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Favourite Gig: Flavien Berger

Flavien Berger surprises and intercepts to finally bewitching. By playing with words to create sentimental stories and by testing swirling sounds, the 29 year old and self taught musician quickly appeared as a new breath on the french scene. Tonight at La de l’Apolo.

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Favourite Gig: Preoccupations

Preoccupations (formerly Viet Cong), to the rescue of post-punk. Disturbing and profound both for their forms and for their lyrics, Preoccupations await you in Barcelona today at La [2] of Apolo. They are a project that you should listen to almost by obligation. For fans of Savages, Clinic, This Heat, Liars, Deerhoof, Sebadoh, Echo & The Bunnymen or Pavement. We go back even further to see the flavors of bands from the 80s like Joy Division, The Church, or The Fall. They pick up their sober and dark style and place it today.

Introducing…IDLES

In times of apathy and half-hearted music, IDLES’ motorik is geared towards sweat. Apathy, half-heartedness and inertia? Fold. Excitement, devotion and chaos? All in. From their first EP Welcome (2012) to their debut album Brutalism, this five-piece band has firmly established itself in a brand of sharp English irony and guitars that reject the post-punk label and venture into the realms of grime and nocturnal revolution. Brutal honesty to laugh in the adversary’s face, to pogo until you lose your phone crushing underfoot… because we all know the only good phone is a smashed one. Tonight they will play at La2 Apolo.

Favourite Gig: Iceage

If revenge is a dish best served cold, Iceage have waited for it to be frozen before serving it up. They don’t really have any scores to settle, as the first three records by this post punk quartet from Copenhagen (Denmark) were unanimously acclaimed by audiences and the musical press. But Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, Dan Kjær Nielsen, Johan Suurballe Wieth and Jakob Tvilling Pless have waited patiently for four years to give shape to their fourth album, the first that was recorded all-analog: it will be called Beyondless, and will be released on May 4th on Matador.

If the two tasters that they have already released are anything to go by, there is no doubt that the fourth album will not be a disappointment: the first Catch It, is an amazing apocalyptic post punk anthem; whilst Pain Killer, with the collaboration of the damned diva Sky Ferreira, is an ode to love with trumpet, saxophone and trombone. In this new incarnation, Iceage are deeper, more incisive, and more powerful. Beyondless sounds like the culmination of an unapologetic career, which started with the dark debut New Brigade in 2011 and from then on each album has brought glimmers of light into the cavern. Iceage will display all these credentials at their visit todayat La (2) de Apolo.

 

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.

Divus Julius presents… Fantastic Negrito

Torna a Barcelona la revisió del clàssic blues del Delta ampliada amb contemporani soul i funk de la mà del nord-americà Fantastic Negrito, que arriba a la [2] per presentar el seu nou disc, ‘Please don’t be dead’ (2018), que arriba després del seu premiat ‘The last days of Oakland’ (2016), guanyador del Grammy al millor disc de blues contemporani. Tonight at La2.