IKSV Music Festival: Opening Night @ Lütfi Kırdar Sarayı

The classical season is officially over. The 2013-2014 season in Istanbul was one of the greatest seasons I have ever experienced. It was a...

Yabangee Weekend Roundup: Friday 10 – Sunday 13 March

We’ve done our best to compile events we’re aware of. If you think we’ve forgotten one or want to see your event featured, please...

Hot, Intense and Smooth: 2CELLOS in Istanbul

I discovered 2CELLOS by chance about a year ago through their cello duet cover of "Smooth Criminal." I usually do not like Michael Jackson...

Jose Carreras Marks the Musical Season

Just when the season looked like it couldn't possibly get any better, the Zorlu Center went above and beyond by featuring the crème de...

Review: Goran Bregovic @ Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu Amphitheater

Goran Bregovic's latest album, Champagne for Gypsies (2012), was intended as a criticism of the recent discrimination against the Roma people, one of the largest European...

BIPO Ends the Season with Aida, Commemorating La Diva Turca

The increasing temperature is not the only signal that summer is just around the corner. One by one, the concert halls are wrapping up their...

March Performances @ Naris Jazz Club

Nardis Jazz Club has a fully loaded program for the month of March, featuring several seriously talented musicians and some of the city's best vibes...

Insider Trading: 80s, 90s Music with Capital Radio 101.0

Yabangee's most recent 90s party showed that while the 90s may be over time wise, the spirit and the music lives on. Who wouldn't...

Review: Chinawoman @ Babylon Bomonti

Born in Canada to Russian parents, Michelle Gurevitch, or Chinawoman, is a happy new discovery for me, although I seem to be late to...

Witty Thriller: Borusan Goes A Capella with Soli-Tutti

The terms “Soli-Tutti,” “A Capella” and “Borusan” seemed interesting enough of a trilogy to entice me to attend an evening of musical discovery on...

Review: Michael Franti @ Babylon Bomonti

Michael Franti was in Istanbul last week to perform again for the first time in over a decade. While his full band Spearhead wasn’t...

Review: Gaye Su Akyol @ Babylon Bomonti

A snowy Saturday night in Istanbul couldn't be spent any better than with 200-something fellow music lovers at a Gaye Su Akyol concert, courtesy of Babylon Bomonti....

Review: Youn Sun Nah @ Borusan Muzik Evi

The Borusan Muzik Evi.  As you enter, you have already forgiven yourself for often being dazzled by the large Shake Shack sign down the...

Review: Tricky @ garajistanbul

Tricky in Istanbul was not great. Nor was he great in Athens, according to friends who saw him there two days later on the...

Review: Luis Ernesto Gomez & Latin Jazz Band @ Nardis Jazz...

This weekend, I visited Nardis Jazz Club, just a few metres away from our beautiful Galata Tower, to catch Luis Ernesto Gomez & Latin Jazz Band. Despite visiting the venue on...

Review: Ghostly International Night @ Babylon Bomonti

On Thursday 25 February, I visited Babylon Bomonti for Ghostly International Night featuring Shigeto, Heathered Pearls and Lord RAJA. As we thought, it was worth it to...

Barış Manço: 10-Song Starter Kit

How does one explain Barış Manço?  He is kind of like the Turkish John Denver, but with the notoriety of John Lennon and a...

Coming Soon: Dorantes & Taksim Trio: “Gypsies of Mediterannean” @ Zorlu...

Zorlu PSM will host the artist David Peña Dorantes together with the "Taksim Trio" on Wednesday 5 April. Set to start at 20:30, tickets are priced...

Rubber Walrus: Terrifyingly Sexual

There is something terrifyingly sexual about Rubber Walrus. This, in the same way that there is something terrifyingly sexual about being a seventeen-year-old boy,...

Review: GusGus @ Babylon Bomonti

In short: This review is written by a person who, before going to the GusGus concert last Thursday at Babylon Bomonti, knew only two...

Review: Dhafer Youssef @ Cemil Topuzlu Open-Air Theatre

Perhaps he is not the kind of musician you hear about that often; you won’t see his pictures on billboards, nor can you watch...

In Conversation With Che Sudaka

Che Sudaka, a band with a pure South American soul, will be playing at KadıköySahne on Thursday, 6 March. One of our writers, Mustafa Çankaya, was able...

Band Profile: The Young Shaven

There’s a music scene brewing in Istanbul, and it has been for the past few years. It’s no longer all cover bands and Türkü....

Live from Istanbul: The Phantom of the Opera Experience

I remember being five or six years old, and watching in awe as a pretty-looking, round-eyed young woman came on the TV screen, captivating...

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