Another week, another half-surprise release. We didn’t have access to a single song off Fiona Apple’s stunning new record (her first in 8 years) and we missed how good it is to be able to be surprised in an age where we already listened to a third of a record by the time it’s out. Plus: almost two hours of brand new music by the Mountain Goats, Bright Eyes, Hamilton Leithauser, King Khan, Malena Zavala, Faye Webster, Lido Pimienta, Rina Sawayama, Bedouine, Sarah Siskind, Courtney Marie Andrews, Hazel English, Pacific Range, Fruit Bats, Trace Mountains, Nathan Kalish, Dougie Poole, Whiskey Wolves of the West, The Howling Hex, Flatworms, Car Seat Headrest, Stereoboy, Malojian, Sir Richard Bishop, and The Deep Dark Woods.
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.