“Spanish Panda Bear” might be the most succinct way to describe the music of El Guincho (the recording alias of Barcelona musician Pablo Díaz-Reixa). But while Panda Bear seems poised to drift into guitar-based drone territory, El Guincho’s new “Piratas de Sudamerica” finds him continuing to revel in the tribal rhythms and reverb-washed samples that earned him innumerable comparisons to the Animal zeitgeist. “Piratas,” slated for a July 13 release, is the first in a series of EPs crafted around reinterpreting “various South American standards and lost classics.” The concept lends itself well to El Guincho, whose previous work has been deeply influenced by Brazilian Tropicália, and the songs have a relaxed sunniness at ends with the often-frenetic pace of “Alegranza!” Still, El Guincho manages to retain the tropical atmosphere that made his last album a cult hit, and “Piratas de Sudamerica” is likely to command many a boombox this summer. (Todd Hieggelke)
July 12 at Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, Michigan and Randolph, (312)742-1168, noon. Free. And at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, (773)525-2508, 9pm. $12.