Before we get started, you may notice two huge omissions below: Ultra and WMC. Each is big enough for its own list. Maybe next year.
1. Bright Eyes w/ Cursive (March 2 @ The Fillmore; $42)
Conor Oberst is the Kobe Bryant of independent music, surviving the teen-prodigy moniker to go on to a 15-year run of folk-rock consistency. Now 31, Oberst is on the heels of his seventh Bright Eyes release, The People’s Key, which according to Oberst could be the group’s final album together. Bright Eyes will be joined by Saddle Creek label mates Cursive, making the $42 ticket more than bearable. Learn more HERE.
2. Endless Summer II (March 3 @ Grand Central; $10 – $12)
This mini-fest features a helping of Miami’s finest (Lil Daggers, Animal Tropical), a few West Palm Beach delicacies (Guy Harvey, The Band In Heaven), and a dash of promising unknowns. Learn more about ESII in our Feb. 21 post about it.
3. ANR Stay Kids! Release Party w/ Little Beard (March 5 @ Eve; $10)
A hodge-podge of Miami’s movers and shakers: funky-ass new music from ANR, food cart reppin’ from the Raaga Cart, visual stimulation from the Morphologic geniuses, handpicked playlists from Nightdrive’s DJ Laura of Miami and a chance to hear the promising new sounds of Little Beard. Win-win-win-win-win situation. Learn more HERE.
4. Beings, Axe & the Oak, Missing People (March 5 @ Radio-Active; FREE)
It’s a busy music day, but you can swing by Radio-Active to catch two of Miami’s best, Beings and Axe & the Oak. It’s a free show that you can easily make before hitting I-95 South for ANR’s release party. Learn more HERE.
5. Ra Ra Riot (March 7 @ Culture Room; $20.65)
Since establishing themselves as one of indie rocks more creative acts with 2008’s The Rhumb Line, Ra Ra Riot is still somewhat of an unknown quantity (likely due to shitty reviews of their 2010 release The Orchard). With breathtaking melodies and rangy high-brow vocals, Ra Ra Riot’s classically-infused take on new wave is a marvel live. Learn more HERE.
6. Philip Glass: Etudes and Other Works for Solo Piano (March 17 @ New World Symphony Concert Hall; $51.50-76.50)
My minimalist composition of why you should see the 74-year-old composer whose face morphed into Lou Reed’s: ! (Learn more HERE)
7. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings (March 20 @ The Fillmore; $37.25)
Playing funk today is tough. Sure, everyone swoons over horns and shakes a leg, but it’s hard not to be chucked into a pile of gimmickry. Sharon Jones has avoided any such pitfalls. Even with her latest album, I Learned the Hard Way, which dips into the past and pays respects to Sweet Philly’s blaring horn sections, Jones continues to pave the way for other neo-funk acts like Eli “Paperboy” Reed and Black Joe Louis. Learn more HERE.
8. Pat Metheny Trio (March 21 @ Miniaci Performing Arts Center; $50 – $75)
The legendary jazz guitarist’s journey included a brief stint as an 18-year-old music student at the University of Miami. Though Metheny would leave for a teaching post at Berklee in Boston after just a year (he was also offered a position at The U), Metheny met future collaborator Jaco Pastorius while in South Florida. You can also catch Metheny at the Gusman on Mar. 22 for the comparatively cheaper price of $25. Learn more about the Miniaci performance HERE.
9. Murs w/ Whole Wheat Bread (March 21 @ Culture Room; $18.60)
One of underground hip hop’s most clever lyricists and deft samplers, the L.A.-based Murs has major ties to Florida too. Murs formed a side-project with Jacksonville-based punks Whole Wheat Bread under the name Invincible(s), a logical combo of Murs’ flow and Whole Wheat’s blare. Whole Wheat Bread will be here to open, so expect a free taste of hip-punk blending. Learn more HERE.
10. Peter Murphy (Mar. 27 @ Culture Room; $32.90)
Peter Murphy, Bauhaus’s former leading man and noted jerk off, brings his barrel-aged baritone and considerable glam-goth catalogue to Miami. Murphy’s shows usually consist of a healthy mix of Bauhaus numbers and solo works with a variety of clever covers (Iggy, Bowie, Elvis, Nine Inch Nails, Roxy Music, Joy Division, et cetera.). His mood varies greatly from show to show, but whether he’s chipper or pissy, the music will remains beyond reproach. Learn more HERE.
Honorable Mentions: The Death Set (Mar. 4, @ Vagabond; $??); Ketchy Shuby (Mar. 5 @ Transit Lounge; $??); Young Circles (Mar. 5 @ Grand Central; $10); Fishbone (Mar. 8 – 9 @ Grand Central; $15 advance); Izzy and the Kesstronics (Mar. 17 @ The Poorhouse; $??); Pretty Lights (Mar. 24 @ The Fillmore; $48.70 – $62.95);
Psychic Mirrors (Mar. 24 @ Transit Lounge; $??); Suenalo (Mar. 26 @ Transit Lounge; $??)