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I've seen a ton of great bands [in Oslo] so far. Most are new to me. I'm trying to avoid bands I've seen or will definitely see soon. Serena Maneesh fall into both categories (SXSW = the "see soon" part), but I couldn't help myself and went and checked them out [Friday] night at [Sentrum] Scene in Oslo. They went on after Johann Johannsson who went on after Efterklang (it was 4AD night). I actually watched all three and even saw some bands in nearby venues during set change... there's a band on somewhere every half hour, and all bands only play for 30 minutes.... so if you're quick you can see at least 25 minutes of a 30 minute set twice an hour for about 7 hours straight...except Serena Maneesh actually who got 45 minutes as tonight's big headliner... actually [I think] Johann played longer too, but I left before he finished). [me, over the weekend]

That's what I wrote over the weekend as a quick update while I was still in Oslo for the by:Larm festival. Meanwhile I'm still working on a complete post with everything I saw there, but, as it always goes - I'm so busy doing 100 different things so it's not done yet. In the meantime here is a full set of pictures from that Serena Maneesh show... which was great. It was especially cool to see the band play to a large crowd in their hometown, speaking only their native language and just generally being huge rock stars - loud sound, poses, great lights and all

As mentioned above, Efterklang played the same venue the same night, but the pictures I posted yesterday were from the show they played one night later. Both Efterklang and Serena Maneesh have shows coming up at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC. Both will also be at SXSW.

More pictures from Oslo below...

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