My friend Pedro Ramos is a DJ on the best alternative radio station in Lisbon, Rádio Radar 97.8FM, so he was my go-to to find out about everything amazing happening in music in Portugal (he also happens to be a fellow food lover and had the best recommendations to offer). We met for lunch at Bica do Sapato, a chic space by the water that’s co-owned by actor John Malkovich, and talked music while indulging in grilled octopus, tuna tartar, and duck pie.

After getting full and boozey at Bica do Sapato, we headed to the Rádio Radar studio for Pedro’s shift where he arranged for an acoustic session with new Lisbon indie pop/folk group You Can’t Win, Charlie Brown. He also let me guest on his show, and to add a little more Canadian flavour, I selected and introduced Handsome Furs’ latest single “What About Us.”