Music has always been an important thing for me. I've got no musical talent to speak off, and I'm not even sure I am good at writing about it, but one of the best perks to my time with the Copenhagen Post was the opportunity to talk to a few bands and see a whole lot of good shows.
Unsung metal god deserves spot among nation’s best
Out of the ashes of Danish bands Brainstorm, Black Rose, and Brats, another influential metal band formed in the shape of Mercyful Fate. While never achieving crossover mainstream success, Mercyful Fate would come to be viewed among metalheads as one of the all-time greats.
With the band’s dark imagery – most famously King Diamond’s horror-inspired face paint – and subject matter, Mercyful Fate is widely considered one of the originators of the black metal sub-genre. READ MORE
My Morning Jacket deliver victory at last
Taking the Vega stage for their first ever Copenhagen concert, the five Kentuckians in My Morning Jacket took little time establishing that this would be a night to remember.
Opening with ‘The Way He Sings’ from 2001’s At Dawn and ‘Heartbreakin Man’ from their 1999 debut The Tennessee Fire, it was clear that MMJ would compensate area fans for their long wait – and a series of gig cancellations – with a night that would run through the band’s impressive back catalogue. READ MORE
Precision strike from Tomahawk
With the dimming of the lights and the steady beat of Native American drums, à la the band's third album Anonymous, the stage was set for Tomahawk to scalp the crowd that had assembled at Store Vega.
With a low-key stage entrance, the 'supergroup' – fronted by Mike Patton of Faith No More, Mr Bungle and Fantomas, among others – launched into 'God Hates a Coward' and then hardly looked back during a nearly 70-minute set that highlighted the wonderful weirdness of Tomahawk. READ MORE
A weird, wonderful night with Wilco
Opening the show with the 12-minute subtle number ‘One Sunday Morning’ from 2011’s The Whole Love was a bold but effective choice for the band. The sombre theme of a conflicted relationship between father and son suited the theatre-like setting of the evening perfectly and settled the appreciative crowd deep into their seats. When it was followed by the equally down-trodden ‘Poor Places’, one was almost lulled into the sense that this was going to be one very low-key evening.
Luckily, all of that changed. READ MORE
Wunderkid Kurt Vile lives up to the hype
When Kurt Vile nonchalantly walked on the Vega stage on Tuesday night, it was the Philadelphia singer-songwriter’s fifth appearance in Denmark this year. But far from wearing out his welcome, Danish music fans can’t seem to get enough of Vile’s intoxicating mix of white noise-infused stoner blues-rock and simple, lyrical acoustic strummers.
Strolling out alone with just his acoustic guitar in hand, Vile started the evening with an understated performance of ‘Blackberry Song’. READ MORE
Orange and White perhaps not the best combination
To say expectations were high for Jack White’s Orange stage performance would be an understatement. The last of the big-name headliners that Roskilde announced for this year’s line-up, White was expected to deliver both star power and good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll at Roskilde’s most revered stage.
The good news is that White, largely, delivered. The bad news is that Roskilde failed to do its part, as the sound throughout the concert was all too low. READ MORE
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