Dust off your leather pants, get out your rose-tinted sunnies and start growing out your hair – Black Sabbath are making their way to Copenhagen, and Ozzy is ready to rock. Founded over four decades ago, the infamous quartet are known as the fathers of heavy metal, and these rockers aren’t letting old age get the better of them. After a period of tension between the four Brits, during which time the talk of reunion was only ever creating ‘agita’ on the heavy metal scene, the group decided to reunite. A new album marks their return to rocking out with electric guitars and doom-riddled lyrics. 13 is slated for release this June, and the news of a European tour was released this past week. The album has created an aura of anticipation around it, and some fans are hoping for a resurgence of the style of music that made Black Sabbath’s quadruple-platinum album Paranoia so popular. 13 is the group’s 19th studio album, the first Sabbath album to be released since 1995 and, according to Ozzy himself, speaking during an Australian radio show: “if you’re a Sabbath fan, you will not be disappointed. It’s so Sabbath-y, it’s scary.” Excited yet? Tickets for the November 26 show at Forum go on sale this Monday (April 15) at 10:00 for 695kr on billetnet.dk.
Put some pep in your step with these Northern Irishmen. Since 2007, Two Door Cinema Club have been on a steady rise to stardom, with two full-length albums released since their start. This trio specialise in light synth-pop, and their genre has made them a staple for indie-hipster party playlists. Don’t be deterred, though – Two Door Cinema Club have an infectious sound that is sure to get everyone bopping their head. Their debut was in 2010, and it rose to fame in the underbelly of the internet, made waves on independent charts and eventually broke through into mainstream popularity with singles like the airy pop hit ‘Something Good Can Work’. It’s been two years since the group have put out new music. Beacon, the trio’s newest album, dropped this past August, and it’s done everything to miss the difficulties of a second album. Member Alex Trimble lent his vocals to the Olympic Opening Ceremony, singing Underworld’s ‘Caliban’s Dream’, and the strength of his pipes is clear on the group’s latest album. The trio have made a niche for themselves, so be sure to catch them at Amager Bio on May 6. Tickets are going for 220kr through billetlugen.dk.
If you need to turn the dial up a few more notches, check out Apparatjik. These guys aren’t your typical band – they’re a collective composed of bassist Guy Berryman from Coldplay, guitarist and keyboardist Magne Furuholmen from A-ha, vocalist and guitarist Jonas Bjerre from Mew, and Martin Terefe on drums. They came to Copenhagen last summer for Roskilde, and while their venue is quite different this time around, their alt-house sound remains entertaining. With two albums produced since their founding in 2008 as a charity project, the band have continued to make music, experimenting with different sounds and testing the boundaries of their musical stylings. Apparatjik swerves effortlessly between electronic and disco, and rock and indie, and they have made it part of their stage presence to utilise film art installations. The setting of the Statens Museum for Kunst is quite a special one, and it’s sure to highlight the particular − and peculiar − creativity of this group on May 3. Buy your tickets for 315kr on billetlugen.dk.
Get a dash of Americana when Cold War Kids make their way to Copenhagen. The quartet hail from California, and their sound certainly speaks to the more relaxed vibes of West Coast life. They’ve been together for just under a decade, and they’ve now released four albums, each one developing the group’s indie sound more and more. Arguably, Cold War Kids’ most famous single, ‘Hang Me Up to Dry’, came from their first album, and the rough, gritty sound is still present in their latest − and much cleaner − album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, a concept album based on Nathanael West’s novel, Miss Lonelyhearts. It dropped right at the beginning of this month, and it’s already garnered fantastic reviews. They’re playing Pumpehuset on May 6, and tickets are 267kr on billetnet.dk.
Step back from these dancy concerts and dial it down a bit − Sinne Eeg is gracing Copenhagen once again. This Danish jazz vocalist has an impressive range and a beautiful voice that will sweep you off your feet. Eeg’s talent has earned her a lot of attention internationally, and she is considered one of Europe’s major jazz talents. With strong and pure lyrics and sounds and a technique that feels effortless, she has produced albums that won the Danish Music Awards in 2007 and 2010. She’s coming home to Denmark for the first time in a while and, in honour of this homecoming of sorts, she will be performing for two nights on May 3 and 4 at Jazzhus. Buy your tickets through billetlugen.dk for 345kr.
Add a dash of pop to beautiful jazz melodies with Caroline Henderson, a Swedish-Danish artist who started singing as a teenager. In the mid-’90s, she released her first solo album, Cinemataztic, and she’s since produced eleven albums, the latest released this past March. Lonely House has been said to walk the line between modernity in jazz and the beautifully nostalgic sounds of Berlin in the 1920s and 30s, particularly the music of German composer Kurt Weill. The tracks are all eerily empty, but their composition together creates a musical community, filling the rooms of a lonely house. Henderson will be at the Glass Hall Theatre in Tivoli on April 12, so kill two birds with one stone and wander the grounds of the park before her show. Tickets are 345kr on billetlugen.dk.