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SXSW Chicago: Mujeres, Za!, and Furguson

Four gentlemen from Barcelona met at university and had the brilliant idea to form a band. The result was Mujeres, which is known for its mix of punk, garage, rock and roll, and maybe even a little blues and rockabilly. Within a year of releasing their self-titled debut, they had a full touring schedule that took them all over the world. Mujeres is pure fun, for the band and the audience. You don't even have to know the songs to sing and jump along. At this musical performance, they will present their new album Soft Gems (Sones, 2012).

Za! is a Barcelona band of two people and seven instruments (drums, guitar, keyboard, voice, trumpet, kalimba, and a sampler). Their music combines African beats, noise, thick distortions, vocal loops, free jazz, balinese polyrhythms, math rock, and Dadaism. The result is unique each night. They have played with free jazz artists Peter Brötzmann and Paal Nilssen Love as well as Zu and Delorean.

Furguson hail from Gurb (Barcelona) and, despite being young, they are experienced. They released their first demo, La mort del bon minyó, a couple of years ago and it won them good reviews and the chance to play some important shows, opening for Oxford Collapse and Beach House in Barcelona, sharing the bill with Nueva Vulcano and Pony Bravo at the prestigious Sant Feliu Fest, and taking part in the Primavera Sound Festival. Shortly after that, they entered the studio to record their first LP, My Friends Are My Culture, which was the second record ever released by La Castanya.

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