Tag Archives: Ryan Adams

Favourite Gig: Passenger

There have always been two sides to Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger: the epic, radio-friendly sound represented by his international number one single, Let Her Go, and his UK number one album, Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea (2016), and the more introverted, singer-songwriter side heard, for instance, on Whispers II(2015) and The Boy Who Cried Wolf (2017). 



Runaway, the new album, finds Passenger embracing the epic once again: the melodies are unforgettable, the choruses colossal. Sonically, too, Runaway draws on Americana, for instance the early work of Ryan Adams. Passenger has come a long way since the release of his first album, Wicked Man’s Rest, back in 2007. The initial incarnation, in which Rosenberg was backed by a full band, was followed by his reinvention as a solo artist and a period of busking, largely in Australia and New Zealand. Suite Festival present him tonight in concert at Gran Teatre del Liceu.

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Divus Julius presents…Starcrawler

If Starcrawler were only a performance, they would be one of a festival’s most talked about concerts. If they were only a new incarnation of seventies rock in a glam suit with explosive punk, they would be one of the revelations of the year. This band is in fact both things simultaneously, as they demonstrated at the last edition of Primavera Club. Driven by the sinister and magnetic Arrow de Wilde and with input from Ryan Adams (with whom they recorded their debut), Starcrawler are power and chaos, form and content, sex and love. If Elton John, one of the first to spin their record, could see them now on stage, his very exclusive tinted glasses would explode into millions of pieces.

The muses of La Musa: Phoebe Bridgers

Phoebe Bridgers wrote her first song at age 11, spent her adolescence at open mic nights, and busked through her teenage years at farmers markets in her native Los Angeles. By age 20, she’d caught the ear of Ryan Adams, who listened to her perform her song “Killer” and invited her to record it in his studio the next day. The session grew into the three-song ‘Killer’ EP, and she hasn’t looked back.

This year alone, Bridgers has toured with Conor Oberst, performed a South X Lullaby from an Austin hotel bed, and released her first album, Stranger In The Alps.

 

Cruïlla 2017

El festival Cruïlla, un dels festivals de referència de l’estiu a la ciutat, celebrarà la seva vuitena edició els dies 7 i 8 de Juliol al Parc del Fòrum apostant com sempre per un cartell eclèctic al marge de barreres estilístiques.

Després d’una primera tongada d’artistes anunciats, el Cruïlla ha confirmat les actuacions de Jamiroquai, que presentarà el seu nou disc en el que serà l’únic concert a Espanya de Jay Kay; Pet Shop Boys, que presentaran en directe ‘Super’ (2016); a més dels directes de The Prodigy, Two Door Cinema Club, Die Antwoord, Ryan Adams, Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul (projecte de Steven Van Zandt), Ani Difranco, Residente (meitat de Calle 13), el pioner de l’electro-swing Parov Stelar (si el seu nom no us sona els seus ‘hits’ segur que sí), la francesa Jain (autora de l’èxit televisiu ‘Come’), i AronChupa (factòtum d”I’m an Albatraoz’).

Pel que fa als artistes estatals, destaquen Txarango, Exquirla (el nou projecte que uneix el ‘cantaor’ Niño de Elche i el grup de rock instrumental Toundra), Enric Montefusco, La Raíz, Dorian, Nicola Cruz, El Petit de Cal Eril, Pau Vallvé, Carlos Sadness, Neuman i Oques Grasses, entre d’altres.

S’afegeixen als ja confirmats The Lumineers, banda de Denver convertida en una de les referències de la nova Americana i que presentarà el seu segon disc, ‘Cleopatra’ (2016); Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, que porten 25 anys com una de les bandes més importants del rock en espanyol; Youssou N’Dour, figura clau de la música africana, l’alemany Patrice, creador del Sweggae, presentant el seu nou disc, ‘Life’s blood’ (2016) o l’MC Kase.O, que torna al Cruïlla per presentar nou disc, ‘El Círculo’.

El Cruïlla manté també la seva oferta de concerts més llargs que l’estàndard dels festivals, 90 minuts per als caps de cartell i 60 minuts per a la resta d’artistes i grups.

Les muses de La Musa: Rachael Yamagata

Amb veu vellutada i arranjaments de porcellana però també amb força i contundent Rachael Yamagata presenta a Barcelona el seu darrer disc, ‘Tightrope walker’. La pianista i cantant d’Arlington ha rebut ja el respecte d’artistes com Ray LaMontagne, Jason Mraz o Ryan Adams, amb els quals ha compartit temes i ha sortit de gira amb gent com Amos Lee o David Gray. Cooncert la presenta aquesta nit a l’Antiga Fàbrica Estrella Damm.