Do you know what day it is? No, not Wednesday (well yes, that too) — it’s our very own Mr. Setlist/Fanboy/Chief Existentialist Jorge’s Birthday! Happy Birthday, Jorge! Your co-columnist doesn’t know what she would do without you. To celebrate Jorge’s birthday (and only to celebrate Jorge’s birthday), Buenos Aires has decided to throw a week-long extravaganza of live music — including an extra special guest appearance by Radiohead! Can you believe it? WE CAN’T EITHER.
Wednesday, April 11
[Reprogrammed for Wed, Apr. 20 due to rain]
Gloomy post punk outfit Pyramides will be playing a free live show at Centro Cultural Recoleta in the context of the Radar Música concert series, performing songs from their latest LP, the angular ‘Vacíos y Variables,’ along with other songs from their previous EP. They’ll be joined by indie rock four-piece band Isla Mujeres Música.
8 PM | FREE | Centro Cultural Recoleta | Junín 1930
IndieFuertes presents an extremely diverse triple feature, featuring a trio of up-and-coming artists that have been around enough to be considered more than just simply promises. Indie singer/songwriter Agustina Bécares, experimental pop artist Antu Antu (of Nunca fui a un parque de diversiones fame), and shoegazers Ison Spectra will all be playing live at Niceto Club for a show that’s the living proof that the Buenos Aires indie scene is more vibrant than ever.
Thursday, April 12
Buencebú is back once again, with a duo of hard-rocking bands and the usual DIY love. This time around, psychedelic combo Flores de Sinaloa will be sharing the stage with muddy blues rock band Camionero for a fuzzed-out evening full of power chords and beer cans. There will also be a live vinyl DJ set and a tattoo expo by Le.Gitan, Bárbara Vil, and Sutsely Kanashiro.
11 PM | AR $70 | Naranja Verde | Av. Santa Fe 1284
Friday, April 13
El Quetzal opens its doors for Medianoche Dorada de Otoño, an aptly named event considering the sheer pop force of its lineup. Dream pop artist Franco Dolzani, actor and musician Nicolás Mateo and his band, and the lush, intimate sounds of the oxymoronic El asesino del romance will be coming together for an unforgettable night of pop deliciousness.
Wavves + El Sur + Las Ligas Menores
Californian lo-fi surf rock outfit Wavves will be playing a show in Buenos Aires as part of their current Latin American tour. The band lead by Nathan Williams will be joined by kindred spirits such as noise pop duo El Sur and LAPTRA dark horse Las Ligas Menores.
If you’re not that into unadulterated pop music, then on Friday you can opt to stop by Roseti, where a very diverse trio of bands will be delighting ears and minds alike with their eclectic sounds. Experimental indie rock project El desastre (a.k.a Nicolás Woloschin, of Mi Amigo Invencible fame), gypsy folk orchestra El Mar and indie rock power trio V?METRO will be joining forces with the kind hospitality of record label Monqui Albino.
9PM | Roseti | Roseti 722
Noiseland is back for its fourteenth edition, this time with 65 percent more hearing loss! Playing live will be noise-punk band The Krugers, hard rock act Toro Santo, reverb-laden indie rock outfit De Incendios, and Etilico, who, as far as we know, might be a ska-punk band, but unpaid intern couldn’t verify it.
10 PM | POMO, Distrito de arte | Pasaje Santa Rosa 5157
Concert series Psicodelia&Rocanrol presents its 2nd volume, featuring stoner rock trio Güacho, post-rock outfit Nautilus, plus psychedelic space rock combo Ayermaniana, who will all be performing live and presenting their latest releases. In addition to the live shows, there will also be a live vinyl DJ set by DJ Cobra Rod.
12 PM | AR $150 | El Emergente Bar | Acuña de Figueroa 1030
Saturday, April 14
In what many will consider the show of the year *yawns,* Radiohead is coming to Argentina for the second time ever to play a sold-out show at Soundhearts Festival. The blessed event will take place at
Epcot Argentina Tecnópolis, where the British five-piece will be sharing the stage with experimental producer/rapper Flying Lotus and young indie rocker (and son of actor Favio Posca – we’ll let you do the math) Rocco Posca. As we already mentioned, tickets are sold out but there might be someone out there who forgot it was their grandma’s 98th birthday and is now looking to get rid of them. You never know.
4 PM | A BILLION PESOS | Tecnopolis | Av. Constituyentes 1638
Ciclo Abismal is celebrating its 12th edition with an evening split in two parts. First, Peruvian singer-songwriters Fabricio Robles and Santa García (the solo project of Roberto André Espinoza), and Swedish jangly indie pop band Black Guillemot will be performing live, playing songs off their latest albums and some new ones from their upcoming releases. During the second half of the night, experimental electronic artists Epiref and Shis Unusual will make you hit the dancefloor via their DIY instruments and tons of industrial sounds. As per usual, there will be expos and record stands for you to indulge in your burgeois ways and buy some responsibly-sourced art.
12:00 AM | AR $80 | Espacio Cultural Mi Casa | Aguero 787
Three of the most interesting indie bands in the Buenos Aires scene right now will be playing together for a very special evening at POMO. The kraut-y psychedelic sensibilities of Ex-Colorado, the reverb-drenched, dreamy guitar walls of Medalla Milagrosa, the intimate synthpop duo La Vida en Familia, and the minimalistic indie tunes of Ana Menor will all coexist side by side for just one night, in what just might be the best show this weekend (oh no she didn’t*).
*oh yes she did.
9 PM | POMO, Distrito de arte | Pasaje Santa Rosa 5157
Future Memories #010
Future Memories is a concert series that brings together various experimental artists in order to discover new ways to convey emotions and ideas through electronic instruments. For its tenth edition, the lineup is as heavy as it is diverse: Mariano Arellano, Cristiano Monga, ObR4G, Nube Rosa, Drlee, M0710n, and Terry BogarD will all be performing live with the aid of their respective set of machines at an undisclosed location that will be made known once our cyborg overlords have taken over. Just kidding, PM for address.
12 AM | AR $50/pay what you can | Microcentro – PM for Address
Last but not least, indie rock band Segurola y Habana, garage rockers Joint Ravolta, and alt rock trio Querida Gabriela will all be playing La Gran Jaime in a super special soiree full of beer, pizza, and lots of quirky and adorable alternative rock jams.
8 PM | AR $75 | La Gran Jaime | Aráoz 832
Sunday, April 15
Hailing from Lyons, France, indie punk band SPORT is coming for the rare Sunday night show at Espacio Cultural Mi Casa. Opening are instrumental math pop act archipiélagos and post-rock meets hardcore band emya.
12:00 AM | AR $80 | Espacio Cultural Mi Casa | Aguero 787
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].