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 […]

Maragitas for Eskimos on the Atoll

After the drums kick in at the beginning of the album Explota El Cuerpo (Blow Up the Body) by the Madrid-based band Margarita, the guitar melody shoots out quickly over a dark night sky with prismatic colors streaming down to Earth from its tail. Stray notes twinkle here and there, passing through stars’ phosphorescence as the shooting […]

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 […]

Wanderlust: The Vision Quest:: A Traveling Mix

When traveling alone, all the songs that you can fit in your pocket or in your car can become the best friend you could have. Sometimes the right songs can help block out the world and lull you to sleep on an uncomfortable bench during an airport layover. The right playlist can keep you awake […]

A New Web-Based Music Directory from Scotland

Glasgow, Scotland’s Adam Piggot is the head of Touch Sensitive: a new online directory of underground and alternative music from Scotland, Spain and around the world. Piggot discovered THE BOMBER JACKET through a Spanish artist we covered. We got talking and decided it would be a good idea for Piggot to write a guest article […]

Reading Horoscopes with Aries

The sheer giddy pop force of Aries is undeniable, regardless of whether or not you can understand Spanish. For a band that’s as mystical as their astrological name might imply, the music is less of a psychedelic trance and more of a meditative celebration captivated by main songwriter Isabel Fernández’s fresh and colorful melodies and […]

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. […]