Top Ten Music Events in June, Primus Tix Giveaway

By | June 1st, 2011 | 36 Comments

Last month, I struggled to cobble together five solid shows. This month, this list is bursting at the seams. Stock up on ear plugs, Miami. June is coming for your hearing.

1. Primus (June 4 @ Fillmore; $48.20)

Arguably the greatest living rock bassist, Les Claypool is coming to Miami to test the architectural integrity of the Fillmore. (Retest it, actually.) Green Naugahyde, Primus’ forthcoming album — its first in 12 years — won’t be out until July, but the band is mixing in the new songs with their well-aged classics on the current tour. Word on the street (from Claypool and fans who’ve caught recent shows) is that the new material hearkens to Primus’ studio debut, Frizzle Fry, which featured funked-up freakouts like “Too Many Puppies” and “John the Fisherman” (the 90s were kinda fucked up).

You can learn more about the show on But before you go and drop a near-Ulysses, we have two tickets to give away for FREE. To enter the contest, leave a comment on this post and we will announce a random winner on our Facebook page tomorrow morning. Make sure to use a real email address, since this is how we will contact the winner individually with the good news. Good luck!

2. Reagan Youth (June 4 @ Churchill’s; $10)

We all know punk rock reunion tours can be shit, but Reagan Youth’s decision to continue touring after a one-off reunion show in 2006 is important if only to shed light on the group’s influential early days throughout the ‘80s. As the only remaining original member, Paul Bakija is on a mission to make sure people know about the music and his former lead singer and friend David Rubinstein (aka Dave Insurgent), who committed suicide in 1993. The music was a mix of early NYC speed-bop punk with an introduction of early hardcore that, despite its name, preached peace and tolerance more than political beliefs. They sure did hate Nazis, but with a name like Rubinstein ….

A new Reagan Youth album is in the works which centers on Rubinstein’s life and the awful circumstances surrounding his death, a suicide at 29 preceded by a heavy heroin habit, his mother’s accidental death, and the murder of his prostitute girlfriend. A punk rock history lesson at Churchill’s is fitting. Learn more about the show HERE.

3. The Spits, TV Ghost, Lil Daggers, Heart Strings (June 10 @ Churchills; $8 presale/$10 door)

A collection of grimy punks and dirt bags this good has the potential to throw a classic punk show. Even Heart Strings, the obvious low band on this totem pole, can lead things off with a no-pressure, ass-kicking set. The Daggers, Miami’s answer to the Spits, will showcase its own punk spunk and lube up the crowd for the touring vets. TV Ghost, revealing its blend of Captain Beefheart and minimal punk à la Liars, will freak people out to a beat. And finally, the Spits will take the stage and make everyone remember why punk music is the bee’s skanking knees. Learn more about the show HERE.

4. Los Amigos Invisibles (June 11 @ Grand Central; $25 presale/$30 door)

These Venezuelan jazz-funk beat mongers return to Miami to show off exactly what David Byrne saw in them when he signed them to his Luaka Bop label. I happened to catch Los Amigos in Chicago last year and it was one of the funkiest shows I’ve ever seen. What to watch for: 1) guitarist José Luis Pardo (the dude with the Sideshow Bob hair) will blow your mind with his precise, warp-speed noodling; 2) keyboardist Armando Figueredo is all of 98 pounds, but gesticulates like he’s the Old Spice guy. Other than that, it’s a panty-throwing kinda party. Learn more about the show HERE.

5. Dick Dale (June 12 @ The Vagabond; $10)

The legend goes like this: Playing a show on a wireless amp, Dick Dale walks through the crowded venue, fingers blazing up and down the neck of his guitar, exits for the bar across the street (still playing the song mind you), and, a few minutes later, returns to the stage, drink in hand, without flubbing a note. That probably won’t happen at the Vagabond (and it likely didn’t ever happen), but you’ll still get to see the 74-year-old surf-rock pioneer blur through “Miserlou” like the bad ass motherfucker that he is while you and your honey bunny shake a leg on the dance floor.

6. Black Uhuru (June 15 @ Grand Central; $20 online/$25 door)

It’s been more than 20 years since Black Uhuru released relevant material, but that’s mainly because Duckie Simpson is the only original member left. Sprinkle in some legal disputes, failed attempts to reunite, and the absence of producers extraordinaire Sly and Robby, and you’ve got plenty of reason these guys yearn for the ‘80s. No matter. Simpson and co. have a songbook of four albums ranging from solid to legendary to play from, but here’s hoping they just rock Red in full. Learn more about the show HERE.

7. Junip, Helado Negro (June 15 @ Bardot; $10)

Of all the awesome shows coming our way in June, this is THE ONE. Known mainly for boasting indie folk royalty in Jose Gonzalez, Swedish trio Junip thrives on team effort and sets itself apart from Gonzalez’s solo work. Elias Araya, Tobias Winterkorn, and Gonzalez are friends who have been playing together for more than 10 years and resemble Yo La Tengo’s take on folk songs, complete with soft fuzz and distortion over gorgeous soundscapes and voices, and instrumental interludes that breakdown the very structure of folk music. This is a rare opportunity to see Gonzalez, and an even rarer one to see him with Junip.

South Florida’s Helado Negro, the beautiful work of electro-folk artist Roberto Carlos Lange, is icing, sprinkles, and candles on the cake. Born in South Florida to Ecuadorian parents, Lange wears many hats as an artist, but his songs are structurally similar to Caribou and Kieran Hebden’s Four Tet. His latest album, Canta Lechuza, was released in May and is available for download/stream.

Learn more about the show HERE.

8. CURREN$Y (June 16 @ Grand Central; $20 GA/$30 VIP)

CURREN$Y’s hip hop backstory is as deep as the bowls he packs. Once a No Limit soldier and a Cash Money bandit (he was Kim Wayans to Lil Wayne’s Marlon, Damon, and Keenan), Curren$y went solo to blaze a self-made trail of mixtapes filled with pensive ’70s R&B samples and funny everyman slacker lyrics (“Indo get rolled up like car windows/Avoiding the policeman, them Carl Winslows”). Now, after brief stints with Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam, Warner Bros. has given the 30-year-old rapper his own imprint (Jet Life Records), which will release Weekend at Burnie’s on June 28.

Learn more about the show — which will feature CURREN$Y crew mates Trademark da Skydiver, Young Roddy, Fiend, MonstaBeatz, and others — HERE.

9. Jacques Renault (June 17 @ Bardot; $10)

This guy might single-handedly bring disco back, and I don’t know whether to respect him for it or loathe the bells off his bottoms. In relentlessly groovy concoctions like “Bad Skinned” and “In the Middle of the Night”, Renault doesn’t just touch on disco — as reviewers often say – he embodies it. Learn more about the show HERE.

10. The Hundreds in the Hands (June 23 @ Electric Pickle; $??)

More technically sound than your typical NYC electronic band, this Warp Records guy-girl duo funnels glam and new wave into an electronic shell with poppy hooks and gorgeous female vocals in a way that sets them apart from their gizmo-reliant cohort. Learn more about the band on their website.

Bonus: The Hood Internet (June 11 @ Bardot; $10)

While Girl Talk shies away from the mashup label, this Chicago duo embraces it with more traditional two-artist blends. Unlikely pairings from these underground laptop nerds include Grizzly Bear vs. Dead Prez, Lil Wayne vs. Royksopp, R. Kelly vs. Jens Lekman, and Arcade Fire vs. Blondie. Learn more about the show HERE.

Double Bonus: The Pass (June 17 @ The Vagabond; $??)

I guess Louisville doesn’t think us deserving. Quoth “The Pass has a few dates around the Southeast to tend to. We’re all so sorry they have to go to Florida.” Well, we’re not. The Louisville-based dance-pop outfit burst on the scene last year with the aptly titled Burst, a debut shot through with R&B, disco, and trip hop that any ANR-loving Miamian should dig. You can try to find more about the show on the band’s Facebook page.

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36 Comments on “Top Ten Music Events in June, Primus Tix Giveaway”

  1. 1 Ashley said at 8:45 am on June 1st, 2011:

    I want Primus tix!

  2. 2 Jose said at 8:48 am on June 1st, 2011:


  3. 3 Brook Dorsch said at 9:29 am on June 1st, 2011:

    Seas of Cheese – Please pick me!

  4. 4 Stephanie said at 9:38 am on June 1st, 2011:


  5. 5 Stephen Feller said at 9:47 am on June 1st, 2011:

    My Name is Mud! I NEEEEEEEEEEEEED to see Primus!!

  6. 6 Collin said at 9:53 am on June 1st, 2011:

    Primus = amazing

  7. 7 David Marsh said at 10:15 am on June 1st, 2011:

    I would drive so damm faster than jerry to see primus

  8. 8 Bryan Faucher said at 11:01 am on June 1st, 2011:

    Primus has eluded me for years – I’d love the chance to see them now!

  9. 9 Chris J said at 11:08 am on June 1st, 2011:

    I’m going to politely ask Les Claypool to hit me with his bass. Maybe then I’ll gain superpowers.

  10. 10 OP said at 11:17 am on June 1st, 2011:

    pick me!

  11. 11 Gio said at 11:39 am on June 1st, 2011:

    Tickets to Primus would be awesome, here please!

  12. 12 Chase Neilson said at 1:07 pm on June 1st, 2011:

    Primus PLEASE!

  13. 13 Jorge said at 1:12 pm on June 1st, 2011:

    Hook it up!

  14. 14 Juan Mantilla said at 1:55 pm on June 1st, 2011:

    Gimme me some free tickets, my best friend was eaten by a shark this morning. Free tickets would definitely help me feel better.

  15. 15 Julie said at 2:20 pm on June 1st, 2011:

    It’d be awesome to hear that bass line live!

  16. 16 michael cunningham said at 2:25 pm on June 1st, 2011:

    PRIMUS SUCKS! Shredding repis on the gnar gnar rad was one of my first instructional videos and I got this friend who cooks but his real passion is slapping strings man, and if I had these tickets it would be plain awesome. If I could win the lottery, I would, but this would surely come in second place! and that’s only cause I would buy all remaining Primus tickets and take every school on a field trip for a rock lesson of a lifetime! PRIMUS SUCKS!

  17. 17 Joshua said at 3:47 pm on June 1st, 2011:

    I would prefer you pick me.

  18. 18 Darth Ducky said at 5:33 pm on June 1st, 2011:

    I used to love Primus, I stil do, but I used to, too!

  19. 19 daniel z said at 9:16 pm on June 1st, 2011:


  20. 20 Zach S said at 9:38 pm on June 1st, 2011:

    hell yeah!

  21. 21 Titmawz said at 11:56 pm on June 1st, 2011:

    Lol Primus Sucks !

  22. 22 Darth Ducky said at 12:01 am on June 2nd, 2011:

    I meant to put my above statement in quotations. oh, and are we going to get an awesome salad spinner video?

  23. 23 Rocki 'wynona' cook said at 12:49 am on June 2nd, 2011:

    my big brown beaver wants to meet her maker

  24. 24 Leah said at 8:16 am on June 2nd, 2011:

    Pick me!

  25. 25 Luma said at 10:04 am on June 2nd, 2011:

    Prime time

  26. 26 Sarah Pea said at 12:43 pm on June 2nd, 2011:

    PLZ give the primus tix to me! I shared your link on facebook and errythang ;-)

  27. 27 Dave Wilburn said at 1:10 pm on June 2nd, 2011:

    I would love to go see Primus again!!! GIMME! :P

  28. 28 Francisco F said at 1:15 pm on June 2nd, 2011:

    The term “primus” can be used to refer to (1) a portable paraffin cooking stove used by campers; and/or (2) the presiding bishop in the Scottish Episcopal Church. I’d gladly accept tickets for either.

  29. 29 Darth Ducky said at 1:54 pm on June 2nd, 2011:

    know that deep down i’m an innocent child– full of wonder, a builder, jr. entomologist and lover of candy,mac n cheese and bubble baths. “But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.” winning isn’t everything, it just includes celebration, jumping up and down, yelling toyota and gratuitous hugs.

  30. 30 Jordan Melnick said at 1:58 pm on June 2nd, 2011:

    Attencion! Just posted the winner at Good luck to all of you (except for Titmawz).

  31. 31 Darth Ducky said at 2:06 pm on June 2nd, 2011:

    OMG I have just pointed the death sthar’s ultimate weapon at your HQ’s! you messed with the wrong quack! Primusth sthucks anyway! argh!

  32. 32 Lauren said at 5:34 pm on June 2nd, 2011:

    Primus Sucks! ;)

  33. 33 Darth Ducky said at 6:27 pm on June 2nd, 2011:

    Where is this Rocki character? lemme at em, lemme at em, ungrateful freeloader! doesn’t even come back to the scene of the crime to thank his benefactor. sheesh! kidding-sorta..grats.

  34. 34 Ninecats said at 1:50 pm on June 6th, 2011:

    Miami Sucks! Primus came down here and was thoroughly rocking it when some drunk jerk threw a beer on him just as he was starting to play a song off frizzle fry, it totally ruined the vibe and I’m pretty sure they stopped playing a lot sooner than they would have had that not happened. How bout a round of applause for all the drunken idiot beer throwing jerks in Miami!

  35. 35 Jordan Melnick said at 2:06 pm on June 6th, 2011:

    @Ninecats What kind of beer? Seriously, that’s fucked up.

  36. 36 william said at 2:36 pm on June 6th, 2011:

    Awesome response from Claypool following the beer incident though. This from the New Times’ Crossfade review:

    “‘Oh, I guess you don’t want to hear that one,’ said Claypool as he was handed his hollow-body and a wave of “boos” was directed at the jerk who threw the beer. “

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