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Sebastian Arnold & Onyx Ashanti
Sebastian Arnold. Press image courtesy of Beeah-Music

Post-rock and Sci-Fi Obsessed Jazz

A one-man-band playing drums and synthesizers and a sci-fi obsessed electronic jazz artist. That’s the Friday night lineup at Antje Øklesund in Friedrichshain. Sebastian Arnold is creating a danceable mixture of jazz, electronica and post-rock, while the music of Onyx Ashanti is best described as beatjazz. – Berlinow

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Northzone Festival



Bill Skarsgård in “Behind Blue Skies”. Photo: Göran Hallberg/Nordisk Film

Northzone is a film and music festival celebrating the innovative scene of the nordic countries. This years edition features talents from Sweden, Finland and Iceland on screen and stage.

“Behind Blue Skies” (“Himlen är oskyldigt blå”), a thriller set in the Stockholm archipelago the summer of 1975, will open the film section of the festival on Friday. The movie is directed by Hannes Holm, with Bill Skarsgård in the lead. The music will kick off tonight with the Finnish-German electro duo Millennium.

The festival has several venues throughout the city, among them Festsaal Kreuzberg and Roter Salon. You’ll find the full program on the Northzone website.

Spotify’s founders Martin Lorentzon and Daniel Ek. Photo: Spotify

As of today music is “free” in Berlin. Spotify has finally launched in Germany.

The free service has of course it’s limitations. You have to listen to and see ads, and won’t be able to play a song an unlimited number of times. If you pay 4.99 euros a month you’ll get rid of the ads, and will be able to bring your music abroad for an unlimited period. If you opt for the premium plan, which is 9.99 a month, you can listen to music even if you’re offline, and access your tunes on a mobile phone.

Spotify has been a huge success story in it’s home country of Sweden, and is also popular in the UK and US.

The Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf, where the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest were held. Photo: Frédéric de Villamil/flickr[source]CC BY-SA 2.0

The 21-year-old industrial mechanic Roman Lob will represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan in May.

He will perform “Standing Still”, composed by Jamie Cullum. Viewers of the TV show “Unser Star für Baku” first decided the song, and then picked Lob over Ornella de Santis to perform it at the Eurovision Song Contest.

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