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Kraftwerk Announce Eight Album Residency and More in Los Angeles

Formed in 1970 by Ralf Hütter and the late Florian Schneider, Kraftwerk initially experimented with avant-garde approaches as an art collective. By the mid-1970s, they achieved fame with their innovative electronic style, influencing electro, hip-hop, and techno.

Kraftwerk’s lyrics intricately wove themes of post-war European urban life and technology, encapsulating experiences like car travels on the Autobahn, train journeys, and the use of home computers. Deeply influenced by the modernist Bauhaus aesthetic, they viewed art as fundamentally intertwined with daily life. Their lyrics, often minimalistic, skillfully balanced an innocent appreciation and a subtle caution regarding the modern world. This lyrical approach not only played a key role in the rhythm of their songs but also delved into the paradoxes of modern urban existence.

Kraftwerk’s songs frequently highlighted the simultaneous sense of alienation and the joy that modern technology brings, presenting a complex, multifaceted view of contemporary life. Their use of synthesizers and drum machines, in turn, revolutionized music. In 2019, Kraftwerk were nominated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and were finally inducted in 2021. Marking half a century of their sublime pioneering electronic soundscapes, the iconic German ensemble are set to electrify Los Angeles with a groundbreaking nine-show residency at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the esteemed home of the LA Philharmonic. This monumental event at the end of May celebrates 50 years of Kraftwerk’s revolutionary presence.

Each of the first eight nights promises a deep dive into Kraftwerk’s influential discography, showcasing one of their seminal albums – a journey from the groundbreaking rhythms of 1974’s Autobahn to the pulsating beats of 2003’s Tour de France. It’s an unprecedented opportunity for fans to experience the evolution of electronic music, narrated live by its very pioneers.

The residency’s finale, on the ninth night, is poised to be a spectacular ode to Kraftwerk’s enduring legacy. Attendees can expect a curated selection spanning the band’s illustrious career. Complementing the full album performances, each concert will also feature a secondary setlist, offering a broader exploration of Kraftwerk’s rich catalogue.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, January 11 at 10 AM Pacific. Presales start Wednesday at 10 AM Pacific. For all ticket info, visit here.

Here is the full schedule:

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at 8PM – Autobahn
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at 8PM – Radio-Activity
  • Thursday, May 23, 2024, at 8PM – Trans Europe Express
  • Friday, May 24, 2024, at 8PM – The Man-Machine
  • Saturday, May 25, 2024, at 8PM – Computer World
  • Sunday, May 26, 2024, at 7PM – Techno Pop
  • Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at 8PM – The Mix
  • Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at 8PM – Tour de France
  • Thursday, May 30, 2024, at 8PM – Finale with compositions from the entire catalogue
Alice Teeple

Alice Teeple is a photographer, multidisciplinary artist, and writer. She is not in Tin Machine.

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