It's that time of year again. When we in the New World begin reading press releases about totally amazing festivals in the Old one and start really, really wishing that these glittering, unattainable festival lineups could somehow be replicated over here, in our land. Alas! Of course, they cannot be. For how could we here, in say, St. Louis, or, um, Winnipeg, ever hope to replicate the delicate salt breezes of the Mediterranean coast and the vibrant architecture of the Catalan capital of Barcelona? Or, apart from that, to cobble together such a totally bitchin' lineup? Because this year's Estrella Damm Primavera Sound looks to be even better than last year, when I proclaimed it to be even better than the year before (but probably couldn't really remember what exactly that previous year's lineup was. Our secret.)

From May 28-30, Barcelona's Parc del Fòrum will be alive with the sounds of My Bloody Valentine (performing twice), Aphex Twin, Yo La Tengo, Sonic Youth, Bloc Party, Jarvis Cocker, The Jayhawks, and (WHOA!) A Certain Ratio. Plus The Jesus Lizard! And Shellac! And Joe Henry and The Black Lips! And pretty much like every band ever! There's a lot more, so check out the complete (so far) listing for the festival below.


A-Trak, A Certain Ratio, Alela Diane, Andrew Bird, Angelo Spencer, Aphex Twin, Ariel Pink, Art Brut, The Bad Plus, Bat For Lashes, Black Lips, Bloc Party, Bowerbirds, The Bug, Carsick Cars, Crystal Antlers, Crystal Stilts, Cuzo, Chad VanGaalen, Damien Jurado, Dan Deacon Ensemble, Deerhunter, Dj Mehdi, The Drones, Ebony Bones, El-P, Extra Life, The Extraordinaires, Extraperlo, Fucked Up, Gang Gang Dance, Ghostface Killah, Girl Talk, Girls, Jarvis Cocker, Jason Lytle from Grandaddy, Jay Reatard, The Jayhawks, The Jesus Lizard, Joe Crepüsculo y Los Destructores, Joe Henry, John Maus, Karl Blau, Kimya Dawson, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Lemonade, Lightning Bolt, The Lions Constellation, The Mae Shi, Magik Markers, Magnolia Electric Co., Mahjongg, Marnie Stern, Michael Mayer, Michael Nyman, My Bloody Valentine, The New Year, Oneida, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Phoenix, Plants & Animals, Ponytail, Rosvita, The Secret Society, Shearwater, Shellac, Simian Mobile Disco, SkatebÃ…rd, Sleepy Sun, The Soft Pack, Sonic Youth, Spectrum, Spiritualized, Squarepusher, Sunn O))) performing "The Grimmerobe Demos", The Tallest Man On Earth, Throwing Muses, Uffie, The Vaselines, Veracruz, Vivian Girls, Wavves, Women, Wooden Shjips, Yo La Tengo and Zombie Zombie.

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