The Hold Steady was the last band (part of) our team saw before the world has changed, in a year that started recreational, but ended kinda medical. Our yearly pilgrimage to London will unfortunately not happen in 2021, but they’re making up for it with their first proper album since 2014 (not counting 2019’s single collection “Thrashing Thru the Passion”). Our favourite rock band is back. Let’s celebrate like it’s early March 2020, minus the getting ourselves crammed inside a room with no masks on. At least for now.
Bolachas Now Playing, 10/2018 (#137):
Damien Jurado – Over Rainbows and Rainier
S. Carey – Yellowstone
Jordan Lehning – Remember
Jess Williamson – I See the White
Jennifer Castle – Crying Shame
Katie Von Schleicher – Glad To Be Here
Kyle Craft – Heartbreak Junky
Luke Winslow-King – Leghorn Women
Mary Lattimore – Hello from the Edge of the Earth
Jolie Holland, Thor & Friends – Louisiana 1927
Nap Eyes – White Disciple
Nap Eyes – Roses
Parquet Courts – Wide Awake
The Men – Killed Someone
Dinosaur Jr. – Hold Unknown
Iceage, Sky Ferreira – Pain Killer
Titus Andronicus – Real Talk
Beach House – Dive
Buck Meek – Cannonball!
Kid Dakota – Pills
The Tallest Man on Earth – An Ocean
Dawes’ new record We’re All Gonna Die was last week’s album of the week.
I’ll start this article by stating the obvious: the fifth edition of NOS Primavera Sound ended up having the most solid set of shows so far. As it’s the case with most festivals, this obviously depends on the choices you make, your taste in music, from where you choose to watch the gigs from, your level of intoxication, your company (or absence of) and, of course, the profile of the crowd surrounding you. Never leave those bastards spoil any show for you. Also, don’t be that bastard. Everybody hates you. Why don’t you just play with your phone in the new amazing food truck area instead of being in the front rows shouting like you’re in a loud bar? Summer festivals definitely need to have a stage with DJs permanently playing dance music the whole day. Maybe those idiots who don’t want to see concerts anyway spend the whole day there.
NOS Primavera Sound 2016 (NPS16) starts next Thursday, and who wouldn’t be excited to be there again? On top of that, just imagine you’ve moved from Portugal to a less sunny place. Of course you would be counting the hours. Now, practical stuff: have you printed the lovely timetables we made? Still having trouble deciding what to see? Our weekly Spotify playlist is entirely dedicated to NPS16. Check it out on the widget below, then read our festival preview.