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Spanish Synthpop of the '80s Strikes Again with 'Interferencias Volume 2'

The talent and diversity of early Spanish synthpop music are downright astonishing, as the second Interferencias volume proves.

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The Parrots: Los Niños Sin Miedo

The Parrots squawk, chirp and fly on their debut album

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Spain: Carolina

Spain's sixth album features a wealth of smart, sophisticated songs from Josh Haden. It's a record both haunting and haunted.

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A Dark Rapture: The Rise of Punk in Spain

Spanish punkers came swinging harder than ever, screaming not for the sake of inducing change, but screaming for the sake of screaming – because now they could.

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Aziza Brahim: Soutak

Her parents were born in the Western Sahara, and the temptation will be to lump her in with the desert blues-rock bands that sprang from the same region.

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Various Artists: Sensacional Soul Vol. 3

This music is the Spanish love child of Britain's blue-eyed soul and everything is similar -- the swing, the rude flirt, the kiss-me-honey lyrics.

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I Do It For Music, I Do It For Love: PopMatters Meets The Gift

PopMatters traveled all the way to Spain to find out what was so unique about The Gift, one of Portugal's most famous acts, now attempting to break through to America. These are the wonderful results ...

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No One Is Untouchable: Not Federico Garcia Lorca, Not Ai Weiwei

Governments tend to take on their worst form, to devolve to their most horrific manifestation, when they kill artists. Artists look out into the horrors of the world, and inevitably, the horrors sometimes reach back.

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Mean Streets: Take a Closer Look at Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'Biutiful'

Alejandro González Iñárritu makes up for the lack of challenging cinematic adventures by looking at the microcosm of Barcelona's “dark side” through a magnifying glass in his latest film Biutiful. What he finds might shock you. PopMatters gets some insight into one of the year's most underrated films from director Iñárritu and star Javier Bardem.

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Aias: A La Piscina

The three members of this nascent all-woman band come from Catalonia, and their ba-ba-ba surfergirl pop is conducted in chiming Catalan.

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Various Artists: España

The compilers have aimed for Putumayo's usual easygoing, catchy aesthetic -- their in-house style -- and hit it without faltering.

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Aroah: El Día Después

The music seems to look inward, as if the singer is addressing herself before considering us, but it doesn't have the fierce self-absorption or the lack of humour that the word 'intensity' can suggest.

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Various: The Rough Guide to Flamenco

Passion in a tidier form... that's flamenco for you.

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Various: Gypsy Caravan

The album is crammed. It’s a packed smorgasbord.

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Son de la Frontera: Cal

Here, fusion spritzes flamenco without changing it in any fundamental way.

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