Welcome back to The Setlist! A weekly showcase of all the live music in the city of Buenos Aires– or, more specifically, the live music that’s worth seeing (or, even more specifically, the live music that’s worth seeing and we happened to find out about through word-of-mouth, research, and various industry contacts). Yes, yes, it’s the end of November, which effectively signals the end of the year; if you’re a weekly reader then you’ve already been privy to our constant hand-wringing regarding the relentless passage of time and the fact that we’re all barreling towards oblivion at an increasingly alarming speed. But you know what? We’re feeling pretty good about things this week. Very little existential anxiety. And I think it has something to do with the excellent line-up of live music we have before us this week. So let’s talk about what we have in the docket!
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 29
Trailblazing Colombian alternative rockers Aterciopelados hit the Niceto stage to give us all a taste of that mid-90s latin rock sound, through the prism of Andrea Echeverri’s more esoteric leanings. They arew joined by perennial Setlist favorite Ignacia, who will kick things off with a healthy serving of her deliciously synthy power-pop.
11:59 PM | AR $400 | Niceto Club | Niceto Vega 5510
If the above isn’t trippy enough for you, legendary multi-instrumentalist Kawabata Makoto (of Acid Mothers Temple fame) will be opening your mind’s eye with his expansive, droney guitar sounds. He’ll be joined by fellow ambient wizard Alan Courtis for a night of experimental music that could best be described by employing ancient hieroglyphics and interpretative hand gestures. (Note: this show is free; however, tickets should be picked up one hour before the start of the performance, due to limited availability)
7 PM | FREE | OID NOS | Riobamba 985
If you’re looking for something with a bit more of a jazzy swing to it, why not hit up the charmingly-named Jazzércoles? This week, they’ll be featuring a performance by Fermín Carpena, Ivan Chapuis, Jorge Elia and Matias Dabanch.
9 PM | Pay what you can! | Jazzércoles | Humahuaca 4027
Another installment of the ever-trusty Radar Música concert series brings you three great acts showcasing their stuff at Centro Cultural Recoleta; this time around, it’s a full-on dance party, featuring the upbeat, danceable hip-hop-tinged sounds of Villa Diamante, the cumbia-pop of El Caso Marina Peque, and the tropical sounds of Los Labios . All this for the price of… nothing! Isn’t it wonderful? It is.
7 PM | FREE | Centro Cultural Recoleta | Junin 1930
Friday | December 1
New York-based Canadian jazz musician Michael Sarian, along with his backing band The Big Chabones (winners of this week’s Great Band Name award), bring their modern take on classic sounds to the Bebop Club stage for the final date of their Argentine tour.
9 PM | AR $250 | Bebop Club | Moreno 364
Or head on over to Multiespacio Korova to see this cool little lineup featuring bluesy indie rock band Cadáver Exquisito al Limón, folk-punk singer-songwriter Emilyann // Emiliana, sixties-tinged folk-poppers Can.pa.ri, and very-hard-to-find-information-about bands Lujo and Salvatore.
10 PM | AR $50 | Multiespacio Korova | Paraguay 4667
Do you like your music country-fried? Who doesn’t? Come see disconcertingly anachronistic (and toe-tappingly enjoyable) country group Country Gruñón at one of our favorite venues in town, the punk-club/jazz-club hybrid Clasico Fernandez. They’ll be joined by Joni Mitchell tribute act Hejira.
9 PM | Pay what you can! | Clasico Fernandez | Piedras 1020
Saturday | December 2
It’s an all-out party at Ciudad Cultural Konex this weekend as Discos Laptra hosts the new installment of their celebratory music festival, featuring porteño indie-rock luminaries such as 107 Faunos, Las Ligas Menores, Atrás Hay Truenos, Hojas Secas, El Mató a un Policía Motorizado among many others. Come say hi.
5 PM | AR $280 | Ciudad Cultural Konex | Sarmiento 3131
Meanwhile, Espacio Cultural Mi Casa goes all-out 8-bit as it effectively transforms into a time portal, all decked out with arcade machines and suitably 80s-inspired live music, featuring the chilled-out blippy sounds of Payaso Cagar Trompada, Cinematronic‘s chiptune-inspired beats, Cokeandaspirin, CoMu, and Los Pat Moritas.
11:59 PM | AR $100 | Espacio Cultural Mi Casa | Aguero 787
11:30 PM | AR $100 | Naranja Verde | Av. Santa Fe 1284
Monday | December 4
Finally for this week, an event celebrating the women behind the turntable. The second installment of Girls Play Techno features female producers of techno, minimal and house music. This time around the lineup consists of Jam Machine (Veronique en el Espacio, Jessica Bellomo, Camille Android), Lau Neve and Lee Ann Lee, along with visuals by VJ NYMPH.
8 PM | Pay what you can! | Feliza | Av. Córdoba 3271