So, it’s 1977. The forlorn hippie movement which had laid its foundations at the root of the revolution is turning into something else. Revolutionary changes, be them perceptual, psychedelic, or social, and the constant criticism of war, have lost their inertia. The hippies couldn’t stop the Vietnam War – Vietnamese guerrillas did – as they couldn’t stop the base of their movement from being swiftly but radically transformed through all those years of expectancy. Somehow, in 1977, peace and love became glam and coke.
Amidst these fractured and disillusioned preachers of unity arose what is still perhaps the greatest act our Blue Dot has ever performed on a cosmic level. NASA, under the direction of Carl Sagan, decided to equip its universe-soaring Voyager 1 spacecraft with a golden record. According to Carl, if ever aliens found the Voyager 1 – the first-ever device made by inhabitants of the Earth to have broken through the ring of our Solar System – they would like to know who made it. And what is the quickest and lightest way to say who we are? Yeah, we sing, we play, we dance.
And here I am, almost 40 years after NASA scientists compiled the Ultimate Playlist (with music from Mozart to Chuck Berry, from the African Nbui tribe to the Peruvian Huancavelica peoples), and I can’t even decide on making this week’s Spotify Playlist. What’s wrong with me? Should I leave out Ca7riel’s Vibr4 B4J4 (it hurts my eyes just to type that), or Qome’s Keyor? I’ve already exceeded my ten songs.
Luckily, here at The Bubble we don’t have a data limit, as the scientists of NASA did. I can add both!
Get ready for a spectacular music week, spanning all genres, from afro-beat to experimental folk. Take your pick from the acts below, and groove on!
Yes, yes, I know, changing letters for numbers in our names is something only pre-modem-era kids will remember doing. Fashion, however, history reminds us, is as cyclical as Argentina’s economic dives into the unknown. So perhaps having numbers in your band’s name is coming back – remember 2001? Blink-182, Sum 41, 30 Seconds to Mars?
Well, it’s been almost 20 years – yeah! we’re old! – and it seems that numbers are making their latest appearance at the hands of BA’s hip-hop scene. This week we have the BeatBox Sessions presenting Ca7riel at La Tangente. In this fourth edition, we’ll have a mix of hip-hop beats and lowland rap, what has come to be known with the umbrella term of “trap.” Hey, maybe making rhymes isn’t too hard. Could I become the intellectual bard?
9 PM | AR $200 | La Tangente | Honduras 5317
Orquesta Típica Fernández Fierro
Here I am presenting the OTFF’s third performance of the month. I never get tired of these guys, and if you’re new to Buenos Aires, or simply want to check out that long-postponed trip to the underbelly of the tango scene – the one you don’t get to see in Plaza Francia – then this show is for you.
Characterized by their crude mise en scène, violent sonority, and borderline communist ideals, this tango-swing band will have your hips electrolyzed if you stand close enough. This show is de-inhibitory in the most literal sense of the word – be careful to exorcise your demons in the proper appointed places! The OTFF dance-floor, of course, is one of them. This will be their last show before settling into a period of hibernation after which, we hope, they’ll release a new album. So if you haven’t seen them yet, this is your last chance!
10 PM | AR $250 | CAFF | Sanchez de Bustamante 764
Lodged in the heart of Palermo Soho hides one of the best (and newest) venues in the city to see just how cosmopolitan the city can be; cocktails by an open pool and a multilingual dance floor will be waiting for you this Thursday, although, of course, due to the weather the pool will remain for exclusively decorative purposes… Unless you’re feeling lucky.
Brought to you by Arcadia Producciones, the DJ set of the night will be mixed by SANDRO with his classic Arabian dances, Alex Divet and Le Nate, new upkeepers of the order of Chaos. The party is with invitation only, but don’t worry, I’ve got your back… Kinda know a guy who knows a guy… So get ready for a night of vinyl-spinning, cocktails, and possibly even some pool diving… There’s always that one drunk guy who thinks he can do the moonwalk by the pool without falling in. This event is the fourth to mark the opening of the venue as The House – picture the mansion from Peter Seller’s film The Party – the new hip place to brag about. Don’t say I didn’t tell you!
7 PM | AR $200 | The House | Costa Rica 4651
Militantes del Climax
Militantes del Climax may sound like a contradictory name. Militants of the Climax? Are we planning on waging a war against the clitoris or is this a fascist organization that promotes violent masturbatory antics? No, it’s the newest band to break through the ignominious phase of approval by the porteño rock scene.
They will be presenting their last record, Día 4, this Friday at the CC Konex. Mind you, this is al aire libre, as they say, so if it’s rainy, remember your coat, and if it’s hot, well… You know what to do. Militantes del Climax lay heavy emphasis on their lyrics, which are not political per se, but contain revolutionary charged lines, more akin to the idea of “deprogramming” than to “revolution.” Revolution, as the word says, will happen over and over, while deprogramming is the state of the pure mind deprived from obstacles in its vision of the lies of culture and society… Or at least that’s what I think they’re trying to say in this song below.
8 PM | AR $200 | Ciudad Cultural Konex | Sarmiento 3131
My favorite can-you-believe-these-guys-are-not-world-famous members of the experimental music scene here, Qome are a writer’s delight to explain, in as much as it cannot be done. Does that mean writing is best when the essence is untranslatable? Does that mean that, what can be said, is worthless for that very reason, and what cannot be said is immediately poetical and deep? This goes absolutely against all that Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austrian analytic philosopher, taught all his life. But, hey, who’ll listen to him? I haven’t seen him play any gigs around here, he ain’t getting my vote on perfect opinion.
So, back to un-translatablility. (Is that even a word? F#ck you, Wittgenstein!) Qome are a three-man band of guitar, sitar, and bass that together sound nothing like the instruments they play. One is immediately taken out of the body, and the soul is left to soar unhinged though the vast expansion of the cosmic memory, able to sink our consciousness anywhere, and become a jaguar, a snake, a beetle, why not… Or perhaps this happened the first time I saw them because I had ingested a massive amount of some not-so-delicious mushrooms that a friend of a friend gave me before the show. In any case, this experimental tribal-folk-shamanic-rock band is one of the best in their field – perhaps the only in their field – and they are more than worth it to pay a hundred mangos to see them lift the lid from our heads.
9 PM | AR $150 | Club Cultural Matienzo | Pringles 1249
This famous Colombian singer needs no introduction. Heroine of all our machinations of fame and fortune – a much better version than Jennifer Lopez to lead our dreams and fantasies – Shakira has maintained over her thirty-year career an unusually low amount of celebrity drama. TMZ hates her. And this is so, perhaps, because she works each year in reinventing herself artistically, not just as a public image.
We all know how her music has fluctuated over the years – from Latin bomba to Christina Aguilera’s diva range, to the “Mexican Madonna,” as Trump called her – and, whether you prefer her early work over her latest, we can all agree that she has remained a lovable figure throughout all her reinventions. As part of her El Dorado World Tour, that includes Europe and the US, Shakira has graced us with her presence and people have already began to lose their shit at her arrival and soon-to-be concert. Get your tickets before they fly!
6 PM | AR $750 | Estadio Vélez Sársfield | Juan B. Justo 9199
If you are in for a more authentic take on roots music than Shakira’s Americanized version of a Colombian cumbia, or if you don’t happen to possess the aforementioned amount of whale-bills in your pocket, then Perotá Chingó has come to save you. This band, formed in 2012 in the suburbs of BA’s northern outskirts, is composed by two women that are as connected to the earth as one can be.
Their very voices open like flowers in spring as if the spirit of Persephone dwelled inside them. Their music is often soft, often folky, sometimes noisy, but always beautiful, poetical, and tender. Their lyrics do come close sometimes to the political activism that reigns in our day, but they sing most of the time to what they love and see and nurtures them. They have songs dedicate to the moon, songs for the sun, songs for the grass… They keep the rasta way alive by singing only songs of praise, and filling our hearts with love and gratitude. Definitely a highly priced feeling these days!
9 PM | AR $200 | Niceto Club |Niceto Vega 5510
Afromama Jams in Makena Club
Once again, Afromama Jams is here to celebrate love of all shapes in shapeless music, playing the best of funk, r&b, hip-hop and soul with a crew of itinerant performers that have always lived up to the height of their host venue, the Makena Arena. How has this show achieved an ongoing schedule? Because it’s never the same show.
Artists from all around the city’s underground groovy scene come to gather in the same spot, Sunday after Sunday, and yet the music is ever-changing! With a free reign of improvisation, experimentation and spontaneity that characterizes black music, the Makena brings together bands from different cultures, ethnicities, and faiths to give praise to the One Lord Above All – the mystic grooooove!
So come this Sunday to enjoy the best of the beats amidst a crowd of happy-go-lucky horny hipsters that are there, mainly, because they haven’t scored yet this weekend! Boy, will I dress fancy…
11 PM | AR $200 | Makena Cantina Club | Fitz Roy 1519
A quick reminder. We want to make sure we cover as much material as possible each week; but 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 protected].