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Fecha: 07/07/2011

Apertura del concierto: Facto de la Fe

Género: Canción popular melodramática / Electro / Folk

Discográfica Polen Records (colombia), Nacional Records (usa)

Sitio Web www.bombaestereo.com

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MGMT, Avett Brothers, Sublime with Rome, Jason Mraz and many others gave life to the Sunfest in West Palm Beach this year. The festival was set in the very picturesque bay in West palm Beach. Soyprensa’s adventure at Sunfest consisted in two days in the festival, opening day and Saturday that featured the ubber-hipster MGMT.

The first day of the festival took place from 5 in the afternoon to 10:30 at night. Our first stop was to check out the reggae band The Supervillians. The band took the stage a little passed 7 PM, and consisted in six surfers playing a Ska-ish reggae, in other words, the perfect band to play in that stage before Sublime. After a while of this, we decided to go to the “Tire Kingdom Stage” (No kidding, that was the real name) to see the very excellent Avett Brothers. Now, I have to say something about this band, all of us here at Soyprensa are huge fans of this bluegrassy/folkish/punkish ensemble, so don’t judge us if we’re biased. The North Carolina band took the stage around 8:15 PM and from the beginning had the crowd in the palm of their hand. After an hour and a half of beautiful melodies, aggressive Banjo and pure energy, the Brothers left us wanting more and wishing for their speedy return to Florida.

To end the night, we decided to check out Sublime. Rome (The new singer) sings and plays very similar to the late Bradley Nowell, and the band seemed to enjoy playing in front of an audience again. Here’s the thing about Sublime, they sound outdated. This may be due to the fact that after their success so many bands tried to emulate their sound, some succeeded at this, and this made their once original sound become some how generic, and it showed on this show.

The second day arrived with grey skies. The probability of rain was high, and that is a dangerous thing for a family festival such as the Sunfest. Luckily it was just the clouds and no water. The first band of the day was the indie rock band Steel Train. The band from New Jersey performed for a little over an hour, and their garage guitars and folk influence was the perfect sound for all hipsters and scenesters that were getting to the grounds for the MGMT show. After Steel Train left the stage it was MGMT’s turn. People went crazy when they started playing, and the band reciprocated that energy. The band played for an hour and a half and pleased the audience with all their hits, psychedelic sounds and a impromptu race by the barricades that separated the crowd and the stage. It was very obvious that the band from Connecticut enjoyed their time playing here and gave their all.

All in all, the festival brought a great crowd, erasing the lines between demographics thanks in part to it’s eclectic line up, in part to the lack of shows coming to this part of the country during summer, but most of all, thanks to bringing artists that people wanted to see. It’s unfair to compare this year’s festival to last year’s. A lot has happened since, people are not so afraid to spend some money; I’m not so mad about the Flaming Lips cancelling at the last minute (that happened last year) or maybe it was just a better line up for my taste in music.

All we can hope for is that Sunfest keeps up the good job and that the revival of Langerado becomes a healthy competition of bringing the best music possible to South Florida.

Diego Dazza

Some pics of the festival, enjoy!

Photos by: Veronica Peña
& Liliana Mora

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The Bellrays una vez mas reventaron la sala 2 del Apolo en Barcelona. Los californianos volvieron a España después de casi 3 años para presentar su nueva producción “Black Lighting,” disco que ellos mismos están distribuyendo a través de sus conciertos y de su página web.

Algo era diferente esta vez, y es que la alineación del grupo cambió tras la salida de Tony Fate hace dos años, pasando Robert a tocar la guitarra, Justin Andres el bajo y  Stefan Litrownik la batería. El concierto fue mas rock que punk, mas “Black Lightning” que “Hard Sweet and Sticky,” pasando tambien por supuesto por  temas de otros discos. Lo mejor fue la sorpresa de enamorarse de un disco que la mayoría no habíamos tenido oportunidad de escuchar hasta el día del concierto. Nadie salió decepcionado, prueba de ellos es la gran cantidad de personas que esperaron al final del show para obtener una firma en su flamante LP y Lisa y los suyos, siempre tan cercanos a su público, bajaron a conversar con los fans por un buen rato.

Como siempre, tomamos algunas fotos…y grabamos algunos videos con audio bastante decente, que iremos subiendo a la cuenta de youtube de SoyPrensa.

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Fina cortesía de Doctor Music, The Drums pisó el Razzmatazz y dio un golpe de autoridad a quienes les critican de ser una banda pasajera. Primero agotando dos veces sus entradas en Madrid y en Barcelona, donde el mismo día se presentaban los indies de moda, Vampire Weekend.

Los de Brooklyn volvieron a visitarnos, después de haberse ganado al público español tras su paso por el Primavera Sound el verano pasado. La sala estaba reventando de fanáticos enloquecidos que coreaba cada uno del disco homónimo de la banda, y Jonathan Pierce se lleva el premio como performer del año, el vocalista realmente sabe como desatar una energía contagiante que conmueve hasta el mas escéptico de los críticos. Lastima que el show durara sólo poco mas de una hora, creo que mas de uno se quedó con ganas de mas, y quizá esa es la idea. The Drums nos dejaron claro que con ellos “Less is more” (Menos, es más.)

Mas que eso, nos han demostrado que a pesar de tener sólo un disco en el mercado, son músicos muy completos, capaces de hacer temblar cualquier escenario, y  con un enorme potencial, que es sólo la punta del iceberg.  La próxima vez que nos visiten, no tenemos la menor duda que será en un importante Festival o mínimo, el Palau Sant Jordi.

Les dejamos algunas tomas del concierto!

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Ever since funeral hit the indie mainstream back in 2004, the Arcade fire has been hold as one of the best bands in the world. Rock gods such as David Bowie and David Byrne have endorse them as the next legends, and the band itself have turned doubter into believers. By the time their sophomore album, Neon Bible, came out, the Canadian group was headlining their own amphitheater’s tour. No doubt it has been a very eventful half of a decade for Win Butler and his band of merry Canadians (which includes Butler’s wife and brother). So it was not to anyone’s surprised when the band’s third record debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 edging for the top position the likes of way more mainstream musicians such as Eminem, Lady Gaga and Avenged Sevenfold. With all these accolades, the band took their show on the road and Soyprensa was there to see them steal the show at Lollapalooza and to their own show in the beautiful Alpharetta, Georgia.
The show in Georgia took place in the evening of august 11th. It started like any other show, people filling the place slowly, lines to get overpriced T-Shirts and overpriced beer. However, there was one different with this show, fans made sure to get to the venue early to check out the first class opening act Spoon. The Austin band took the stage very punctual at 8 P.M., they all wore black except for ,lead singer, Britt Daniel. Spoon set included a variety of special features, including a six piece trumpet section for a couple of songs, a guest musician, in the form of Arcade Fire’s drummer Jeremy Gara, and a kick ass cover when they did Wolf Parade’s Modern World. Spoon’s set wet for about one hour, and left the crowd red hot for the main act.
At about 9:30 P.M. the Arcade Fire took the stage. The Canadian band wasted to time ti reciprocate the high level of energy fans had by staring the show with the appropriately named song, from their last album, Ready to Start, and were we? In such fashion that overwhelmed Win and Co. The show was an hour and half of the Canadian band Showing us how music should be treated and why they are considered by many the finest rock band at this moment. The show closed, as it did in Lollapalooza, with Wake Up, with a amphitheater-size chorus singing buck-up vocals for the crowd as if we were a small nation being prepped for war. I’ve been told that the Arcade fire will be touring around Europe soon, I can tell all of our European friends that this is a show not to be missed.
Here’s how the set-list looked like:

1. Ready to Start
2. Neighborhood #2 (Laika)
3. No Cars Go
4. Haïti
5. Half Light II (No Celebration)
6. Empty Room
7. The Suburbs
8. The Suburbs (Continued)
9. Ocean of Noise
10. Keep the Car Running
11. We Used to Wait
12. Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
13. Rebellion (Lies)
14. Month of May
15. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
Encore:
16. Intervention
17. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
18. Wake Up

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Lollapalooza came and went for one more year. Perry Farrel’s festival took place in the beautiful Chicago from August 5th to the 7th in a very hot weekend. The windy city welcomed thousands of music fans, hipsters and groups of teenagers who seemed to be in their first concert because of their lack of coolness. Lollapalooza was the only major festival in the U.S. that didn’t sell out. There are several theories for this, but the most popular one is the quality, or lack of rather, of the headliners. Perry Farrel wanted to be hip and with the kidz, as they say, and he decided to book the biggest pop star of this year, Lady Gaga. The problem with this decision, other than the quality of the music, is that it turned off the usual festival goers. The second headliner was Green Day. There’s actually not that much wrong with this pick, Green Day still has some music credibility, even though it’s very little after they went crazy with their “Punk-opera” attempts and just really awful music, it’s just that they needed stronger co-headliners to work. The final headliner was the one who were supposed to bring the usual lolla fans, the brand new reunited Soundgarden. The problem with this is that Soundgarden’s fans have moved on, partly because of Chris Cornell’s crappy solo albums, who’s going to take him seriosly after that? Trent Reznor doesn’t. The second reason is that their fans are old and probably have money and rather see the grunge band in their own town when they come around.
But enough about the negative, the festival had plenty of high points. These were represented by the sub-headliners, such as Phoenix, The Strokes and the very great Canadian band The Arcade Fire among others. Spoon, Metric, Stars and MGMT also made this a great festival to go to. Also the fact that Lolla takes place in a city so beautyful and vibrant as Chicago makes this a place to go to. And finally, if you take out all the annoying teenagers and snobby hipsters, there were some really nice people around. Soyprensa was at the festival and we had a blast watching the bands we loved and skipping all the headliners.
Here are some pictures of this great event taken by Soyprensa’s photographer Liliana Mora, enjoy…

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Kumbia Queers llenó la sala Rocksound de Barcelona con su Tropical Punk, ante un público entregado que coreó sus mas conocidos hits. Empezaron como no puede ser de otra forma, con Chica de Calendario, y continuaron con sus ya conocidos covers dedicados a Robert Smith y a las chicas de metal de Black Sabbath. No dejaron de lado temas propios, pegazidos y muy picantes. Esta banda, con integrantes de Argentina y Mexico, hace un directo único en su especie: divertido, surreal e imprevisible.

En la que fuera su primera gira internacional, dentro de la cual visitaron Madrid y Barcelona,  no sólo dejaron un buen sabor de boca sino tambien la certeza de que tocan mucho mas que covers. Esperamos de corazón que las productoras se pongan las pilas y vuelvan a traerlas por aqui, esta vez con una mejor promoción, ya que nos enteramos del concierto de casualidad.

Si aún no han tenido el placer de escucharlas (y bailarlas) les regalamos un playlist, esperamos que les ayude a sobrellevar algunos lunes frios, que ya estan aquí.

Si estan en Mexico lindo, estan de suerte porque estan en tour…visiten su myspace para mas info!

El setlist del concierto:

Bueno, sin más les dejamos unas fotos a cargo de nuestra fotógrafa Marcela Abuaf.

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El pasado 28 de Julio, Pink Martini llenó L’auditori de Barcelona y deleitó a sus seguidores con un concierto impecable y lleno de sorpresas. Arrancaron el show como no podía ser de otra manera, con “Let´s never Stop Falling in Love” de su segundo disco “Hang on Little Tomatoe.” Está canción tiene una energía especial y una fuerza indetectable y envolvente que provoca a cualquiera un cosquilleo en la panza. Ellos lo deben saber mejor que nadie, y es que las tres veces que les he visto siempre han empezado con este tema. Luego de una fuerte ovación por parte de sus fieles seguidores,  Thomas Lauderdale (pianista) saludó al público en catalán, lo cual dió lugar a una segunda ovación. Prosiguieron el concierto con “Dónde estás Yolanda?”, “Anna (el negro zumbón)” y  “Sympathique”, en el que China explicó el significado del estribillo en Español para los que no entendemos de Francés: “Yo no quiero trabajar, Yo no quiero comer,  sólo quiero olvidar…y fumarme un cigarrillo.” Luego de interpretar temas conocidos, vinieron los nuevos, los del “Splendor on the Grass,” como “Ninna nanna” que va de una historia entre un marinero y una sirena, “But Now I’m Back” y “Splendor in the Grass” inspirada en los prados verdes de Oregón, su ciudad de origen. Uno de mis temas favoritos (no era mi favorito antes, hasta que la escuché en vivo) fué Cante E Dance, compuesta por el guitarrista, y es un lullaby a toda regla. Tambien interpretarón una canción en Turco, no incluída en su discografía. Se hicieron extrañar temas como “Ojalá”, “Taya Tan” o “Veronique” pero con la trayectoria de Pink Martini, se entiende que no se puedan tocar todas las canciones en un concierto. Casi finalizar el concierto tocaron Eugene, canción compuesta por China Forbes en la que relata una experiencia personal con un muchacho llamado Eugene que conoció una noche y que, a pesar de haberlo pasado muy bien, nunca la llamó de vuelta.

Ya se iban, pero faltaba la sorpresa final, y resulta que la banda está grabando un videoclip para su tema Tuca Tuca, y para ello graban a sus fans bailando el pegadizo tema. Nosotros nos fuimos la exepción, y  bailamos la coreografía del Tuca Tuca, asi que cuando salga el video oficial, nos buscaremos entre el público y nos inmaginamos que si asististe al concierto, harás lo mismo.

Después del concierto hubo firma de discos, nos hicimos con el último y lo tenemos firmado por toda la banda…aquí les dejamos algunas tomas de la firma de discos, que lo disfruten!

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Shonen Knife, una de las bandas mas representativas el punk japonés, visitó España como parte de su gira Europea, en la que presentaron su último disco  Supergroup. La banda compuesta por Naoko Yamano (voz), Ritsuko Taneda (bajo) y Emi Morimoto (batería) ha ido cambiando su alineación original con el pasar de los años. De hecho Emi es la ultima incorporación, después de que Etsuko (batería) abandonara la banda hace menos de un mes.  Hace 17 años que Shonen Knife no pisaba territorio Español y no desilucionaron al público que se dió cita en la Sala BeCool de Barcelona para escucharlas interpretar sus viejos y nuevos éxitos.

Las puertas de la sala BeCool abrieron a las 9 y los madrileños Jugoplastika fueron los encargados de telonear al trío femenino, a ellos no les conocíamos tanto y sólo pudimos escuchar los últimos dos temas de su set, pero la verdad es que vale la pena investigarlos, encontramos el myspace de la banda y su web oficial, ahí se los dejamos como deberes. Las Shonen Knife subieron al escenario sobre las 10 y media, pero antes de eso las veíamos en chandal vendiendo sus discos y prometiendo firma de autógrafos y fotos al concluir el show que duró sobre las 2 horas.

Empezaron el concierto al ritmo de twist barbie, y luego de agradecer en Español a los presentes, dijeron que habían comido la mejor lasagna (creemos que quisieron decir paella), en fin…con todo su encanto dijeron que la lasagna de España era la mejor, y el público encantado, aplaudió sin ofenderse.  Naoko, aficionada al Tennis, aprovechó para felicitar a Rafa Nadal por su triunfo en el torneo de Madrid. Poco a poco los asistentes se fueron soltando y cuando empezo a sonar banana chips estaban entregados, gritando sin parar arigato al final de cada tema.

Quienes estabamos cerca del escenario, mirabamos intrigados y encantados el setlist del concierto, escrito en japonés, y al terminar el show a mas de uno le faltó el tiempo para avalanzarse y atesorar para siempre el recuerdo de un concierto que esperamos no tarde 17 años en repetirse, las Shonen Knife tienen mucha fuerza, carisma y talento, merecían mas público y por eso se agradece que productoras como Last Tour International apuesten por bandas que realmente merecen un reconocimiento y seguimiento incondicional. Al final del concierto las chicas accedieron a darnos una entrevista, la cual colgaremos durante el día de hoy (No, nos les preguntamos sobre Nirvana, ya vale no?). Tambien pudimos grabar la mayoría de temas del show, y estamos subiendolos al youtube, asi que en lugar de escribir mas sobre el show, pueden ustedes mismos dar fé de lo acontecido. Ah, mencionamos que conseguimos uno de los setlists? Tambien tenemos algunas imágenes del show, lo tenemos todo, esperemos lo disfruten!

Fotografía:

Marcela Abuaf

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April 28th began in a bittersweet fashion. The excitement was palpable on the way to West Palm beach for two days full of music and good times. Just as reference let me say that Soyprensa’s headquarters in the U.S. are located in Miami which is proximately one hour and forty minutes away from West Palm Beach. It was  just before half of the way when the news broke out, the Flaming Lips were canceling their performance on the Sunfest due to an emergency in which Steve Drozd had to be rushed to the hospital. TOTAL BUMMER. The flaming Lips were the main reason for many fans to buy tickets to this festival. Now, the anger that you are reading doesn’t have anything to do with the festival, or with the band, it just pain sucked and i had to put it in this article somewhere. So anyway, we scratched covering the second day when we heard the news (Sorry ZZ Top fans). After the initial shock, however, we ponied up and went for the opening day which actually had a pretty decent line up.
The first stop after getting to the festival was These United States. This is a band from Washington D.C. and they play a really good style of rock, mixing classic, indie and southern rock. The band played at 5 in the afternoon and sadly the crowd was just a handful of people at that time. The band seemed to not really care and they put a great performance and as a first time listener , I can safely say that their music wasn’t bad at all.

Next, after an hour break, we went to check out Constellations. Constellations, along with These United States, are up and coming bands that have been touring for most of the year and will be performing in big stages later this summer such as Lollapalooza. Constellation’s music consisted in a mix of hip hop, rock and funk, not my favorite mix but the crowd seemed to dig them. Other than making me fall in love with one of the band’s background singers, the band offered nothing new and their set was a little monotonous.

When the constellation’s were done with their set a bigger crowd gathered in the Tire Kingdom stage (the other one was the Bank of America stage. so much for indie music festivals huh?) to wait for the great We Are Scientist. The band from California took the stage the crowd finally seemed like a music festival crowd. The band started at eight on the dot and went into a high energy, punkish guitars and full sound that are characteristic of We are Scientists. After the fist couple of songs the audience was red hot and the band got more comfortable on stage with their comedic antics. They even poked fun at the Sunfest by saying that every time they banter between songs they were required by the festival to plug a different product. They played for an hour and a half, but sadly a big chunk of the crowd left because they were scheduled to play until 9: 30 and Weezer started to play at 9 on the other stage…bad timming.
At 9 P.M. Weezer took the stage, after the worst introduction by two very annoying local DJs, they launched into Hash Pipe and followed with Troublemaker and Surf Wax America to kick off their set. Not too shabby. Weezer played hit after hit and some people were really into it. Rivers Cuomo did his best to be a lead singer by putting aside his functions as a guitar player and he actually did pretty good. They did get in the set a couple of their new song from the not-so-great Ratitude, but mostly their set consisted in an abundance of songs from the blue album, Maladroit, and well known singles such as Beverly Hills and Island in the Sun in which Cuomo played all the instruments by looping them and making the crowd sing the very famous “Hip Hip”. One of the most memorable and eclectic moments of the night came when after the first encore break Weezer covered MGMT’s Kids with an insert of Lady Gaga’s Pocker face in the middle of the song, with Cuomo sporting a blond long hair wig. The band Sign off with Buddy Holly sending all concert goers home happy.