Another Wednesday, another Setlist! That’s right. Put away those Excel spreadsheets. Click off those tedious PowerPoint presentations. Throw your MacBook out the window (no, wait, you might still need that.) We’re back with another selection of shows to sate your live music needs. And this week is especially eclectic! We’ve got it all – meat-and-potatoes stadium rock, avant-garde art-pop, driving funk, acoustic tearjerkers, old-school punk, and Katy Perry (for Katy Perry is her very own genre). So buckle up and let’s go through this week’s shows!
Wednesday | March 7
What could we possibly say about this show? You already know who the Foo Fighters are. You already know they play blistering stadium anthems. You know that Dave Grohl is the Ultimate Rock Bro. You’ve sung along to the chorus of “Everlong” hundreds of times. If you’re like me, you may even be a little tired of them. But have you ever seen them play for an Argentine crowd along with Queens of the Stone Age? Probably not. And, as far as I’m concerned, that’s something worth checking out. (Watch yourself during QotSA’s stage if you’re a photograper, though…)
8 PM | Starting at AR $1250 | Estadio Vélez | Av. Juan B. Justo 9200
A new installment of IndieFuertes rolls along and they continue to prove themselves one of the absolute best showcases of music in the Buenos Aires scene. This time around, power-poppers 107 Faunos take the Niceto stage, along with the wistful songs of Julen y La Gente Sola and the autumnal indie-pop of Mora y Los Metegoles.
8 PM | AR $150 | Niceto Club | Niceto Vega 5510
Thursday | March 8
Also from IndieFuertes, here’s the wonderful one-two punch of Córdoba’s Fly Fly Caroline – a band whose debut album was an instant favorite of ours – and the dynamic folk-rock eclecticism of La Magnísima Gronda, taking over Niceto Lado B.
8 PM | AR $150 | Niceto Lado B | Niceto Vega 5510
Clásico Fernandez remains one of the best spots in town, and its weekly showcase of musical talent a highlight of our week. In this installment of Jueves de Clásico, they’ll be featuring the work of Agustina Cuello, Pau Lucas, Nancla, and Lucas Hess. Make sure to try the burgers, too.
8:30 PM | Pay what you can! | Clasico Fernandez | Piedras 1020
Feel like dancing your cares away to the sound of a groovy funk/ dub brass band? It’s Thursday night and the weekend’s respite is one mere sleep away, so who wouldn’t? Join La Fuerza Mayor at Congo as they employ all their tools at their disposal – we’re talking trombones, we’re talking trumpets, we’re talking flugelhorns, we’re talking sundry rhythm instruments – to get you on your feet and dancing.
11 PM | AR $100 | Congo | Honduras 5329
Friday | March 9
11:50 PM | AR $200 | Uniclub | Guardia Vieja 3360
Dance-funk band Dallas, psychedelic-poppers La Cara de los Ultimos and post-rock instrumental outfit Los Llanos come together for a well-rounded night of music at Niceto Lado B. You can dance, contemplate the hollowness of existence, and dance some more!
8 PM | Niceto Lado B | Niceto Vega 5510
Speaking of dancing. Indie-funk band Sincapot has long been a Setlist favorite, and they’ll be taking the Makena stage on Friday along with indie/ funk/ disco group Chorus for a night of syncopated hand claps and staccato guitar lines.
Midnight | Makena Cantina Club | Fitz Roy 1519
Sombrero is a country-tinged folk band that incorporates elements of the American Old West and autochtonous Rioplatense folklore rhythms; meanwhile, Rolando Bruno and El Grupo Arévalo perform of what they themselves refer to as “cumbia trash”, a lively and guitar-tinged approach to the cumbia genre, with tongue firmly planted in cheek. Both acts join forces for a show at Matienzo.
11 PM | AR $100 | Club Cultural Matienzo | Pringles 1249
Festival Buena Vibra brings the good vibes to Konex, featuring performances by punk-poppers Perras on the Beach, the theatrical power-pop of LOUTA, the danceable synth sounds of Poncho, and the chilled-out soulwave beats of Coral Casino, as well as vintage arcade machines, food trucks, and original art expos. A great way to spend a Friday night.
10 PM | AR $300 | Ciudad Cultural Konex | Sarmiento 3131
Saturday | March 10
The month-long Chicas de Fuego series continues to shine a spotlight on female-led acts throughout March; this week, come to the Centro Cultural Recoleta and get your face kicked in by the powerful punk vibes of Las Ex and La Piba Berreta.
7:30 PM | FREE! | Centro Cultural Recoleta | Junin 1930
Midnight | Club V | Av. Corrientes 5008
Midnight | AR $180 | La Tangente | Honduras 5317
Back when I was a kid, I was first introduced to the rollicking sound of the mighty Ramones by what happened to be their very last album – 1995’s ¡Adios Amigos! Ever since I first heard their downstrum-heavy guitar attack coupled with their 50s-teenage-anthem melodies, I became enamored with a band that I was too late to ever see live. That’s why it’s so cool that Marky Ramone is still out there, still loud as heck, still playing at breakneck speeds, and keeping the Ramones spirit alive. Come do the cretin hop with him and his Blitzkrieg at Teatro Flores.
7 PM | AR $800 | Teatro Flores | Av. Rivadavia 7806
Look, we’re not afraid to say that, here at The Setlist, we are cat people. We like cats a lot. We find cats hilarious. So any show that brands itself after our feline friends already has our attention. But on top of that, Fiesta Felina also features the talents of Super 1 Mundial, Cabeza Flotante, and Srta. Truenonegro, all of which have been longtime favorites of ours. Not only that, but this is happening at one of our favorite venues in town: Espacio Cultural Mi Casa. What’s not to like?!
11 PM | AR $100 | Espacio Cultural Mi Casa | Aguero 787
Sunday | March 11
If you follow enough Argentine musicians on Facebook, chances are you’ve encountered a video from Musiquita en La Cocina, the endearing Youtube show that features stripped-down kitchen performances. They’re celebrating the release of their 300th video with a festival at Matienzo, featuring a dozen (!!!) artists. The lineup includes Ensamble Folklórico Digital, BIFE, Miau Trío, Los Grillos del Monte, CosmoCosmo, Daiana Leonelli, Nahuel Briones, Bestia Música, Rolando Bruno, Los Pecera, Toto Yulelé, and RUMBO TUMBA.
4 PM | AR $80 | Club Cultural Matienzo | Pringles 1249
Yes, there’s a Katy Perry show in town. Yes, it’s likely that you already knew about it. Yes, Katy Perry doesn’t exactly fit in with most of the music we cover here in The Setlist. But you know what? Katy is a force to be reckoned with, and it is our pleasure to provide her tiny, obscure, barely-publicized little show a bit of exposure on this platform of ours.
8 PM | AR $1250 | Club Ciudad de Buenos Aires | Av. del Libertador 7501
A quick reminder. We want to make sure we cover as much material as possible each week; but with a scene this active, a lot can slip through the cracks. So, in our effort to remain on top of things, we’ve set up an e-mail address where you – that’s right, you, dear reader – can submit your own suggestions for shows for us to cover. If you have a gig coming up, or you know of one, we want to hear about it! Hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org.