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The muses of La Musa: Corine

Certain music is synonymous with France, from classic chanson to rebellious 60’s yé-yé, from “French Touch” electronic music, to the widescreen musical genius of Serge Gainsbourg. But it is the beautifully debauched world of 1970s French Boogie which Corine is resurrecting with her own brand of “erotic disco”. She looks every inch the authentic 70s diva with her distinctive shock of peroxide blonde hair, judicious use of eye shadow, and an extensive collection of jumpsuits. The name Corine is French prostitute slang for cocaine, and she dedicates her music to “the excess of the disco years, Le Palace, and its dancers who never grow tired”. Le Palace was a legendary Parisian nightclub on whose opening night in 1978 Grace Jones sang ‘La Vie en Rose’ from on top of a pink Harley Davidson, surrounded by shining roses and mountains of dry ice. Today in concert at Poble Espanyol.

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Primavera Sound 2018 #Friday

The second day of Primavera Sound 2018 at the Parc del Fòrum is just as full and amazing as the first. Established and adored American indie rock band The National, with the voice and presence of frontman Matt Berninger, take the stage with their seventh album, ‘Sleep Well Beast’ (2017); then you can opt for something completely different with the Barcelona debut of the best-selling hip hop superstar trio from Georgia (USA), Migos, with their latest effort, ‘Culture II’ (2018), which entered the US Billboard charts at No 1; also from the States, it’s Californian MC Tyler, the Creator, who’s back at Primavera Sound to present his fourth album, ‘Flower Boy’ (2017); the trio of sisters Haim also return to the festival with a new album, ‘Something to Tell You’ (2017), under their usual influence of ’70s and ’80s pop and rock; the return we’ve all been waiting for with French actor and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg – daughter, if you didn’t know, of Jane Birkin (who’s also performing in the festival) and the legendary Serge Gainsbourg – presenting her album ‘Rest’ (2017); guru of American pop folk of these turbulent times, Josh Tillman, also known as Father John Misty, who’s promised a new album in 2018, even though ‘Pure Comedy’ (2017) is still hot in our hands; the unclassifiable sounds of musician and producer Arca; a session at the decks from former Beastie Boy Mike D; favourites from Scotland Mogwai; big guitar sounds from The Breeders; mellow tunes from Cigarettes After Sex; experimental pop from Panda Bear; and a bit of unexpected madness from John Maus.

The muses of La Musa: Charlotte Gainsbourg

Happy artists families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Until Rest, this reference to a quote from Tolstoy had no relevance when talking about Charlotte Gainsbourg. Her childhood was blissfully free and very early on she demonstrated that she was a extremely talented actress and her solo records were marvellous pop caprices with illustrious Gainsbourgettes invited to collaborate: Beck, Jarvis Cocker, Air and Neil Hannon. Serge and Jane’s daughter did, however, cross the shadow line in 2013. The death of her sister Kate Barry undeniably influenced her music and four years later came Rest, an album of grief, which is on the same level as its counterparts by Nick Cave, Mount Eerie and Sufjan Stevens. If before Charlotte was already able to sublimate tragic beauty simply by pushing her fringe off her face with the back of her hand, the interpretation of this quasi R&B repertoire will certainly trigger the Stendhal syndrome in the audience.

Benjamin Biolay professa el seu amor per Buenos Aires

El cantant, compositor, lletrista, multi-instrumentista, productor i actor presenta ‘Palermo Hollywood’, el seu setè disc, on professa el seu amor per Buenos Aires. Un disc concepte realitzat amb l’ajuda de músics i cantants argentins on sonen bandoneó, charango i l’orquestra del Teatre Colón. Un so entre Ennio Morricone i la neo-cúmbia, Serge Gainsbourg i el tango, integrant influències sud-americanes en el seu passaport de cantautor francès. Festival Mil·leni el presenta avui a la sala Barts en concert.