We’re slogging through another tedious work week, overworked and underslept, clicking through Spotify playlists, desperately clicking through track after track, past Len’s “Steal My Sunshine”, past “Two Princes” by the Spin Doctors, past Demi Lovato’s “Cool for the Summer”, looking for that one song that will bring a glimmer of hope back to the day. But my friend, you’re going about it all wrong. Spotify is a great distraction, but it won’t completely cure your existential angst. Want to know what’s really good for that? Live music! Let’s talk options, shall we?
Wednesday | June 14
Mujercitas Terror blast right through the thick wall of Wednesday-evening tedium with their brand of dark-tinted bubblegum punk, with assistance from throwback-rockn’rollers Pilotos and turbocharged power-trio Phonalex. Together, they seek to bludgeon your hump-day ennui into submission.
8 PM | AR $100 | Niceto Club | Niceto Vega 5507
Thursday | June 15
The inaugural edition of Fiesta Bortal promises to be a blast, featuring performances by the hilariously-named Dedo Gordo, alternative rockers Pompón, slinky-dark electronic duo Telefonema pop-rockers Nantez and Scarabae.
9 PM | AR $130 | Bar en vivo | Niceto Vega 5702
Here are two bands that defy convention. You get the feeling from listening to both Super 1 Mundial and Temporada de Tormenta that both bands are interested, in their own ways, in exploring the outer confines of what could still reasonably be categorized as “rock” music; they feature expansive sounds that ebb and flow, consistently dismantling the parameters they set for themselves, all the while remaining a thrilling and fist-pumping experience in a traditional rockn’roll kind of way. They beckon you to join them at the forefront of the space-age Porteño underground scene this Thursday at POMO.
11 PM | AR $70 | POMO, Distrito de Arte | Pasaje Santa Rosa
Friday | June 16
As clearly displayed in the video above, Todo Aparenta Normal put on a hell of a show, blending rockn’roll ferocity with a refined approach to their sonic palette. They’ll be playing selections from their new album En El Desaprender, and will feature the infectious synth-pop stylings of Ignacia as an opening act.
7 PM | AR $165 | Uniclub | Guardia Vieja 3360
There’s something about reaching the tenth edition of something that makes it feel like it merits special celebration. Like there’s an added degree of solemnity to it. The tenth installment of Ruchofest is coming up, and with a line-up consisting of indie post-rockers Cabeza Flotante, noisy dream-rock duo Riel and solo act Julian Tello, it more than promises to rise to the occasion.
Midnight | AR $120 | Club Cultural Matienzo | Pringles 1249
If you’ve perhaps had your fill of bombastic rock music and you feel more like taking in an evening of lush, cinematic string quartet music, you’re in luck! The prestigious Marmen String Quartet visits us all the way from the UK to play the music of Philip Glass, as well as a selection of works by Bach and Beethoven, at Centro de las Artes UNSAM. It’s free admission, though you do have to make a reservation. I’ll be there, sighing wistfully for the entire duration of the show.
8 PM | Free | Centro de las Artes UNSAM | Sánchez de Bustamante 75
A festival that promises good drinks, homemade food, artwork exhibitions and vintage clothing, featuring a lineup that’ll charm the pants off even the most hardened cynic: lo-fi indie-folk band Sus Hijas, experimental pop act Perro Salchicha, noise-folk band Juanitzo y el Lobo and singer-songwriter Nicolás Mateo. Y’know, life’s too short not to indulge in its smaall pleasures, and this event seems to cover a whole bunch of ’em.
10 PM | AR $70 | Multiespacio Korova | Paraguay 4667
Los Animales Superforros immediately captured our interest with their band name, and then won us over with their wonderfully askew sound, combining an indie aesthetic with a sideways, psychedelic approach to traditional folk music. They’ll be playing with indie synth-pop group Toquelau and folk-rockers Palmer.
Midnight | AR $120 | La Tangente | Honduras 5317
Saturday | June 17
This is a great option for an evening of loud, fist-pumping punk (and punk-adjacent) music. La Kaiser Sosa (gosh, these indie bands are really stepping up their band name game lately), power-trio Calma Isabel, the maddeningly anthemic Venta de Garage and surf-punkers Mi Primer Año Sabático converge for a free show in a super-secret location (PM for the address). That’s right: a clandestine punk show. Come on. You want to get in on this.
Free | PM for location
Las Ligas Menores is one of those effortlessly cool bands that makes everyone else seem like they’re trying slightly too hard, and not quite making it. Their music is also the exact kind of sunny you need right now, as Buenos Aires quickly descends into dozen-layer weather. They bring their laid-back summer-songs to the Konex stage.
Midnight | AR $165 | Ciudad Cultural Konex | Sarmiento 3131
The fourth edition of Ciclo Esencial takes over La Cigale, filling the space with an assortment of interesting and unusual sounds. With performances by vintage-rockers El Club Audiovisual (whose Facebook profile picture is one of the best things we’ve ever seen), synth-laden garage band Marta Nolan, shoegazey post-rockers Pensar Duele, indie rockers Los Leños, and experimental electronic-tinged band Ison Spectra.
9 PM | AR $70 | La Cigale | 25 de Mayo 597
Sunday | June 18
And for those looking for something with more syncopation and alliteration: Canadian rapper Mattiya brings his eclectic, cerebral brand of hip-hop to the Makena Cantina stage, playing cuts from his first two EPs with the aid of a live band.