On July 24th 2019 Lisbon Live chatted to Michael Shuman, lead singer and guitarist of LA rock outfit Mini Mansions, before they opened for Muse in Lisbon, Portugal. Michael is also the bassist in Queens of the Stone Age.
Listen in to discover how the band formed, what their new record 'Guy Walks into a Bar...' is like, what rescued them from almost splitting up, and what it is like opening for one of the biggest rock bands in the world, Muse, on their global tour.
1. "Works Every Time" by Mini Mansions
2. "I'm In Love" by Mini Mansions
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Lisbon Live had the privilege of attending Glastonbury Festival in the UK, the largest greenfield festival in the world, and chatted to the following bands/artists:
Will Varley - A folk singer-songwriter from the UK who has sold out shows all over Europe and has a penchant for crafting songs which combine personal storytelling with political statements.
Dream Wife - Named after a 1953 romantic comedy, London trio Dream Wife make a cheeky, sugar-coated mixture of garage rock and roll, punk, and ambient pop with a strong message about gender equality.
Frank Turner - Frank Turner is a singer and songwriter of 'folk-punk' songs drawing comparisons to Billy Bragg and Bruce Springsteen, however he nonetheless occupies a niche of his own in British popular music, and has developed a large international following.
Beans on Toast - Beans On Toast (aka Jay MacCallister) is a British folk singer from Essex, UK, who rose to prominence out of the UK folk scene in 2005. He is well known for his self-deprecating and honest songwriting, which openly deals with variety of topics.
"Seize the Night" by Will Varley
"Hey Heartbreaker" by Dream Wife
"Sister Rosetta" by Frank Turner
"On and On" by Beans on Toast (new track)
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Lisbon Live episode 7 is here! I had the pleasure of chatting to Spanish band 'Intana' after their breakthrough performance in Lisbon's MIL Festival. After gracing the stages at numerous festivals including some of Spain's biggest (Barcelona's Primavera Sound and Vida Festival in Vilanova) and playing numerous cities for Sofar Sounds (Barcelona, Madrid and Lisbon), Lisbon Live caught up with the band the day following the release of their new album 'A Plan For Us'.
1. 'Plot Twist' by Intana
2. 'Strings' by Intana
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On March 9th 2019 Frank Turner came to Portugal for the first time ever to play two shows in Lisbon and Porto respectively. Lisbon Live had the privilege of chatting to the 'folk punk' singer before his set at Music Box in Lisbon. Listen in as we chat about why he left it so long to play in Portugal, his thoughts about playing live on the road after 20 years, what led him to write his upcoming book 'Try this at home', and in a Lisbon Live world exclusive Frank reveals more juicy details about his 8th studio album coming out this year!
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"Don't Worry" by Frank Turner
"Get Better" by Frank Turner
I had a chat with Joanna Hecker who, along with her co-founder Ricardo Lopes, have been bringing music from around the globe into the living rooms of Lisbon via monthly 'secret' concerts where the location is only revealed a day or two before. Listen in as I chat about where the idea came from, how the project is run as well as musical highlights from the past 4 years. Tracks during segment by Surma and Maria Gadú.
I also had a chat with Bartholomew Ryan and Giulia Gallina of Lisbon-based international collective, The Loafing Heroes, whose members are from Portugal, Germany, Ireland, Italy and USA. After playing at Nos Alive Festival and self-funding their new album, the 'dream-folkers' are ready to release their new body of work (the title of which is exclusively revealed in the episode) and play live shows this year. The duo performed two live special versions of new tracks - 'Stairs' and 'Ragaire'.
Tracks in Episode:
1. Surma – Hemma
2. Maria Gadú – Ne Me Quitte Pas
3. The Loafing Heroes – Stairs (live)
4. The Loafing Heroes – Ragaire (live)
On October 13th there was a special one-off edition of Sofar Sounds in Portugal where 27 concerts took place simultaneously around 9 cities in Portugal, and guests were transported to secret locations being picked up in Mini vehicles. Venues were scattered throughout the country including Lisbon, Coimbra and Porto, and Lisbon Live travelled to Faro in the Algarve for an unforgettable night of music from three of the most exciting up and coming artists in Portugal!
I chatted to vibrant electro-pop band Whales who are crafting a name for themselves in Portugal as one of the most exciting live bands around; Time For T who formed in Brighton (UK) fusing elements of folk, indie and Afro-rhythms; and the youthful Portuguese rapper Russa bursting with attitude and passion.
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Check out the 3rd instalment of the Lisbon Live podcast as I continue to explore the vibrant live music scene in Lisbon! This episode I chatted to up and coming singer-songwriter Beatriz Pessoa who sings well-crafted songs which mix jazz with a light sprinkling of pop, and has performed at the largest festival in Lisbon - Nos Alive. Check out her track 'Vento' this episode. I also spoke to Mistah Isaac who fuses his Angolan roots with jazz, funk and soul and is renowned for his live shows around Lisbon. His track "Suco de Cajá" is part of this episode too!
Check out the 2nd episode of the Lisbon Live podcast as I caught up with Taiwanese dream-pop band The Fur over the phone ahead of their highly anticipated shows in Portugal on 28th and 29th of May in Lisbon and Porto respectively. I also had the privilege of meeting Rui Carvalho, otherwise known as Filho da Mãe, in his studio in Lisbon, who played 2 new exclusive tracks and spoke in depth about the making of his new album ‘Água-Má’.
Breakdown of episode:
00:00 - Introduction
00:30 – Track: The Fur “We Can Dance”
03:50 – Phone interview with The Fur
18:36 – Track: Filho da Mãe “Nem chuva nem cães”
22:44 – Interview with Filho da Mãe – Part 1
36:46 – Track: Filho da Mãe “Os meus ombros chumbaram a
40:21 – Interview with Filho da Mãe – Part 2
It’s here! Lisbon Live’s first ever podcast! Listen in for exclusive interviews and specially selected tracks from the latest up & coming artists with Sofar Sounds Lisbon Founders Inês Pires and João Alvarez, singer songwriter Tiago Saga, and electro-pop trio Sease.
Breakdown of episode:
Interview with Inês Pires and João Alvarez
10:29 - Track: Vaarwell "Stay"
13:36 - Final part of interview with Inês Pires and João Alvarez
15:08 - Track: Port do soul "Tuk Tuk"
19:19 - Interview with Tiago Saga
31:18 - Track: Tiago Saga "Rescue Plane"
34:46 - Interview with Miguel, Rita & Gonçalo from Sease
43:54 - Track: Sease "Onda"