Primavera Sound 2015: The Black Keys + The Replacements + Antony and The Johnsons + James Blake...
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The first day of the 15th edition of Primavera Sound gets started with a roar at the Parc del Fòrum. One of the biggest draws is the performace by The Black Keys (11.45pm), the duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, which has pretty much been one of the hardest-working rock bands in recent years, as they present their latest album, 'Turn Blue' (2014). Also up are The Replacements (9.10pm), one of the most respected and celebrated groups on the American indie scene since they got together in the late-1970s in Minneapolis; sensitivity in the form of Antony and the Johnsons (10.20pm), one of the big stars of the last decade thanks to hits like 'I Am a Bird Now' and 'The Crying Light'; James Blake (1.30am), a great stylist of contemporary electronic music and one of the most elegant ideologists of synthetic soul. In the enormous surrounds of the seaside Fòrum, you can also check out live shows by Baxter Dury (6.55pm) bringing his art-pop and psychedlia from the UK; the elegant soul of Australia's Chet Faker (11.55pm); Howe Gelb and his Giant Sand (7.50pm); the tireless and never predictable explorer of pop Noah Lennox of Animal Collective and his solo project Panda Bear (5.30pm); the space rock of Spiritualized (10.50pm), who keep adding to the body of work born after the dissolution of Spacemen 3; Mark Kozelek, celebrating the long decade that Sun Kil Moon (8.45pm) has been performing with the album 'Benji' (2014); the menacing experimental mutating drone metal of Sunn O))) (1am); the top of the top of New York noise and the godfather of the noisiest indie, Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), playing with The Thurston Moore Band (8.50pm); Tyler, The Creator (11.30pm), ideologist and spiritual leader of Odd Future; the great god of techno Richie Hawtin (4.20am); and highlights on the local scene such as Los Punsetes (11.20pm) and Ocellot (5.30pm).
Find out who's playing on the opening day, which is free to everyone, on Wednesday 27, as well as the other official festival days, Friday 29 and Saturday 30.
For more on Primavera Sound 2015, see our list of top bands to watch out for as well as the top 10 headliners, get yourself in the mood with our PS15 playlist, and find out how best to get to and from the festival venue.