Going Underground | Underneath the leaves

Welcome to October: a month of glassy, glossy shades of maroon, steamy yellow and crackling falling leaves. Copenhagen’s underground is blossoming with different cultural events to suit many tastes as the best of the Indian summer lies ahead. Here’s the best of the bunch.

Imperial Tiger Orchestra
Tiger Orchestra are as Swiss as chocolat noir (if you’ll excuse the cheesy pun). Their music, however, is a trip down memory lane, revisiting the height of Ethiopian music magic of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Not too different to the legendary Mulatu Atstatke, expect heavily instrumental sequences and captivating sounds teeming with influences of the vast open African Savannah – all this in an intimate venue that allows for a wholeheartedly immersive experience.

Global CPH; Sat 26 Oct, 21:00; 70kr


Seasick Steve
Don’t let the price dissuade you, as Seasick Steve may well be one of the most unique musicians out there. An old-timer who began his career very late on, his blues recall stories of his youth when he lived the life of a veritable bohemian, jumping trains and living one day at a time. Seasick Steve (aka Steve Wold) has performed alongside the likes of John Lee Hooker and appeared on Jools Holland’s well known music show, and in addition to his guitar mastery, he has a tendency to intrigue audiences by playing his own homemade instruments as well.

Store Vega; Mon 21 Oct, 20:00; 200kr


Factory Floor
Factory Floor are a post-industrial band from London whose music has been said to draw on influences such as Joy Division and The Fall. In truth, it sounds more like a modern interpretation of the sort of music one would hear at legendary clubs like Manchester’s Hacienda in the early 1990s, fused with a cheeky sparkle of synth genius, driven industrial percussion and vocals that would be at home in an Andy Warhol film. Speaking of films, the concert is part of this year’s CPH:DOX festival, so expect visual eye candy that you’ll either love with reckless abandon or get sick of in an instant.

Lille Vega; Mon 14 Oct, 21:00; 150kr


Kissaway Trail
This gig is for all the indie and rock lovers out there. Danish band Kissaway Trail are a world-class act who have managed to master the mix of local popularity and international acclaim with aplomb, cultivating a driven rock sound that runs parallel to the efforts of indie heavyweights like Arcade Fire.  Fresh from gallivanting around the globe over the past couple of years, the trio from Odense come into this show high on the rush of their recently released album, Breach – the fourth member of their repertoire.  

Rust; Sat 19 Oct, 21:00; 100kr


Majical Cloudz
Majical Cloudz are a Canadian duo who produce contemplative, minimalist arty sounds that one would expect to hear at an avant-garde art installation. Their hollow, furrowed approach straddles the domain of the creative, trippy, artistic and ghostly all at once – a daringly experimental direction that inspires in as much as it triggers light-headed contemplation. Once again, CPH:DOX  will be sorting out the visuals for this show, making for an immersive audiovisual experience in the deep waters of lo-fi, atmospheric sound bytes and misty visuals.

CPH Jazzhouse; Mon 21 Oct, 20:00; 80kr



About the author

An advocate of counterculture movements and anything that boycotts materialism, consumerism and social inequality, Allan Mutuku Kortbaek wishes he’d been born in the ‘60s and wandered across the changing American landscape in the company of the beat generation. Since he’s not though, he’s quite happy to swipe away at modern day corporate cannibalism and other traits of today’s society through journalism, art, activistic philosophy, poetry and photography. Find out more at www.mutuks.com.

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