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Divus Julius presents: Luke Temple 

NorCal singer-songwriter Luke Temple refuses to put down musical roots. Both under his own name and as part of Here We Go Magic, he’s wandered from dreamkraut to reggae-tinged synth-pop, to severe, off-kilter folk. The only constant in his journey is his light, twangy tenor—it’s no wonder he’s frequently compared to Paul Simon.

And like all journeys, Temple ends up right back where he started, wiser and wearier than when he began. “Wounded Brightness,” the lead single from Temple’s forthcoming album Both-And, refracts his earliest Sufjan Stevens-meets-Timothy Leary freak-folk through a mature, bossa nova prism.

Introducing… Geppetto & The Whales

Four years after their debut ‘Heads of Woe’, Geppetto & Co. travelled from Antwerp to Wisconsin, USA to record their next album ‘Passages’. Under the wings of the great Brian Joseph, the producer of Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens.

The very first full album by Geppetto & the Whales came out early 2014. This beautifully crafted debut, from this Belgian indie band, sounds mature and young at the same time. It blends beautiful little melodies with overwhelming soundscapes. Geppetto & The Whales have a sound that is both classic and endlessly refreshing. New album ‘Passages’ is out now.

The muses of La Musa: Mavica

Mavica is composer and guitarist, Marta Casanova, originally from Cartagena and resident in London, where she is currently preparing her debut EP ‘Gone’, a collection of songs that has already taken her to perform in Barcelona, Madrid, Murcia and even Berlin. But it is in the British capital, where Mavica studies music and production and where the young artist has found the place to finally materialize her debut. Folk pop songs with influences that go from Bon Iver to Sufjan Stevens or Amy Winehouse to Ben Howard. On October 29 Mavica debuted in Barcelona, opening for Roo Panes (UK) at the Moritz Factory, the artist dazzled the audience with her unmistakable voice and catchy melodies. Tonight she presents her present her first-ever EP, ‘Gone’  at L’Auditori.

Into the breath-taking realm of C.Duncan

Visual artist and a musician with a very solid musical training background with a degree music composition from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Christopher Duncan has put all his experience and emotion into “Architect”, a gem of electronic pop and lush folk with which this young artist from Glasgow delves into the realms of both Sufjan Stevens and Jeff Buckley always with an eye to the future. A talent in the making that was nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2015 thanks to his ability to bring together incredible melodies and breath-taking songs. Primavera Club present him tonight at sala Apolo.

The gentle melancholy of William Fitzsimmons

This American singer-songwriter is known throughout the world thanks to the fact that his songs ‘Passion Play’ and ‘Please Don’t Go’ were included on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ soundtrack, but his musical talent is by no means restricted to the small screen. It’s no surprise that his work is compared to such icons as Iron & Wine, Sufjan Stevens and Elliott Smith, because William Fitzsimmons is a walking masterclass in the finest indie folk being produced in the USA today. His first albums, ‘Until When We Are Ghosts’ (2005) and ‘Goodnight’ (2006), were self-produced efforts, and Fitzsimmons didn’t go into a studio as such until he was ready to make ‘The Sparrow and the Crow’ in 2008. This year, the prolific artist with the gentle voice and melancholy yet uplifting songs released ‘Charleroi’. Festival Grec presents him tonight at sala Barts.


El retorn d’Arcade Fire

Després de triomfar al Primavera Sound 2014, i aprofitant que seran a la Península per actuar al festival BBK Live, la banda canadenca torna a portar a Barcelona el repertori de ‘Reflektor’ (2013), el seu últim àlbum, en què, amb l’ajuda de James Murphy d’LCD Soundsystema la producció, s’apropiaven amb brillantor de la tradició musical d’Haití empeltada de música disco.

El retorn d’Arcade Fire a la ciutat es repartirà entre el Razzmatazz, on faran el concert, i La [2] de l’Apolo, on punxarà Win Butler, líder dels canadencs, amb l’àlies DJ Windows 98 el dissabte 2 de juliol.

Obrirà per a ells una altra canadenca, Little Scream (20.30 h), projecte de Laurel Sprengelmeyer. En el seu segon àlbum, ‘Cult following’ (2016), ha comptat amb col·laboracions de membres d’Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens, Sharon Van Etten, TV On The Radio i The National, entre d’altres.

Les muses de La Musa: Little Scream

La bella Musa ens presenta a la musa d’aquesta setmana: Little Scream aka Laurel Sprengelmeyer. El 6 de maig publicarà el seu nou álbum, Cult Following, El més rellevant és el gran nombre de col·laboracions que figuraran en aquest nou disc. L’elenc el formen  Sufjan Stevens, Sharon Van Etten, Aaron i Bryce Dessner de The National, Owen Pallett, Kyp Malone de TV on the Radio i Mary Margaret O’Hara. La nord-americana resident a Canadà és una de les figures importants del panorama indie de Montreal i la seva música fusiona el folk amb el cinematic rock.