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Weekend Pick: Garotas Suecas play two New York dates

In Art Consortium on April 1, 2009 at 4:31 am

Just as my favorite Brazilian-Bushwickians The Soundscapes move back to their motherland (good lord that was a sad goodbye), their buddies Garotas Suecas swing by New York for a couple of post-SXSW shows before heading back to São Paulo themselves. Catch ’em at my favorite New Yorker Oliver Ackermann’s venue Death By Audio this Sunday (April 5) or the following day at Zebulon. After that, goodbye brotherrrrs!

Published in The Onion A.V. Club New York Edition

Hailing from São Paulo, Brazil, Garotas Suecas (Portuguese for “Swedish Girls”) are in fact a tropicalia-tinged garage-rock band composed of five boys and a girl. Or, as the band puts it, some “soulful jazzy motherfunkas & a motherfunkette.” Their sound comes complete with psychedelic organs, erratic harmonica parts, and a thick, punchy horn section. The combination of local flavor, Portuguese/English singing, and American rock influences has garnered instant comparisons to South American predecessors like Os Mutantes. Yet, despite their deliberately misleading band name, Garotas Suecas are less an abstract psychedelic whirlwind and more like pilots of a live jam session, which is part of what made them SXSW.

Note: the New York edition of The Onion A.V. Club has shuttered, and no longer hosts this article.