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Music by Bergman: Snow Patrol

The band of Northern Irish musicians formed in Scotland are much more than the composers of ‘Chasing Cars’, which was such a huge hit years ago, thanks in part to the ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ soundtrack. The five-piece band are back in Barcelona, where they’ve always received a warm welcome, to present the best of ‘Wildness’ (2018) and so much more. Tonight at Razzmatazz.

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Favourite Gig: Mishima

One of the most popular Catalan bands in recent years, straight outta Barcelona, with charismatic frontman David Carabén, it’s Mishima with their modern classic Christmastime concert, tonight at Apolo, celebrating the venue’s 75th anniversary. The band – Carabén (vocals and guitar), Marc Lloret (keyboards), Dani Vega (guitar), Xavi Caparrós (bass) and Alfons Serra (drums) – present their eighth album, ‘Ara i res’ (2017).

The muses of La Musa: Hilary Woods

Nightfall. It doesn’t matter if you are in the darkness of your room, or in a clearing in the forest. It doesn’t matter because there is something in common between the intimacy of four walls in the quiet of the night and the tense calm of nature at peace. Hilary Woods’s first album is perfect for both moments. Colt softly asks to accompany you, be it in a walk in the dark or in the cosy atmosphere of an intimate room. You can sense that it is a record made in intimacy, darkness and delicacy (in fact, it was recorded in an abandoned flat). It sounds like Grouper combined with the atmosphere of Twin Peaks. Piano, synthesisers, field noises, celestial voices, a few harp and drone arrangements and frozen beats: immediately spellbound. Tonight at Sala Apolo.

Music by Bergman: Orquesta Akokán

The lost paradise of Latin music pre-bogaloo and pre-salsa is the dancehalls of Havana and New York in the 50s and 60s. Orquesta Akokán, twelve outstanding Cuban musicians of different generations led by the singer José “Pepito” Gómez, in their debut recover the styles that swept through those dance temples like a Caribbean hurricane: mambo, chachacha, Latin-jazz… Their desire to recover those sounds, as old as a well-matured rum, is an injection of traditionalism that is not so different from the impulse which drives the most traditional Americana artists. But reproducing the sound (long live variety!) of those Latin big bands is much more demanding: you have to have experience, to sing like a star, to have a special rapport, and basically you have to give it your everything. Well, Orquestra Akokán is the sort of band that puts its heart into every note it plays. Because in Yoruba that is what Akokán means: heart. This next friday in concert at Sala Apolo, Primavera Club.

Divus Julius presents…Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Having been compared to The Jesus & Mary Chain, BRMC is one of the best alternative rock bands on the scene today. Their dirty and powerful sound, their dark folk and the intensity of their live concerts have made their shows one of the must-sees of July. Peter Hayes, Robert Been and Leah Shapiro come to Barcelona with their latest album, ‘Wrong Creatures’ Tonight at Apolo.

Favourite Gig: Animal Collective

La banda de pop experimental de Baltimore Animal Collective, un dels grups més influents de la dècada passada dins el panorama independent mundial recuperen per primer cop en directe el seu cinquè disc, ‘Sung tongs’ (2004), un dels millor valorats de la seva carrera per la seva barreja de pop acústic i experimental i que va canviar la seva carrera. El repassaran de principi a fi Avey Tare i Panda Bear (els únics autors de ‘Sung tongs’) a la Sala Apolo, on sonaran clàssics del grup com ‘Who could win a rabbit?’ o ‘Visiting friends’ per primera vegada en directe. Aquesta nit a la sala Apolo.