All in all, we at The Setlist have had a pretty good week. But if we had a particularly bad week (like a certain Italian-American with a talent for self-destruction), do you know how we would go about remedying that? That’s right, live music. And like always, we have your weekly show sampler lined up and ready to go. This one’s for you, Moochie.
Wednesday | August 2
We’ve said lots of nice things about Juana Molina in past columns, so we’ll keep this nice and sweet: The rightfully celebrated comedian-turned-songstress Juana Molina returns to Niceto on Wednesday to unleash yet another round of hypnotic loops and gorgeously twisted melodies. Electronic duo IBIZA PAREO will open.
Música Viva, the concert series organized by Argentine rock anthologist Maitena Aboitiz, returns to La Tangente for another round of local bands, this time featuring experimental multi-media project Audia Valdez and electronic act Gerardo Farez y La Marea Oceánica. Both projects belong to Twitin Records, the record label of musician and producer Tweety Gonzalez, who will also be djing between sets.
8 PM | AR $160 Presale | La Tangente | Honduras 5317
Thursday | August 3
Niceto Club Lado B hosts a lineup of lyrsergic rock bands and trippy experimental acts, from the space rock and pop of Los Acidos, Flores de Sinaloa, and Nuvem Leopardo to the old school psych rock riffs of Hurricane Heart Attacks and the dancey electronica of Tan Frío El Verano (that would be the folks doing their best Eyes Wide Shut impression in the video above). The Bristol Experience rounds out the night with a 100% vinyl DJ set.
9 PM | ARS $100| Niceto Club Lado B
Dedés returns for the 6th edition of their personally curated concert series, this time joined by their band friends Los Darwin (post punk meets pop punk goodness) and
Medalla Milagrosa (lo-fi bundles of joy).
Friday | August 4
Freak folk band Albatros celebrates the release of their latest EP ‘Still Is Not Enough’ by playing a live set at the Buenos Aires Folk Mecca, aka El Universal. Folk songstress Dolores Cobach will be in charge of opening the show. Get there early, capacity is limited.
8:30 PM | FREE | El Universal espacio cultural
Using the late Ricardo Fort’s most famous catchphrase as their battle cry (RIP, you sweet prince), Basta Chicos! aims to promote Buenos Aires’ ever-growing, ever-evolving indie scene, putting together bands of all sorts of styles, from shoegaze to post-punk, garage, and beyond. The event will be curated by local artists Anabel Fasanelli, Javi Punga, and Juanitzo De Zabaleta, and will feature live shows by Riel, Javi Punga Turbo Band, Las Cosas que Pasan, Tito, Pyramides, and Juanitzo y el Lobo.
9 PM | AR $120 | Club Cultural Matienzo | Pringles 1249
Lo-fi space rockers Verde y los Caballos a Marte present their new EP ‘Música para Sectas’ at Espacio Cultural Dinamo, accompanied by friends, musician friends, and possibly a couple of cult leaders. There will also be minimalist sets by budget electronic act HERNANDES, Alan Gomez (Los Acoples), self-proclaimed stadium rock duo Yuli Tonga, and musicalized poetry project San Delmal.
10 PM | AR $50, or $100 w/ album |Espacio Cultural Dinamo | Sarmiento 3096
Find that hawaiian shirt you haven’t worn since you could no longer do it ironically, because Noche Floreada is back in business! This time, the lineup consists of La Joven Guarrior (think of an improv group that slowly morphed into a full-blown, 14-piece music band that mixes comedy with rock, tango, and folklore), old school legit cumbia big band Sonora Marta la Reina, and trippy world music ensemble Los Mutantes del Paraná.
11 PM | AR $150 | Ciudad Cultural Konex. | Sarmiento 3131
Saturday | August 5
Setlist favorite and Mendoza natives Mi Amigo Invencible turn 10 (that’s like 100 years in band years, in case you were wondering) and what better than to celebrate it with some fine live music? Joining the b-day bash will be paisanos Las Cosas que Pasan and their psychedelic rock vignettes, as well as LAPTRA indie rock act Las Ligas Menores.
Tired of watching videos of cute corgis on the Internet? If the answer is yes, then get your derrière up to San Telmo for a post rock feast that promises to hit that experimental sweet spot you didn’t even know you had. Performing live will be Chilean emo band Siempre llueve al atardecer, math pop outfit archipiélagos, and post-rock eminences Temporada de Tormentas.
9PM | AR $80 | SECRET LOCATION | Address via PM
Man, it’s a hot one. In case you didn’t notice, that’s the opening line for the Santana – Rob Thomas 1999 smash hit ‘Smooth’, but it’s also the perfect line to sum up tonight’s gig. Pop punk pranksters Lache, electronic beefcake FOK ELECTROCHONGO (think of an Argentine Right Said Fred), and decadent indietronic act Partido De La Costa all join forces to let the good times roll and revel in the insignificance of it all.
9PM | AR $100 | Ladran Sancho | Guardia Vieja 3811