Hello, friends, and welcome to a new installment of The Setlist! Your weekly guide to the world of live music in the wonderful city of Buenos Aires. Do you have a taste for the sound of guitar feedback and cables coming in and out of instruments? Do you find buzzing neon lights and the smell of smoke machines invigorating? Then this is the column for you. Welcome. You are home.
And can you believe it’s already November? We’re almost at the finish line of a year which has been nothing if not interesting. And though the sudden realization of exactly how quickly everything seems to be happening around us may trigger a mild panic attack for some, we prefer to see time’s cruel arrows in a more positive light. The fact that we’re all barreling through life at an alarming speed can actually be a source of motivation, serving as a reminder that our time in this planet is limited, and that we should not take the small pleasures of life for granted. And hey, you know what’s one of those pleasures? Live music! Let’s talk about it!
But first! A quick reminder. We want to make sure we cover as much material as possible each week; 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 email@example.com. On with the music!
Wednesday | November 1
Where would we be without good ol’ Radar Música? This weekly showcase of up-and-coming artists gives us an excuse to hang out in one of the coolest venues in town and see music for FREE on a day when we might be otherwise tempted to do nothing but sulk and pout about it being humpday. This time around, they’ll be featuring the enormous pop sounds of Pommez Internacional, electronic musicians Peces Raros and technologically-minded experimental group Naub. Come shake away the mid-week ennui.
7 PM | FREE | Centro Cultural Recoleta | Junin 1930
If you’re in the mood for something a bit less synthetic, instead preferring the earthier sounds of the double bass, guitars and live drums, here’s a group of talented musicians getting together to jam out to some jazz and bossanova. The great thing about these sessions is you never know exactly what you’re going to get, but because the instruments are in such capable hands, you know it’s going to be toe-tapping goodness.
8 PM | Zakrev Bar | Estados Unidos 523
Fanzine Bolena Ediciones is putting on an event to mark the release of their Antología Esotérica, featuring live readings from several authors as well as music! Live music! Which is what we like! They’ll be featuring the nocturnal trip-hop of Rascolnikoff, the shoegazey rock of Unidad 01, and a semi-acoustic set by Hijos Malones.
9 PM | AR $50 | Club Cultural Matienzo | Pringles 1249
Thursday | November 2
Diego Marchionatti‘s excellent album Arista was one of last year’s best releases; a richly layered, textural and dynamic journey through ten outstanding compositions that, while influenced by various genres, are rooted firmly in the folk tradition. He’ll be showcasing songs from it and other works at La Tangente, with support from fellow singer-songwriter Karina Vismara, who’ll be featuring her own breezily ornate compositions.
9 PM | AR $150 | La Tangente | Honduras 5317
The duo of Andres Marino & Lucia Boffo take the Café Vinilo stage to play songs off their lovely new release Diente de León, which brings together lushly orchestrated Baroque sounds with jazzy song structures and improvisational flourishes. With its graceful rise-and-fall dynamic and compositional twists-and-turns, it is one of our favorite new albums of the year.
9 PM | AR $150 | Café Vinilo | Gorriti 3780
Friday | November 3
11 PM | AR $150 | Club Belle Epoque | Lima 373
It’s almost impossible not to feel the good vibes at Ciudad Cultural Konex. Just the mere act of loitering around that place already makes us feel several degrees cooler. This little festival, though, is all about the good vibes, bringing together multifaceted hip-hoppers Lo’ Pibitos, rapper Fianru, the out-of-this-world funk attack of Banzai FC and the vibing, jazzy rhymes of Militantes del Climax.
10 PM | AR $250 | Ciudad Cultural Konex | Sarmiento 3131
Sporting the nickname “his imperial highness” and describing his music as “unrefined electronic caveman music”, Silverio‘s shows have a reputation for being a frenzied good time. If you’re in the mood for a lot of dancing, wacky samples and a gloriously unholy bastardization of the electronic music tradition, come around and see what he has in store for you. It sounds as entertaining as it does terrifying.
10 PM | AR $250 | Morocco | Hipólito Yrigoyen 851
Saturday | November 4
Uruguay’s own Cuarteto Ricacosa will be presenting selections off their new album Gurí, a thrilling travelogue down the intersections of folk, tango, candombé and other autochtonous rhythms. They’ll be supported by Dúo Arias Castro.
9 PM | AR $220 | Caras y Caretas | Sarmiento 2037
This edition of The Setlist has been a bit quieter than most past installments, focusing mostly on folky acoustic stuff, some hip-hop and some electronic. So where’s all the noise? Well, we’ve got a lot of noise right here in this lineup. Get pumped with The Stooges-like rock of El Perrodiablo, take a breather with the grooving psychedelia of Montaña Electrica, and then lose yourself in the louder-than-loud sludge of Picaporters.
Midnight | Club V | Corrientes 5008
Sunday | November 5
Ensamble Chancho a Cuerda bring their rhythmic, harmonically rich approach to song to the Usina del Arte stage, with support by Brazilian pianist Benjamim Taubkin. Come enjoy some beautiful music at one of the sweetest spots in town. What better way to wrap up the week?
7 PM | FREE | La Usina del Arte | Agustin R. Caffarena 1
Tuesday | November 7
Flashback to the early 2000s. You are a young boy with a burgeoning interest in punk rcok music, which so far has been limited to the likes of The Offspring and Green Day. Surfing the Internet, you notice a name that keeps popping up in conversation about punk music: Bad Religion. And though the name is a bit intimidating (remember: you’re a kid), you still manage to scrape together enough lunch money to buy a ridiculously overpriced import of their album Suffer. And though your initial reaction is one of confusion (what the heck– I paid all this money for 26 minutes of music? Also, all the songs kind of sound the same?), you slowly find yourself falling in love with their blend of furious punk music, folk-tinged melodies and hyper-literate lyrics about the hopelessness and folly of modern man. Eventually, this band grows into one of the most influential forces in your musical life, and all of a sudden you’re a full-grown adult singing along to those teenage punk songs with a couple thousand other people. Life’s kind of nutty that way.
7 PM | AR $1000 | Teatro Flores | Av Rivadavia 7806