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by:Larm Saturday concerts

By Erlend Buflaten Posted: 02. Mar, 2015

Frøder will play Mono at 8:00pm

Plan by:Larm’s last day well: there are a lot of great acts to catch!


Kenneth Engebretsen feat khat/hashish, 5.00pm, Parkteatret

Kenneth tackles the big issues – death, drugs, family, religion – fearlessly, in his own distinct voice. He does so without ever compromising the street roots at the core of his sound and at the centre of his unshakeable integrity. The unique musical backbone fuses hefty doses of analogue synthesizer madness and sophisticated live instrumentation with huge, booming beats that are 100 % hip hop, yet avoids the true school/new school schism.

Unge Ferrari, 6:00pm, Parkteatret
Unge Ferrari, one of the most exciting Norwegian newcomers to look out for in 2015, grew up with everything from Craig David, Britney Spears and Usher to G-Unit in his CD player. With his music, he aims to take listeners high and far into space by combining futuristic 808-beats with melodic R&B in the intersection between hip hop and pop.

Okay Kaya, 6.00pm, Mono

OKAY KAYA was born in New Jersey before moving to a peninsula outside of Oslo, Norway. Her music explores melancholy through melody and space.

Drippin, 7:00pm, Internasjonalen

Erik Spanne, aka Drippin, is a young beatmaker with a flair for unique and compelling takes on club music of all types – eerie, erogenous and evocative. Based in Norway, he produces duly icy riddims, drawing inspiration from hip-hop, kuduro, grime and dancehall, flexing his chops across a spectrum of tempos.

Cezinando, 7:00pm, Parkteatret

Cezinando is a 19 year old rapper and producer from Oslo. He made his debut entering the Norwegian hiphop scene with the album “framtid:sanntid”, following numerous guest appearances with well known Norwegian acts such as Jaa9 & OnklP, NastyKutt, Big Ice and Raggabalder.

Kenneth Engebretsen feat khat/hashish, 8.00pm, P3 Stage

Kenneth tackles the big issues – death, drugs, family, religion – fearlessly, in his own distinct voice. He does so without ever compromising the street roots at the root of his sound and at the core of his unshakeable integrity. The unique musical backbone fuses hefty doses of analogue synthesizer madness and sophisticated live instrumentation with huge, booming beats that are 100 % hip hop, yet avoids the true school/new school schism.

Anna of the North, 8:00, John Dee

Shortly after her ebut single was released it reached almost 200,000 plays on Soundcloud and with features in international publications such as NME, DIY Magazine, Pigeons & Planes and several Norwegian national papers, Anna Of The North had arrived.

No. 4, 8.00pm, The Church

No. 4 have through 2014 become a popular live band and are known for their funny, sad and honest lyrics.

Kristian Kristensen, 8:00pm, Sentrum Scene presented by Sony

It’s Kristian’s voice that is the essence in their performances. His falsetto is unique. He has the poppy qualities as James Vincent McMorrow and Sam Smith, but also the depth and pain that Thom Yorke, Jeff Buckley and Justin Vernon has made a trademark. Prepare for by:Larm’s most talented vocalist and his amazing band.

Pumba, 8.00pm, Parkteatret
Pumba – one of Norway’s hottest rappers the last decade – and that with no album! Pumba’s reputation as the next big thing came from his “Pengelens” mixtapes. A few years back, it had hip-hop heads’ necks breaking to Pumba’s characteristic machine-gun rap.

Frøder, 8:00pm, Mono
In December, Frøder was selected as one of Spotify’s Spotlight Artists for 2015. “At the age of 21, Frøder is hands down one of the biggest natural talents in Norway”, Spotify says. Frøder has captivated listeners with her strong, distinctive voice and unique songwriting. Her sound invokes nordic soundscapes; a blend of indie and pop amidst windy seas and tall western mountains.

Ivan Ave, 8.30pm, Gamla

Known for his jazzy sound and introspective lyrics, Ivan Ave is an established MC in the Norwegian hip-hop scene. International listeners are now tuning in to his latest EP “Low Jams”, produced by Stones Throw artist Mndsgn. The EP was described by Okayplayer.com as “an enveloping head nodder that peppers irresistible grooves with vivid double-entendres and exists in the same elusive strata of true school perfection occupied by Nas’ debut “Illmatic” LP.”

Mats Dawg, 8:30pm, Hoffmann Kulturstube (Kulturhuset basement)

Mats Dawg is a rap artist with roots in northern Norway, now based in Bergen. His out-of-the-box lyrics and a wide vocal range has caught rap enthusiasts’ ears for years. He’s made a name for himself through mixtape releases and collaborations with label mates, as well as northern rappers like Joddski, Klish, Oter and RSP.

Sondre Justad, 8:30pm, Rockefeller presented by BI

Justad’s latest single “Nu har du mæ” was released by Petroleum Records in June 2014. The song was produced by Thomas Eriksen and Kjetil Bjelvin, and was B listed on NRK P3 throughout the summer. In September the song was added to NRK P1’s A list, at the same time as Sondre was A listed on NRK P3 with the song “Bli hos mæ” – a Norwegian version of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”.

Slutface, 9:00pm, John Dee

Slutface from Stavanger make dirty, fuzzy pop rock. Like an angrier version of the Wombats, or a more funky Savages, the band mixes influences from british pop rock and new wave, add a slice of west coast garage rock, and thereby become the perfect soundtrack to an angst-filled teenage life.

Broen, 9:00pm, Mono
With an abundance of dynamic and original material that both entices and demands attention, the listener is invited to float weightlessly on the melodic surface and let the rhythm originating from deep below pulsate through their body.

Fay Wildhagen, 9:00pm, P3 Stage
Fay Wildhagen combines pop and folk music in a delicate way with a touch of melancholy. The Øya festival described it as “a cross between Bon Iver and Ane Brun”. With that in mind, what’s not to like?

$ushi X Kobe, 9:00pm, Parkteatret

Onge $ushimane and Kobe-wan Kenobi joined infamous trap group Yoguttene on stage in 2014 for what was considered one of the highlights of the Øya festival by international media such as The Line of Best Fit, The Quietus and Dazed and Confused.

KUUK, 9:00pm, Tidal Main Stage
With dirty lyrics, dancers, bass-fueled rap and crazy stage outfits, KUUK is an explosive, aggressive and confrontational live act, offering a dark and promiscuous insight into the minds of the two front girls, Ragna Solbergnes and Mira Berggrav Refsum.

Hilma Nikolaisen, 9:00pm, Sentrum Scene presented by Sony

Hilma Nikolaisen’s songs have elements of projects past, particularly Serena-Maneesh, evident in the sonic variation, rich textures, and juxtaposition of lighter and darker moods, but they are truly her own creations. There’s a sense of melody and ear for alluring musical detail that really stands out – ambitious pop music built on strong songwriting, rounded out by unique, androgynous vocals and a fully formed sound.

Execration, 9:30pm, Rockefeller presented by BI
Unafraid of opting for unusual and daring solutions to get exactly where they want to be, delivering death metal that draws clear influences from the old days without being “retro”, and that sounds fresh without ever resembling the mass-produced and soulless, modern technical death metal.

Finding Muzyamba, 9:30pm, Revolver
Finding Muzyamba has seemingly come out of nowhere but looks like he’s intending to stay for a while. According to critics, Muzyamba’s genre-bending approach draws from a range of styles, from synth-pop and trip hop to electronica, contemporary hip hop and R&B.

Kevzta, 9:30pm, Gamla

Kevzta’s lyrics speak of hope, love and joy. Together with professional, experienced musicians and Most Wanted (producers from 5 Star Entertainment) he’s now working on his own material, set to be released in the spring of 2015.

Chain Wallet, 10:30, Mono
The bittersweet “Stuck In The Fall” is their first single. What makes this 7’’ truly exciting is knowing that this band is taking its first steps towards becoming a promising new voice in Scandinavian indie rock. The two songs are pop lightning in a bottle. This release, and the upcoming album, are a strong indicator of Chain Wallet’s bottomless musical riches.

Astrid, 10:00am, Tidal Main Stage

Astrid’s first single was “2AM”, and she is currently working in Stockholm, Oslo and London, writing and recording songs. As well as a newly inked record contract with Universal Music, she has also signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

LUGN, 10:00pm, John Dee

LUGN sounds like nothing else, yet oddly familiar. With influences ranging from 60s pop, via 70s prog and 80s electro pop, to newer acts like MGMT and Tame Impala, LUGN’s interesting sound is full of contrasts. Their immediately appealing pop songs keep getting better with every listen as you discover new elements and nuances.

Ida Jenshus, 10:00pm, The Church

Ida has produced new material constantly from various locations: on the road and in hotel rooms, southern France, her basement in Trondheim, Woodstock, the attic of an old Oslo townhouse, Nashville. Ida has travelled around, seeking new inspiration and collaborators. Experimenting a lot, and going through changes.

Unge Ferrari, 10:00pm, P3 Stage

Unge Ferrari, one of the most exciting Norwegian newcomers to look out for in 2015, grew up with everything from Craig David, Britney Spears and Usher to G-Unit in his CD player. With his music, he aims to take listeners high and far into space by combining futuristic 808-beats with melodic R&B in the intersection between hip hop and pop.

Sasha Siem, 11:00pm, The Church
The debut LP follows recent single “My Friend”, which saw her musical background collide colorfully with her appreciation of more contemporary artists such as Andrew Bird and PJ Harvey, giving way to a sold-out London single launch and praise from the likes of NME, Clash Magazine, Stereogum and Noisey, with additional support from XFM and BBC 6Music.

Cezinando, 11:00pm, P3 Stage

Cezinando is a 19 year old rapper and producer from Oslo. He made his debut entering the Norwegian hiphop scene with the album “framtid:sanntid”, following numerous guest appearances with well known Norwegian acts such as Jaa9 & OnklP, NastyKutt, Big Ice and Raggabalder.

Slick Shoota, 11:00pm, Internasjonalen

Slick Shoota hails from Norway and has been steadily rising in the bass music scene with releases on some of the most respected labels around. His own take on juke, footwork & UK inspired bass music has gained widespread support, ranging from Radio 1 tastemaker B Traits, to Rinse FM and Hyperdubs Scratcha DVA, Chicago legends DJ Spinn & DJ Rashad and many more.

Carnival Kids, 11:00pm, John Dee

Complex and visceral, Carnival Kids strike a perfect balance between depth and accessibility, marking out this Anglo-Norwegian four-piece as ones to watch. Describing themselves as “heavy but eclectic, with a punk vibe”, the band draws on musical influences including At The Drive-In, Biffy Clyro, Refused and Botch.

Tellef Raabe, 11:30pm, Gamla
Tellef Raabe’s unique combination of dark folk and weird pop, as well as his deep and rich voice, has attracted the attention of many over the past year. Having toured with his five-piece band this summer, his reputation as a live artist is growing steadily as well.

Maribel, 11:30pm, Revolver

The bands third album is a heavily sample based album, ”An attempt to cross gritty 90s hip hop beats with 70s psychedelia and 80s pop”, say the band. It sounds intriguingly weird, yet strangely familiar. “Dirty/Clean” will be released in 2015 and new music will be showcased at by:Larm.

Frøkedal & Familien, 12:00am, The Church
Over the last years, Oslo itself has made an impact on Frøkedal’s music: she has found herself playing cajun and traditional music with local fiddlers, or dancing the night away both on and offstage in the city’s electronic music scene.

Pumba, 12.00am, P3 Stage

Pumba – one of Norway’s hottest rappers the last decade – and that with no album! Pumba’s reputation as the next big thing came from his “Pengelens” mixtapes. A few years back, it had hip-hop heads’ necks breaking to Pumba’s characteristic machine-gun rap.

Soft as Snow, 12:00am, Mono

Soft as Snow’s music is evidently borne of a quite contradictory, yet in their hands exceptionally complementary, alliance of a keen pop sensibility and a thirst for artistic experimentalism. The release garnered praise from the likes of FADER, Dazed, Pigeons & Planes, The Line of Best Fit, Dummy, Stereogum and Tiny Mix Tapes.

Kimichi, 12:00am, John Dee

Kim keeps filter house alive in Oslo through the Diskorama collective, which includes prominent musicians such as Mathias Stubø, Ralph Myerz and Bendik Baksaas. For a long time, Kim has been one of Oslo’s most hardworking DJs, now he’s entering the wider music scene with a bag full of brand new Norwegian disco.

Rytmeklubben, 12:30am, Hoffmann Kulturstube (Kulturhuset basement)

Rytmeklubben are a Norwegian live band, production-team and DJ-crew who make and play electronic music. As part of the up-and-coming electronic music scene in Norway, Rytmeklubben pride themselves on delivering innovative live shows that have already won over many fans in their home country.

$ushi X Kobe, 12:30am, Red Bull Music Academy Stage

Onge $ushimane and Kobe-wan Kenobi joined infamous trap group Yoguttene on stage in 2014 for what was considered one of the highlights of the Øya festival by international media such as The Line of Best Fit, The Quietus and Dazed and Confused.

OMVR, 1:00am, P3 Stage
After reaching the semi finals in the first season of The Voice in 2012, Omar focused on finding his own unique sound. He plunged into the world of songwriting, combining soulful vocals with a clubby backdrop. Inspired by Donny Hathaway, Brandy and Stevie Wonder, the soul aspect in his music was inevitable. But with a growing interest in the pop and club scene, a combination of these genres became a natural progression.

Carl Louis, 1.00am, Tidal Main Stage

Without releasing a single record, Carl Louis has already received many offers from around the globe. Those attending by:Larm will be the first to witness his debut solo live appearance. If we choose to believe those who know what they’re talking about, this could be the start of something grand. 2015: Watch out for Norway’s new prince of electronica.

Kid Astray, 2:00am, P3 Stage

Kid Astray are less than a year out of high school but have already turned out two critically acclaimed EPs and established themselves as one of Norway’s most exciting newcomers. Plaudits from the likes of Rolling Stone, BBC Radio 1, and Nylon magazine underscore the strengths of the band’s early efforts and a string of heavy rotation singles listed on radio P3 in Norway and Sweden have them poised for an exciting year in 2015.

Kakkmaddafakka, 2:00am, Tidal Main Stage
KAKKMADDAFAKKA’s two studio albums, “Hest” and “Six Months is a Long Time” took their sound off the stage and onto radio playlists worldwide, extending their fanbase further. The albums also saw the debut of fellow Bergen musician Erlend Øye as producer.

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