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Primavera Sound 2019

The wildly popular Primavera Sound festival has announced the artists who will take to the stages in its 2019 edition, which will be held at the Parc del Fòrum in Barcelona from Friday, May 30 to Saturday, June 1. This year, half of the artists on the line-up are women, bringing more equality and just as much brilliance to the festival.

Rosalía, Solange, Janelle Monáe, Erykah Badu, Robyn and Miley Cyrus are tops among the list of women performing that also includes highlights like FKA Twigs, Carly Rae Jepsen and Courtney Barnet, plus stellar male artists such as Tame Impala, J Balvin, Future, James Blake and Kurt Vile & The Violators.

Key players who hit it big in the ’90s feature as usual, including Jarvis Cocker, Suede, Stereolab, Nas, Neneh Cherry, Róisín Murphy, Primal Scream, Guided by Voices, Built to Spill, Stephen Malkmus and Liz Phair, who also make room for new sensations of urban music and contemporary pop like Kate Tempest, Princess Nokia, Yung Beef, Empress Of, Charli XCX and Kali Uchis.

The eclectic line-up spans EBM from veterans Nitzer Ebb to alternative rock from Dirty Projectors, plus avant-garde pop from Julia Holter, club pop from Jungle, urban soul from Nathy Peluso, a load of reggaeton artists (Ivy Queen, DJ Playero, Japanese, Don Chezina, Hurricane G, Tony Touch) and much more.

As for electronic music, look out for Richie Hawtin, Nina Kraviz, Modeselektor, Helena Hauff, Objekt, Veronica Vasicka, Yves Tumor, Apparat, Suzanne Ciani, SOPHIE and Mykki Blanco, as well as artists in Primavera Bits, a festival within the festival on the other side of the Por Fòrum bridge.

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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.

Mira Festival 2018

The first edition of this festival, back in 2010, had eight activities on its programme. This year, there are over 70 planned, spread out over three days. Despite this growth, the philosophy is still the same: to put the audience in the centre of avant-garde sound and visual experiences created by artists from all over the world. MIRA is a music and digital arts festival, but above all it’s an experimental funfair, and something you won’t be able to see anywhere else in Barcelona.

Things get underway with Nicolas Jaar’s ‘¡Miércoles!’ (Thu 8, 5pm-8pm), a three-hour jam with Mexican dancer Stéphanie Janaina and an immersive system with 50 speakers. Plus don’t miss the exclusive MIRA DOME by Adidas Originals, the first 360-degree dome in Barcelona, where you’ll see innovative international acts. This year the festival also takes over the first floor at Fabra i Coats, with the exhibition ‘The Search for (Modern) Pleasure’, which you can check out until December 16, and which explores the concept of pleasure in the digital age.

Highlights among the musical performances include Tangerine Dream (Fri 9), Carla del Forno (Fri 9), Seefeel (Sat 10), Yves Tumour (Sat 10), Atom™ (Sat 10) and DJ Stingray (Fri 9). Get more info at the festival website. All this week at Fabra i Coats.

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.

Introducing…Palm

All those times when you refused to believe that Animal Collective were an updated version of The Beach Boys, you were right: the real update of the Wilson brothers’ harmonic Rubik cube is Palm (just listen to Composite, go check it). Although, as this Philadelphia quartet takes on the beach legacy by the most tortuous of the routes (that of wild pop experiments) they also sound like Avey Tare and Panda Bear. So you were half right… anyway, who cares? Palm’s melodious and instrumental talent is a hydra: out of every tune or arrangement that they splice there come several new ones. And all of them are good.  Today in concert at La 2 of Apolo. Primavera Club.

Local Bands: Silent James

There are artists who only know how to write from anger, and there are those who know how to turn everyday life, the day to day, into a universal pop song. Jaume Benedito is the latter, as you can clearly appreciate after just one listen to Oh, Tokyo!, an uncomplicated story of a journey to the Japanese capital with a declaration of love included: “I always wanted to be the man who took you to Japan”, says the chorus. This everyday life epic performed according to the teachings of maestros of refined chamber pop such as Neil Hannon, Edwyn Collins and Jens Lekman, is the backbone of Silent James. His songs are fleeting embraces of life to enjoy a sunny morning, to cheer up an afternoon or to let yourself be carried away by a calm nostalgia, the type that can condense our whole story into the best song in the world. Today in concert at 1PM at Centre Cultural Albareda, Primavera Club.

Divus Julius presents… serpentwithfeet

Everything started with Blonde: Frank Ocean proved, crystal clear, that thunderous bass was not necessary –sometimes even no bass was necessary– to make a R&B record bursting with rhythm, depth and punch. Softer, deeper. Many students applied at the school of Blonde, but none has been so outstanding as the American artist serpentwithfeet with his debut. With soil, his first record, Josiah Wise offers himself to the audience through his voice. It’s powerful, polyhedral, penetrating, silky; it wraps itself around you like a python to finally whisper in your ear. With this voice and the subtle incredibly modern and textured electronic bases by Clams Casino and Katie Gately, serpentwithfeet remains true to his commitment to free love (and break up) that represents his debut: from the heart of the earth, from a whisper in a deep hole, but destined for the sky. Today in concert at  La2 of Apolo. Primavera Club.