Category Archives: Concerts

Favourite Gig: The Coral

Since 1996 (for early adopters), and 2002, when the UK band The Coral released their eponymous first album (which wasted no time climbing the UK charts, resting at number 5). Their brand of psychedelic Rock/Folk has helped other bands to emerge within the new style. To date, the band has released eight studio sets, their last being Distance Inbetween (2016).

The Coral have releases their newest album, Move Through The Dawn and today they will play it in concert at Sidecar.

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Favourite Gig: Metric

Toronto-based alt-rockers Metric have returned with their seventh studio album, Art of Doubt. The band mostly steer away from the synth-centric style of their previous record, Pagans in Vegas, but with mixed results. On Art of Doubt, they embrace their six-string roots and occasionally dip into electronic territory. Tonight in concert at Sala Bikini.

Divus Julius presents…Yves Tumor

Fear, chaos, fragility, strength, pleasure, pain, love… above all, love; Yves Tumor’s art expresses all this and so much more. If there is such thing as an iconoclastic artist in today’s musical scenario, Yves Tumor is one of them. At the crossroads between performance art, BDSM practices, ritual experiences and full on punk/rave destruction, his live show is one of the most mind-bending around.

Unpredictable and undefinable, the enigmatic producer’s music is indeed a serpent, slithering through the deepest levels of human emotion. Following previous work on PAN, Janus and various self-released sonic excursions, he is set to release his his new album “Safe in the Hands of Love” via Warp.

His performance at MIRA 2018, today, will be the Spanish premiere of his new A/V show in collaboration with visual artist, coder and designer Ezra Miller. If Miller’s previous work with artists such as Evian Christ, Suicide Year and Oneohtrix Point Never is anything to go by, their performance will be an experience that will become deeply ingrained in the minds and bodies of those present.

Music by Bergman: Carpenter Brut

It is like being in a Carpenter (the other one) soundtrack, like sensing the uprising of an army of zombie synthesisers in the woods – the soundtrack for the Rise Of The Synths documentary is his… as well as the one for the announcement of our line up this year–. It is like invoking the undead from the 80s with three words. Carpenter Brut’s litany doesn’t chant “klaatu, barada, nikto” but rather “terror, action and science fiction”, concepts crucial to the new sacred Trilogy of French electronic music. We do not see Franck Hueso’s face but his intention is clear: to take the burden of intimacy to communion, to twist the sound of horror till it becomes a collective celebration. Tonight at Razzmatazz.

Music by Bergman: Spiritualized

In Spiritualized’s music three states of matter exist in harmony: the foundations of his songs are as hard as silex and his arrangements pour out, flow and fill spaces like a liquid. The fact that from this combination comes a music that rises gas-like to the skies is a mystery that only Jason Pierce himself holds the key to. With both Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized, Jason has been the guardian of an alchemical secret that transforms noise into gospel, traditional blues into futuristic avant-garde music and psychedelic garage into chamber music.

Now after the stellar show with an orchestra and choir in the Auditori del Fòrum at the recent edition of Primavera Sound, Spiritualized are coming back to perform live in Barcelona, this time with a classical formation to present the songs from their recently announced eighth album, And Nothing Hurt, after 6 years of studio silence. An album composed and recorded solo by Jason Pierce, on which bedroom folk sounds like a sonic Big Bang Theory. With them, neither the number of musicians on stage nor how the tracks were originally recorded count: what is important is the matter (and its three states) which constitute their songs. Tonight at Razzmatazz.

The muses of La Musa: Cat Power

Cat Power has paved her way to become one of the most respected voices on the folk and soul stage, and she’s working on a new album that invites us on an emotional journey through her own life story.

The album Wanderer is scheduled for release in October. Throughout, the singer-songwriter sheds light on the path she’s taken to arrive to where she is today: a path that sees her drifting along with her guitar, following in the footsteps of classic folk singers. She’s adding her name to the list of the greats, because she is already a part of folk history.

Now,Cruïlla Festival are able to see her live in Barcelona today at Sala Razzmatazz.

Divus Julius presents…Here Lies Man

For nearly a dozen years, Here Lies Man existed only as a concept. In the mid-’00s, Marcos Garcia (aka Chico Mann) had been playing guitar with Brooklyn-based Afrobeat collective Antibalas, a group that rose to prominence by updating the rhythmic, political funk of Nigerian legend Fela Kuti. Yet between takes in a lengthy studio recording session, Garcia was struck by the idea of translating Afrobeat sounds into more of a heavy rock ‘n’ roll context.

However, the demands of his full-time gig kept him from doing anything about it for more than a decade. It wasn’t until 2016 when Garcia moved to Los Angeles that he got the opportunity to transform Here Lies Man into a fully-fledged band, and released their self-titled debut album in 2017. Here Lies Man have released their second album:  ‘You Will Know Nothing’ Today in concert at Razzmatazz.