It’s the last Wednesday of August folks, and you know what that means? It means we’re all getting paid soon. All kidding aside, we at The Setlist couldn’t be more jazzed about the upcoming spring, and we’re ready to welcome Buenos Aires’ most beautiful season with (what else?) your weekly live music rundown.
Wednesday | August 30
Radar Música continues their series of free live music shows at Centro Cultural Recoleta, in which they aim to combine seasoned indie acts with new, upcoming bands. This opportunity, you’ll have the chance to see live performances by prolific songwriter Lucas Marti, psychedelic pop poet Galean and experimental pop duo Yois (sorry, no social media presence here).
6 PM | FREE | Centro Cultural Recoleta | Junin 1930
Ciclo Cerebros is back for its 7th edition, with more misanthopy than ever! (their words, not ours). This time around, live music will be in charge of industrial perreo specialists Bloque del Sur, experimental artist Zigo, bedroom ambient act Joa Joys plus a special performance by deep web electronic outfit Contagious Shooting and Shis Unusual.
8 PM | FREE | Espacio Cultural Mi Casa | Aguero 787
Thursday | August 31
11 PM | AR $200 | Niceto Club Lado B | Humboldt 1356
PACTO producciones presents the 2nd edition of Sample, a series of live performances that will delight pop aficionados and beatheads alike. Playing with the notion of sample as a way of combining something old with something new to recycling and revive pop music, the series brings together well-established artists and fresh, new talents from Buenos Aires and beyond to produce something entirely different. The lineup for its 2nd edition is comprised by pop chameleon Violeta Castillo, who will be playing songs from her first LP, the synth-laden ‘Errorws de tipeo’, multi-instrumentalist Pedro Bulgakov, and two Mendoza-based acts: chillwave outfit Tito and techno pop band Aguilar.
12 AM | $130 | La Tangente | Honduras 5317
Simoné Fest is back for its 2nd edition with live shows from lo-fi folk act Penny Peligro, garage rockers Encías, and shoegazer Ison Spectra, plus a fair where you can buy all the artsy goodies at a reasonable price, and art expos from Rocío Aguzín, Casi Casi, and Lapiz Azul Art.
11 PM | AR $50 | Naranja Verde | Av. Santa Fe 1284
Friday | September 1
Argentine-Brazilian musician Aleli Cheval writes dark and sexy pop songs that never lose their bite. She’ll be playing a free live show at CNB Contemporánea, presenting her new series of collectible posters (which come with a download link to her music) and playing some songs off her upcoming LP.
7 PM | FREE | CNB Contemporánea | Riobamba 985
Buckle up y’all, it’s turbo time (yeah, I went there). Club Plasma is hosting the 6th edition of Turbo Fest, with a wide variety of bands that span the indie rock spectrum, including self-defined ‘pariah pop’ band Limbo Junior, post-punk meets indie pop outfit Brunilda, Uruguayan alternative rock group Erika Chuwoki, and spacey dream pop Alto Robot.
9 PM | AR $80 | Club Plasma | Piedras 1856
Dark Side of the Party returns for the 14th edition of its local music showcase, and it’s one for the books. Surf rock chicas Las Piñas will be performing, along with musician/artist Marina Fages (accompanied by a full band) and spunky indie rock band Peces Raros. Plus, more illustrations, collages, and photography than you can fit in your tote bag.
11 PM | AR $120 Presale | El Emergente Almagro | Francisco Acuña de Figueroa 1030
Dreamy post-punk band Pyramides headline the latest Festi 2000 at our favorite Abasto haunt Mi Casa. They are joined by jangly pop newcomers Mora y los Metegoles (whose debut ep is extremely cuddly and enjoyable), the fuzzed out, lilting pop of Los 1995, and the groove-seeking kids of Flan.
11 PM | AR $80 | Espacio Cultural Mi Casa | Aguero 787
12 AM | AR $120 | Niceto Club Lado B | Humboldt 1356
Saturday | September 2
Zulú + Juanitzo y el Lobo – en Mamerta
Lo-fi indie rock duo Juanitzo y el Lobo and alternative rock band Zulú play their first show together in what promises to be a raging indie night (their words, not ours). Punctuality is recommended. Suitable for all audiences.
9 PM | AR $60 | Mamerta Club de Música | Lavalle 4080
The scariest party in Cap Fed is back. For their latest lineup, Terror Producciones invites psychedelic blues rockers Los Bluyines, instrumental prog-rock band Hijos Amigos, psychobilly surf rock ensemble Las Olas, and experimental post-rock band Perú to cater to a crowd we like to think of as the thinking man/woman’s metal head. Plus DJs, a clothing fair, art and more!
11 PM | AR $100 until 1 AM | Club V | Corrientes 5008
Sunday | September 3
Ladies, trans, and non-binary folks rejoice! DILDA is back, this time with alt punk veterans Las Grasas Trans (great name, btw), lofi queerpop act Nihilisa Simpson, and Abor Tatupaki. Plus Dj Lasbats, tattoos courtesy of Victoria Sequera, and Ternura Cyborg fanzines.
8 PM | AR $80 before 10 PM, $100 After | Ladran Sancho -espacio de arte-| Guardia Vieja 3811