The best of this month's live music in Barcelona

Your guide to the best of what's on, who's playing and where to go for the best gigs and concerts in Barcelona this month
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By Marta Salicrú |
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Barcelona is a city brimming with music. Concert halls, bars, and big clubs invite all kinds of acts to their stages, from freshly pressed indie bands to globally famous international superstars. To make sure you don't miss any of your favourites, including major festivals, check here for each month's top concert picks.

Emir Kusturica
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Music, Latin and world

Cruïlla de Tardor: Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra + Barcelona Gipsy Balkan Orchestra

icon-location-pin El Parc i la Llacuna del Poblenou
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Serbian filmmaker, actor and musician Emir Kusturica, along with his group The No Smoking Orchestra, transform the Poble Espanyol Hivernacle into a big Balkan party, as they perform tracks from their new album along with some of the most magical moments of Kusturica's filmography, like 'Black Cat, White Cat' and 'Life Is a Miracle'. The onstage result: the good kind of madness and unbridled fun to the sounds of country rhythms, Turkish marches, gypsy trumpets, Italian classics, South American beats, techno-pop loops, Balkan tunes with punk bases, gypsy tradition ... a feast for the eyes and ears.

Damien Jurado
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Music, Pop

Damien Jurado

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Seattle-born singer Damien Jurado returns to the stage to present his latest album, 'The Horizon Just Laughed' (2018), his 13th LP and the first he's produced himself. 

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Music, Classical and opera

Orfeó Català + Simon Halsey

icon-location-pin Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera
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The Orfeó Català kicks off the season at home in the Palau de la Música Catalana, under the direction of their own conductor, Simon Halsey. With Pau Casan accompanying on piano, and along with the choir's assistant director, Pablo Larraz, they're set to perform a varied programme featuring works by composers such as Franz Schubert, Edward Elgar, Bernat Vivancos, Eduard Toldrà, Albert Guinovart and Lluís Millet, among others.

Music, Pop

Kurt Vile & The Violators

icon-location-pin El Poble-sec
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Kurt Vile already has five solo albums under his belt, and two before that with The War On Drugs, a band he founded together with Adam Granduciel. He's got a whole arsenal of Americana music that's helped him stray from the usual course and become one of the more remarkable artists of his generation. After his joint album with Australian artist Courtney Barnett, 'Lotta Sea Lice' (2017), he now returns to present his new and much anticipated solo album, 'Bottle It In' (2018).

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Music, Funk, soul and disco

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

icon-location-pin El Raval
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American singer Martha Reeves, living history of the Motown sound and the frontwoman for Martha and the Vandellas, is coming to Barcelona. One of the most popular groups on the Motown label, Martha and the Vandellas gave voice to soul classics such as 'Dancing in the Street', 'Heat Wave' and 'Nowhere to Run'. Reeves and her Vandellas are still touring the world with a show full of energy music fans won't want to miss.

Music, Pop

Cruïlla de Tardor: MGMT

icon-location-pin Sants - Montjuïc
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It's been a long time since the American duo MGMT exploded onto the global scene with their generational hit 'Kids', from their celebrated debut album, 'Oracular Spectacular' (2007). Members Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser then decided to take a less commercial route on their progressive and psychedelic second album, 'Congratulations' (2010), which carried on with their eponymous third efford, 'MGMT' (2013). And this year they've got their mojo back with 'Little Dark Age' (2018), an interesting return to psychedelic pop.

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Music, Pop

Javiera Mena

icon-location-pin El Poble-sec
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Javiera Mena is back in town following her set at the last Primavera Sound festival, to present her fourth album, 'Espejo' (2018). Unlike her previous performances in the city where Mena was only accompanied by a group of dancers, she performs this time with a band, and showcases her large collection of catchy pop hits she's been releasing since her debut album, 'Esquemas juveniles' (2006), and with follow-ups 'Mena' (2010) and 'Otra era' (2014). You'll hear loads from 'Espejo', an addictive interior journey with elements of '80s and '90s pop, where she collaborated with the likes of El Guincho, Alizzz and Nico Parra.

Music, Jazz

Chucho Valdés Jazz Batá

icon-location-pin Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera
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Chucho Valdés returns to Barcelona with a remastered version of one of the best projects of his career, the Jazz Batá he recorded back in 1972 with Carlos del Puerto and Óscar Valdés. Chucho performs at the Palau de la Música Catalana as part of a quartet, along with two of the biggest percussionists in the world – Yaroldi Abreu and Abraham Mansfaroll Rodríguez – and double bassist Yelsy Heredia. Chucho says the music you'll hear is almost all new stuff, and that it's wild jazz in the sense that it's way outside the box, and defies labels and the constraints that come along with them.

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Music, Jazz

The Bad Plus

icon-location-pin El Raval
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Every one of the trio The Bad Plus's concerts offers a brand-new adventure. After one of the founders and former pianist Ethan Iverson left, the band has changed significantly with the arrival of Iverson's replacement, Orrin Evans, but the essence remains the same. They present their latest album, 'Never Stop II', the first with Evans on piano. Despite the change in personnel, the style is still very much that of The Bad Plus, and you'll get their usual intensity, exuberance, and magic.

Music, Latin and world

Tribalistas (Marisa Monte, Arnaldo Antunes and Carlinhos Brown)

icon-location-pin Diagonal Mar i el Front Marítim del Poblenou
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Fifteen years since releasing their debut album, 'Tribalistas' (2002), which included both national and international classics hits like 'Passe me Casa', 'Velha Infància' and 'Já Sei Namorar', the trio of Brazilian stars Marisa Monte, Arnaldo Antunes and Carlinhos Brown are in Barcelona for the first time as part of their European tour, and present their second album, also called 'Tribalistas' (2017).

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