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This week and beyond...

Orquestra Da Camera + Martha Argerich

  • Critics choice

The excellent initiative by a concert promoter to create its own orchestra in 2013 seems to have garnered enough fans and positive reviews to carry on. Tonight's concert features the orchestra with a special guest pianist in Argentina's Martha

  1. Palau de la Música Catalana Palau de la Música, 4-6, Ciutat Vella, 08003
  2. Wed May 6
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A Taste of Sónar+D: CaboSanRoque + Vallès & Stepbystep

Catalans CaboSanRoque are the stars of this third date with 'A Taste of Sónar+D by Mazda Rebels', a cycle of live shows with unconventional instruments, disruptive technologies, and new stage experiences, which serve as an introduction to Sónar+D,

  1. Espai Mazda Comerç, 60, 08003
  2. Thu May 7
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God Is an Astronaut

This Irish instrumenta-rock trio that plays something nearing post-rock is back in Barcelona with their intense and nostalgic live show to present their new album, 'Helios-Erebus' (2015), published in June.

  1. City Hall Rambla de Catalunya, 2-4, Eixample Dret, 08007
  2. Thu May 7
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Boys in heels

Shoes with high heels were part of the basic uniform for mounted Persian soldiers – they helped in maintaining balance when the soldiers rose to shoot their arrows. In the 16th century, Shah Abbas, who had the world's largest cavalry, sent his

  1. Axel Hotel Aribau, 33, Eixample
  2. Thu May 7 - Thu May 21
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Folk Me Hard: Julieta Jones + A Singer of Songs + Be Brave Benjamin + Murray Kane

Welcome to the second edition of this microfestival that brings folk to the BARTS stage to show that it's not a closed style but one that feeds from various styles. The line-up features four bands including that of Barcelona's Julieta Jones,

  1. BARTS (Barcelona Arts on Stage) Av. Paral·lel, 62, Ciutat Vella, 08001
  2. Fri May 8
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Against me!

This punk band formed in Florida in 1997, but it wasn't until 2002 when they published their first album, 'Reinventing Axl Rose'. They now present 'Transgender Dysphoria Blues', their sixth album and the first since band leader Laura Jane Grace has

  1. Bikini Diagonal, 547, Les Corts, 08029
  2. Sat May 9
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Tarantina

Tarantina is a weekly party for lesbians that until recently was held in C/Casanova. Now they're changing venues to the Best Sellers bar. Every Saturday night, you get a fun party where you can move your body to pop and dance hits and sip on some

  1. Best Sellers Bar Musical Aribau, 132, Eixample, 08036
  2. Sat May 9 - Sun May 10
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Kevin Johansen + The Nada + Liniers

The eclectic American musician (from the north of his origins to the south of his various residences along his transient life), comes to Barcelona with The Nada, a band that started out in New York in the 1990s, and with the Argentinia illustrator

  1. Bikini Diagonal, 547, Les Corts, 08029
  2. Wed May 13
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