The whimsically creepy, digitally manipulated cover photo of 2008's Un Dia should be the give-away: Juana Molina could sing her songs straight and be striking enough, her minimalist lyrics in Rioplatense Spanish and elliptical riffs on piano or acoustic guitar providing the building blocks for hypnotic lullabies in the key of off. But like Minneapolis's own Dosh, she uses live sampling to loop her songs into sculptures before your ears, and they always go somewhere—at least lately. Two years after its release, Un Dia (her fifth album) sounds like sophisticated songwriting rather than atmosphere, a more boisterous, tropical, and personal Stereolab in love with rhythm if not funk, with electronic distortions veering from dreamy to nightmarish, in the way that digital manipulation can make all reality suddenly uncertain. The concert is presented as part of opening weekend of an exhibition of work by another Buenos Aires artist, Guillermo Kuitca: Everything.
Sat., June 26, 8 p.m., 2010