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A look forward to Primavera Sound

To help work out who to go and see play I'm hoping that Robbie and the team at the Guardian can do for Primavera Sound what they did for SXSW (Guardian SXSW band tracker) ...but until then here's my shortlist of who I'm looking forward to see play.

The Black Angels

One of my highlights of this year's SXSW I'm very excited to be seeing this awesome psychedelic blues rock Austin based band again in the summer. They're playing the Saturday at Parc del Fòrum and then again at the Apolo Closing Party on the Sunday, there's a fair chance that I'll be there for both!

Las Robertas

A four girl garage band from Costa Rica who've been drawing strong comparisons to the likes of the Dum Dum Girls and Black Lips. They liken themselves to The Vaselines, Black Tambourine and Beat Happening - how can you go wrong with that?!

Ty Segall

At Primavera Ty Segall is performing as a solo artist, though he may be better know for his role in The Perverts, Sic Alps or Traditional Fools. His 'neo-psych garage punk' sound has had him compared to the Stooges and White Stripes.

The Tallest Man On Earth

The Tallest Man On Earth, aka former Montezumas frontman Kristian Matsson, is often compared to Bob Dylan, an accolade justly deserved. Having missed out on tickets for his London show I'm keen to catch him at Primavera.

Of Montreal

Formed back in 1996 Of Montreal is one of the founding bands of the Elephant 6 collective. Their low-fi psychedelic pop funk has been likened to a mixture of Prince, The Beatles and David Bowie. They're renowned for putting on a good live show and will be taking on the San Miguel Stage on the Thursday.


With band members formerly of Cajun Dance Party this 90s sounding indie rock band from London are good in the studio and even better live. I may even dance along to these guys!


Originally a New York post punk band the Swans returned after a long break with 2010's 'My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky' a more experimental sound than their 80s/90s albums I'll be hoping for a mixture of sounds at Primavera.

Wolf People

Drowned In Sound described Wolf People as having the psychedelia of Ocean Colour Scene's 'Riverboat Song' and the rawness of Queen Of The Stone Age's 'Era Vulgaris' - surely that has to be worth a listen!

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

With the dreamy pop sounds of Ariel Pink this should be the perfect band to see in the hot Barcelona sunshine.

PJ Harvey

If you don't like PJ Harvey then you've simply not listened to the right album yet, if you run through the back catalogue I'm certain that you'll find one for you! This year's 'Let England Shake' took a couple of listens to get into but it's now had a fair amount of play and if reviews of her recent London gigs are anything to go by PJ Harvey is likely to be a highlight of the festival.


Playing their first gig after an extended hiatus Pulp are deservedly one of the most hyped bands of this year's Primavera. I'm not a big Britpop fan, but when it's Pulp I'm happy to make an exception.


Phosphorescent (aka Matthew Houck) probably falls into the trap of sounding very similar to a lot of music around at the moment, however when its done as well as on the 'Pride' and 'Here's To Taking It Easy' album it may not be a bad thing. Much underrated and definitely one to go and see.

Perfume Genius

Perfume Genius may not be one to get the crowds going, or to put you in the festival spirit but the haunting vocals and low-fi piano sound will certainly be worth checking out at (what I'm assuming) will be one of the smaller indoor stages. Last years album, Learning, received accolades all round making many top ten lists.


Alt rock band, Grinderman was formed by legendary Nick Cave as a means to experiment with new material not associated with the Bad Seeds (though Grinderman features all members of the Bad Seeds). With two albums released after under the name you can expect the same Cave sounds along with some garage and stoner rock sounds.

The National

Seeing The National play at the Brixton Academy last year was, for me, one of the live highlights of the year. The Ohio band are at the very top of their game and can seemingly do no wrong it'll be interesting to see them in the festival environment.


Self described as 'ambient punk' the four piece band from Atlanta take inspiration from The Fall, Nick Cave, Echo & The Bunnymen and My Bloody Valetine. Having supported the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV On The Radio and The Smashing Pumpkins, Deerhunter are renowned for intense live shows.


Nominated for BBCs Sound of 2011 poll and featured as one of the Guardian's bands of the day, Warpaint have been gathering quite a following. Their new wave art rock is different to what I'd normally listen to, but there's something about this LA fourpiece which is pretty cool.


Heavily influenced by the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth and Nine Inch Nails they combine 90s shoegaze with 00s experimental industrial rock. They've toured with an impressive array of artists including The White Stripes, Beck, Trent Reznor, The Flaming Lips and PJ Harvey.