The powers that be have deigned to bless us with a few days of perfect weather and amazing shows, and it seems the directive is clear (celestially aligned as it is): get thee to see more bands. This week we have yet another impressive mix of folk, indie, synthpop prog rock and pop, but mostly pop, and we at the Setlist have to admit — we are totally digging it.
Thursday | January 26
Start off your week with a sweet dose of lady folk music, courtesy of cumbia singer-turned-English folk revivalist Betty Blight and the always lovely Karina Vismara (basically this generation’s Joni Mitchell). Both bring a unique spin to the genre, and they’re each worth hearing in their own right, so this third edition of “Jueves Santos” is a double treat.
10 PM | AR $70 | Espacio Cultural Mi Casa | Aguero 787 | Abasto
I told you to get there early last week, and for good reason – the man sold out a half hour after the doors opened. This week Coiffeur presents the second of two extremely intimate, unplugged shows at El Universal, playing songs from his first 2 albums “No Es” and “Primer Corte.” Don’t miss it.
7:30 PM | $150 ARS |El Universal espacio cultural| Soria 4940 | Palermo
Friday | January 20
From the people who brought you Martes Indiegentes: “Viernes Indiegentes” (groundbreaking). This week they bring in US-based indie pop band Savoir Adore, along with two fantastic local acts: jangly psych-pop wunderkinds Gativideo (playing for their first time in Niceto – break a leg fellas!) and the extremely talented pop songstress Violeta Castillo.
Sweet tip: Send your first and last name to firstname.lastname@example.org to get a heavily discounted ticket for $100 (normal price is a $300).
Feeling chill at Niceto? Simply hang around til midnight for another great show. Discos Laptra is back to host a show with indie darlings Las Ligas Menores (Apples in Stereo meets Belle & Sebastian, with a dash of classic Laptra feels). Ladies get in free until 2am, boys get a free beer with entry for ARS $100.
The first Cool Ghost party of the year is here, and it’s a good one. Argentina’s answer to Mac DeMarco Pablo Neptuno will be playing, along with proggy instrumental rockband
Lobo de Lava, the slightly shoegazey Rollers, and quirky indie pop act Banana Well. It all goes down at this column’s favorite garage-turned-venue Espacio Cultural Mi Casa.
Saturday | January 21
Holy cow, Mi Casa is taking no prisoners this week. The much-loved venue has yet another great show on the books for this Saturday, this time with the Yo La Tengo-esque Las Futuras Madres (never a bad thing in my book), electro synthpunk act El Último Subsuelo and the popular pop rock duo Dedés.
11 PM | AR $70 | Espacio Cultural Mi Casa | Aguero 787 | Abasto
Fiesta Smiths – Summer Edition
Many moons ago, I wrote about this little event for the first ever Setlist. Funnily enough, the event hasn’t changed much, so I will repost my last description, with ever-so-slight alterations (hey man, there are only so many Smiths-based puns a girl can make):
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 summer 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 List, $150 Door | Club V | Corrientes 5008 | Villa Crespo