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Argentine rock band Babasonicos plays to small, energized crowd

By Gabriela Melendez-Olivera,

Thursday night’s Howard Theatre concert — one of only six stops on a mini-tour of the United States — was a rare stateside performance by Babasonicos. The Argentine rock band, which co-headlined Puerto Rico’s Indie Fest with psychedelic rockers MGMT last month, is accustomed to playing huge, sold-out venues in Latin America, and the audience of about 200 was treated to a (relatively) intimate show.

The band’s moniker combines the name of Indian guru Sai Baba of Shirdi and the Spanish title of “The Jetsons” cartoon (“Los Supersonicos”) — an unlikely juxtaposition that reflects its eclectic sound. Layering cheeky, brutally honest lyrics over a trippy electro-pop beat, the group can deliver lullaby-soothing balladry one minute and full-on rock-and-roll bluster the next.

Drawing from almost 20 years of material, Babasonicos’s set list was a good mix of old and new, highs and lows, obscurities and fan favorites. Charismatic lead singer Adrian Rodriguez energized the audience, which seemed to know every word to songs like “Irresponsables” (“Irresponsible”) , “Los Calientes” (“The Sexy Ones”) and “El Colmo” (“The Last Straw”). The show reached its emotional peak with “Yegua” (“Mare”), a song that had the crowd’s vocals drowning out Rodriguez’s.

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