Mujeres, Mujeres, Mujeres: Putting Their Fists Down

Luchador Records is down the street from the MACBA, Barcelona’s contemporary art museum where you constantly have to dodge skaters who are making videos, doing tricks off of the entrance’s ramps, staircases and the ample open space of the white stone plaza. More often than not, they’re also smoking weed and drinking a few San […]

Lost in the Woods…or in Translation with Naturalesa Salvatge

In Spanish, the word “tranquilo” is pretty versatile, being used for “relaxed,” “peaceful” and even the command “calm down!” Although slightly awkward and not a word that would normally be used to describe a band, its false friend (sort of) in English, “tranquil,” would serve as a good adjective for Naturalesa Salvatge. The Barcelona band’s […]

Manos de Topo and the Verge of Tears

The bipolar warbling vocals of Manos de Topo are somewhere between sounding like they are full of tears and like they fell out of the mouth of singer Son Miguel Ángel Blanca after he stubbed his toe. Yet the group manages to make its songs joyous with a well-honed pop sensibility, bright colors, games and […]

Walking Under Picore’s Balls

Picore says they work hard to make their music “suggestive and danceable” and there are always people moving around at the band’s shows. However, there’s still something about the group’s style that seems like every once in a while it would have to be met with slack-jawed staring and drooling while melting off into space. […]

Za! Becomes Post World Leaders

Za!

Za! is an insane hodgepodge of experimental music which includes base elements of heavy droning guitar, weird vocal loops, and styles lifted from every corner of the world. The duo tries to emulate and make fun of everything they like, from jazz to Japanese manga soundtracks to traditional Portuguese guitar to video game sound bytes […]