When: Sun., May 15, 9 p.m. 2016
Fernando Almeida and Benke Ferraz cut As Plantas Que Curam, the first album by their band Boogarins, when they were still high school students growing up in the central Brazilian city of Goiâna, playing all the instruments themselves and making little effort to hide their 60s inspirations, including tropicalistas Os Mutantes. As enjoyable as that recording was, however, the band didn’t begin to transcend its influences until after several years of touring. On last year’s impressive Manual (Other Music) Boogarins have broken free of any particular psychedelic era, as their heady, gently rippling guitars blossom with rich coloristic fervor over seductively loose grooves. What ultimately distinguishes the band from countless other lysergic-driven explorers is Almeida’s soothing Portuguese-language vocals—they shape melodies in lithe, graceful arcs and flow in a manner that both complements and collides with an expansive instrumental attack.
Price: $20, $18 in advance