Welcome, faithful readers, to a new installment of The Setlist, your one-stop resource for live music in the city of Buenos Aires. We hope your bodies and minds are all rested up from the extended Semana Santa break, and that you’ve settled back into the soul-crushing routine of working life without much in the way of strife or hassle or mental distress.
Thankfully, no matter how bad things get, there’s always live music to bail us out of even the greyest, dullest office-life hellscape and provide us with a generous dose of mood-enhancing dopamine. That’s why every week we round up our favorite shows in town and line them up in one convenient list. Aren’t we nice?
Check the playlist below to get a taste of the bands featured in this week’s Setlist (at least the ones we could find on Spotify)! And don’t forget to follow The Bubble on Spotify for our weekly Setlist picks, and much more!
Thursday | April 5
Thursday. The ever-reaching, ever-grasping “almost-there” moment of the week. A good way to settle back into weekend mode is by attending one of these lovely little acoustic shows at Feliza, featuring a diverse lineup of unplugged talent. This time around, Acústicos Mágicos features Loli Tineo, Anto, Manuela Soto, Manuel Paez of PSKOV, Nicolas Piró, Pablo Rojo, Martin Runas, Pablins Qui, Niña Robot, and Lero Lero.
8 PM | Feliza | Av. Cordoba 3271
Or: if acoustic guitars aren’t quite your speed, you could end your Thursday differently by attending this killer show at Mi Casa featuring the shoegazy indie-rock sounds of Ison Spectra, the noisy, angular attack of Paul Está Muerto, or the swirly, reverb-laden psychedelia of velocidad entre vientos feroces, at one of our favorite punk dives in town: Espacio Cultural Mi Casa.
9 PM | AR $60 | Espacio Cultural Mi Casa | Aguero 787
Friday | April 6
Singer-songwriter Jazmín Esquivel will be showcasing her new album Púrpura at Caras y Caretas. Aside from being one of the best-sounding albums of the year, Púrpura is a uniformly strong collection of intricately-arranged folk songs that incorporate elements of rock and roll, jazz, rockabilly, and autochthonous sounds, filtered through Esquivel’s own idiosyncratic style. Trust us: it’s pretty great (or better yet, don’t trust us, and go stream the thing!). Mariana Michi will be opening the show.
8:30 PM | AR $200 | Salas Caras y Caretas | Sarmiento 2037
Tom and Jerry. Han and Chewie. Cheech and Chong. Romy and Michele. Get what we’re doing here? We’re listing iconic duos. And through this painfully contrived segue, we are also informing you that Naranja Verde is putting together this cool line-up consisting entirely of duos. Because who needs a third wheel? Come see the exciting post-punk of Di Giovannis, the trippy noise-pop of Re Signados, and the blistering rock and roll of Katana
11 PM | Naranja Verde | Av. Santa Fe 1284
Hey, speaking of duos, here’s an intriguing little coupling. The incredibly talented soul-folk songstress Damsel Talk is performing with renowned percussionist José Balé — and we don’t mean that one is opening for the other: they are actually performing together, which should make for a very interesting mix of sounds. Each excelling in their own distinct field, this is a collaboration that shouldn’t be missed.
9 PM | AR $100 | Congo – Buenos Aires | Honduras 5329
Or come over to Gier Music Club to check out this excellent line-up of artists: the driving, powerful rockn’roll of EX; psychedelic indie-rockers Jimmy Club; Jellyhead‘s ambient-influenced space-rock; and the epic, expansive instrumentals of Atlético Chipset. Why take hallucinogenic drugs when others can just map out the experience for you in the form of a song?
11 PM | AR $150 | Gier Music Club | Av. Alvarez Thomas 1078
We’ve got one more alternative for how you can spend your Friday night: how’s about hanging out at a gorgeous garden, eating delicious home-cooked food, listening to live poetry readings, and enjoying the playfully clever, heart-wrenchingly emotional and often musically off-kilter songs of Asheville’s own Emily And? How does that sound? I’ll tell you how it sounds. It sounds DOPE. (Be sure to e-mail the venue to obtain the address as well as order dinner in advance, if you want dinner at all — the price listed below includes a meal).
Saturday | April 7
How loud do you like your rock music? If the answer is “pretty frickin’ loud,” we’ve got a fantastic option for you. Garage-blues band La Fede Kleyn, alternative rockers Enero Es Tan Cruel, punk-rockabilly (and hilariously named) band The PEORS, and jagged garage rockers Ciencia Ficción come together for a blistering rock show at Boddah Club.
9 PM | AR $50 | Boddah Club | Serrano 1291
Indie-rockabilly band Excursionistas is celebrating the release of their brand new album Le Bruit Dans Ta Téte with a show at Vuela el Pez, with special guest, self-proclaimed “cumbia trash” king and guaranteed good time Rolando Bruno.
9 PM | VUELA EL PEZ club de arte | Av. Córdoba 4379
Come to Roseti and check out reverb-laden desert-rock band Césped as they regale us with songs from last year’s album El Destierro, with support from the talented singer-songwriter Miguel Canevari (performing a full band). As a side note, Miguel Canevari’s song “El Tren” is one of the most quietly poignant descriptions of late-night, long-distance commutes we’ve ever heard. Granted, we’re not sure how many songs about this hyper-specific topic there are, but this one’s pretty good.
9:30 PM | Roseti | Roseti 722
Tomás Stagnaro‘s album Ah is one of the most delightfully surprising releases we’ve come across while researching for this column, featuring a string of streamlined, toe-tapping, dreamy pop songs with a mordant wit and a great sense of aesthetic style. He’ll be performing at POMO along with Los Fantasmeitors, as well as noise-poppers Filo, singer-songwriter Nicolás Merlino and the indie-pop of Cariño.
11 PM | AR $70 | POMO, Distrito de Arte | Santa Rosa 5157
Sunday | April 8
Longtime Setlist favorites Elefante en la Habitación host Canción Sobre Canción, this wonderful concert series celebrating the idea of musical collaboration, and the spirit of joy and discovery that ensues from it. This time around, Mexican singer-songwriter Laura Murcia, Cordoba’s own Rodrigo Carazo, and porteña songstress María Pien will be taking the stage at Minga Club Cultural, for a night of beautiful melodies and sensibly plucked guitar strings.
8:30 PM | AR $150 | La Minga Club Cultural | Maza 1165
Patriarchy got you down? We know all about it. Our last event for the week is this excellent line-up of feminist acts, featuring the multitalented musician and visual artist Marina Fages, punk rock group Todos Los Problemas (whose song “En el Mundo de Los Perritos” we streamed about a dozen times on repeat while writing this piece) , and indie-rock power-trio Playa Nudista.
9 PM | AR $150 | Ladran Sancho Espacio de Arte | Guardia Vieja 3811
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].