Following Momma’s beloved 2020 LP Two of Me, which introduced the world to the symbiotic writing style and profound creative intuition of founders Etta Friedman and Allegra Weingarten, the band’s third studio album Household Name reveals an exciting new chapter marked by both personal and artistic growth. Mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Emily Lazar, the album is a tightly-stitched collection that is magnetic and dynamic, and also marks their debut for Polyvinyl Record Co./Lucky Number—who signed Momma in the midst of the pandemic.
Bygone heroes helped inspire a lyrical theme throughout Household Name: the rise and fall of the rock star, and the tropes and tribulations that come with that arc. The theme allowed the group to celebrate (and, in some cases, directly reference) icons like Nirvana, Pavement, Smashing Pumpkins, Veruca Salt, and the Breeders’ Kim Deal, while weaving in their own perspective and experiences. The album perfects a balance of heavy riffs, deep emotions, inviting sonic production, and a lighthearted, wry sense of humor, creating a singular lane for Momma in today’s world of alt rock.
Formed in 2011 by vocalist and songwriter Tom Beer and lead guitarist Dan Lucas, they claim diverse influence from bands such as The Pixies, Yo La Tengo and Pavement.
Masters of joyous indie-rock, York four-piece Bull brought the summer sun to cold winter days with their debut album of festival-ready bops. Now they returned with heir new EP ‘Stuck between the Virtual and Physical World’ alongside sharing new track ‘Stuck!’.
Happiness is a great feeling; Happyness is a great band. The South London trio specializes in lush-yet-breezy indie rock that conjures all sorts of wistful feelings then takes the piss out of them with wry puns and punchlines. Think of it as Sparklehorse’s mournful dream-pop pocket symphonies infused with Pavement’s winking ironic sensibility, or Yo La Tengo if their public sense of humor seeped into their records more often.
Happyness are set to release new album ‘Floatr’ in May, they have shared some tasters such as ‘Vegetable’ or ‘Seeing Eye Dog’. It’s the now-duo’s first new material in three years, but also their first since drummer Ash Kenazi began incorporating his drag into the band.
The duo from Salamanca based in Madrid mixes sounds of indie rock, garage, punk pop and shoegaze. With their debut album, Just Calm Down, Yawners explore the most pop and emphatic sounds of the 90s and present influences of classics such as Weezer, Pavement and the Breeders, in addition to contemporaries such as Japandroids, Snail Mail and Waxahatchee. Great riffs, great feelings and great songs which have transformed them, after just two years of existence, into one of the most promising independent bands of 2019. Tonight in concert at Sala Apolo.
We apologise if we scared the hell out of some of you with that baseball cap in our Primavera Pack, the one that said ““Ex-indie”, before releasing the line up so that you could delight in all the names … and relax. Did you think we had forgotten about you, you nineties lovers? Never, whilst Stephen Malkmus has a guitar and still feels like playing it: and it is patently obvious on Sparkle Hard (2018), that the most famous fringes in Pavement have a long career ahead. With seven albums under his belt (one solo and the rest of them with The Jicks), the Portland artist leaves behind him spatio-temporal labels to bring together classical melodies and deafening contemporary lyrics (references to the #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter movements included), without forgetting to deliver three or four tracks with his delightful morning sparkle trade mark, as reassuring as it is characteristic. And as he himself sings on Middle America, “I will not disappear”. We have Malkmus, habemus indie, for some time to come. Tonight in concert.
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  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.
They started in 2011 but it was their signing to Sub Pop and the release of their debut “Return To Love”, that have made this New York quartet influenced by bands including Neutral Milk Hotel, Dinosaur Jr., Pavement and Mount Eerie so popular. The band formed by Mike Caridi, Dave Benton and Ben Smith at State University, debuted in 2011 with “Space Brothers” and started to attract attention with their second album, “Hoodwink’d” that encapsulated the best of 90s indie and transformed it into an unruly exercise of melodic and rhythmic impertinenc.e. They will be playing today at Primavera Sound.
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