Nobody likes a rambling substitute teacher, so I’ll spare you the lengthy intro. Suffice it to say that Evy is off on a well-deserved vacation, and she has entrusted me with an important mission: to fill you in on all the live shows that are happening all over town this week. From dance-pop to acoustic folk to thrash metal to boho-dadaist crooners, there’s a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get to it.

Wednesday | March 29

Sideshow Lollapalooza | Catfish and The Bottlemen at The Roxy

One of the perks of having a big traveling festival like Lollapalooza stop by your town is the various sideshows that spring up around it. British rock group Catfish and the Bottlemen get their chance to shine in front of the Argentine audience without the confines of a festival-shortened setlist tonight at the Roxy.

8 PM | AR $650 | The Roxy Live | Niceto Vega 5542

Thursday | March 30

Dieguez & Telefonema – Live! On Mars Sessions

Casa Cordoba Experience is back with another installment of its Live on Mars series; a novel concept involving musicians performing “silent” sets that are fed to the audience through high-definition wireless headphones. Fun to experience as an audience member, and likely a welcome respite for cantankerous neighbors. This time around, the show features the delightfully dreamy psych-folk stylings of Dieguez as well as the wonderfully askew, synth-laden approach of Telefonema. Music, craft beer and tapas on a beautiful terrace filled with people hooked up to wireless headphones? If that’s not the very definition of a perfect Thursday evening, I don’t know what is.

9 PM | Casa Cordoba Experience | PM for address

Rancid at Teatro Flores

If you’re looking for something with a bit of a harder edge, perennial punk rock stalwarts Rancid are playing their first-ever show in Argentina in anticipation of their Lollapalooza slot. Expect the band to roar through a ferocious set covering everything from their seminal 90s work to their most recent album, 2014’s … Honor is All We Know. Fun fact: When I turned 15, I used some of my birthday money to purchase the band’s classic 1995 release … And Out Come the Wolves, and my mom immediately broke down in tears upon seeing the album cover.

8 PM | AR $800 | Teatro Flores |Av. Rivadavia 7802

Friday | March 31

Lollapalooza Day 1: Silversun Pickups, The XX, Metallica & more.

What is there to say about Lollapalooza, Perry Farrel’s second-greatest contribution to humanity (the first being the Jane’s Addiction song “Three Days”)? The legendary festival returns to Argentina with a truly eclectic hodgepodge of styles and genres, featuring acts as diverse as León Gieco, Tove Lo, The 1975, and big-name headliner Metallica on its first night, among many others.

12:30 PM | AR $1750 | Hipódromo de San Isidro

Krupoviesa at Almagro

Krupoviesa‘s sound represents the best parts of 8-bit nostalgia as well as something dangerous and modern; bursting-at-the-seams punk rock filled with urgency and catchiness in equal measure. They are blasting back into the scene after a 9-month break, sporting a new line-up as well as new material.

10:00 PM | AR $80 | Ladran Sancho – espacio de arte – | Guardia Vieja 3811

Kumbia Queers & Chocolate Remix at Centro Cultural Matienzo

Now, for something completely different: long-running “tropipunk” pioneers Kumbia Queers perform their blend of punk-tinged cumbia kitsch — both cover tunes and originals– along with reggaeton act Chocolate Remix at Centro Cultural Matienzo.

11 PM | AR $120 | Centro Cultural Matienzo | Pringles 1249

Saturday | April 1

Lollapalooza Day 2: Jimmy Eat World, The Weeknd, Flume & more

The party continues (and culminates!) on day 2 of this weekend-long celebration of music and selfie sticks, with Canadian pop twins Tegan and Sara, new wave legends Duran Duran, and lone survivors of the 2001 garage-band uprising The Strokes being among those taking the stage on the final day of the festival.

12:30 PM | AR $1750 | Hipódromo de San Isidro

Canción Sobre Canción #1: Edgardo Cardozo & Lautaro Matute

If you find all the big-rock-festival hullabaloo a little overwhelming, here’s a quieter, more intimate option: The inaugural edition of a brand-new concert series put together by independent label-slash-artist collective Elefante en la Habitación. This new monthly event will feature an EH artist in musical conversation with one of their main influences. This time around, Lautaro Matute and Edgardo Cardozo will get together to play selections from their respective catalogues. Promises to be a night of gorgeous melodies and sensibly shorn facial hair.

9 PM | AR $200 | Café Vinilo | Gorriti 3780

Sergio Pángaro como el Cisne Negro


Meanwhile, trobadour, provocateur, raconteur Sergio Pángaro delivers his wryly humorous take on the crooner trope at the Bebop Club, spinning yarns and breaking hearts the way that only a man who once wrote a vicious diss track about Paul McCartney could.

11:50 PM | AR $200 | Bebop Club | Moreno 364