1. Primal Static, Deaf Poets, and Arboles Libres (Feb. 2 @ Sweat; FREE)
To my ear, the billing for this show should be in the reverse order, with Arboles Libres and Deaf Poets showing D.C.’s Primal Static how Miami rocks. Learn more about the show HERE.
2. Yann Tiersen (Feb. 9 @ Grand Central; $22.50)
Tiersen’s wide-ranging sonic exploits include composing the Amelie film score and collaborating with Jane Birkin, Dominique A, Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins), and Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode). Tiersen’s newest album, Dust Lane, is a guitar-driven piece of chamber pop that should make for an out-of-the-box live performance. Learn more about the show HERE.
3. Daysleeper (Feb. 12 @ Awarehouse; $5)
Daysleeper’s release show for its eerie rock EP, Blazing Automatics, will include the premier screening of the video for their single “Crawl”, opening performances by Soma, Astari Nite, and Rebel, as well as a courtyard show by the mood-swinging Xela Zaid. Learn more about the show HERE.
4. Walter Lure and Charlie Pickett w/ The Shakers, F.F.N. (Feb. 11 @ The Monterey Club; $??)
Two guitar legends, one stage. Lure was a member of Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers and co-wrote three of the songs that appeared on L.A.M.F., their only studio release. Pickett is the South Florida guit-slinger who helped spearhead Miami’s punk scene in the mid-70s. Alongside Johnny Salton, The Eat, and the Cichlids, Pickett helped make Miami music history. (You can also catch Pickett at Churchill’s – his venue – on Feb. 26.) Learn more about the Monterey Club show HERE.
5. Broken Social Scene (Feb. 12 @ Revolution; $31.50)
Not a bad price to see the self-made indie supergroup on their Forgiveness Rock Record tour in a venue not named the Fillmore. Learn more about the show HERE.
6. Flogging Molly (Feb. 12 @ The Fillmore; $40.50)
For a band of Celtic punks that champions the plight of Johnny O’Everyman, a $40.50 ticket (including $14 in Ticketmaster rape charges) seems a little incongruous. But Flogging Molly’s live show is the band’s bread and butter and an amazing experience. Check out our interview with mandolinist Bob Schmidt to learn more about FM’s upcoming album, and click HERE for more info about the show.
7. Royal Bangs (Feb. 18 @ The Vagabond; $??)
The Knoxville trio arrive in Miami riding a tidal wave of exposure. After We Breed Champions, their 2008 debut on Audio Eagle Records (owned/run by the Black Keys’ Patrick Carney), the Royal Bangs released the critically acclaimed follow-up Let It Bleep and continue to peddle their brand of off-rock, which sounds something like Cake and Handsome Furs smushed together. Learn more about the show HERE.
8. Dreaming In Stereo and Jennifer Kaiser Double Album Release Party (Feb. 20 @ The Stage; FREE)
Dreaming in Stereo’s Fernando Perdomo is looking forward to showing off the fruit of his label, Forward Motion Records. While DiS celebrates the release of Dreaming in Stereo 2, their sophomore release packed with a variety of poppy punches, Jennifer Kaiser takes the stage debuting her Forward Motion release Masquerade. Festivities begin with fellow Forward Motion artists Tyler Bernhardt, The Mann Sisters, Chris Alvy, Syvia Emmerson, and Danny Luis.
9. Bruise Cruise Kick-Off Party (Feb. 24 @ Grand Central; $18.46 pre-sale)
Grand Central will be hosting one of Miami’s biggest house parties ever, with a lineup featuring Black Lips, Thee Oh Sees, Surfer Blood, Ty Segall, Vivian Girls, The Strange Boys, Turbo Fruit, and Quintron and Miss Pussycat. This one’s going all night long and, seeing as it’s in its third round of cheap pre-sale tickets, you might want to secure your stub before it’s too late. Learn more about the show HERE.
10. Leon Russell (Feb. 26 @ Culture Room; $26)
Uncomfortable being rocked by an old dude you’ve never heard of? Uncomfortable with the way I worded that? Get over both. Chances are you know Russell’s songs as they were huge hits for other musicians. He wrote “Delta Lady”, made famous by Joe Cocker, as well as “Superstar”, which everyone from Karen Carpenter to Sonic Youth covered. He also wrote “A Song For You”, which became a Donny Hathaway staple and was covered by none other than Ray Charles. Learn more about the show HERE.