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.
Shaking up styles and wrecking stages with their explosive indie-electronic performance, Aldo The Band are one of the most representative bands of the Brazilian alternative scene. Their acclaimed second album Giant Flea is a good example of how it’s possible to blur the boundaries between synth lines, sequencers and drums machines like LCD Soundsystem with Pavement guitars and Prince vocals. With a non-obviously spicy Brazilian touch, the two brothers André and Murilo Faria open new ways of dialogue between electronic music and indie rock, materializing the urban chaos and night energy of São Paulo city. They have opened for bands such as La Roux, The xx and AlunaGeorge, and owe their name to their crazy uncle, Mr. Aldo, who used to take the brothers through Sao Paulo’s wild nightlife while they were still kids. It’s their time to give it back!
Acompanyat de la seva banda The Violators, Kurt Vile presentarà al nostre país el seu sisè àlbum d’estudi, que veurà la llum a la tardor. Excomponent dels ara populars The War On Drugs, aquest cantautor americà ha aconseguit llaurar-se una carrera sòlida i fructífera amb discs com “Constant Hitmaker”, “Smoke Ring For My Halo” o el recent “Wakin On A Pretty Daze”, treballs on es capbussa en la tradició americana des d’una visió moderna (com bé delaten les seves influències, que van de Bruce Springsteen a Pavement). Primavera Sound al presenta avui a la sala Apolo. Obrirà la vetllada el duet de Brooklyn Lushes, que presentarà el seu segon àlbum “Service Industry”