Combining glam, punk, post-punk, New Wave, Neue Deutsche Welle, space rock, alt-rock and several spaces in between, Balearic Rock is way hipper than its title or even its lineup implies. The oft-bootlegged “Theme from Great Cities” is a genuine Ibiza classic hailing from those pre-Breakfast Club days when Simple Minds proved themselves unlikely masters of trippy quasi-Eurodisco — just listen to that rattling bassline rip. Suzi Quatro gets sultry on an overlooked, keyboard-led cut from her otherwise rowdy 1974 debut album while late ’90s Norwegian surf rock revivalists Kåre & The Cavemen aka Euro Boys here suggest caffeinated Air.
By Philip Sherburne on 02.18.15 in Features
The young but sophisticated Spanish band talk about their '90s-channeling rock.
By Philip Sherburne on 08.15.13 in Reviews
A sense of déjà vu flashes as Jupiter Lion tears into "Silver Constellation," the opening song on the Spanish trio's Silver Mouth. The group makes no secret of its debt to Krautrock, particularly Neu!: The rippling drums...
By Barry Walters on 07.26.13 in Collections
Like Krautrock and Northern Soul, Balearic Beat is a genre not recognized by those who created it. And, like the aforementioned musical categories, it was the Brits who bestowed this name on the sound they "discovered."...
By Laura Studarus on 05.16.13 in Lists
The Eurovision Song Contest was established as way to bring European countries together after World War II. The first competition was held in the town of Lugano, Switzerland, on May 24, 1956. Since then, it's become a sp...