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Parque de Cidade will once again host NOS Primavera Sound Porto in 2016, taking place on the weekend of 9th - 11th July.
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Polly Jean Harvey first hit the music scene in the early 90s with her 'Dry' album. An original style, described as caustic, seductive, savage and ironic, propelled her into stardom and continues to do so, but she has remained unique and uncorrupted by commercial temptation. Her immense critical acclaim has seen her twice become a winner of the Mercury Music Prize, in 2001 for 'Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea' then again in 2011 for 'Let England Shake'. She has also received a total of six Grammy nominations, eight Brit Award nominations and in 2011 was awarded for Outstanding Contribution To Music at the NME awards.
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Icelandic post-rock band from Reykjavik with melodic, classical, experimental, and minimalist elements. The band has been described as 'part Spiritualized and part Enya with the immense epic sonic vistas of God Speed You Black Emperor'. Known for its ethereal sound and lead singer Jónsi’s falsetto voice, the band play with precision and style, contributing their individual instruments to an overall single sound of pure beauty.
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Co-founder of the legendary Beach Boys who produced some of the most successful American, pre-Beatles pop music characterised by rich, close harmony vocals which came to be known as the 'surf sound'. Despite the hits, he is perhaps better respected for later work, and in particular the 1966 album 'Pet Sounds', which regularly appears in polls as one of the greatest records of all time. Its mixture of melodic beauty and pioneering experimentation was taken even further on his next planned release, the near legendary 'Smile'. Scrapped in the late sixties, this album was finally released in 2004. The subsequent critical and popular acclaim it received was a true vindication of his original vision, and Brian's live performances of both 'Smile' and 'Pet Sounds' have been greeted with an equally rapturous reception.
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Seminal French band whose synthpop roots evoke the likes of Jarre and Vince Clarke, but adding a complexity and melodic accessibility which encroaches into prog territories. Their ambitious 1998 debut album Moon Safari is best known for the superb ambient pop songs Kelly Watch The Stars and Sexy Boy.
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Algiers are a politically conscious indie rock trio who combine elements of post-punk and no wave with blues, gospel, and even early industrial music. They are based in New York City and London, England. The band came together in 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia when guitarist Lee Tesche and bassist Ryan Mahan, both members of the city's thriving underground rock and noise scenes, encountered vocalist and guitarist Franklin James Fisher, whose own musical roots were in the grand black gospel tradition of the Deep South, the soul-blues of Nina Simone, and angular funk. All of its members play percussion and keyboards, and do drum programming. Their songs actively engage in cultural critique by commenting on traditions in political, social, and religious realms.
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The music of the Animal Collective appears at once extremely modern and respectfully set in rock tradition with twisting popular music and intricate melodies, drones and atonal outbursts. 'They make Flaming Lips look like Top of the Pops'.
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A space rock band.
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US noise makers who are skilled abstract expressionists of rock with eerie psychedelic feedback, textured multi-layered song writing and meltdown female vocals.
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From Brooklyn, New York, Battles are an angular and highly experimental band concisting of John Stanier (drums) of Helmet and Tomahawk and Ian Williams (guitar/lkeyboards) of Don Caballero and Storm & Stress. Together they push the sonic limits of how conventional instruments and electronics meld. Their reputation as some of the most skilled and innovative musicians of their time has helped to garner them a worldwide audience. Battles has been anything but a conventional band. As result of its constant forward-momentum – musically and conceptually – Battles albums have placed the band amongst the most innovative of Warp Records' roster. Battles stand out on their own more than ever as THE band that can unite techno lovers, progressive rock aficionados and experimental enthusiasts of all stripes.
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American boy-girl duo Beach House play dreamy pop. With hints of Vashti Bunyan, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, My Bloody Valentine, Mazzy Star and Yo La Tengo Beach House's music is a fusion of sixties folk and modern electronica topped off by the gorgeous vocals of Victoria Legrand.
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BEAK> were formed in January 2009 by three Bristol musicians, Billy Fuller, Matt Williams and Geoff Barrow. Sometimes a band can be no more than the sum of it's parts, but BEAK> are an equation in which it's impossible to define equivalents or totals. Instead the meeting of three talents form a foundation from which ideas assimilate and propagate.
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The Blessed Madonna
An increasingly respected DJ, known for uplifting sets that balance established anthems with idiosyncratic selections. She's an accomplished producer, too, with a string of irresistible tracks—‘Exodus’ and ‘A Jealous Heart Never Rests’ among them—that still get plenty of airtime two years later. Then there was her position as the talent buyer at Chicago's Smart Bar, one of the best clubs in North America, which has arguably become even more noteworthy under her direction.
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Car Seat Headrest
Car Seat Headrest is Will Toldeo from Leesburg, Virginia, originally a solo laptop recording project but now joined by bassist Ethan Ives and drummer Andrew Katz. Their material ranges from electronic psychedelia to punky anthems to melancholic acoustic numbers. The songs are sharp, literary, and touch upon youth and death, love and depression, drunken parties and 2nd century theologians. Ever surprising, his lyrical imagery ranges from playful to sexually frank to sorrowful, often within the same song.
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Baltimore-based singer/songwriter Cass McCombs makes glum but humourous music. Styles range from the anxious dronals of the Velvet Underground to lonesome hollowed out basement folk with many turns in between. On his most recent effort there is a prevalance of 1980s influence a la Morrissey. His lyrical style is vivid and weary, but will often drift into the high-spirited and whimsical. Signed to 4AD.
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Chairlift is an American synthpop duo. Based in Brooklyn, New York, Chairlift consists of members Caroline Polachek (songwriting, vocals, synthesizer, drum programming, arranging) and Patrick Wimberly (drums, bass guitar, keyboard, guitar, backing vocals, production).
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Deerhunter, from Atlanta, Georgia, make music which, although electro to the core, is a darker, sleazier version of the genre, borrowing influences from rock, industrial, psyche and punk, for a live act that is truly mesmerising.
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Dan Bejar, part-time member of Canadian supergroup the New Pornographers, started his own band Destroyer as a solo home-recording project in the early to mid-nineties. Exploring and overturning genres such as glam, MIDI, yacht rock, and even underground Spanish independent artists, Bejar was proclaimed “Rock’s Exiled King” by The Fader. His is a body of work that consistently flouts convention in favour of musical leaps of faith, statements of purpose cloaked in subterfuge, and the joyous refrain of an optimist’s heart cloaked in cynicism.
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One of a handful of bands injecting life into indie rock music in the late 1980s, Dinosaur Jr.'s trademark sound remains a mix of simple melodies, passionate vocals and overpowering guitar noise, all led by singer songwriter J Mascis.
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Empress Of is the solo project of New York based, Spanish-American singer-songwriter, Lorely Rodriguez. She gained attention in 2012 for anonymously releasing a series of one minute-long demos prefaced only by a solid colour entitled "Colorminutes".
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Explosions In The Sky
Austin-based instrumental post-rock quartet known for moody, cinematic compositions drawing from a number of sonic sources. With a reputation for scathingly intense live performances, Explosions in the Sky were touted early on in their career as the next phenomenon in moody and dynamic instrumental indie rock à la Mogwai and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Eventually they became one of the genre's most commercially successful bands, scoring several motion pictures and being featured in countless other films, television series, and video games. 'These are tunes that twinkle and thunder like exploding stars, and show that there are still infinite possibilities in two guitars, bass and drums.' - The Guardian
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Sam Shepherd is an English electronic musician and neuroscientist, who records and performs music under the name Floating Points. Shepherd is also a co-founder of the label Eglo Records. After several EPs, singles and live appearances, Shepherd released Floating Points' debut studio album, Elaenia, in November 2015, to widespread critical acclaim.
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London-based DJ who has been championed for his smooth sound.
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Fredrick Tipton, better known by his stage name Freddie Gibbs, is an American rapper from Gary, Indiana. Active since 2003, he is also a member of the hip hop group, Str8 Slammin' Click.
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Holly Herndon has become a leading light in contemporary alternative and electronic music by fearlessly experimenting within the outer reaches of dance music and pop songwriting structures. Born in Tennessee, but reared on music abroad, Herndon broke out from her formative years in Berlin's minimal techno scene to repatriate to San Francisco, where she currently lives and studies as a doctoral candidate at Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).
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Julia Shammas Holter is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles. Inspired by the groundbreaking electronica of Laurie Anderson, the innovation of Julianna Barwick and the melodicism of Joanna Newsom, this CalArts graduate released her first studio album, 'Tragedy', in 2011. A second album, Ekstasis, followed in 2012, then the third instalment 'Loud City Song' released by Domino in 2013. 2015 saw her reach a wider audience through heavy exposure in the music press and airplay on BBC 6Music with fourth album 'Have You In My Wilderness'.
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Kiasmos is made up of Icelandic BAFTA-winning composer Ólafur Arnalds, known for his unique blend of minimal piano and string compositions with electronic sounds, and Janus Rasmussen from the Faroe Islands, known as the mastermind of the electro-pop outfit Bloodgroup. Based in Reykjavík, Arnalds used to work as a sound engineer, often for Rasmussen's other projects, where the two musicians discovered their common love for minimal, experimental music. They eventually became best friends, often hanging out in their studio, exploring electronic sounds. After dropping several tracks and performing at select festivals throughout the years, Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen dedicated the year 2014 to explore the area in-between Ólafur’s more acoustic, piano-based solo work and Janus’s synth-heavy electro pop, with their collaborative electronic project Kiasmos.
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Passionate postrock experimentalists from Portugal with a cataclysmic kick ass sound that ebbs, flows and crescendos just like Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You Black Emperor.
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Loop was formed in Croydon, London, 1986 by Robert Hampson (vocals/guitars) and partner Beki Stewart (Bex) on drums. Following line-up changes - the arrival of new drummer John Wills, new bassist Neil MacKay and James Endeacott on second guitar the band took a primal rhythmic foundation, captured on their impressive debut full-length Heavens End (1987). Hypnotising all, with their discordant trance-like spell serving as an antidote to the prevailing trend in British pop at the time, they resurrected the concept of loud out there-rock for a new era, creating droning soundscapes of bleak beauty and harsh dissonance.
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A popular Catalonian pop band.
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Moderat is an electronic music project that originated in Berlin, Germany. It started as a collaboration between Sascha Ring, also known as Apparat, and Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary, also known as Modeselektor. Their first full length album was released seven years after their first EP, due to some creative disagreements and different opinions on how they should work.
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Mudhoney were truly the band that made the '90s grunge rock movement possible. They were the first real success story for Sub Pop Records; their music laid the groundwork for the movement that would (briefly) make Seattle, Washington, the new capital of the rock & roll universe. They took the sweat-soaked and beer-fueled mixture of heavy metal muscle, punk attitude, and garage rock primitivism that would become known as 'grunge' to the hipster audience. And Mudhoney’s core sound of steadily pounding drums, swamp-thing bass, squalling guitar wobble and Arm’s hazardous-chemical voice remains strong into the 2020s.
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Neil Michael Hagerty & The Howling Hex
For about 30 years Neil Hagerty has been one of the leading figures in primitive-garage-noise-soul-up yours-avant-funk rock ‘n’ roll. In the ‘80s, he fueled Pussy Galore’s anti-rock cacophony and blurred the boundaries between avant-noise and classic rock as one half of Royal Trux in the '90s. Hagerty also made a name for himself as a witty, if somewhat chaotic, satirist with his 1997 book Victory Chimp. Royal Trux’s turbulent existence finally ended in early 2001, just before the release of his solo debut Neil Michael Hagerty, which was released by the Trux’s longtime label Drag City. Hagerty’s solo career proved to be prolific, resulting in 2002’s Plays That Good Old Rock and Roll and the following year’s The Howling Hex. With a body of solo work that seemingly plunges ever further into the charred embers of his distinctive sonic palette with every release, Hagerty has always remained several steps ahead of his imitators.
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Parquet Courts are an American punk rock band based in Brooklyn, NY that formed in late 2010, sounding somewhere between Sonic Youth and Pavement. The band consists of Andrew Savage (lead vocals, guitar), Austin Brown (guitar), Sean Yeaton (bass), and Andrew's brother Max Savage (drums). They have received acclaim in both the DIY underground and mainstream indie rock press, and have grown from cult status to a UK top 50 charting album.
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'In a city full of brilliant people with dead-end jobs and dampened by bitter-cold winters, playing music offers a cheap outlet. Protomartyr’s taut, austere rock was incubated in a freezing Detroit warehouse littered with beer cans and cigarette butts and warmed, feebly, by space heaters. Short songs made for short practices, and the band learned quickly not to waste time. Despite the cold, Protomartyr emerged with a sound that is idiosyncratic but relatable, hooky but off-kilter.'
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Since releasing his debut album in 2016 Cologne DJ, producer and vocalist, Roosevelt (aka Marius Lauber), has broken free from the dance floor and stepped out into the light; a transition he makes effortlessly as he asserts his place in the upper echelons of guitar and synth-pop royalty. He has penned remixes for CHVRCHES, Glass Animals, Rhye and more.
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Savages are a London based four-piece, combining a mixture of guitars with a groovy nu wave / punk rhythmic session. They have subsequently been compared to the great post punk bands of the 1980s, Joy Division and Magazine to name but a few. Gemma Thompson's ability to wrap her guitar solo around the hypnotic bass of Ayse Hassan and intertwine with the rest of the band before splitting off, all within the space of a few seconds, this pulled together with the awesome energy of Jehnny Beth who has been likened to Joe Strummer.
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Shellac Of North America are an alternative rock band, fronted by legendary indie-rock producer Steve Albini, with Bob Weston and Todd Trainer.
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Rock and roll 5-piece from Glen Rock, New Jersey.
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Tortoise have become synonymous with some of the most challenging and striking music to have emerged out of the US for as long as anyone can remember.
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Ty Segall is an American musician and songwriter who makes Garage-Rock that's urgent, insistent and generally p*ssed off, with howling vocals and distortion-heavy guitar. Since 2008, Ty has maintained a fairly prolific work ethos, releasing 3 albums in 2018 alone! His early material drew on glam and punk influences from Bowie to The Stooges, while his later material nods towards Neil Young and the Grateful Dead.
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U.S. Girls is American-born, Meg Remy’s musical moniker. The Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist's music traces a circuitous evolution. It encompasses unconventional, challenging sound work as prominently as her vocally-driven explorations of American pop mores (often on the same album). Since 2007, Remy has toured several times in Europe, Eastern Canada and the United States. She accompanies her hugely distinctive voice with innovative set-ups, including combinations of reel-to-reel players, tape decks, and samplers, as well as occasionally singing with a full band, all comprising her signature blend of politics and disco beats.
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New York City's Unsane assisted in pioneering a more aggressive, less studied version of noise rock, one that blended the scum/art industrial sturm und drang of Foetus, the Swans, Einsturzende Neubauten, and Sonic Youth with the decidedly more straightforward hardcore idiom favoured by acts like Sick of It All. While developing the blueprint for noise-metal bands to follow, Unsane cut a remarkable swath through underground music, inspiring a devoted, cult-like following around the globe. As a power trio, Unsane relied upon a hammering, power-press rhythm section, a searing Telecaster howl, and distorted vocals that resembled nothing if not the sound of a man trapped in the New York Subway system.
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Solo project of Virginia born Jack Tatum, who creates something that sounds like warped interpretations of Johnny Marr's guitar work and The Cure's careful synth arrangements. Dreamy, catchy and intriguing.
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Drive Like Jehu, Mueran Humanos, Royal Headache, Sensible Soccers, White Haus