Keane is an unusual British pop band that plays alternative and piano rock and is made up of singer Tom Chaplin, Tim Rice-Oxley and Richard Hughes.
Keane’s music, simply created with the help of song, piano and sweeping drums, is influenced by the likes of Radiohead, The Smiths and Depeche Mode.
With hits such as Everybody’s Changing, Somewhere Only We Know, Crystal Ball, Thin Air and Nothing in my Way they have become an established force on the UK music scene.
Price: 325 kronor
Location: Globen Annexet, Globentorget 2
Time: Saturday November 1st, 7.30pm
More information: http://www.globearenas.se
Sweden’s new soul sister and self-confessed “very happy person,”Veronica Maggio, is playing at Nalen on Halloween. But don’t expect a fright night as the engaging and delightful Maggio has become the consummate entertainer, offering soulful jazz offset by modern drum beats.
Maggio released her second album Och Vinnaren Är(And the Winner is) earlier this year and while she sings exclusively in Swedish there is a very international feel to her music.
Price: 195 kronor
Location: Nalen, Regeringsgatan 74
Time: Friday October 31st, 8pm
More Information: www.nalen.com
Democrats Abroad US Election Party
It only happens once every four years, and this US election has been one for the ages. And on Tuesday, November 4th the Swedish chapter of Democrats Abroad is throwing a party for the ages to celebrate the end of the seemingly endless campaigns of Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama.
The all-night affair kicks off with dinner (for an extra charge), and includes a mix of music and panel discussions. Election results will be shown on big screen televisions until the wee hours of Wednesday morning, when maybe, just maybe, it will be clear who the 44th US president will be.
All political stripes are welcome, and you need not be a political junkie to have fun with entertainment like Cyndee Peters, Jessica Folcker, and Adam Baptiste taking to the stage as well.
Price: 370 kronor (includes dinner), 150 kronor (drinks only)
Location: Hotel Scandic Anglais, Humlegårdsgatan 23
Time: Tuesday, November 4th, 9.00pm
More information: Democrats Abroad
Mahala Raï Banda (ROM)
Mahala Raï Banda originate from the slums that surround the Romanian capital of Bucharest. Their Balkan mixis a blend of the new and the old, original and traditional. Loud trumpets and frenetic strings push the party to an ecstatic tempo that is sure to erase the inhibitions of even the most self-conscious Söder audience.
DJ’s from MultiKulti provide the post-concert entertainment.
Price: 220 kronor (170 kronor for students and those under 26)
Location: Kägelbanan, Södra Teatern
Time: Thursday November 6th, 9.30pm
More Information: www.sodrateatern.se
Helena Franzén – Tide
Choreographer Helena Franzén’s new work which opens at Dansens Hus this Saturday is inspired by the tides. Music, movements, costume, the dancers…everything ebbs and flows like the tide.
Franzén and her composer Jukka Rintamäki are both inspired by the melancholic and they seek to shake things up creating imbalance and insecurity to counter the apparent comfort.
All the music in the performance is played on a gramophone and composed by Rintamäki for each individual dancer and her movements. The dancers themselves act as DJ’s and play their own music to accompany their solos.
Price: 200 kronor (100 kronor for those under 26)
Location: Dansen Hus, Barnhusgatan 12-14
Time: Saturday November 1st & Monday November 3rd – Wednesday November 5th, 7pm
More information: www.dansenshus.se
Nortec Collective (MEX)
“Nortec collective is not a band or a group but a series of compilations created in (and about) Tijuana Mexico..” is what the band from northern Mexico have to say about themselves.
The Nortec Collective began as a musical manifestation at the end of the 1990s mixing the local norteñon beats with techno and developed to mix in the new and the old from this frontier town that is constantly in transformation.
The band are joined on their three date Scandinavian tour by the 14 piece ensemble Agua Caliente.
Price: 290 kronor
Location: Musikens Hus, Djurgårdsgatan 13
Time: Wednesday November 5th, 8pm
More information: www.musikenshus.se
The Icelandic fashion-designer Steinunn Sigurðardóttir will be exhibiting her new creations at Röhsska Museum from Wednesday.
Sigurðardóttir recently won the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg’s Prize, at a million Swedish kronor the largest international design prize in its category.
Sigurðardóttir is an established name on the international fashion-design scene and has worked with Jeffrey Banks, Vogue, La Perla, Calvin Klein, Gucci and Ralph Lauren among others.
Location: Röhsska Museum, Vasagatan 37-39
Time: Wednesday November 5th – Sunday February 22nd
More information: www.rohsskamuseet.se.se
Mogwai are a Scottish rock group that since forming in 1995 have become one of the most influential and best-known names in post-rock.
Melodic bass guitar riffs dominating lengthy instrumental pieces exemplify their music which is short on lyrical content but no lesser for it.
Mogwai (meaning “ghost” in Cantonese) is named after the creatures from the film Gremlins, although guitarist Stuart Braithwaite explains that “it has no significant meaning and we always intended on getting a better one, but like a lot of other things we never got ’round to it.”
Price: 270 kronor
Location: Mejeriet, St Södergatan 64
Time: Monday November 3rd, 7pm
More Information: http://www.kulturmejeriet.se/
Aimee Mann (US)
US singer Aimee Mann has released seven solo albums since she left ‘Til Tuesday in 1993.
Mann is known for her fascinating blend of clever, almost literary and humorously dry lyrics set to catchy tunes.
She says of her seventh album entitled ”@#%&* smilers” that she remains inspired by those living a long way from the limelight and success. Those distinctly unlike herself, then.
Price: 300 kronor
Location: Kulturbolaget, Bergsgatan 18
Time: November 6th, 9pm
More Information: www.kulturbolaget.se