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Chile’s Trementina have been kicking up sand on our airwaves for the last several weeks, with a sound that beautifully balances sweet and sandpaper. Well, at least partly to be expected from a band whose name translates to Turpentine. Fascinated, as we are, by intriguing new sounds from bands just breaking out, we chased down the members of Trementina to find out what inspires this uniquely engaging sound.

Trementina is:
Cristobal Audino Ortiz (Guitars)
Lucas Martinic (Bass)
Vanessa Cea (Voice/guitar)

DKFM: How did Trementina get started? Were you in other bands before you got together, or did you all know this was the one right from the beginning?

Trementina: Lucas and I (Audino) are best friends and since more than one year -both interested on music- and started to create songs that could be described as having a post-punk style. After playing for some time, I wanted to change direction to get closer to the shoegaze sound, which was another music style we both liked. To do so we stopped playing for a while to work, each of us on our own, to be able to get the necessary equipment we needed to produce the sound that I had stuck and resonating somewhere in my head. Also we realized that it would be a good idea to have a female lead singer. Here came Vanessa, who is my girlfriend and who had worked with different bands before. She accepted to work and play with us in our project.

DKFM: What’s the scene like in Chile for your kind of music? Off the top of my head, there’s Mi Andromeda, Puna… anyone else we’re not thinking of?

Trementina: The truth is that we know the Chilean scene only superficially because the city in where we live (Valdivia) doesn’t really have a shoegaze scene. Most of the bands play in Santiago and Valparaíso, cities located 850 km north from our city. Even not being part of the national scene and after recording the singles we worked on, we received many messages from other bands that gave us support and pointed out their intentions to work with us. For example, the band Veló –a band that works with the Recolector discography house- and we decided to plan a double debut that is going to take place in October during the Internacional Film Festival of Valdivia.

DKFM: What are the biggest influences on your sound?

Trementina: I think that the most important influences we have are The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, and Slowdive. Old School!!!

DKFM: You’ve released three impressive singles so far, right out of the gate. What’s next for Trementina? An EP, an album, touring plans?

Trementina: (laughs) Thanks for the compliment about the singles!! We plan release one more single before the official début on stage. After that, we are looking forward playing shows the rest of the year to have enough time to go all throughout Chile. In the beginning of the next year, we’ll go back to the studio to see if we can produce an EP or LP; it depends on how long the engineer’s ears can stand our music!

DKFM: What was the inspiration for the band name?

Trementina: The name came to us thanks to Vanessa, who studies Arts. She always would go to Audino’s  place after class, feeling dizzy and asking for  a glass of milk to feel better. Her sickness was produced by a sort of intoxication with Trementina, a substance she used to work with for hours while she was painting with oleo. For Audino it seemed to be a weird name for a diluent; it was even a pretty name to which you would never relate something similar to turpentine when you said the word. Given that it was a strange name that allowed the imagination to have freedom but, at the same time, it was the corresponding word for a material used to erase art, we thought it was perfect for us.

DKFM: When you’re not torturing your guitars, what do you like to do in your spare time?

Trementina: We do nothing apart from that! (laughs) No, the men like to create new dancing steps, eat pizza and drink vodka during the cold and rainy winter nights. On the other side, Vanessa prefers photography.

DKFM: Lastly, anything you’d like to tell your new friends and fans about your plans, independent music, life in general?

Trementina: First of all, thanks to the people who have listened to our music and that have followed us during this short period; thanks, really! Also we would like to tell them that if they have some ideas swimming in their heads, they should grab their fishing rods, catch them, and show them to the world!
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You can find Trementina music on Bandcamp, also on Soundcloud, interact with them on Facebook, and follow their exploits via LatinoAmerica Shoegaze.

JScoverAt this hour, details are sketchy and incomplete about New York’s Jeanseburg. OFFICIALLY, here’s what we know: they’re a noise-pop, alternative rock band from New York. They’ve released one EP on Bandcamp on March 24th of this year, and two teaser tracks that preceded it. The EP itself is aptly titled EP. No further details are available. Not even a drivers’ license photo! While we’ve been spinning Jeanseburg since the first teaser tracks hit the aether, we realized there were scant few details about the band, its origins and influences, and plans for the future. What would explain the swirls of distortion and melody that make up Jeanseburg?

We could have approached this like CNN, by making stuff up and calling it an “exclusive!”, but thought it might be wiser instead to go to the source. We tracked down members of Jeanseburg and made them give up the goods, though we may have forgotten to read them their Miranda rights before proceeding.
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DKFM: Who ARE you people? This beautiful music didn’t just make itself!

Franco Garcia (guitar): Hi there. First of all we would like to say a big thanks to DKFM and Greg for finding us and playing our songs in their radio station. It has been a very rewarding and unexpected reception since we are still figuring out our approach to the music and developing the Jeanseburg sound. We made these tracks in a very low budget setup with some basic recording software. We decided to post the songs online because they are the closest realization of the sounds we have been developing thus far.

Odanis Colón (guitar/vocals): As of now, we are a three-piece band from The Bronx, New York. Initially, we made the Bandcamp, SoundCloud, and Twitter page just for the heck of it. I was not anticipating a reaction from anyone, really. It was surprising enough for me to see some of our mutual friends say all sorts of nice things about it. Thank you for playing our music.

FG: You finding us and seeing other people enjoy the music has been extremely gratifying. It makes us more motivated to take the Jeanseburg project further.

DKFM: How did Jeanseburg come about?

FG: Jeanseburg simply started as an exchange of ideas between Odanis and I. Conversations of musicians, bands, and songs eventually turned into chats about tone, texture, and sonic landscapes. Then finally songs and recordings were created. I met Odanis a few years ago, probably sometime in 2010 through mutual friends. However long before that, we both used to be involved in the underground post-hardcore NYC music scene of the noughties when we were younger. The scene was essentially a melting pot of hardcore, punk, emo, and metal.

OC: We always went to the same show. We used to pass each other between sets.

FG: As the decade ended, so did the heyday of that genre. As our generation grew up so did everyone’s taste in music.

OC: After a bit of playful bickering and Frolicking about local gigs inside small New York City venues, I finally withdrew from the scene completely and decided to take part in something further abstract; no doubt very noisy and profoundly distorted. Franco and I started jamming soon afterward and that was that.

FG: I tend to be on the lookout for the newest music and honestly for a while my interest in guitar–based music peaked. The last guitar albums that I enjoyed were St Vincent – Strange Mercy and Converge – Axe to Fall. I thought the most interesting music being made in the past 3 or so years has been electronica and hip hop. Artists like the Clams Casino and Jai Paul have been ushering in this new wave of music that’s so interesting to me. So as a guitarist I found inspiration through exploring the past.

OC: Yea, I get most of my inspiration through admiring the previous eras. I’ve always been into the 90s alternative; I think most of your listeners would agree: “They just don’t music like this anymore.” Even during my post-punk phasing, I held Dinosaur Jr and Yo La Tengo as reference. It was not until I had discovered Explosions in the Sky that I began to use an excess amount of guitar effects; I thought they did some pretty neat stuff with their pedals.

FG: Personally, the most compelling thing that reignited my interest in guitar was the shoegaze genre. It explores another factor of music that I haven’t really considered before, “timbre”. Coming from a scene in which complicated riffs and shifting time signatures ruled, the idea of using the guitar as a layering tool, instead of a harmonic or melodic instrument, opened up new possibilities to me. In essence, I think the Jeanseburg sound is a response to the type of music we associated in our early years. It’s a reaction. We are doing a lot of things in the opposite manner that we used to do before, by aiming for simpler tunes with a more meticulous sound. I also personally feel like there’s a lack of that exciting rock n’ roll energy that I used to feel. However, I do find the band Savages extremely compelling in bringing some of that back. The lack of excitement and energy within ourselves droves us to experiment with music and Jeanseburg was what came about. I do hope that in the future when Jeanseburg performs live that we could produce the same visceral energetic experience I felt going to post-hardcore shows. I hope to express a similar intensity and emotion but with different music that is new and compelling to me.

DKFM: I could pile on a lot of hyperbole about what this music sounds like, but ultimately it’s about the sound itself. How would YOU describe your sound?

OC: I was going for a kind of musical turbulence that’ll pull you in. It’s a catchy pop rhythm with colorfully distorted layers. For the alert listener, I would add that it sounds very saturated; blurry, frizzy and clouded with reverb. The manipulation of guitar–noise–feedback is something we’ve procured over time we spent playing post–hardcore. For some, it’s hard to notice that connection, but it is indeed part of the equation. For now, that’s how I see it. We have plans to evolve our music into something more sinister, though we’ll probably maintain its “pop”.

FG: I could write for hours on what I would like Jeanseburg to sound like but to keep it short I would describe it as a vibe. Once you get past the lo-fi, it can put listeners into a heady space in which they can groove to.

DKFM: Jeanseburg, and actress Jean Seberg. What’s the connection (or inspiration)?

OC: Yes, we got the name from the actress and we pronounce it the same way. As we were coming up with an idea for a song, the title of one of her earlier films had come up. I always liked the concept of naming a band after someone. So I chose her name. We just altered the spelling. At first, we weren’t sure about keeping it. But it stuck around for so long we became accustomed to it.

DKFM: Day jobs? What do you do when you’re not making music?

FG: I just recently secured an office job in the affordable housing industry. It’s been great so far. Hopefully I can find a way to balance my job with the creative endeavors that I want to pursue.

OC: Living in NYC is very expensive and competitive. I continue to do a lot of entry-level stuff as I am still in the process of finishing school. I have a huge interest in Psychology and I plan on pursuing it further.

DKFM: What musical touchstones do you reference in your work? What artists inspired you to start a band?

FG: The one band that we always look up to is MBV. We are constantly trying to figure out how they get their sound and put our own spin on it. As of now the music is relatively simple. It is all about experimenting with tones and textures at this stage. So once we get a handle on that out we will start to incorporate other influences.

OC: I am actively inspired by many. But fundamentally, Jeanseburg stems from Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine (in that order).

DKFM: Plans to start playing live, or do you prefer the comforts of the studio?

FG: I think we both started to write music together just for the sake of getting back to playing live. It’s just that we are still trying to figure out the band; hence the early recordings.

OC: Our friend, Isaac, has been jamming with us on drums lately. He is great. He is adding this whole new dynamic to the music. After we become settled, live shows will soon be underway.

DKFM: The relative anonymity you’ve labored under thus far, has that been a conscious choice, or…?

OC: (Laughs)

FG: We were just so focused on the music; we forgot about all the other stuff.

In a just world, we have reached the end of anonymity for Jeanseburg starting… NOW.

Find Jeanseburg on Twitter.

Jeanseburg Facebook page.

Actual Jeanseburg music for streaming and purchase: Bandcamp.

And video, for those unable to listen to music without pictures: Jeanseburg YouTube.

 

March is coming to a close, and thus ends our first quarter of  2013. Every quarter we’ll break down staff picks the top tracks dropped, and tell you why they’re important. Next week we’ll share the top 25 by listener votes!

1. kinoko teikoku (きのこ帝国) – ユーリカ
Out of nowhere. Perfectly straddling post-rock and shoegaze, this song is purely audacious. Broke the rules. And produced an amazing piece of art that may well stand above all else at year’s end. Nobody else has done something like this, and perhaps no one else can.

2. Brothers In Law – Shadow II (Leave Me)
In a normal quarter, this would be the winner, hands down. A song of two halves, the first half is a breezy jangle with echoing, slightly eerie vocals. Then, they shift gears and rip your heart out halfway through. On this cut they out-DIIV DIIV, they outperform Beach Fossils. As we said, under other circumstances, this would normally be the quarter’s stand-out track. Beautiful, insistent, intense. An unforgettable classic.

3. Decades – Tonight Again
We were early adopters of Decades. This band has crossover written all over it, with shoegaze, dream pop, and indie influences. But they’ve managed to master them all, and produce a sound so well-crafted you’d think they’d been doing this for, well, decades, rather than just launching their debut LP.

4. Field Mouse – Tomorrow is Yesterday
Every time we turn around, Field Mouse has done something surprising and impressive. Just when you think they’re all dream pop, they drop a tasty slab of shoegaze and say, yeah, we got this. Truly magical.

5. My Bloody Valentine – She Found Now
And that happened.

6. Beach Fossils – In Vertigo (feat. Kazu Makino)
Beach Fossils are always good enough to chart in a solid quarter, but who knew the addition of the Blonde Redhead vocalist would add sparkle to the Beach Fossils sound?

7. Panda Riot – In the Forest (Some Kind of Night Fills Your Head)
Panda Riot dropped an album best listened to all the way through. Light and shadow, color and mood, “Northern Automatic Music” is best taken as a cohesive whole. Still, if you’re looking for a way in to the excellent album, this is as beautiful a place as any to start.

8. Slowness – Day For Night
After expectations and delays, “For Those Who Wish to See the Glass Half Full” was finally released. This languid sound is something Slowness has been perfecting for some time now. Standout track on a terrific album, the only quibble is that the song should have ended on a minor key, just to keep you off-balance. Is there a producer in the house?

9. The Joy Formidable – This Ladder is Ours
Sure, you’ve heard of arena rock, but arena shoegaze? The Joy Formidable always enters triumphant and leaves you exhausted. They haven’t lost their touch.

10. The Death of Pop – Laugh Now I’m Weak
Surprised? Don’t be. When a song won’t leave your head, maybe it’s supposed to stay there. Another song of two perfectly executed halves, we start off in dream pop land, then ascend to an almost 10CC wall of chorus. DAMN that’s good. You’ll want to put it on repeat.

Honorable Mentions:
Decades – Can You Love Me Now (catchy as hell)
The History of Apple Pie – Glitch (that little hook is an ear worm. Don’t worry, it won’t harm you.)
And, truly, there are so many other excellent current releases that we just don’t have space to fit them all!  Great new releases from Sunshine, Virgo Rising, Star Horse, Cheatahs, Skinny Dream, Life Model, Splashh and Spectres… honestly there’s so much to recommend. And many of these artists you just won’t hear anywhere else.

As always, you can catch ALL the newest breaking releases on DKFM, and most especially on New Tracks Weekend.

Sunshine - Sunshine“We’ve got glassware / for every season.”

 About a minute into the opening track “Showering with Wine”, Sunshine lets you know you’re in for something different, better, special. Bright, beautiful, irreverent, unconstrained by musical dogma, the new self-titled LP from Sunshine drops a fat slab of… well, sunshine into your lap and DARES you to dislike it. Hint: you can’t.

 Hazy, sunny guitars and bright but breathy vocals and sparkling choruses, one wonders where all this came from? We harassed the members of Vancouver band Sunshine about the genesis of this project, and their plans going forward.


DKFM: Okay, obvious question, badly asked: What’s all this then? It’s as though Sunshine dropped out of the sky, unbeknownst to anyone! Where did you come from, how did this project come together, and how did you keep it a secret?



Trevor Risk (lead vocal, guitar): Yeah I suppose we should have given a little warning, like “WARNING: OUR PARENTS DON’T LIKE THIS MUSIC, SO YOURS PROBABLY WON’T EITHER!” or “WARNING: AT ONE POINT THIS ALBUM RHYMES THE WORDS ‘PARKING LOT’ WITH ‘A LOT’!” I don’t think we were trying to keep this a secret, but we kind of got so wrapped up in making each other giggle at stupid, repetitive jokes and writing loud (but pretty) songs that we almost forgot to play some shows and put the music out there.

DKFM: The “big fat slab of sunshine” question: are you all as happy and carefree as you come across on record? I’m sensing you’re pretty straightforward, as this album is properly polished and arrives fully-formed, but one would guess you spend at least 50 percent of your time just enjoying what you do. True, or well off the mark?



TR: It’s closer to 90 percent. You know those annoying people who are three weeks into a relationship and they try and feed you that “Oh, we never fight!” nonsense as if three weeks is actually a reasonable representation of a relationship’s demeanour? We’re those people, but two years into the relationship. There’s an unwritten rule in Sunshine that we can’t go 60 seconds without turning whatever we’re talking about into a big fucking joke. You’d think that would get frustrating, but we’re not smart enough to have that be an issue. We kind of have the attention spans of inbred puppies.

Gillian Damborg (keyboard, vocals): I’d say the music does sum it up – we are all pretty happy, forward people who would rather be laughing and getting silly than being all down and sad. Plus its harder to be angry and maybe we’re just kind of lazy. Plus we actually like each other.

Tyler Quarles (Bass, vocals): True, we do actually like each other. When we get together, the stresses that we carried earlier throughout the day seem to disappear into a mosh-pit of giggles. That being said, maybe we should get our rehearsal space checked for a gas leak?

DKFM: There are a number of influences that lightly infuse your music, but it isn’t derivative in any way. Hints of shoegaze, a pinch of grunge, and a 60’s garage sensibility can all be found here. What bands have you followed that colour your sound?



TR: I actually think we’re maybe the most derivative, but the funny thing is that the influences critics seem to think we have, are usually off the mark. Like, My Bloody Valentine pops up a lot in our reviews, but apart from maybe a few cuts off Ecstacy and Wine, and the fact that the first time I saw a girl’s private parts was while listening to Loveless, they’re not a big influence on me. I still haven’t listened to their new album, in fact. The following artists were either a loose or direct inspiration to this record: Frank Black, Giorgio Moroder, Rusty (the Canadian grunge act from the nineties), the Chantays, Jonathan Richman, The Dandy Warhols, and Weekend (NOT the Canadian trip-hop act The Weeknd. Please make sure that’s printed). (Ed.- done)

TQ: It would be hard to excuse my steady musical diet of New Order, The Stills, Raveonettes, and Siamese Dream – era Smashing Pumpkins. So I won’t.

DKFM: No doubt there’s a big demand on your time, your record release party was Wednesday night! Tour plans? Vancouver, the provinces, even further?

TR: Yeah we’d love to tour, we’re just trying to get all our tortoises in a row on that one. Can I admit that I have a fear of riding in cars? Well I just did, and I’m not just saying that to sound more like Marc Bolan. Either way, I should address that before we tour.

GD: Yeah we’d love to tour. I want to get into a van jammed with gear and four sweaty guys and spend every day for two weeks with them. It’s every girl’s dream!

TQ: I think we are all a little freaked out by how much land mass North America has and to feel we have to take it on all in one go. Possibly a few smaller tours localized to particular zones would be a good start. We’ll see, it’s all in the works!

DKFM: What’s been your most gratifying experience as a band thus far?



TR: Our song “Arnprior” is about my tiny little hometown, which I guess is a bit of a hokey subject, but I don’t have a lot of pain or heartbreak in my life and after penning two or three songs about getting wicked hosed with my girlfriend, I thought I should expand my content. Anyway, the newspaper in Arnprior (a town of 6000. Well, 7500 now) published a little blurb about the song. I mean, they did just copy the content from a feature we had in another magazine, and quoted me from a piece I did about five years ago before Sunshine even existed, but it was still satisfying; their just-use-Google journalistic style notwithstanding.

GD: I think our first show was one of my favorite experiences. Seeing all the people I love in one room is a cool thing, and kind of eerie because that generally only happens at funerals and weddings. Actually, I hope my wedding and funeral are EXACTLY like that!

TQ: We are all pretty busy people in various career and social commitments. To me (and it may sound lame) us taking on this as more then a side project over two years ago was a really gratifying experience. That moment of commitment was the best. We would never treat playing with each other or doing shows a “job” but getting to practice having eaten, on time, and every week, it helps to think of it as one so things get done and not pushed to the back burner – like every other thing I’ve tried to take on. It’s been easy to keep up any sort of positive momentum when you play with 4 other people you respect so immensely that you wouldn’t want to let them down by doing a half-assed job. See, there’s that word “job” again. Jeeze!

DKFM: Tell us about the promo photo we’re featuring. The whole crew is in bed, save for one member, fully dressed, examining the gatefold of Rush’s “2112” LP while the others look on in varying stages of bemusement and horror. What on earth is THAT about?

TR: That’s a subtle tribute to my favourite video of all time, “Sugarcube” by Yo La Tengo. There’s a scene when Bob Odenkirk is reading a Rush album as poetry to students in the quad of the “rock school” that they’re attending. I actually can’t stand Rush, even though they’re Canadian. In that photo I’m actually legitimately laughing at the lyrics I’m reading. Rush are agood example of why you shouldn’t let drummers write your lyrics.

DKFM: Anything you’d like to share with your current and future fans?

TR: Sorry that we’re so hard to search for on the internet. I know that “Sunshine” isn’t a Google-friendly term, and there’s that Czech band with the same name that Hype Machine and iTunes has us listed as, and Grooveshark thinks we’re the S Club 7 album Sunshine and all the other work you’d potentially need to put in just to lend us your ear. So if you see any of us in person, we’ll buy you a drink or look after your cat as a sign of appreciation.

GD: I love cats.

TQ: #sunshinesucks (and thank you for having us, cheers!)

Find Sunshine on Facebook

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Most importantly, find their self-titled release at Bandcamp

New Tracks Weekend kicks off 5 PM PST with a host of new material worth your ears!

New Tracks Weekend is chock full of the latest additions to the station. Each weekend, every weekend, tune in to our latest and greatest. Live365 listeners can even “thumbs up/thumbs down” individual tracks! Love it and want it added to rotation? Give it a thumbs up! Don’t care if you never hear it again? Thumbs down. We run all new tracks through the grinder for four weeks, and listeners help us determine what is promoted to proper rotation. Headliners this week: Sunshine, Goji-Sanpun, The Blessed Isles, Cement Stars, Skinny Dream, White Lodge, Moonbeams, and Team Ghost.

Airs
Alison’s Halo
Angelica’s Elegy
Arbor Glades
Asobi Seksu
astrobrite
Beach Fossils
bearstate
Bee Eyes
Black Books
Black International
Brothers in Law
Cement Stars
Cigarettes After Sex
Dance on the Hourglass
Datahowler
daydreamer
Decades
Drowner (The Foreign Resort remix)
Ecstasy
Embassy 516
Ether Aura
Evil Eyes
Farewell Republic
Field Mouse
Fonda
Funeral Advantage
Gauntlet Hair
Girls Names
Glaswen
goji-sanpun
Grabbel and The Final Cut
Heathers
Hedgehog
Her Vanished Grace
Heroes of Switzerland
High Highs
Jetman Jet Team
Kensei Ogata
kigo
Kiss Kiss Fantastic
Laboratory Noise
Last Leaf Down
Lazyeyes
Man Without Country
Maria False
Mint Julep
Moonbeams
my bloody valentine
One Horse Parade
Oyama
Panda Riot
Revolver
Rips
Screen Vinyl Image
Sea Of Vapours
Skinny Dream
Spectres
Star Horse
Sunshine
Surf Club
Sway
Tall For Jockeys
Team Ghost
The Blessed Isles
The Cherry Wave
The Death of Pop
The fin.
The History Of Apple Pie
The Prids
The Stargazer Lilies
The Sugarettes
The Sunshine Factory
Thought Forms
United Ghosts
VedeTT
Veil Of Light
victoria club
Virals
Wavering Hands
Weird Dreams
White Lodge
YAST
YOOFS
Zed Penguin
きのこ帝国 (Kinoko Teikoku)
少女スキップ (Shojoskip)
死んだ僕の彼女 (My Dead Girlfriend)

MBV (album)

Hot on the heels of My Bloody Valentine’s long-awaited “m b v” release, they’ve announced details of their world tour (to date). No US dates have been made available as yet.

Finally: My Bloody Valentine release new album, mbv, their first in

My Bloody Valentine 2013 Tour Dates:

02/03 – Seoul, KR @ Uniqlo Ax

02/05 – Osaka, JP @ The Hatch

02/06 – Osaka, JP @ The Hatch

02/07 – Tokyo, JP @ Studio Coast

02/07 – Tokyo, JP @ Studio Coast

02/10 – Tokyo, JP @ Studio Coast

02/13 – Taipei, TW @ Ntu Sports Center

02/16 – Melbourne, AU @ ATP’s I’ll Be Your Mirror Melbourne

02/18 – Sydney, AU @ Enmore Theatre

02/20 – Queensland, AU @ The Tivoli

02/22 – Melbourne, AU @ Palace Theatre

03/08 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy

03/09 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands

03/10 – Manchester, UK @ Apollo

03/12 – London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo

03/13 – London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo

05/11-12 – Tokyo, JP @ Tokyo Rocks Music Festival

05/23 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound