Maria Rodés has Triangle Dreams

Maria Rodés’ voice comes through her music like a morning dove on a vintage 1920s radio. The acoustic guitar and Spanish lyrics conjure a concert in a dusty park’s gazebo somewhere in Spain, but the experimental decorations littered throughout the music has an irrevocably contemporary air. The nylon string guitar, piano riffs, and Rodés’ lullaby vocals are accompanied […]

Barcelona Record Label Showcase

Especially for Barcelona where the music and art scenes can be elusive, it always helps to check out record labels in order to discover new bands and to find interesting places and venues to go to. Barcelona has numerous independent record labels that also manage international artists, as well as some collective labels managed by […]

A Night on the Town in Barcelona: The Best Places to See Live Music

Spain can be an unusual location of curation for live music. The most prevalent trends are discotheques based around popular music (mostly American), hippie and rasta jam bands, or death metal. Anything else can be hard to come across unless you know where you’re looking. Even for a cosmopolitan contemporary cultural center like Barcelona, such […]

Barcelona’s Famèlic Family

Exploring live music in Barcelona led to overhearing every once in a while about a group of crazy dudes from a place called Vic. I first heard about a collective called Famèlic when speaking with the Barcelona band Mujeres. The name Els Famèlics is Catalan Spanish that actually means “the hungry” rather than the false friend, “the […]

Spaingaze: Three Spanish Spacey Shoegaze Drone Bands

This article covers three Spanish bands discovered through various concerts and outlets like bandcamp and SoundCloud. All three of them have a different take on drone and shoegaze music, a style that’s hard to find in Spain. Univers Univers is a band that is just getting started, having played a lot of secret shows in […]

The Real Fairy Tales of Fanny Roz

Once upon a time there was a musician named Fanny Roz. Her story involved snail races, tree houses, smokey French jazz bars, magical beaches in Chile, and a tale of two cities. It was the best of times…yeah, okay, it all really sounded like it was pretty much the best of times… The whole story of […]

Sones, the Strange Ones

Good local music can be hard to come across in Barcelona unless you know where to look. The city is a little bit fragmented as there’s a bigger draw to drunken discotheques, heavy metal bars or jazz and flamenco. “Indie rock” bands can be hard to find, because there aren’t too many of them and […]

Primavera Sound 2012 Wrap-up

The Parc del Forúm is an excellent location for Primavera Sound, because the Spanish heat gets intense, particularly in the front row crowds, but there’s always a cool sea breeze that hits you just at the right moment. The three main festival days were full of a lot of excellent performances and I even had […]

Furguson’s Swindlers and Cross Country Runners

In THE BOMBER JACKET’s interview with Barcelona’s Mujeres, the group mentioned a little town outside of the city called Vic where they said a makeshift D.I.Y. music community had formed. Such types of spaces are great at producing creative (or extremely weird) acts. Furguson is an example and they are part of the Vic collective […]

Primavera Sound 2012 Wishlist

Barcelona’s Primavera Sound is one of the best indie music festivals that Europe has to offer (if not the best). They’re able to gather some of the most interesting and talented international acts out there, as well as showcase lesser-known bands, particularly Spanish ones. It takes place in the Parc del Forum, a breathtaking stone […]

Beach Niche

The sunny island of Mallorca is in the middle of the Mediterranean and is a part of Spain. It has some breathtaking beaches that you would think only existed on postcards or computer desktop wallpaper, some awesome caves (complete with dragons) and a tourist hotspot called Palma. Yet, the guys from Beach Beach said that […]

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. […]