert at the Badminton Theatre on Saturday, February 21, with a new record and all their older hits. Tindersticks were one of the most original and distinctive British acts of the '90s, standing apart from both the British indie scene and the rash of Brit-pop guitar combos that dominated the UK charts.
The Scottish band Mogwai are considered the leaders of the post rock scene. They are coming back to Greece with their new studio album, the sixth in the row, to perform many of their classic hits. By creating lengthy musical tracks and by mixing the melody with the sound of electrical guitars, Mogwai paint images in sound, making words unnecessary. Catch them live at Gagarin205 on February 20 in Athens.
No Use for a Name are a four-piece punk rock band from San Jose, CA., and have been the torchbearers of the skate-punk scene since Tony Sly and Rory Koff started the band in 1987. They are one of independent music's most dominant and everlasting forces and nothing could solidify their firm grip on the underground more than their newest record, Keep Them Confused. Don't miss them live in Athens at An Club on February 15.
Transglobal Underground is a London-based music collective that specialises in a fusion of western, oriental and African music styles, sometimes labelled as "world fusion" or "ethno-techno." The project grew out of a mutual love for dance, avant-garde, Arabic, and world music and draws on each member's musical tastes and cultural backgrounds. They will perform live in Athens February 7 at the Fuzz Club.
NoJazz will be performing at the Half Note in Athens from January 30 to February 5 in a unique show unlike any other. Their cult concerts throughout France and the rest of the world have made noJazz into much more than a group. NoJazz have grown into a phenomenon whose reputation has spread like wildfire through international music networks.
Calexico is an indie rock band based in Tucson, Arizona, known for playing an eclectic variety of music that straddles the myths and multicultural traditions of the American West. The two main members are Joey Burns and John Convertino, who first played together in Los Angeles as part of the group Giant Sand. Calexico will perform at the Fuzz Club in Athens on 31 January.
The music collective of Zion Train are playing live on 24 January at An Club in Athens. Zion Train are Dub Dance pioneers and have been undisputed leaders in the genre for more than 15 years. The band are heavily involved in alternative and DIY underground culture and have been since the '90s, as well as being purveyors of the finest roots reggae music throughout this period.
Red Snapper are a British instrumental band founded in London in 1993. Stylistically, their sound contains elements of jazz, funk, jungle, trip-hop, hip-hop and breakbeat, as well as references to early psychedelic and progressive rock. They distinguished themselves from the outset by performing live, and not relying on studio wizardry to reach their audience. Red Snapper will be appearing on the Gagarin205 stage on 24 January.
Monika was the talk of Athens during 2008. With her debut album, Avatar, reaching gold status, she is considered to be the next big name on the Greek indie scene using English lyrics. This popular arrival on the Athenian music scene will bring her honest and personal sound to the stage of Gagarin205 on January 22.
Based in Portland, Oregon, yet encompassing the world, Vagabond Opera delivers passionate offerings of Bohemian cabaret. Paris hot Jazz, gut bucket swing, Tangos, Ukrainian folk-punk ballads, Klezmer and vigorous originals meet a world of riverboat gambling queens, Turkish belly dancers, and the enigmatic Marlene Dietrich. Don't miss them from January 16 to 22 at the Half Note Jazz Club in Athens.
Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers are one of the top Swingin' Jazz and Blues bands in the world. They perform their own original compositions as well as songs made famous in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s by the great women of jazz and blues, including Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. See them live from the 19th until the 29th of December at Half Note Jazz Club in Athens.
The beloved band from Manchester returns to Athens for a live Christmas show. The melodic Mancunians first emerged in 1991, having played a series of gigs at Manchester's In the City festival. They are an alternative rock band which has produced some dark, moody classics. One year after their last show in Athens, they return on 26 December at Gagarin205.
Anne Clark has always had a very special relationship with Greece. Ever since she held her first shows in this country her loyal audience responded to her every call waiting to listen to such songs as ''Our Darkness'', ''Abuse'', ''Sleeper in Metropolis'' and ''True love Tales''. Her shows are always a profound sentimental experience filled with poetry and drama. Enjoy Anne Clark in Athens at Gagarin205 on December 20th.
Gotan Project broke new ground in tango and electronica with their debut album La Revancha Del Tango in 2001 (which has sold in excess of a million copies worldwide) and have performed around the world. For their second studio album, Lunático, they really wanted to explore both tango and folkloric music from Argentina a lot further than before. They return to Athens for an amazing concert on 22 December at the Athens Arena.
Dr. Lonnie Smith is an authentic Master of the Hammond B3 organ. For over five decades he has expanded the sound of the Jazz Organ, created a global fan-base, and revealed his musical talents on over seventy albums. Today, his name is truly synonymous with the instrument. Dr. Lonnie Smith returns in Athens from the 12th until the 18th of December at Half Note Jazz Club.
This December say hellooo to Monster Magnet! This historical group from New Jersey returns to Athens with a stoner rock sound. The opportunity for a real trip with sounds like "Megasonic Teenage Warhead", "Powertrip" and "Unbroken (Hotel Baby)" is only offered for two nights! Monster Magnet will set the stage of Gagarin205 on fire' on December 12th and 13th. Be there or miss out!
Fuzz Club in Athens will host a night full of dancing and excitement with disco references, punk outbursts, pop aesthetics and silky dance beats. On Saturday December 6, French electro-pop outfit Poni Hoax, dance-punk DJ and musician Juan Maclean and the notorious Amateur Boyz from Athens will play at Fuzz Club for one memorable night full of surprises, music and dance. Don't miss it.
Efterklang (the Danish word for remembrance and reverberation) is a post-pop group formed on January 2001 in Copenhagen. They create a dramatic music located, aesthetically, at some point between the US contemporary classical group Rachel's and the Icelandic trio of Sigur Rós, atmosphericists Múm and occasional co-conspirators Amiina. When performing live, the core five-piece band is joined from violinist/singer Peter Broderick. Efterklang will play at An Club in Athens on 6th December.
Almost a year to the date since its first and very successful trial debut, terror returns to the city of Athens! The Screamin' Athens Horror Festival, with its head held high and its teeth sharpened, is back - on 5th, 6th and 7th December- at Gagarin205 and promises another three days filled with horror films from all over the world, as well as exhibitions, books, music and humour!
LaXula leads audiences on a journey of wonder and decadence. Songs drift effortlessly from the dusty sun-baked routes of southern Spain to the pulsing urban vibrancy of east London underground parties: theirs is a plaintive fiesta of influences from Flamenco to Arabic, Klezmer to Latino, all interwoven with indie-rocky psychedelia. Enjoy this punk-flamenco band at Half Note Jazz Club in Athens from 28th November until 4th December.
Tricky is an English musician born in Knowle West, Bristol, England. Tricky, alongside Massive Attack and Portishead, was one of the architects of trip-hop in the early 90s` in Bristol. Culturally, he bridges white and black Britain, particularly in his blend of rock and hip hop, high art and pop culture. His debut album "Maxinquaye" was nominated for the Mercury Prize and voted Album of the Year by the NME Magazine. Tricky will perform live at Fuzz Club on 28th of November.
Public Enemy is an influential hip hop group from Long Island, New York, known for its politically charged lyrics, criticism of the media, and active interest in the concerns of the African American community. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Public Enemy number forty-four on its list of the Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Public Enemy will play on 29th and 30th of November at Gagarin205.
The legendary jazz player, Herbie Hancock, has toured heavily behind his latest release, the Grammy-winning "River: The Joni Sessions," and after winning European audiences in the summer, he's back to finish off the year. The winter band features Terence Blanchard, James Genus, Lionel Loueke, Gregoire Maret and Kendrick Scott, and early reviews report that Herbie and band have created some amazing chemistry. Enjoy this concert at the Athens Concert Hall on 25th November.
British iLiKETRAiNS, a brilliant band with their dark ballads and their epic post rock melodies are visiting Athens, for the second time within a year, for a special live show on November 23rd at Gagarin 205. After their first impressive show last January, the British post-rockers return to Athens to startle and entertain their audience once more. Don't miss them.
An irreverent, humorous bunch of scraggly neo-new wave indie rockers, the Teenagers - Frenchmen Quentin Delafon, Dorian Dumont, and Michael Szpiner - formed in late 2005. Initially, they formed as a joke; they created a MySpace profile for their nonexistent band and used the comments they received as the inspiration for their first lyrics. Critics have noted their self-aware and intelligent lyrics and praised their lush, danceable pop music. The Teenagers will play at Gagarin205 on 14 November.
The Residents is an American avant-garde music and visual arts group who have created over sixty albums - many short musical films - and undertaken several major world tours. During their career, spanning almost four decades, they have preserved complete anonymity. They will present their latest work Bunny Boy on 16 November at Pallas Theater.
The symbol of ethnic music and ambassador of Good Will of The United Nations, Natacha Atlas, will perform on the 30th of October at Fuzz club. Natacha Atlas is known for her fusion of Arabic and North African music with western electronic music. Her music has been influenced by various different genres including Arabesque music, drum ‘n' bass and reggae.
Animal Collective, the experimental avant-garde group from Baltimore, Maryland will play a one-off gig at Gagarin 205 on the 22nd of October. Animal Collective will present their traditional pop and rock melodious arrangements with a blend of an earthly intriguing sound.They will bring with them a secret support group of their choice.
When three premier bassists of jazz, Stanley Clark, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten, team up, the result you have is «Thunder». That is the name of their tour which is a result of a jam session they had at the Bass Player Live concert in NYC. There is an opportunity to enjoy this interesting and unusual collaboration at the Pallas Theatre on 21st of October.
From Athens Georgia to Athens Greece, R.E.M. will headline the special "MTV GR Day" concert with support from the Kaiser Chiefs, Gabriella Cilmi, and C:Real. Doors will open at 17:30 and the show will begin at 19:30.
October 5th at the Kallimarmaro Panathinaiko Stadium
An artist who has left a strong mark in the rock' n' roll scene of the 70's, Roger Hodgson arrives in Athens for two concerts at Badminton Theater on October 10 and 11 respectively. His voice has been inseparably connected with Supertramp's big hits such as Logical Song, Dreamer, Take the Long Way Home, Breakfast in America, School and many others.
An important figure of the Greek contemporary music scene, Lena Platonos invites us to the Roman Odeon of Herodes Atticus on July 28 for a melodic journey that crosses over three decades of Greek music.
To truly experience modern Athenian nightlife, we recommend spending a few hours at a Greek nightclub with live Greek music. The levels vary from mellow to extreme. In the winter, many top 20 Greek pop singers fill large halls along the industrial strip known as Iera Odos and Pireos Street and in the summer months along the coastal districts of Glyfada, Voula and Vouliagmeni. Here clients are part of the fun, dancing on the stage and on the tables until the early hours. Laid-back evenings can be enjoyed at the many rebetadika in Psirri and Plaka.