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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Day 5 at Primavera Sound: Deserter's Pop Songs

And the final chapter of the Primavera Sound Festival, back where it all started, at Poble Espanyol.

The Good
A nice day of music. Four bands were scheduled on Sunday, and all four offered an excellent taste of their music, giving us a different and estimulating approach on indie-pop. From the lovely Me and The Bees and their Sarah Records style of pop to the vigorous power-pop of My Teenage Stride, or the fantastic, charming, romantic, and funny classic pop -and unforgettable presence and a new discovering for me- of BMX Bandits. And of course the psychedelic pop of Mercury Rev.

The Bad
Re-arranged schedule. Totally understandable that one band (Deakin) cancelled their gig, so the timetables for Sunday had to be re-scheduled. But would it be too much to ask to know about the new schedule in advance? We would have saved an hour of time.

The Queen
Deserter's Songs. What a mesmerizing performance by Mercury Rev! Among the best gigs of the Festival. An epic, sumptuous, theatrical tour de force through the whole "Deserter's Songs", with the band giving everything and enjoying themselves in every single second of each song. A wonderful last concert to close the PS.

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