1. Radioboxer (April 1 @ The Stage; $5)
Already recognized by every major SoFla publication, Radioboxer is still somewhat of an unknown local commodity. That won’t last much longer as they deliver their debut album, Magic City Ruse, at The Stage. Aptly self-described as “Bi-polar pop”, the Hialeah quintet have merged the sounds of Weezer, Modest Mouse, and The Cardigans. Learn more HERE.
2. Kool Keith feat. Otto Von Schirach (April 2 @ EVE; $18.15 for 21+, $23.45 for 18 – 21)
A bass freak fest with a dubstep stage and a hotdamn stage, Otto Von Schirach plus Alligator Jesus, and Kool Keith’s absurdist MCing: “Shit on your telephones and change your zip code zones/Reptile alien motherfuckers, gorillas comin’ toward me/I shit on you clones, and defecate twice in your ice cream cones/Let a Mexican tell you”. Let the freak flags fly! Learn more HERE.
3. The Ettes w/ The Heartstrings and Deaf Poets (April 6 @ Churchills; $10)
Though based in Nashville, the garage-rocking Ettes get their swampy sound from lead singer Coco Hames’ Central Florida upbringing. Coco’s sexy voice and creative energy keep The Ettes from falling into garage obscurity. Brand new Miami record label limited|fanfare will release The Ettes’ 7” this summer. Learn more HERE.
4. Hunter Becomes the Hunt (April 9 @ Warehouse; $5)
Loose Socks has assembled another themed music event, this time coinciding with Art Walk. The theme will be mystical animals and forests and chanting and whatever else you may think of or experience on acid. Justin Rivers and Ice Cream will hit the stage along with The Jagged and Raja Khan while John Caignet, who runs free-form online radio station Jolt Radio, will provide atmospheric sounds and music between sets. Also, there will be BBQ and beer. Learn more HERE.
5. Dr. Dog (April 15 @ Culture Room; $23.70)
It’s always nice when national acts not named Madonna, Coldplay, or Dave Matthews decide to slide down the lengthy length of Florida to rock our neck of the woods (or at least Ft. Lauderdale’s). And Dr. Dog, Philadelphia’s sweet retro rockers, are offering the lowest ticket price of any band to come to town this year. When’s the last time you saw a doctor that cheap? Learn more HERE.
6. Record Store Day (April 16 @ Sweat Records and Radio Active Records)
Good luck choosing between these two. Here is each store’s RSD2011 lineup:
Sweatstock: Beings, Panic Bomber, Deaf Poets, ArtOfficial, Lil Daggers, The State Of, Entresol, Can’t Stop. DJ sets (inside the store) by Tom Laroc, Juan Basshead & MC Jumanji, Contra, DJ Immortal, DJ Hottpants, Induce, Carmel Ophir, Haitian Hillbilly, Bonnie Beats. Lineup for Churchills yet to be announced.
Radio-Active: Blank Dogs, Jacuzzi Boys, Merchandise, and Axe and the Oak. DJ sets by Urodub Soundsystem, Lance-O, Esoteric, and Kems.
7. Ghostland Observatory (April 27 @ Culture Room; $32.90)
Dance-rock electro-funk new wave post-soul shut the fuck up. Suffice it to say that delete.delete.i.eat.meat is still steady in my rotation after six years. Buy a ticket, go, dance. Learn more HERE.
8. Interpol w/ School of Seven Bells (Apr. 29 @ Fillmore; $47)
A massive following and reputation as an impeccable live act make Interpol’s ticket pricey. I sometimes wonder if good bands intentionally pick slow, sleepy music as their opening act in order to play the part of aural heroes when they jerk the crowd alive. Speaking of School of Seven Bells, good headphone music. Learn more HERE.
9. Antibalas w/ Cleaveland Jones (April 30 @ the North Beach Bandshell; $22.50)
Part of the Rhythm Foundation’s Transatlantic Music Festival, Antibalas brings their honed afrobeat to Miami Beach’s band shell, an acoustically ideal venue for this group. Just how well has Antibalas perfected the Fela Kuti mix of tribal rhythm and American funk? When Tony Allen and Tunde Williams wanna get in on the action, I think you have your answer. Learn more HERE.
10. Sleigh Bells (April 30 @ Grand Central; $15)
Fully expecting to be annoyed by it, I loved Sleigh Bells’ Treats. I would pay to see them live just to see if this is an all- studio creation or if the juvenile effects, hard guitar, and baby voice translate live. Learn more HERE.