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With two of our editors living in Barna (you really shouldn’t refer to Barcelona as Barça, unless you’re really into the soccer team), we like to keep up with what’s happening there music-wise. This week Barcelona is buzzing with people, leaving behind a vibrant energy all over its streets. It’s the Primavera magic, one of the most well-know festivals Spain has to offer. Analysing their line up, we found some old Subbacultcha familiars, as well as latest discovery NO ZU, who we’re pretty anxious about to see play live.
Mr. Folky blues, Kevin Morby will be serenading you with some of his classic oldies, newbies, and a little bit of inbetweenies. His album Singing Saw shows a musician that is maturing like a fine wine. We also learned from previous encounters on Belgian territory it’s a real treat to experience this guy live.
NO ZU is fun. They’re eight Australians and made a sound that seems to be for dancing, and having a good time only. They created a mash-up sound of post-punk and dub, put some Afrobeat and topped the whole up with some funky disco beats. We will be there, shaking our asses off to their self-declared ‘heat-beat’ genre.
We still remember when Whitney played at Trefpunt, a small café-like venue on Ghent’s Sint-Jacobs’ square. Former Smith Western band members Max Kakacek and Julian Ehrlich take us back to late “Southern Night” drives, with a drummer singing us along the way. With warm guitars and a high-pitched voice, Whitney makes the perfect music for dancing around barefoot ‘on a night when the moon is low’, and that might be exactly what we need right now.
Between explosive guitars and powerful drums, Philadelphia punks Mannequin Pussy are not for the fainthearted. The sharpness of their songs reflects in Marisa Dabice, lead singer and guitar player, who doesn’t go in for subtleties in her lyrics or vocal style. Mannequin Pussy is able to balance chaotic yet tuneful and energising melodies, which should equally enchant death metal, shoegaze and mosh pit amateurs.
If you can’t make it to Primavera, Mannequin Pussy also plays La Zone (PopKatari), Liege, on 6 June. The show is free for members.