Krautrock’s Neu! revived at Lincoln Hall
Krautrock is a term thrown about for decades to describe the experimental and electronic sounds coming out of Germany in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Though the bands differ in approach, Can, Faust, Kraftwerk and Neu! (formed by two members of Kraftwerk) are probably the best-known names of the disparate genre.
Neu! had an influence on some of my favorite bands, such as Joy Division, Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo and Wilco (compare Wilco’s Spiders (Kidsmoke) to Hallogallo by Neu!). Neu! drummer Klaus Dinger died two years ago but guitarist Michael Rother is reviving the band’s music with the help of Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley and guitarist Aaron Mullan of Tall Firs. The three play Lincoln Hall tonight as Michael Rother and Friends.