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#253: Jerry David DeCicca, “The Unlikely Optimist…”

Bolachas Now Playing, a new music Spotify playlist, updated every Wednesday.

Almost a decade after the last The Black Swans release, frontman Jerry David DeCicca keeps putting out great solo albums. Which are not strictly solo, if you look at the cast of musicians enlisted here, a list that includes the legendary Augie Meyers (of the Texas Tornados and the Sir Douglas Quintet). The result is an instrumentally rich set of Americana songs that are probably your best introduction to DeCicca’s work as a songwriter.

This week, we have new tracks by Kacy & Clayton & Marlon WilliamsThe Weather StationSharon Van EttenSteady HolidayJane WeaverOhmmeSUUNS & Jerusalem In My HeartViagra BoysWoodsJeremy IveyCordovasLanghorne Slim, Family Jordan, James Ellis and the Jealous GuysThe Slim KingsElvis PerkinsKevin MorbyJulia Jacklin, Desure, Le Ren, Julie Byrne, The Orchestra of CardboardTomberlinPearl CharlesHoly Motors, and Jennifer Castle.

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#223: Sam Doores, “Sam Doores”

We’re pretty sure you won’t run out of interesting things to keep you occupied during your forced quarantine period, but we’ll still add something to that. The Deslondes’ Sam Doores has just released his first solo LP in quite a while, and you can use it to remember how nice life could be when it was still normal. Plus: new tracks by Shabaka & the AncestorsSoccer96 & Alabaster dePlumeProtomartyrLIFEPorridge RadioThe WIYOSViagra BoysSINEAD O’BRIENU.S. GirlsGirlpoolYves Tumor, Seasick Steve, Margo Price, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Jim White & Marisa Anderson musicWillie NelsonWhiskey Wolves of the WestDon GallardoNorah JonesMandy MooreAnna BurchKate BollingerSharon Van Etten, and JFDR.

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NOS Primavera Sound 2019

  • Hugo Lima / NOS Primavera Sound

It’s starting to be too common: no matter how warm and sunny it is in the week leading up to the festival, NOS Primavera Sound (NPS) is doomed to be ruined by at least one day of rain. The first day did not look promising after the announcement of the passage of depression Miguel (no, not the rnb star who performed there a couple of years ago) through the north of Portugal. Flights were cancelled, Ama Lou and Peggy Gou could not reach Porto in time to perform, strong winds and rain showers threatened to turn Parque da Cidade into a muddy mess, the gates were opened almost an hour later than it was scheduled.

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NOS Primavera Sound 2019: printable timetables, our preview and playlist

It doesn’t matter how conservative or liberal you are: people are naturally resistant to change, especially if the previous form of what’s changing was so dear to them. We get it: “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Judging by the tone and content of most comments we can find online about this year’s Primavera lineup, both in Porto and Barcelona, folks ain’t happy about “the new normal”. Yes, some of the biggest pop artists in the planet have claimed most of the spots with the big font in it. Yes, there’s a shortage of loud, extreme music we often found at the long gone ATP stage, and every year there are less and less historical, cult indie rock bands reforming for a Primavera performance. But, other than that – tiny specks on a lineup of over 120 bands in Barcelona and over 60 in Porto – has it really changed that much? Is the Primavera DNA gone? (Was there really a “Primavera DNA” to begin with?)