Gather ’round boys and squirrels! It’s nice outside and it’s time to go out into that big, beautiful, batshit crazy city of ours to support local musicians, discover your next new favorite band, and possibly date a bassist or two. Lend me your ear (and your beer) and I will tell you which bands I think are worth spending those sassy Rocas on this week.
Wednesday | September 28
Need a midweek minimalist pop fix? “Why of course I do,” you respond, twirling your handlebar moustache. GAL, the new project by Filmmaker Galel Maidana is poised to give you just that with a show debuting his new LP “Honduras,” produced by the ever-talented and sometimes theatrical composer and musician Ulises Conti. The album is lovely, oscillating from chilled-out synthpop to spaghetti western-tinged ditties, providing the soundtrack for a perfectly tranqui weekday night out.
9 PM | ARS $120 | Xirgu Espacio Untref | Chacabuco 875 | San Telmo
Thursday | September 29
Caras y Caretas continue their series featuring local artists who contribute “identity” (whatever that means) to the Buenos Aires independent music scene. Their ninth installment is composed of mainly female vocalists and musicians (aka lady badasses), headlined by Marina Fages – her last show before going on tour in Japan. She is joined by Audia Valdez, the multimedia music-based project by experimental musician/artist/clothing designer Eloisa Lopez, and the 4-piece band Shona (my personal favorite), who bring occasional — and much appreciated — Bjork vibes with their lilting vocal melodies and intriguing compositions.
9 PM | ARS $100 | Teatro Caras y Caretas | Sarmiento 2037 | Centro
Friday | September 30
Itching to pogo with your rollinga brethren? Well, uh… itch…no more (sorry). Sixties throwback garage rockers Los Peyotes will be playing a set full of fuzzed out, groovy jams in San Telmo this Friday, accompanied by power trio The Carbon Copies and pop duo Rocco Posca. With a tagline like “Noche de rock expansivo y visceral,” you might want to do the grown-up thing and pack your earplugs (tinnitus ain’t no joke kids!).
11 PM | AR $100 | Kirie Music Club | Bolivar 813 | San Telmo
When’s the last time you heard someone sing Stevie Wonder in a bar and think “Isn’t she wonderful*?! Hell yeah!” Oh, never? Well, there’s a first time for everything. Jessy Pollack has the voice of a goddamn diva angel and she is singing mad-crazy-good covers of James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, and more alongside Ariel Zafra (guitar) and Fernando Rosso (double bass). Let it be a testament to the power of her voice that I don’t mind a John Mayer song when Jessy is singing. This is a cozy little gig with homemade food and a clandestine location in Villa Crespo, so be sure to RSVP to email@example.com to get the exact address and reserve your spot.
*My mother had my high school senior pictures set to that song for a digital slideshow and played it during my graduation party. I’m still recovering.
9:30 PM | ARS $100 | Las Conanas | Villa Crespo
Saturday | October 1
Do banjos make you swoon? Does the term “appalachian drone” stir your nether regions? Well do I have the show for you. Diente de Madera is the solo musical project of Jonah Schwartz (Los Alamos, springlizard, Val Veneto), and in his newest album Nadadura, he deconstructs four appalachian folk songs down to their dusty roots and then builds them back up again – or not. The effect is dark, hypnotic, and a bit spooky at times. Opener: Betty Blight
9 PM | ARS $90 | Roseti | Roseti 722 | Chacarita
I would go out tonight…
Was/is Morrissey the only man who understands you? Hopefully the past tense, otherwise you’re an insufferable person. In any case, you can soak in all things Moz, Johnny Marr, and the rest of the boys this Saturday at Club V. The party’s 3rd edition will feature “Moz-friendly” DJ sets by Danny Lee and Juan Romero, vegan food (Meat is Murder, duh), and a live performance by Smiths Tribute Band “Boyfriends In A Coma.” I know, I know, it’s serious. See you there — I’ll be the one cry-dancing to Hand in Glove in the corner.
12 AM | ARS $100 or 2x ARS $150 before 1 AM | Club V | Corrientes 5008 | Villa Crespo