Events I attended in 2010 (w/ reviews, pictures and more)

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11 sept. 2010, 12h24m

Journal under construction! Lots of videos, pictures and reviews are missing. I am adding stuff all the time, but I don't have much time anymore.

Welcome to my nearly complete list of artists I saw live in 2010! This journal contains a chronologically sorted list with all artists I saw live in 2010, including pictures, videos, reviews and more. The reviews part is still under construction.

2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - Albums I own + Band merch

This journal is more than just a list. Every artist I have ever seen live, I do my best to upload pictures for, write bio's and tag them (often I see artists without plays etc). I am also planning on adding lists of who I have seen the most times, who I have went to most concerts with, what venues I've been to the most and which artists I have the most album's of. When the lists are finished I'll make nice graphs out of them.

Green color means that this concert was awesome.

I also keep a personal tag list of all artists I have seen live, which you can find here: artists I have seen live.

I started to add reviews in November/December 2009, so reviews for the older events will probably contain factual errors etc.

The syntax is:
day month year ({link to} event title (day # {for festivals}), {link to} venue name, city, county, country)


List of artists I saw live in 2010:

11th January 2010 (Zoom festival (day 1), Checkpoint Charlie, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Mordi (, Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)
Johnny Hancocks (/, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)

After waiting 15 minutes at 7-11, I managed to not catch the train, and had to call Anders to pick me up in Sandnes, so I had to wait yet another 15 minutes.. So not a good start on the evening, but we eventually made it to Checkpoint Charlie in the ice cold weather. Mordi was already on the stage when we arrived, but I believe they hadn't start the set yet. They played good as usual, and also played a new song, which I liked, even though it felt more mainstream. First time I've heard them do melodies on vocals.

Mordi:


We thought that Mordi was the last band and that we had missed Johnny Hancocks (we already missed Overthrow, but not so important anyway). So we got two ice cold glasses of water and spoke to this old man with beard, and then suddenly Johnny Hancocks appeared. They too played good as usual, with improvisation and an awesome new Digitech Whammy pedal. Johnny also had a new song, which was surprisingly similar to Mordi's in one aspect, the rhythm. Johnyn Hancocks did it more advanced though, and even though I wasn't in love with the song after the concert, I couldn't get it out of my head the next day ^^. So obviously it was good. Both Johnny Hancocks and Mordi played too short sets :(

Johnny Hancocks:


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12th January 2010 (CD release concert, Folkets hus, Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)
Geitungen (/, Rogaland, Norway)

This concert was going to take place at "Bøndenes hus", but was moved to Folkets hus. I've never been there before, and I was surprised that there was a hall that big inside the house. The concert was postponed 50 minutes, as a lot of people were still filling the house. I really enjoyed the parts where all three played, and especially the tunes with violin. It was a good experience to see them live, but they did not play any songs from their older albums, I ended up buying their 2005 album Bra Kast!. Anders bought their 2009-album, which I don't remember the name of. We drank water after the concert.

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22nd January 2010 (Concert, Tou Scene, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Shining (/, Oslo, Norway)


Extremely powerful, droneish experimental metal right here. Drove with hLeks to Tou Scene, where we met a bunch of friends (or friends of friends). Paid 60NOK too much (did not get student prize), but it was worth it. Shining's sound was extremely "soupy", which was kinda epic when they played 10-15 minute long songs. Not much to say, if you like their album Blackjazz, then I definitely recommend going to a show.

Shining:



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23rd January 2010 (Concert, Tou Scene, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Adlib ( , Stavanger/Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)

Foxjam Riddims ( , Stavanger/Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)

I have never seen so many people I know gathered together at one venue.. It seemed like half of the school was there. Anyway, AdLib opened up with their funkiest song, and actually managed to surprise me. The last time I saw them live, at Arkivet, they were not moving at all, mostly playing jazz with long solos. This time, they were "jumping around". Almost like another band. But they were still AdLib, and I loved it. Great funky jazz. Very digable.

FoxJam has a sound that I'm not a huge fan of. A little cheesy, mainstreamish sound, but still unique and original. It's hip-hop vocals with a band + flute. It bored me, but some songs are enjoyable. As an encore, AdLib joined FoxJam and played together, which was pretty cool.

FoxJam+AdLib:


FoxJam's vocalist playing the flute:



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3rd February 2010 (Concert, Folken, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
The Tiny ( , Sweden)
Ingrid Olava (// , Lillehammer, Oppland, Norway)


Me and hLeks was aware that there would be tables and chairs at this concert, so we tried to get there early to get the best spots.. but that didn't work out so well. When we arrived there we met up with olletone, and scouted after some free chairs. Luckily, Tea from my class was there, and we stole some chairs and sat down at their table, which was in the middle of the room. Perfect.

We were actually there to see The Tiny more than Ingrid Olava, as The Tiny sounded well; much more interesting than Ingrid on record. I was however put a little off they first entered the stage. The girl of the duo made weird facial expressions which was awkward to look at. The man was extremely skilled on the cello (and ) and did some good vocals as well. For me, this was not a good experience, but don't get me wrong, they were skilled musicians. Both Aleks and Tone bought their album in the pause (and got them signed).

The Tiny:



Ingrid Olava, who is too piano heavy for me, impressed me. She played some songs from her upcoming album, and some songs from her breakthrough album - I really liked the new ones. They were almost at times. She had two skilled musicians on the stage, one on bass and another on drums and percussion. I would probably have been sleeping through the concert if it had not been for these extra layers of sounds, as I'm not really into piano solo artists.. but yep, all good. She spoke (very cutely) to the audience (almost as cute as Marit Larsen), and I would say that the audience('s) mood was good.

Ingrid Olava:



Towards the end I became bored though. Double encore is not my style at all.

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19th February 2010 (Band renaming party + private concert, Kulturlaboratoriet, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Sly Dr. Bloom ( , Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)

My second visit to Kulturlaboratoriet.. This über-abandoned, old and experimental cold house with a provisional stage. It was a party with around 95 people (from the Facebook attending list). And of course, no party without cigarettes... so the small room was more of a gas chamber than a room.. but I survived. Musically, Sly Dr. Bloom sentimentally played their best tracks chronologically. And before the last track, they unveiled their new name playing a new song, which I can't really remember how went. The concert was good music-wise, but the atmosphere and all the people made it a really cool evening.




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4th March 2010 (Concert, Checkpoint Charlie, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Kollwitz (/, Bodø, Nordland, Norway)

Had some expectations to this - what I heard here on Last.fm was very good. And they were playing really well live as well, long and sludgish songs, but I felt there was something missing.. (apart from the crowd - we were like 15 people). Maybe it was the sound, or my ear plugs. Anyway, a really, really good concert, but still not a green one. I'm gonna see them live again if I get the chance.



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12th March 2010 (Ugå 2010 (day 3), Folken, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Casiokids (/, Bergen, Hordaland, Norway)
Ultra Sheriff (, Hinna, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)

I looked forward to Casiokids - maybe too much.

Ultra Sheriff played spacish electronica with bass, guitar and synth. The music was kinda cheesy, and the vocals got boring, but a consistent stage show and some funny lines made it ok. Not my style, but I'm glad bands try out new stuff like this.

Casiokids's show was a little dull.. Don't get me wrong, it was good and all, but not as good as expected. They managed to ruin the best part of Verdens største land, by adding some staccatos or whatever in "Norge, Finland og Sverige" :((




lol yeahh. I paid using my mom's Aftenbladkort, but apparently, you had to be the owner of the subscription to use it.. but they let it go ^^. I was also kinda stoked over that the DJ played Uffie before the concert \o/.


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13th March 2010 (Concert, Checkpoint Charlie, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Sly Dr. Bloom ( , Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)
The Pink Robots ( , Bergen, Hordaland, Norway)
Jack Dalton (//, Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway)

Sly Dr. Bloom played their set well, as usual. Extremely much bass. I don't think I had heard their newest song before, so that was cool.

The Pink Robots was like.. happy'ish dance pop thing.. im not a dancer, and musically it became dull after a couple of songs, so I was disappointed in them.

Jack Dalton played what I like to call "standard" music. They mix genres, but not enough. The best parts were the instrumental screamo parts (the last song, 628 or something like that).

After the concert we hung out with the guys in Sly Dr. Bloom in the rain, before we hit Martinique and found a blanket. Oh, btw, they played Yeasayer and Passion Pit aaand Girls at Martinique, and Yeasayer at Checkpoint Charlie. I had no idea people had good taste in Stavanger.


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18th March 2010 (Ugå 2010 (day 9), Grottene, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
The List (/, Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)
Kråkesølv (, Bodø, Nordland, Norway)


Me and anders_sn only got to see The List's two last songs, but what we saw saw surprisingly good. Kinda post.

Kråkesølv entered the stage at midnight - a little late for a Thursday, but it was totally worth it, although I overslept badly for school the next day. Second time I saw them, and they played very nice selection of songs. 3-4-5 new songs, and the rest from Trådnøsting. Stemning. Really fun concert, I rarely get to see one of my top artists live. The air quality was horrific though. And the 0.33l Cola was 31 NOK.



The List:


Kråkesølv:


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18th March 2010 (Ugå 2010 (day 9), Folken, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Veronica Maggio (, Sweden)


As there were some time between The List and and Kråkesølv, I paid 200 NOK extra for something I had no idea what was. And I'm glad I did so, because Veronica Maggio was niiice. Her music was pop'ish, melodic and the performance was excellent.





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26th March 2010 (Concert, Tou Scene: Loftet, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Captain Credible (//, Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway)


This.

Captain Credible put up a funny scene show, and played his role well from the second he entered his .. table. Told stories between the songs, which made the slightly drunk audience laugh every time. His music was also really good, and he used lots of weird boxes and stuff to do stuff... Very IDM'ish chiptuneish stuff about robots, unicorns and rainbows. Loved it.





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27th March 2010 (Concert, Checkpoint Charlie, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Staer (//, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Noxagt (//, Sandnes?, Rogaland, Norway)


I had no idea what this "Staer" (Stær) band was, so I was surprised to see members of Johnny Hancocks and Gnizzt entering the stage.. It was noisy, but they had some cool stuff going on in the background. Very good!

Noxagt was a lot slower than expected, but still very interesting. At times I tagged them in my head, even though that's not it. (I did tag them , though).



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10th April 2010 (Concert, Skeiloftet, Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)
Terraex (/, Stavanger(?), Rogaland, Norway)

Terraex is a band that I like quite much actually. They have a nice sound, so hearing them acoustically was something I looked forward to. I think they played good and had a great sound even acoustic. Good concert, free, first spring day of 2010 + 130 NOK chicken sandwich consumed.



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14th April 2010 (Concert, Lanternen, Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)
Adlib ( , Stavanger/Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)

Met up with junior789 and anders_sn in Langgata with Lanternen. It was a lot colder than expected, and the band members were probably freezing cold, but they played very good, as usual! Very funky, very nice. After the concert me and Anders wandered around in Sandnes, eventually making our way to the grand opening of Sandnes 2160, where this huge stage and even huger screens were. Got a glimpse of the queen of Norway.

AdLib:




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1st May 2010 (Concert, Tou Scene, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Lydia Laska ( /-thingie, ?, Rogaland, Norway)
Serena-Maneesh (//, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)

The first thing that happened after entering Tou Scene 1 hour before the concert, was that MarcelBerge spilled beer on anders_sn's camera. Then they became friends. Or something like that.

The first band, Lydia Laska, was probably the worst act I have seen live the last year. I liked a song from Myspace, and also read about their "awesome scene show", but they stood still most of the time. And played standard thrashy, post-punkish music that's easy to like for drunk 30year-olds. The drunk audience bothered me the most. I can't stand certain drunk dance moves. Super bad.

Serena-Maneesh however. Great noise, great performance. Great music.



Friends attended:


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29th May 2010 (Jærdagen, Bryne sentrum, Bryne, Rogaland, Norway)
Donkeyboy ( , Drammen, Buskerud, Norway)

Me and anders_sn decided to bike out to Bryne to see this concert. Nice weather, and got to have a closer look at some animals (and their smell). We arrived at Bryne 1 hour too early, so we wandered around in the crowd. Did I mention that I hate pre-puberty boys?

The concert was way too loud and Donkeyboy became boring after a while and is definitely best one song at the time, on the radio.

Donkeyboy:


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3rd June 2010 (Barnas by (day 2), Ruten, Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)
LidoLido (/, Haugesund, Rogaland, Norway)
Faith SFX (/, London, United Kingdom)
Lars Vaular (/, Bergen, Hordaland, Norway)

LidoLido has some catchy stuff going on, but was mostly remixes and I think that's kinda pointless. But not bad.

Faith SFX was surprisingly skilled. Really good beatboxing, never seen a professional beatboxer before. He even did some dubstep stuff for a couple of seconds.

Lars Vaular was good too.

Lars Vaular:


LidoLido:


Lars Vaular:


Faith SFX:


Whole concert:
http://vimeo.com/12305461

Friends attended:


(btw, I was also going to see Sly Dr. Bloom and Kvelertak live the next day, but I was too late for Sly's concert and went home before Kvelertak :()

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5th June 2010 (Musikkfest Stavanger 2010, Stavanger sentrum, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Gnizzt (, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Dark Revolution of Funk ( , Karmøy, Rogaland, Norway)
Switchblade Love ( , Haugesund, Rogaland, Norway)
...And the Echo Falls (attempted , Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Repent (, Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)

Met up with junior789 at the train station in Sandnes, walked to Nytorget where we met anders_sn and Kjartan V. (vocalist in Repent. Gnizzt played very good.

From here we walked to Øvre Holmegate, where Switchblade Love was playing. Relaxing stuff, but nothing I would like to hear more of.

From there we walked to Arneageren where Dark Revolution of Funk were playing their last song, which I thought was horrifyingly standard, but after listening to them at Urørt later, they weren't actually that bad.

Some 15 minutes later, ...And the Echo Falls played. A poor attempt to play progressive rock/metal. The sound was horrible and the songs uninteresting. Sadly enough.

And thennnnn I tasted spring rolls for the first time (with chicken), and didn't really enjoy it. Repent played a very good show shortly after at Nytorget.

Also bought this year's first Norwegian strawberries, 40NOK and a hoax.

Gnizzt:


Switchblade Love:


...And the Echo Falls:


Repent:


Friends attended:


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7th July 2010 (Kongsberg Jazzfestival (day 1), Energimølla, Kongsberg, Buskerud, Norway)
Shining (/, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)

The last time I saw Shining, I was amazed by their sound and the volume, but this time it felt like the same thing all over again. A good concert, but nothing more. Maybe it had something to do with the 3.5 hour long train ride to the festival?












Friends attended:


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8th July 2010 (Kongsberg Jazzfestival (day 2), Galleri Åkern, Kongsberg, Buskerud, Norway)
Keith Rowe (/, Plymouth, England)

Sitting a hot art gallery, not being able to see anything of the things going on with Keith's tabletop guitar, wasn't exactly a good experience, but the sounds he made was pure art.

Friends attended:


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8th July 2010 (Kongsberg Jazzfestival (day 2), Kongsberg kirke, Kongsberg, Buskerud, Norway)
Paal Nilssen-Love & Nils Henrik Asheim
Paal Nilssen-Love (/, Molde, Møre og Romsdal, Norway)
Nils Henrik Asheim (/, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)

Kongsberg church is a horrible place to have concerts. The musicians, an organist and a drummer/percussionist, sat in the third floor, so only a few people in the fourth floor was able to see them. Og så var det knirkingen da. But as for the music, this was an interesting concert, which gradually got better and better (the sound was bad in the beginning).



Related news article: http://laagendalsposten.no/kultur/kan-det-bli-serere-1.5446063 (Norwegian)

Friends attended:


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8th July 2010 (Kongsberg Jazzfestival (day 2), Energimølla, Kongsberg, Buskerud, Norway)
Toot (/, internationally based, but on a Norwegian label)
No Spaghetti Edition (/, internationally based, but on a Norwegian label)

This concert at Energimølla was probably the most boring concert at the festival. TOOT was unbelieveably little interesting; nothing really happened and they did their own stuff instead of playing with each other. A guy making noises with his mouth, a guy making clicking noises with some analog electronic equipment with extremely little variation, and a guy on a trumpet.

After TOOT played way too long, it was No Spaghetti Edition's time to shine; with 9 members I figured this would be a lot more interesting and exciting, but it was as quiet and long as TOOT, and half of the band did nothing at all.

Friends attended:


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8th July 2010 (Kongsberg Jazzfestival (day 2), Tubaloon, Kongsberg, Buskerud, Norway)
Röyksopp (/, Tromsø, Troms, Norway)

Röyksopp was crap. Could only hear the kick-bass-thing, and the rest of the music was bad. And I hate female techno vocals.





Friends attended:


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9th July 2010 (Kongsberg Jazzfestival (day 3), Energimølla, Kongsberg, Buskerud, Norway)
MIMEO (//, internationally based, but on a Norwegian label)

MIMEO, 10 (actually 11) musicians sitting around a table in the middle of the room. The name MIMEO is an abbrevation for "Music In Movement Electronic Orchestra", so the audience was able to walk around the table to look what was going on. Musically, this was a lot more interesting than No Spaghetti Edition and TOOT. This was a lot more powerful at times, and a lot more happening + the musicians actually played together instead of individually. A relatively good concert.





Video from the show: http://vimeo.com/13227884

Friends attended:


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9th July 2010 (Kongsberg Jazzfestival (day 3), Tubaloon, Kongsberg, Buskerud, Norway)
Tortoise ( , Chicago, Illinois, United States)

Tortoise was definitely the most disappointing act of the festival. Nikolai and Martin thought it was so bad that they left after one song. Me and Eirik was there for about 3 or 4 songs. Vegard liked it. I expected post-rock, either the mathy kind, or the atmospheric kind, but instead we got something that well.. didn't really interest me. They had their own sound, they played well, but I just didn't like it.



Friends attended:


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10th July 2010 (Kongsberg Jazzfestival (day 4), Tubaloon, Kongsberg, Buskerud, Norway)
Jaga Jazzist (/, Tønsberg, Vestfold, Norway)

Jaga Jazzist was the best concert of the festival. I had not listened much to this band, so I did not know what to expect, but they had the post-rock elements I like. Good songs, good show. Almost a green concert.





Video from the show: http://vimeo.com/13244311 (Oslo Skyline (recommended))

Friends attended:


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7th August 2010 (Concert, Musikk- og filmbiblioteket, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Frøken Fryd (, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Johnny Hancocks (/, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)

Frøken Fryd.. I kinda like them, but I think it's about time they drop the "HEY HEY HEY!" thing.

Johnny Hancocks. Sadly with bass sound problems, played an OK show; the good news: they have a new EP recorded.

Friends attended:


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21st August 2010 (Hardcore marathon, Kulturlaboratoriet, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Kurt Tank ( (punk), Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
bitter taste (, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Dakari (, Halden, Østfold, Norway)
Rank N' File (, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Evolve (, Maura, Akershus, Norway)

Hardcore marathon, like back in 2007 and 2008. Lots of people showed up. There were vegan food and moshpits.

Poster:


Kurt Tank started. OK show.. perhaps the most emotive band of them, but still pretty hardcore. moshing was good.

Bitter Taste was next. I liked this better. some good, hard and slow parts. still good moshing and setting. pretty headbangable.

Dakari played after, and it was the best performance of the night. Snöras-alike parts. Hardcore, but still good.

Rank N' File: I'm sorry, but I can't stand this kind of hardcore. The über standard hardcore, with clean group vocals and chants... Left after two songs.

Evolve: Really hard hardcore.. but not so innovative.. kinda reminded me of power-violence, and that's not a good thing. Not for me.







Friends attended:


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25th August 2010 (Concert/music video night, Kinokino, Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)
Hovering Orville ( (melancholic (?), Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)


Nice night at Kinokino, where they showed local music videos and interviewed the people behind them. Hovering Orville did a reverse music video, they played music live at two silent short films. The shorts were beautiful alone, but with the post-rock-ish music it was perfect. Great stuff.


Friends attended:


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4th September 2010 (Rått og råde, (day 3) Lassa, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Bare Egil Band (/, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
Madcon (/, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
Tôg (/, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Lars Vaular (/, Bergen, Hordaland, Norway)
Purified in Blood (, Hommersåk, Rogaland, Norway)
Thomas Dybdahl (, ), Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Kvelertak (/, Stavanger/Kleppe, Rogaland, Norway)
Ozzy Osbourne (, Aston, Birmingham, England)

The week before the festival, @kolumbus_no, the local bus company, asked twitter for volunteers who would get a day pass for the festival by wearing a special t-shirt. I said yes, and won. The only thing I had to do was wear a t-shirt with a QR code, and then let people "scan me" thoughout the day. Around 15 people scanned me, so that was some easy 700 NOK saved. The weather was beautiful. A lot of my friends were there. But. The music........

Bare Egil Band started the day.. he might be funny, but seriously.. the music is horrible. I can't stand it. He would do a lot better as a stand-up comedian.

Bare Egil Band:


Next up was Madcon. They played on the main stage. And ew. Crappy music. PLAYBACK! On a rock festival? give me a break.

Madcon:


Tôg was next. Boring, lifeless and unoriginal electronic music. Chilling in the grass was unpleasant with this music in the background.

Then it was time for Lars Vaular on the main stage. This guy is wicked. Laidback style, without looking like a douche, Bergensdialekt and great lyrics. Easily the best performance of the festival's third day. The sound was a huge improvement from the last time I saw him live, in Sandnes. Gi meg no bass.

Lars Vaular:


Purified in Blood then played at stage 2. Crowd was getting lively, but I can't stand the music. It's boring. Repetive. "Hardcore".

Purified in Blood:


Thomas Dybdahl on the main stage was what I was looking forward to the most, but it wasn't as fantastic as I hoped. I mean, the music was good, but the intimacy was lost on the 1000x1000meter stage. I will have to catch this guy inside one time, because the music truly is beautiful, but on Lassa, it was a disappointment.

Thomas Dybdahl:


Kvelertak on stage 2 was probably the craziest concert, with dozens of crowdsurfers, beer throws, stagedives etc. But once again, the music is boring. I say unoriginal even. No-no for me.

Kvelertak:


Ozzy Osbourne on the main stage. 10-15 000 people in the crowd. It was epic looking at the crowd from all the way back when the headlights lit up the area, but that was about it. All I could see was this old guy in a mantle singing out of tune, and a couple of cheesy band members. Left before the first song was finished, that's how bad it was.

Ozzy Osbourne:


But all in all, a great day with friends in beautiful weather. I hope there will be another Rått og Råde. I just hope I can influence the booking :d


Friends attended:


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10th September 2010 (Numusic 2010 (day 3), Tou Scene, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Aeroplane (/, Brussels, Belgium)
Harrys gym (dreamy , Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
Tussle (/, San Francisco, California, United States)

My first real Numusic experience. Tou Scene awesome and experimental as always. Psychedelic lights in the ceiling, DJ's and lots of people. Harrys gym's set was pretty much based around their new album, which I had only listened to once or twice (it was released some days ago). I've been listening a lot to their first album, so I was naturally hoping they would play more from that album. Seems like the audience was hoping for that too. When they played Brother and Attic, that's when the audience really started to get lively. Nevertheless, great concert, great band. Bought their new CD after the concert and got it signed by Anne Lise.

Harrys gym:



At this point I had been awake for like 20 hours, but we still stayed to see the last band of the evening, Tussle. However, as expected, this was a major fail for me. This type of electronic music isn't interesting to me and the band seemed lifeless..

Tussle:


Aeroplane dj'ed stage 2 for several hours, but I only caught some glimpses of him.

Aeroplane:



Friends attended:


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14th September 2010 (Numusic 2010 (day 7), Folken, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Steve Reich (/, New York City, New York, United States)
University of Stavanger jazz department, students and graduates

Nice night at Folken. Although I was tired as hell. Lars Erik drove us to Folken, where lotta boyz was in da hood, and Steve Reich was talking to local hero Nils Henrik Asheim at the bar, seemingly unknowing of the concert that was soon about to start. Electrical Counterpoint, 2x5 and stuff like that. I enjoyed 2x5 the most. Really nice rhythm with the electrical bass and keyboard (2 of each).







Friends attended:


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17th September 2010 (Numusic 2010 (day 10), Tou Scene, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Dj Iwana (, Norway (but based in Aarhus, Denmark))
Taigatrost (/hard to define, Tromsø, Troms, Norway)
Loefah (, London, United Kingdom)
Tiedye (, Västra Götaland, Sweden)
MC Sgt Pokes (, London, United Kingdom)
Mala (, London, United Kingdom)
Coki (, London, United Kingdom)
Digital Mystikz (, London, United Kingdom)

Great evening this. Me and Anders arrived at 22:30, when DJ Iwana was dj'ing. Her music was OK, but not the type of dubstep I enjoy.

Taigatrost started the night on scene 1, and their music was extremely chilled out, but still very interesting. I would love to hear more.

Loefah then entered the dubstep stage with MC Sgt Pokes. Some technical problems, but after a while it was fixed. This guy played for like 2 hours.. and the kind of dubstep I don't like. I prefer the slower, "2-step" rhythms.

Since I didn't like it, I decided to check out what was going on at stage 1. Tiedye played some kind of... pop? nu disco might be more like it. Relatively tight musicians, but the music was totally off for this evening. Dubstep to nu disco, it didn't really fit that well.

and finally.. Digital Mystikz with Mala and Coki on the stage. The volume was higher, the bass was higher and the people were higher (lol). Some crazy tunes. Especially towards the end (this set was also way too long, imo, they played until 3.30 am). I loved the wobbly stuff.




Cole:


Dj Iwana:





Friends attended:


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1st October 2010 (Concert , Metropolis, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Kurt Tank ( (punk), Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Deathbed Reunion (/hard to define, Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)
Like Rats from a Sinking Ship ( , Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway)

Kurt Tank. I wrote "OK" in my last concert review, but this time it was worse. Standard hardcore.

Kurt Tank:


Deathbed Reunion, the new project of Repent's old members, plays a more experimental form of hardcoreish music, but still too hardcore for me. A couple good parts, but mostly not my style.

Deathbed Reunion:



Like Rats From a Sinking Ship exclusively played songs from their upcoming album, and I can tell it will be good. The music is even more dynamic than the last time. I love how they go from beautiful/chill riffs to grindtech in a split second. Truly unique sound.

This was the second last concert of their Norway tour, where they exclusively play under-18 gigs. +2 Kudos for that!



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2nd October 2010 (Concert , Martinique, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Iris Porturas (//?:>, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Arlie Mucks (, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)

Iris Porturas played acoustic guitar. Mostly songs she had written herself.

The guitarist in Arlie Mucks was apparently stabbed with a knife in the hand, so he couldn't play. Their vocalist/guitarist, Tord L. Bjørnevik, stepped in and did a solo, acoustic concert for us.

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8th October 2010 (Den store norske humorfestivalen (day 8), Comfort Hotel Square, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Det Norske Poesi & Satireorkester {Dagfinn Nordbø} (//, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)


This great evening, right after #tweetupstavanger at Comfort Hotel Square (yes, the hotel with Stavanger's first Foursquare special), we were entertained by Dagfinn Nordbø, a radio and newspaper journalist/poet. He read his poems and satires accompanied by a jazz band consisting of piano and double bass. Some laughs, some nice poems and nice thoughts. ... red wine

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10th October 2010 (Emergenza Festival 2011 - First round - Stavanger (day 3), Checkpoint Charlie, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Sublime Eyes (, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Elise Vatsvaag (/, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
The Norwegian Fords (, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Foxjam Riddims ( , Stavanger/Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)

After the (new) Hamu(e)mon band practice we decided to go to Stavanger to watch The Norwegian Fords. They consist of teachers from my music friend's old school. Before them played a couple of other bands. the first we saw was Sublime Eyes, a death metal band with female vocals. They were pretty tight, but I'm out of that music atm. Elise Vatsvaag was ok as usual, I can't enjoy that music live though. The Norwegian Fords also played good, but again, too soft to be enjoyed live for me. FoxJam, as normal, played good, but I have seen them so many times now that I am not that impressed anymore.

After this we went to Thomas, hung out and watched a movie (rating: 3/10) before we returned to our beds at 4am.


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22nd October 2010 (Concert, Martinique, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Pow Pow (//, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
The New Wine (//, Bergen, Hordaland, Norway)

So, met up with Vidar, Anders and Aleksander Martinique 1.5 hours before the concert started to reminisce. I was immidieately impressed by Pow Pow's unique sound, but I was never really loving it. Good show.

POW POW:

It started getting crowded as The New Wine entered the stage. They played tight electro pop/nu disco music that the crowd seemed to love. I liked it too. Bought their CD and got it signed.


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23rd October 2010 (Concert, Tribute, Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)
Spirits Of The Dead (/, Oslo?, Oslo, Norway)

Some kind of progressive/stoner rock quartet. Nearly empty Tribute. Musically this was good some times, and bad some times. I really enjoyed the instrumental parts, but they were way too short. The vocalist just had to sing all the time. Very nice and 'proggy' bass lines.

But all in all, not a fun concert for me.

Spirits of the Dead:


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29th October 2010 (Undergunn 2010 (day 2), Metropolis, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Highway Rudi (, Stavanger?, Rogaland, Norway)
TARP ( rock/, Sandnes/Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)

After meeting Ole's cat, we went to Metropolis to see TARP (well, after we bought 36 pieces of "Walters mandler" chocolates). Saw the last song of Highway Rudi, but I can't really say I was too into it.

TARP however was really good! They were really into it, groovy bass and fuzzed guitar solos with unique vocals. The incest story was also awesome.

TARP:



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30th October 2010 (What's Cooking (day 1), Skur 2, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Kitchen Orchestra (/, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Øyvind Torvund ( , Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)

Orchestral night with Yngve and Thomas. At least that's what we thought. Turns out it was more of a contemporary mini festival. We arrived at Skur 2 around 21pm, and it seemed like we were the only ones there, but right before they started to play more people came (with their obligatory red wine glasses). The first thing we heard was some kind of atonal improsivation from four brass instrument players (I THINK (side note: I have no idea about orchestral/classical music) it was two trumpets and two slide trombones). It was quite nice. After this they played a piece using notes, but I can' really remember it. The next thing that happened was that one of the trumpet players took some kind of mini trumpet/cornet/wateva, and spasmicly played it as he changed mutes and threw them around. Contemporary. As he did this the three other players started to play what I like to call "ompa ompa" music. It was a weird mix.

Then, an accordion player and a girl sat on two chairs. The accordian player played his instrument, and the girl shouted. And sung. And some other stuff. It was weird, contemporary and it had extreme Toot vibes. I think I liked it.

Next up more players in the orchestra played. A couple drummers and brass players etc. They played an extremely typical contemporary piece, with spasmic drumming and sudden impulses of ... noises.

After a red wine pause, the piece of the evening was played. Øyvind Torvund explanied that this was his first piece using synths (I think), and that he was inspired by folk music. I think there were about 15 musicians playing now, in four different groups placed around the room, which gave a really nice effect as we were sitting in the middle. This piece entertained me with lots of sounds, but also with calmer parts. I really liked that the drummers suddenly started to play rhythmically towards the end. And the synths were awesome too. Although I'm not into the "scene", I enjoy getting glimpses of the "community" and the music from time to time, so this was a nice evening.

Skur 2:


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  • Yngve M. H.
  • Thomas H. B.



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30th October 2010 (Concert, Checkpoint Charlie, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Borderline Case (/?, Stavanger/Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)

After the Kitchen Orchestra concert we went to Checkpoint Charlie to see Ole play with Borderline Case. There were nobody at the door, so we just walked in without paying :d. Only got to see the last part of the concert and I was pleasently surprised. It wasn't as "standard" as the recordings. Thomas shouted "Olee" a couple of times, and the last time more people joined in, and after a couple of seconds the entire venue was shouting "Ole" ^^. (he's the drummer, former drummer in Sly Dr. Bloom)



Ole:


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3rd November 2010 (Concert, Grottene, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Machine Birds (/, atm Bergen, Hordaland, Norway)


Magical. Powerful, beautiful vocals mixed with great keyboard sounds, loops and effects. A very respectful and silent audience, and a comfortable chair for me made this a very nice evening. Sit back and enjoy. Highly recommended.







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4th November 2010 (Concert, Gaffel & Karaffel, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Arild Andersen Trio (, Norway)
Arild Andersen (/, Lillestrøm, Akershus, Norway)
Paolo Vinaccia (/, Norway/Italy)
Tommy Smith (/, Edinburgh, United Kingdom)

My first time ever at Gaffel & Karaffel. Nice little stage. I loved the dialogue the band had with the audience, and of course the humor. Especially Paolo. The music too was really good, better than the last time I saw them back in 2009 at Kongsberg Kino. It probably has something to do that I'm not very fond of jazz piano solos, and this time we didn't get any. The chairs however, was horrible. It felt like a... really bad chair. They played Lebanese jazz, Scottish jazz, Norwegian/European jazz and Gregorian jazz. Most of it were good, and they are all highly skilled musicians, but they did play a little too long. Almost 2.5 hours!



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5th November 2010 (Concert, L54, Sandnes, Rogaland, Norway)
Freezing Part (/, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Sunset Pilots ( , Norway)

Decided to go down to L54 to check out Freezing Part, that apparently (based on LIVE54's video show), is a shoegazing band, so I definitely wanted to see that. I managed to get there horribly late, so I only got to see their last song, but I liked it. Good atmosphere. Will check them out next time they play in the area. Also saw two songs by Sunset Pilots. OK performance, postish rock with melodic vocals. Then I walked up to bartefaen to chill out before Shining at Tribute, but I ended up on staying at Lars Erik's the whole night.

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18th November 2010 (Concert, Checkpoint Charlie, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
I Was A King (///, Egersund, Rogaland, Norway)
Teeny Grownups (twee-ish indie-ish , Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)

Horribly cold this Thursday. Quite a few people showed up to see I Was a King, but before them was Teeny Grownups, a band with not-so-great vocals and relatively basic indie riffs. Nothing I was much into.

I Was a King however, was really good. Seven musicians that all fit perfectly in the soundscape. Beautiful verses, great vocals and great stage presence. When Still faded in was definitely the best part of the concert. It seems like everything Anne Lise Frøkedal touches turns to gold.

I Was a King:


Bought two I Was a King albums after the show. ... but I don't consider this a green concert.

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20th November 2010 (Concert, Martinique, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Lucy Swann (//, Newcastle, England / Norway)

Before the concert, I got to play shuffleboard for the first time ever, on western Norway's only shuffleboard. Here is Anders playing:




Sadly enough, Lucy Swann's band was some semi-acoustic stuff. Percussion and double bass. Why sadly? Well, because there were no "power" in the music this way. I expected kinda loud bass heavy pop from what I heard on Spotify, but don't get me wrong, she is a great singer and the music was good. but I wasn't particularly captivated by it.

Lucy Swann:


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4th December 2010 (Concert, Tou Scene: Loftet, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Zanussi/Asheim/Solberg trio (/, (based in Stavanger, Rogaland), Norway)
Per Zanussi (///, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)
Nils Henrik Asheim (//, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Ståle Liavik Solberg (//, Oslo, Oslo, Norway)

Tou Scene was empty the first four floor as I walked up the stairs. Pretty nice feeling. When I got up to the fifth floor, there were about 10-12 other people there, mostly talking English actually.

ZAP trio played "typical" contemporary music with spastic drums and experimenting and improvising with the instruments. Asheim played an open piano, and did weird things to the strings inside the piano. He played them and blocked them with a spoon to make unique sounds. Zanussi took what looked like the remains of a bow, and placed in between the strings of the double bass, to mute them. The "bow" (stick), then vibrated and made cool sounds. He also used a clothespin to mute strings. Solberg had lots of weird percussion stuff, but played mostly using sticks (in creative ways).

As I have said before, I am not sure if I like contemporary music, but I definitely think it's something out of the ordinary and a good cultural experience. Though, when I'm sitting there I am often asking myself if individuals in the audience or the musicians are faking it, or if the affection for this music is real.. My personal theory is that some people do it for the red wine and exclusiveness.

I go to get good musical experiences.



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15th December 2010 (Concert, Grottene, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Rain Check (, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)

Rainy and snowy day in Stavanger. Big Bang played their Christmas concert to a sold-out Folken at the same time, but we didn't notice it. Rain Check played jazz. And it was pretty good.







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18th December 2010 (Concert, Tou Scene, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)
Kitchen Orchestra (/, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway)


Practice drove out to Tou Scene in the snow. Met Martin and Nikolai for the first time in forever (Christmas holiday) + Yngve. Kitchen Orchestra was really good today. The opening, can't remember where it was from or its name, reminded me of a more contemporary Alamaailman Vasarat. They played "Christmas" music with a contemporary twist. God stemning. Best part was when Nils Henrik Asheim did his little speech.

After the concert me, Yngve, Anders and Martin went out to eat at an Indian restaurant, Tandoori India. Me and Martin ordered, naturally, Indian tomato soup.



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