After three years, Anders Wendin, using his alias Moneybrother, made brief reappearance on the Swedish scene for two gigs at Vasateatern in Stockholm with the aim of collecting money for supporting a school in Kenya. I went to the first show, 3 February 2017, and the full gallery can be found at http://gaffa.se/galleries/gallery/60976. With the energy unleashed on stage, it feels like he has used the time away just to focus on these two concerts.
Conor Oberst, maybe best known as frontman of Bright Eyes, came to Sweden for a sold out solo show at Göta Lejon on 24 January 2017. Harmonica, piano, guitar and fantastic vocals is a great recipe for an emotional show. Full gallery at http://gaffa.se/galleries/gallery/60921.
Anso Lundin, or at least her artist persona Min Stora Sorg (My Great Sorrow), is always a treat to see. Enormously creative, it is impossible to know beforehand how her shows will be. For this one-off show at Södra teatern on 15 December 2016 she prepared with several short films playing as backdrop, a cooperation with a dancer and of course a couple of different costumes and hats. Full gallery at http://gaffa.se/galleries/gallery/60851.
Usually, photographs become even better and more interesting when I see them printed and preferably in large sizes. Until 29 January 2017 you have the possibility to see the printed work of 160 photographers at Kulturhuset in central Stockholm, among them some of my photos:
It's the beginning of a project with urban nature, so all my photos that I have on show at the exhibition are taken in the vicinity of Södersjukhuset. For this occasion they are also all taken with a macro lens. There are both great and not so great photos in the exhibition, but the variation is enormous and I think it's great to wander around there and discover new inspiration. Open every day, with free entrance on Mondays.
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With a long experience from making music with Loosegoats, Songs of Soil and as a solo artist, it's no surprise that Christian Kjellvander's stop at Debaser Medis the 2 December 2016 is filled to the brim with great songs and guitar-playing. Kjellvander takes us to an alternate soulful universe with feelings and emotions that are so much larger than in everyday life. Full gallery at http://gaffa.se/galleries/gallery/60798.
A night with both Hurula and Les Big Byrd is bound to be great! Stockholm was in for a treat last Tuesday 29 November 2016, when Les Big Byrd opened for Hurula at Vasateatern. Both are high-energy bands playing loud, which made the clash with the velvet and chandeliers of the theatre all the more obvious, something for punks to rebel against. Full gallery of Hurula is at http://gaffa.se/galleries/gallery/60777.
Jens Lekman accomplishes a lot under small circumstances. Switching between his guitar, a sequencer and a tambourine he has no problems whatsoever to captivate a theatre full of very attentive fans. This was his first show in Stockholm for three years and it was magnificent. Full gallery at http://gaffa.se/galleries/gallery/60710.
I have a yearly tradition with a couple of childhood friends, a hike through a nearby national park, Tyresta. Usually it's a beautiful and ancient forest, with moss-covered rocks, enormous pines and a tranquil atmosphere. But this year the hike came a few days after one of the greatest snow storms in Stockholm, so everything was buried under 30-50 centimeters of snow, making it a totally white and enchanted winter wonderland...
Sweden's largest island, Gotland, is known for Ingmar Bergman, sunny summer days and peculiar rock formations known as "rauks". And of course garage rockers Pascal. Last Friday, 18 November 2016, they came to Debaser Medis for a rare show, so all fanatical fans showed up. I got a few shots of the band, with the full gallery at http://gaffa.se/galleries/gallery/60691.
Can artists playing alternative rock become classics? If that's the case, Dinosaur Jr. is definitely one of those groups. However, I guess they don't really care, they just get up on stage and play. I had the opportunity to see their gig at Debaser Medis on 8 November 2016. Full gallery at http://gaffa.se/galleries/gallery/60633 and also a review.