The Man With a Hyena
You’ve traded your flip-flops for your Converse. Long gone are the days of Primavera Sound, the sunny days of Sonar and La Mercè’s BAM. But don’t fret music lovers, the festivals aren’t over yet, as Gràcia plays host to the most experimental,weirdy one of them all, LEM.
This annual autumn shindig is held primarily in the neighborhood of Gràcia with the occasional overflow to MACBA. A self proclaimed “experimental music meeting”, LEM is a mad as a box of frogs noise fest organised by the Gràcia Territori Sonor group.
This year’s line-up includes the soothing trippy ballads of Barcelona’s very own Vinilette, a cool broad splitting her time between here and Berlin wiht a knack for intelligent dance music. If you like your noise white and your electronica odd and bleepy, check out home-grown Oriol Rossell or for real top of the bill oddness, look to Pierre Bastian. An international composer and ‘handmade’ musician, Pierre can rustle up a tune out of pretty much anything; from toothbrushes, pipes and the occasional trumpet to anything else he can uncover.
If you’d rather listen to roadworks than experimental jazz, you’d best steer well clear of The Man With A Hyena or the ambient avant-garde rumblings of Frenchman Patrice Soletti but if that kind of thing floats your boat, you can see them both at La Fontana Espai.
With over two weeks of live, raw and out-of-the-box acts, there is no excuse for the music-curious to miss this. Many events are free and those that you do have to pay for won't break the bank. For more information and the full schedule, check out LEM’s website.