Musical siblings Otto and Astrid Rot of Berlin group Die Roten Punkte (the Red Dots) dedicate their Kunst Rock show to Brain Eno, claiming their new songs were written and recorded in a basement where they rubbed a hairbrush on a pineapple and listened to water dripping into a bucket for two weeks.
Don’t worry, though — there is nothing that esoteric during this 75-minute concert/comedy routine.
Most of the laughs from the White Stripes-aping duo come between songs during their banter, bickering and audience interaction. The songs hold their own too, with the pair — Daniel Tobias (vocals/guitar) and Clare Bartholomew (vocals/drums) — offering up catchy punk anthems, robotic New Wave, a mini rock opera and, yes, one art-rock sound experiment.
They obviously already have a huge fan base in Winnipeg with many in the packed crowd singing along and pumping their fists in the air opening night. They even earned two standing ovations.
— Rob Williams
From the official Fringe Festival program:
Die Roten Punkte (The Red Dots) are Berlin's Prince and Princess of Indie Rock. Utterly dysfunctional siblings Otto and Astrid Rot unveil their eagerly anticipated third album KUNST ROCK (ART ROCK).
4 STARS "Pitch-perfect pop parody" - The Scotsman, Edinburgh
4 1/2 STARS - Winnipeg Free Press
5 STARS "Your cheeks will hurt from laughing" - Winnipeg Sun
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language,
RECOMMENDED: General Audience
MTC Mainstage (Venue 1), to July Sunday
Discount Tickets: $9 for Students, Seniors, Kids (12 & under), Unemployed, Equity members