German Music: Rocker Rio Reiser

Last updated October 14, 2017
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Practice German language with the music of rocker Rio Reiser!

Good music is timeless. And a classic never goes out of style. Or perhaps you just have a soft spot for for a certain musician that makes you feel nostalgic for a seemingly simpler time. This month’s I’m featuring Rio Reiser for the German language music post. Although Reiser died from circulatory collapse in 1996, his impact is still felt and remembered today in the German music scene.

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German Music: Spider Murphy Gang

Last updated September 17, 2017
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Practice German with Munich rock'n'rollers Spider Murphy Gang!

Munich-based Spider Murphy Gang have been around for decades. Four of them, to be specific! And while you likely won’t find any deep songs pondering the philosophical, what you will find is fun. The band’s rock’n’roll sound is, however, perfect for us German language learners: it’s clear, it’s direct and it’s memorable. While the band do put a bit of a Bavarian spin on things, it’s nothing too difficult. So put your dance shoes on for this month’s German language music recommendation and practice your German language skills with the Spider Murphy Gang!

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German Music: Singer-Songwriter Ansa Sauermann

Last updated August 21, 2017
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Practice German language with the music of singer-songwriter Ansa Sauermann.

If you like being on the cutting edge and knowing all the latest bands, then Ansa Sauermann is someone who will interest you. The Dresden-based singer-songwriter has a brand new album. Weisse Liebe hit store shelves (or whatever the digital equivalent is) on Friday, August 18th. Let’s get to know this up-and-coming musician and practice your German language skills!

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German Music: Country Musician Gunter Gabriel

Last updated July 8, 2017
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Learn German with the music of Gunter Gabriel!

The timing of this month’s German music post is unfortunate. The artist I’m featuring this month is German Schlager/country singer Gunter Gabriel. It’s unfortunate because the 75-year old passed away in Hannover last month. But if nothing else, now is the time to pay tribute and get to know the legendary singer.

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Let’s Rock! 2017 Mid-Year Recap of German Language Music

Last updated June 21, 2017
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The year is half over! Let's recap some of the German Language Music of 2017!

It’s hard to believe but 2017 is just about halfway over! This month, instead of featuring an individual German language musician or band, I want to highlight some of the new German language music that has been released and is scheduled for release in 2017.

There have already been some great records released this year, others will see release before we ring in 2018 and a few more are just being recorded. There have been chart toppers like Schlager singer Helene Fischer and gangster rapper Bushido releasing new records. I’ll be focusing on some of the artists I’ve featured previously. They have been very busy in the studio!

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German Music: Pop Singer Mark Forster

Last updated October 15, 2017
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Practice your German language skills with pop singer Mark Foster.

If you listen to any German language radio then you likely have heard the name Mark Forster. His 2014 sophomore album, Bauch und Kopf, was a huge pop hit in Germany. The title track won the Bundesvision Song Contest in 2015. And he is known for serving as a judge on The Voice Kids.

Let’s get to know singer Mark Forster and practice your German language skills with his catchy pop songs. You’ll be singing along in no time!

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German Music: Tom Schilling & The Jazz Kids

Last updated April 21, 2017
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Music's a universal language so let's use music to practice the German language. Featured this month is Tom Schilling & the Jazz Kids!

Actors having bands is nothing new. And who can blame them? Everyone secretly wants to be a rock star. Prominent German actor Tom Schilling is no different. The popular actor has a band: they are called Tom Schilling & The Jazz Kids. Just last week the group released their debut album Vilnius. And in May they’ll be hitting the road and paying their dues with plenty of live shows. Let’s get to know this new band and practice German language skills with music. This month’s German language music act is Tom Schilling & The Jazz Kids!

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German Music: Pop Singer Max Giesinger

Last updated March 21, 2017
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We’ve all seen the talent shows on television where singers compete to be their country’s next big star. But even if you don’t end up winning the show, the exposure can be enough to propel your career. Take Max Giesinger, for example. The smooth and soulful pop singer only finished fourth in the debut season of The Voice of Germany. But he’s won plenty of awards and his songs have been in the music charts of the German-speaking world. Practice your German language skills and sing along with this month’s German music recommendation for German language learners: Max Giesinger!

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German Music: Punk Rock Trio Die Ärzte

Last updated February 18, 2017
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die ärzte. Fotocredit: Nela König

Punk rockers Die Ärzte have been known to call themselves the best band in Berlin and the best band in the world. While they might not be as well known internationally as their peers Die Toten Hosen, Die Ärzte have played an important part in the German punk scene. Regardless of whether you’re a fan of punk rock or not, check out Die Ärzte — this month’s music recommendation for German language learners.

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German Music: Legendary Electopop Band Kraftwerk

Last updated January 16, 2017
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Kraftwerk

Using music to learn the German language can be a great tool but it is not always easy. Sometimes it can difficult enough to make out the lyrics of songs in your own language. Recognizing the lyrics of a German song? It can be a whole other challenge. But with legendary German electronic music band Kraftwerk the challenge is not so great. With clearly delivered lyrics, catchy rhythms and songs that aren’t too quick, Kraftwerk are actually a great way to learn and practice the German language.

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