SLOW TRAVEL BERLIN
Kimya Dawson, Heimathafen Neukölln, 8pm
Singer-songwriter Kimya Dawson’s first name is in some ways far from fitting; in Swahili, it means “silent” – something she is anything but.
Dawson, who first established herself as one half of lo-fi anti-folk duo The Moldy Peaches, has been putting out solo albums for the last decade. Her most recent endeavor, “Thunder Thighs,” came out last October, bringing the count up to seven.
Prolific as she is, the larger appeal of Dawson is the awkward sincerity she maintains as a through line in all her work. Regardless of what side of herself she is putting forth in a particular song, she does so honestly and unapologetically. And time and time again through her music, Dawson reminds her listeners of what she does best, and always has: telling stories.
Whether her subjects border on the serious or the lighthearted matters not so much as her ability to tackle these topics – both the staidly impassioned and the endearingly quotidian – with imaginative authenticity.Natalye Childress
Heimathafen Neukölln, Karl-Marx-Straße 141, 12043 Berlin; 030 56 82 13 33; U: Karl-Marx-Straße; admission €16.