There’s nothing like mother nature’s fury to put things in perspective, no? Between all the earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods this past week, we at The Setlist are just happy to be breathing in that sweet city smog and sharing with you this week’s lineup of the best in live music. From bluegrass to indie to freak folk and more, we’re confident you can find the perfect show to distract you from the never-ceasing, swirling chaos on this little planet of ours. Stay safe out there.
Wednesday | September 13
Every Wednesday, Radar Música combines old and new sounds to bring you a unique portrait of the current independent music scene in Buenos Aires. This week’s mellow lineup consists of experimental world music ensemble La Magnisima Gronda, happy-go-lucky pop band La Taza Calva, and folk orchestra Morada de Pájaros.
6 PM | FREE | Centro Cultural Recoleta | Junin 1930
Eclectic Wednesday nights are fast becoming a thing at Mi Casa, and we at The Setlist are SUPER into it. This week, SAPUKAI will present their lush waves of orchestral but still dancey electronic music a la Animal Collective, along with special guest from Paraguay Mi$$il and AGVA labelmates Slav Zimm & Plvybxy.
9 PM | $70 AR | Espacio Cultural Mi Casa | Aguero 787
Thursday | August 31
Self-defined “hooligan elf princess” (yep, no idea) Marina Fages plays her last show with the latest incarnation of her ever-changing backing band before going on tour to Japan. She’ll be joined by The Setlist’s favorite surf rock band Las Piñas, who just got back from touring the US, and stoner rock act Las Fantoms. Plus, African country turned mindless killing machine Kenya Shark will be behind the turntables playing a live DJ set in between bands.
Don’t you just love it when concert series collide? If your answer was “um, I think so?” then you should know the Buencebú – Cactus Musica merger is totes happening and you shouldn’t miss it for anything in the world. For its 4th volume, the sumptuous, saccharine sounds of NSFW-ish pop ensemble PORNOPOP join the dancefloor-infused psych-folk ruminations of Dieguez and indie rock trio Bis Serán for a night that promises to have a lil sumthin’ sumthin’ for everyone. There will also be a live set, courtesy of Morewave and a tatto expo. As always, sensorial satisfaction guaranteed.
PM | AR $70 | Naranja Verde | Av. Santa Fe 1284
Friday | September 15
Our favorite Venezuelan dream pop band Violenta Josefina is back for her first live show since June, and we couldn’t be happier about it. They’ll be joined by alt-rock chanteuse ALELI CHEVAL (with whom Violenta frontwoman Valeria also plays bass). And it’s all free. If you don’t get your sorry behinds to San Telmo this Friday, you’ll hit the FOMO jackpot, big time. Don’t say we didn’t tell you so.
9 PM | FREE | Clásico Fernández | Piedras 1020
Mathrock nerds, this one’s for you. Hungría will be playing a set of deliciously mathy songs that feel oh so loose but ever so tight, joined by the mathy fusion goodness of fusibles. Want to round out your palette and soothe your senses? Folk musician Santino Beltramino will also be playing, along with visuals by Milagro de Catamarca, vegan food from Fratelli – Comida vegana, and a SELLO CABELLO record fair.
11 PM | $80 AR | Espacio Cultural Mi Casa | Aguero 787
Saturday | September 16
Regarded by many as the ringleader of the freak folk movement during the early 2000s, Venezuelan American songwriter Devendra Banhart is back in Argentina for the fourth time to present his new album Ape In Pink Marble.
9 PM | AR $60 |Groove | Av. Santa Fé 4389
Brian Zditowski ONE MAN BAND en El Universal!
He’s back, y’all. Brian Zditowski ONE MAN BAND is presenting his first album, titled #Extendedplay1, with “all the rocka-delta-bluesy-pscho-billy fury that that compound modifier can muster.” The night will contain musical guests, two raffles, and a whole lot of good music – and all for free. Get there early, as capacity is limited.
7:30 PM | FREE | El Universal espacio cultural | Soria 4940
Post rock demigods Temporada de Tormentas will be playing their EP ‘Del ruido y el espacio’ and their first LP ‘La primera exploración’ in full, plus an exhaustive setlist spanning their entire career before going on a well-deserved vacay from live shows. Julen y la gente sola from Uruguay will be handling opening duties and there will also be expos by Andrés Lozano (photography) and Lou Baumann (illustration), as well as a DJ live set. Get there early, since the first 10 people to buy the ticket + album get a special promo
11 PM | AR $80 | Espacio Cultural Mi Casa | Aguero 787
Fear not, young person: El cíclope dorado has hand-picked a fine selection of instrumental bands to cover all your ‘sensitive headbanging’ needs. Math rockers Diente de Oro, instrumental jam band Ala Plaza, and post rock/emo band El sueño de los héroes will be kicking out the rhythmically complex, densely-layered jams, supplemented with art expos, video games, and homemade food.
10 PM | FREE | 1917 | PM for address
Sunday | September 17
Dilda, “el domingo feminista” is back, this time with yet another round of lady badasses to make us live (despite the hangover) on a Sunday night. In this week’s edition, you can enjoy the talented singer-songwriters Magali Cortez, Jennifer Barón, Clara Besfamille. Plus, music between sets by DJ Lasbats and tattoos courtesy of Victoria Sequera.
8PM | AR $80 | Ladran Sancho | Guardia Vieja 3811
Monday | September 18th
Indie Mondays: El Monte, David Amado, Ali Len, Tarsitano + More
Indie Mondays is the newest addition to the early week live music game, presenting a fresh batch of emerging artists every Monday night in an acoustic format. This week’s lineup includes El Monte + Javier Mokdad, Ali Len, Tarsitano, David Amado, Emilyann // Emiliana, and Manuel Torres.
7:30 PM | FREE | El Club Bar | Honduras 5028