Review: 23rd Istanbul Jazz Festival Opening @ Cemil Topuzlu

Imagine a night that Damon Albarn opens the 23rd Istanbul Jazz Festival at Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theatre and then the Arabic ‘Ada Sahillerinde Bekliyorum’...

For all the barefoot dancers: Patti Smith in Istanbul

“The artist seeks contact with his intuitive sense of the gods, but in order to create his work, he cannot stay in this seductive...

Review: A Photographer’s Evening with PJ Harvey

"Fifteen keys, fifteen keys hang on a chain..." These were the first words the fuzzy audience heard from Polly Jean at Zorlu PSM on Wednesday...

Review: Sara Baras @ Zorlu Center

Although it was not specifically advertised in the promotion, Sara Baras came to Istanbul to present her show Voces (Voices). The artist from Cadiz...

Review: Ibrahim Maalouf @ Volkswagen Aerna

Ibrahim Maalouf recently paid a visit to Volkswagen Arena to promote his album "Red & Black Light" as part of Positive Live's Looking Forward event...

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...

We’re Jammin: Turkey’s Reggae Scene

The Reggae scene in Turkey has grown exponentially, especially in the last 10 years or so. The last decade has seen an explosion of...

Review: Buena Vista Social Club @ Volkswagen Arena

Cuban music surely is one of the richest and most passionate music genres in the world. Having been born and raised in the 90s, the...

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...

In Conversation: Musician Hande Başaran

Hande Başaran is a Renaissance woman: musician, singer, mother, kindergarten teacher and all-round creator. When I first heard Hande perform, I was struck by the...

Review: múm Presents Menschen am Sonntag @ Salon IKSV

Do you like Nordic spirit? Do you like cold, smooth Icelandic melodies? Do you like 1930s vibes? What about a black and white silent...

Review: Lara Di Lara, Emre Akbay, Emir Yargin by Sofar...

It was another rainy, cold Friday night in Istanbul when Sofar Sounds Istanbul stars Lara Di Lara, Emre Akbay and Emir Yargin arrived at the...

Review: Kaan Düzarat, Todd Edwards and Julio Bashmore at Babylon Bomonti

One rainy, windy and rather cold Friday in early February, I spontaneously decided that an electronic show at Babylon Bomonti – conveniently within walking distance...

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....

Out Now: In The Void Compilation

We're a bit late to the party on this one, but In The Void has recently released a compilation of their own showcasing some...

Q & A: Oscar and the Wolf

Babylon Bomonti must have heard that we're super excited about the upcoming performances from Oscar and the Wolf, as they were kind enough to help us arrange...

Out Now: A Day in the Park: A Sonikraf Compilation

Our good friends at Sonikraf have just announced the release of their debut compilation A Day in the Park, featuring 15 underground artists currently...

Review: Incesaz @ Salon IKSV

Salon IKSV, one of our favorite stops between the neighborhoods of Galata and Şişhane, continues to bring delightful performances to their stage. Last Thursday...

Review: Hamdi Akatay & Tepecik Filarmoni Orkestrası @ Babylon Bomonti

A Thursday night spent in Babylon Bomonti never disappoints. Last week, I finally made it to see Hamdi Akatay & Tepecik Philharmonic Orchestra on stage....

Review: Omar Souleyman @ Babylon Bomonti

After Omar Souleyman's incredible performances at the One Love Music Festival and Babylon's former venue in Asmalımescit, his fans – me included – were...

Hip Hop Jam Artist Profile: Fate Fat

Fans of dubstep and gangsta rap are sure to get a kick out of Fate Fat (real name: Fatih Ucum), one of the rising...

Review: Iron & Wine @ Babylon Bomonti

The southern United States is quite a distance from Istanbul, but that didn’t prevent Sam Beam, better known by his stage name “Iron &...

Review: A Seductive Evening with Rhye @ Salon IKSV

The early 2010s were a genuinely great period for sexy indie albums. The XX's xx (2010), Bon Iver's Bon Iver, Bon Iver (2011) and How to Dress...

Review: Oh Land @ Babylon Bomonti

I have to admit that I wasn’t the biggest fan of Oh Land... until last Tuesday when I listened to her perform live on...

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