It’s not exactly breaking news, but somehow, it still happens: Even though one of the questions that has a guaranteed eye-roll from most female artists is “What does female music sound like?”, the infuriating phrase keeps popping up.
Well, we at The Bubble are not those kinds of journalists: We don’t believe in gender specific sounds. Instead, we happily embrace and recognize the wide spectrum of music produced by women in Buenos Aires today. Ranging from folk, rock and pop to rap and electronic music, the artists in this town cater to your every need.
Behold: The Bubble’s beginner’s guide to some of the best female artists out there.
We could’ve opened this piece talking about Las Taradas, an orchestra made up of eight women who bring back forgotten tunes from the 40s and 50s. Or we could’ve started by praising La Cosa Mostra, whose sound is deeply rooted in punk music with some swing and jazz undertones. We could’ve certainly begun by speaking of Paula Maffia and Sons, a trio made up of Maffia, Lucy Patané – whose guitar playing will melt your face off – and Nahuel Briones that is sometimes very accurately referred to as the folk crusher. But to speak of all these very varied musical projects is to speak of one of the most prolific and talented musicians and songwriters of our local scene. We are referring, of course, to Paula Maffia, who has been playing her songs since she was fifteen. Whether you’re dancing to Las Taradas’ multi instrumental tunes, shaking that booty to La Cosa Mostra’s electrifying sound or rocking that hair while singing along to Paula Maffia and Sons, you are enjoying Maffia’s musical genius at work. As if this all this wasn’t enough, she is also part of the duet Boca de Buzón alongside poet and performer Mana Bugallo, with whom she puts on a monthly show at Casa Brandon.
Next show: Friday March 23 at 11 PM at Teatro Mandril (Humberto Primo 2758). Tickets available at the venue.
Wish you had been alive in the 1920s to listen to The Boswell Sisters or the Mills Brothers live? Fear not. Mariana Michi, Rocío Iturralde and Rocío Katz are here to raise those tunes from the dead and make them sound alive and kicking. Miau Trío doesn’t only deliver new versions of old time classics plus original songs, but they also put on great shows. As if listening to their solid, pitch perfect voices wasn’t enough, you get to watch them wear costumes, use posters to create live singalongs and teach their audience choreographies on the spot. The trio has one record out called Miau, and is working on new songs for the (hopefully) soon release of the next one. Listening to their music at home will definitely do the trick: you’ll feel relaxed, invigorated and a time traveler all at once, but we certainly urge you to go see them live. You can even buy a coloring book with the lyrics and chords of their songs if you do!
Next show: Thursday April 26 at 9 PM at Club Atlético Fernández Fierro (Sánchez de Bustamante 764). Tickets available here.
Daiana Leonelli’s music, although precise and solid, is also quite simple. But there is something complex about the emotions that arise from listening to it. Her latest record Todo como es, in which every song is even better than the previous one, is a true ode to how hard living can be. And yet, while she describes panic attacks, social anxiety and love fiascos, Leonelli still manages to make music that, however bittersweet, still makes us want to keep going. That is, probably, her greatest accomplishment: how she addresses sadness with an underlying feeling of hope. Every song in the record has the potential of a classic, and the sweetness and strength of her voice can make you sing as if you were in a mosh pit and, at the same time, crying on your couch. Going through Leonelli’s work is going through an emotional rollercoaster, and it’s worth every twist and turn.
Next show: Friday March 30th at 9pm at Clásico Fernández (Piedras 1020). Pay as you wish.
And now, for something completely different! Clara Miglioli, Sofía “Toti” Trucco and Clara “Wewi” Trucco have come a long way since their origins in San Martín de los Andes. Using rap as the glue that holds all of their music together, Fémina presents a delightful mixture of genres, that go from chacareras and candombes to reggae music. The one element that is always present in their songs is the very meticulous and clever play on words in the lyrics, since the three members of the band originally started writing poetry and hip hop. Their work onstage, on the other hand, goes beyond the careful weaving of rhymes and metaphors: Fémina has a clear purpose to make their music one that can be appreciated not only with your mind, but also with your body, which is why their shows have an almost theatrical element to them. With two records out, “Traspasa“ and “Deshice De Mí,“ Fémina have been on tour all over.
Musician Ignacia Etcheverry, better known simply as Ignacia, also works with many genres, including pop and rock, but the main ingredient in her unique recipe is electronic music. She has edited three LPs and one EP, but it wasn’t until her latest album, “Alud,” that a more pure electronic sound made its crystalline appearance. Edited in 2016, “Alud” isn’t only her best and most mature record to date, but it also features guests like Pipi Piazzolla, Diego Frenkel, Paula Maffia and Florencia Ruiz, among others. Her work has taken her on tour through different cities in Argentina, Mexico and Europe.
Next show: Saturday, April 21, at 11.50 PM at Sala Lucille (Gorriti 5520). Tickets available here.
UP AND COMING ARTIST: OHDIOSA
Granted: Ohdiosa doesn’t have a full record out yet, but her EP “Uno“ is already promising. Made up by Sofía Nara Malagrino and various guest artists who vary with every show, Ohdiosa’s vocals and deep percussion sounds will make the audience fall into a kind of soothing trance. Mark our words: Malagrino is going far.
Next show: Friday April 20 at 9 PM at Clásico Fernández feat. Jaz Pimentel. Pay as you can.
There’s not enough room on the internet to cover the entire Buenos Aires female music scene. That being said, be on the lookout for Loli Molina, Flopa, Agathe Cipres, Bestia, Marina Fages, Jazmín Esquivel and Jaz Pimentel – trust us on this.
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