Festival Cruïlla 2018

The eclectic Cruïlla music festival is a favourite for locals in the Barcelona summer festival season, and it celebrates its ninth year running on July 12, 13 and 14 in the Parc del Fòrum with a line-up of some 40 performances featuring all kinds of musical styles, and featuring veterans as well as up-and-comers.

One of the headliners is the great David Byrne, who not only was the frontman for the legendary Talking Heads but has also enjoyed an extensive and fruitful solo career and is one of the first English-speaking stars to open up his sound to include Latin and African rhythms. Fans of rock rooted in Americana are excited about the addition of Jack White to the line-up, with his third solo album, ‘Boarding House Reach’ (2018), and of bluesman Seasick Steve. For fans of rap and urban music, don’t miss The RootsN*E*R*D (Pharrell Williams among them), Prophets of Rage (the supergroup made up of members of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, Chuck D and DJ Lord Public Enemy, plus B-Real from Cypress Hill), and British outfit Bugzy Malone, showing off the harder side of hip hop.

Electronic music fans won’t be disappointed either with the French duo Justice, British duo Orbital, drum & bass duo Chase & Status, and Norwegian producer Kygo.

Look forward to roots music from Brazil’s Gilberto GilFatoumata Diawara from Mali, and American reggae band Soja. In addition to Diawara, Cruïlla’s other important female voices are English singer-songwriter Jessie Ware, and French musician Camille, who’s comfortable with both pop and the avant-garde and whatever lies between.

Reggae heir Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley is back at the festival after his 2015 performance, and now he presents his latest album, ‘Stony Hill’ (2017); Colombian duo Bomba Estéreo, one of the most internationally well-known groups on the new wave of alternative Latin American pop also takes to the stage.

More locally, Spanish and Catalan performers include Núria GrahamThe New RaemonMi CapitánBelakoLa PegatinaEls CatarresLa M.O.D.A., the Always Drinking Marching BandLori MeyersElefantesBlaumutRamon Mirabet and Joan Dausà, Madrid’s Izal with their epic pop, and from nearby Vic Joana Serrat.

Completing the line-up are LP, the alias of American singer-songwriter Laura Pergolizzi; English singer-songwriter Ben Howard; New York rock band The Last Internationale; and Peruvian folk-pop group We the Lion; as well as Fura dels Baus and Aquelarre de Cervera, who add a stage-performance ingredient to the festival cocktail.

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Divus Julius presents…Eels

Eels, l’incombustible projecte del torturat cantant i compositor Mark Oliver Everett (també conegut com a E), que va debutar fa més de 20 anys amb l’exitós disc ‘Beautiful Freak’ (1996) torna per fi a Barcelona. Ho farà en un concert avui a la sala Barts per presentar el seu dotzè disc, ‘The Deconstruction’ (2018), que arriba quatre anys després de ‘The cautionary tales of Mark Oliver Everett’ (2014), el seu últim disc fins ara, que alhora suposava la continuació de la seva cèlebre novel·la autobiogràfica ‘Cosas que los nietos deberían saber’.

Music by Bergman: Leon Bridges

We can enjoy the powerful voice of soul singer, Leon Bridges, when he presents Good Thingson the 11th  July. This new album highlights the evolution and renewal of the sound of this Fort Worth artist; a work that moves between jazz and soul classics, with shades of hip-hop.  Although he has often been compared to such great artists as Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye, the singer has been able to create his own distinctive label. Tonight at Festival Jardins de Pedralbes.

 

Hit of the week: Chaka Khan ‘Like Sugar’

After 10 years of silence on the dance floor, the spirit of funk has finally been revived because Chaka Khan has re-emerged with a new single called “Like Sugar.” The timeless track is a collaboration with Major Lazer member Switch. The Kim Gehrig-directed visual is essentially the dance party of your dreams as a colorful cast of dancers perform choreographed routines while decked out in the freshest fits. Chaka Khan has also signed to the producer’s new label, Diary Records. The Queen of Funk hasn’t released new material since her 2007 album Funk This.

 

Le Classique: Pearl Jam

The Seattle band of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament and Matt Cameron are at long last back in Barcelona after their last visit, more than a decade ago, in 2006. The classic grunge band, who celebrated 25 years together in 2015 have released 10 albums, selling more than 85 million copies, and have become members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Big stuff ahead of their much-anticipated return, this time in the Palau Sant Jordi.

And expectations are high: first, because over the last decade they have relaunched their career with a trilogy of inspired, energetic and impeccable albums – ‘Pearl Jam’ (2006) ‘Backspacer’ (2009) and ‘Lightning Bolt’ (2013) – casting them as a mature band and dismissing any accusations of a decline or a comeback; second, because at first Barcelona wasn’t a stop on this European tour, and the surviving heroes of grunge are one of the most popular bands in the country. Today at Palau Sant Jordi.

Best Covers: Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You”

Dolly Parton is a legend in her own right. And her original version, released in 1974, was no slouch—it topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart twice.

But we’re talking about one of the most epic vocal performances in the history of sound. Houston’s version was recorded for the 1992 film The Bodyguard, and went on to hold the record for the best-selling single by a woman in music history. And unofficially, that key change is one of the most reliably goosebump-inducing music moments to ever exist.

Ville à Dômat #225: Fresh Tunes

El millor remei per suportar tanta calor és un bon bany de fresques cançons. Divus Julius Bonasera estrenarà el més nou de Miles Kane, Boy Pablo, The Blaze, Tyler the Creator, Róisín Murphy o Cullen Omori. Presentem a nous artistes com SPINN, Her’s, Evergreen, The Regrettes o Viagra Boys. A més, tota la info sobre el Festival Cruïlla, Sons Solers, Soundeat Bcn i el BBF Barcelona Beach Festival.
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Ville à Dômat: Fresh Tunes

Radio Magazine about Barcelona's indie and alternative music & culture scene. Live broadcast every Monday from 6:45PM to 9:30PM at Barcelona FM 100.5