Well hello there fanboys and girls. Thanksgiving is fast upon us, and while current events are making missing that annual family political debate a little easier than usual, there is also plenty to be thankful for in this big beautiful world of ours — such as the incredible music scene I get to write about on a weekly basis.

On a more competitive note, does anybody have a killer gravy recipe they’d like to share? I plan to bring it more than usual at Friendsgiving this year (all that familial aggression has to go somewhere, amirite?).

Wednesday | November 23

Calma Isabel, Enero Es Tan Cruel, & more

You know, blame it on the presence of neo-nazis on the news and the dawning of a new era of fascist right-wing leadership in the west, but I think we could all use a little punk rock right now, whaddya say? Calma Isabel (my personal fave – think early Weezer, but a little more punk rock),  Lucas Nuñez,  and Enero Es Tan Cruel will be playing in acoustic format for free Wednesday night at Salon Pueyrredon (the first bar I ever saw people smoking inside – damn the man!).

9 PM | FREE | Salon Pueyrredon | Santa Fe 4560 | Palermo

Kraftwerk 3D en Argentina | Luna Park

The electronic music pioneers / synth-wielding ruffians are finally here for their surprisingly controversial live music spectacle in Luna Park. If you (like me) couldn’t afford tickets this time around, here’s a video of them performing my favorite song of theirs on a German television show from the ’70s (right before they disowned it and everything else they did before Autobahn…insert snobby sigh here).

9 PM | Tickets start at ARS $600| Luna Park | Avenida Eduardo Madero 420 | Centro

Thursday | November 24


Tortoise / 24 de Noviembre Araoz Live

Post-rock veterans Tortoise return to Argentina for the first time in 5 years to promote their new album “The Catastrophist.” Expect many flannel-clad young people standing with their arms folded and thoughtfully nodding (no hate here, I’m speaking from experience). Tan Frío El Verano opens. 

7:30 PM | AR $550 | Club Araoz | Araoz 2424 | Palermo

Jerry Lee Orbison – Blues & RAB trio – Gratis!

Jerry Lee Orbison is an acoustic trio  – violin, guitar and double bass – formed with the goal of interpreting anything from Delta Blues to Country to Western Swing and Rockabilly. Expect a night of covers of the likes of Big Mama Thornton,  Hank Williams, Bill Halley and The Comets, The Mississippi Sheiks, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley y more, all with plenty of good beer on tap.

7 PM | FREE | Patagonia Bar | Peru 608 |San Telmo

Friday | November 25


Tobogán Andaluz turns 6

Tobogán Andaluz celebrates 6 years of playing live with a party in their favorite venue in Buenos Aires. Opening act Mariano di Cesare (singer of Mi Amigo Invencible y El Príncipe Idiota) will join them for their last live show of the year.

1:00 AM | AR $100 | Espacio Cultural Mi Casa | Aguero 787| Abasto

Cristos / Original Artyfacts / El Alce

Zona Sur band Cristos bring their psychedelic blues and rock to Cap. Fed. this Friday night, along with the 60-inspired garage rock act Original  Artyfacts and Quimes rock band El Alce.

11 PM | AR $50 | Naranja Verde | Av. Santa Fe 1284 | Centro

Saturday | November 26


Competencia Nacional de Baile Rolinga

In case you missed Riel the last time I mentioned them a couple of weeks ago, you have yet another chance to catch them performing their new album “Sueño Eléctrico at the comically named “Competencia Nacional de Baile Rolinga,” hosted by Cincope Records. Also playing are sludgy lady rock trio MUGRE, self-proclaimed stoners Amigo da Onça, and the aptly named space-rockers Los Rolingas del Espacio.

11 PM | AR $80 | Naranja Verde | Av. Santa Fe 1284 | Centro

Fuck Folk 60: Palmer & Los Extranjeros, Mudante, and Ariel Beraldi

This Saturday marks the 60th edition of the event that my Dad gets mad about everytime it pops up in his newsfeed (I DIDN’T NAME THE EVENT DAD), this time with performances by Palmer & Los Extranjeros , Mudante  and Ariel Beraldi. Get there early to get a good seat – the place fills up fast.

9 PM | FREE | La Casa del Árbol | Fitz Roy 2487 | Palermo