Hello there boys and squirrels. Staying warm? Six years of living in this city and I still forget how Buenos Aires can go on arctic blast with it’s special brand of humid cold. Well if variety is the spice of life, your live music options this week are going to heat you up from the inside out: we have dancehall, experimental cumbia, Creole folk, jazz, post-rock, r&b, and so much more. Let’s get to it.
Wednesday | June 7
A gimmicky, irritatingly ironic electro-cumbia movement has been plaguing this fine city for years now. But don’t throw the cumbia baby out with the musical bathwater — there are a few exceptions to the trend and Ricarda Cometa does cumbia RIGHT y’all. It’s experimental and crunchy and impossibly weird – think Captain Beefheart, if he did cumbia. Get to Centro de Arte Sonoro this Wednesday night to catch their FREE improv sesh – but get there early, as space is limited.
7 PM | FREE | CASo | Riobamba 985
Thursday | June 8
One of Jamaica’s most distinguished and beloved voices, Horace Andy will be playing a solo set in Niceto this Thursday night, accompanied by the Hugo Lobo Band. Known in Jamaica by his roots reggae work in the 70s, he rose to world fame and mainstream success through his collaborations with trip-hop heroes Massive Attack in the early 90s. He also looks stoned in every photo we looked at, which must be fun.
9 PM | AR $600 | Niceto | Niceto Vega 5510
Buencebú #23: Fervors – Violenta Josefina – Expos
We could write for a long time about how much we love the Venezuelan-born, Buenos Aires-based dreampop/ethereal post-punk band Violenta Josefina, but we’ll stick to what’s important: they are playing at Naranja Verde this Thursday night at the 23rd edition of concert series Buencebú, and it’s going to be amazing. They will be joined by Evy’s band Fervors, plus a whole bunch of terrific visual artists, including: Fabioniq, Diego Homez, Viaje al Futuro, Zeus and Üla. Sensorial satisfaction guaranteed.
We stumbled across Pergamusi frontman Bruno Masino at a live performance in the basement venue of Imaginario Cultural, and were immediately transfixed – the man makes damn good pop music. As Pergamusi, Bruno fortifies his pop stylings in a live band format, supported by Diego Martinez (Atrás Hay Truenos), and Andrés F Ruiz (Corazón Primitivo). They will sharing the stage this Thursday night by indie pop superstar Rosario Bléfari banda, plus special guest Damián Cubilla (Te King).
8 PM | AR $100 | Espacio Tucumán | Suipacha 140
Open Folk regulars Agustin Donati and David Amado will be sharing the stage in Palermo this Thursday night at the classy sounding Código Montesco Teatro Restó. Agustin has just released a single from his upcoming album, which you can listen to here.
9 PM | $50 AR | Código Montesco Teatro Restó | Gorriti 3956
Friday | June 9
Indie pop rock band LOS REYES DEL FALSETE, satirical rock pranksters Lache, and indie folk musician Julian Desbats (of Los Rusos HDP fame) will be taking over the famous Ladran Sancho this Friday evenin’. The place has limited tables, so get there early if you care about that kind of thing.
9PM | AR $80 | Ladran Sancho | Guardia Vieja 3811
The Roxy Live continues its “indie night” tradition (now on their 7th consecutive year), promising your favorite Indie Rock, Brit, Pop, Electro, Funk, Disco hits. This Friday they will also include live acts Grace & Badlove, an international band of soul meets funk with plenty of Lauryn Hill & Lianne La Havas in the mix, as well as live funk/soul/r&b band Los Palta, who pull on influences such as James Brown, Funkadelic, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and others. Still trying to figure out how this is “indie night” but, whatever.
211 PM |AR $130 | The Roxy Live | Niceto Vega 5542
Sofia Viola & Santiago Moraes Play Gorrion Negro
Singer-songwriters SofíaViola and Santiago Moraes team up for a “fearless creole cantina duo” to bring lower Almagro “a night of creole merriment from the far west, in which the cold doesn’t exist.” To help keep the cold at bay, the cozy venue will be serving a “Ragnar Lothrbok” themed menu (vegetarian options available).
9:00 PM | AR $100 | El Gorrion Negro | PM event for address | Almagro
Lemme give you all a bit of advice: do not google “Los Culos“ hoping to find a music video. In my after-dinner, post-workday stupor (the state in which I write almost all Setlists), I found myself starring into los culos of the decidedly not garage-punk variety. Thanks for that, fellas. You can see them with the rest of the Cool Ghost crew this Friday night at our favorite little venue in Abasto, along with trippy popster Pitilo beat and spunky indie rockers Niñas Madres.
1:00 AM | AR $70 | Espacio Cultural Mi Casa | Aguero 787
Minima Discos hosts the eighth edition of the community-focused live music series with yet another batch of bands sure to cheer your ears. Performing this eighth edition are space-rocker Chelo Lares, experimental post-rock band fusibles, and garage rock band KILL WEST.
Saturday | June 10
A Todo Ritmo is back for its sixth edition, this time with psychedelic pop band Pitilo beat (hey didn’t those guys just play Friday?), the experimental and funky punk band Zé Corto, spooky post-rock band La Ira del Manso, and dreamy indie rock band Verde y los Caballos a Marte.
It’s an indie rock triple header folks, this time at everyone’s favorite venue at which to haul a combo organ up 3 flights of stairs (or so we’ve heard). Playing are indie pop band MK ULTRA, the shoegazy Bidones Auxiliares and fuzzy (in both sound and feeling) indie rock act Mosaicos.
11 PM | $70 AR | La Cigale | 25 de Mayo 597
JAZZ & SOUL Sessions
Feeling like starting your Saturday with a little bit of soul? Jazz and soul band The Pockets initiate a new series at El Galpon, where folks can get into the swing of their weekend with some live music, good beer, and yummy food. Plus it’s free!
9 PM | FREE | El Galpón | Niceto Vega 5951
Sunday | June 11
hungover creative on a Sunday? The Matienzo Jam Club has you covered, as long as you abide some interesting and slightly complicated requirements. First of all, they’re only looking for a few good people to cover wind instruments, percussion, and keyboards, as the rest of the instruments are presumably spoken for. If that interests you, you must submit a video of yourself playing to the organizers as listed in the event description. If accepted, you’ll get to join the jam musicians free, as long as you bring a friend who must play the nominal door charge. Got it? No? Great.