Art Basel 2012 Music Guide

By | November 28th, 2012 | 1 Comment
Metric at ABMB 2010

Metric is of one of many worthy bands, both big name and local, slated to play during the ABMB madness next week. — photo by Robby Campbell

Don’t let the name fool you: the Art Basel Miami Beach experience is almost as much about music as it is about art. While the big-tent gatherings offer a chance to check out gallery exhibitions imported from every corner of the globe (see our art-centric ABMB guide), there are also more promising concerts and music-related events slated for next week than Miami gets in a typical trimester. With that said, here, in chronological order, is everything on our radar.

One more thing: Did you know you can win a $499 bike, a $50 gift card to one of South Beach’s best restaurants, a cinema membership worth $200, or a $150 basket of gloriously nutty goodies just for sharing your Art Basel photos with us, including pics from the concerts listed here? Learn more at www.beachedmiami.com/baselcontest.

Now, to the music.

Tuesday, December 4

Headline: Young Guru vs. Just Blaze
Where: Bardot
Cost: $20 (early bird sold out)
Ages: 21+
Event Page: HERE

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Headline: Anti-Art Becomes Art
Where: Churchill’s
Cost: FREE
Event Page: HERE
Notes: An underground celebration of marginalized experimentalists featuring Kenny Millions, Fritz Welch (Glasgow UK), Nic Tammens (Melbourne, Australia), Andy Ortmann (Chicago) and Rat Bastard, Diamond Hymen (Tampa), Crutial Taunt, Dim Past, Body Garden, Sharlyn Evertsz, and Chrome Dick — by William Alton, Miami Music Guide editor

Wednesday, December 5

Headline: Danny Brown and Arboles Libres with visual DJ set from Shepard Fairey
Where: Bardot
Cost: $20
Ages: 21+
Event Page: HERE

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Headline: THEESatisfaction, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Zynzelay with visuals by Mochilla
Where: The Stage
Cost: $15 (advance), $20 (door)
Ages: 21+
Event Page: HERE
Notes: Only the second rap group ever signed by Sub Pop Records (right after Shabazz Palaces), THEESatisfaction fits snugly on a label that famously introduced the 90s discontented youth to the mainstream. The black female duo of Cat Harris-White and Stasia Irons shuns modern gimmicks (evident in the opening line of the new song “Queen”: “Check your face at the door/turn off your swag”) and instead blasts stark social commentary over a neo-psychedelic bedding. Georgia Anne Muldrow, whose father was a jazz guitarist who played regularly with the Staples Singers, has one foot planted firmly in ’70s soul and the other in neo-psychedelic spirituality. — by William Alton

Thursday, December 6

Headline: Merchandise and Psychic TV
Where: The Vagabond
Cost: $10 (advance)
Ages: 18+
Event Page: HERE
Notes: Psychic TV was on the bill, but cancelled.

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Headline: Nicolas Jaar
Where: Bardot
Cost: $27-$40 (online tickets sold out)
Ages: 21+
Event Page: HERE

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Headline: Talib Kweli, Mobius 8, more
Where: LMNT
Cost: $30 (GA), $150 (VIP)
Event Page: HERE
Notes: Performers: Talib Kweli, Mobius 8, Romao & the Sound of Drums, Urban Mystic, Kulture Shock, DJ Rob Dinero, Bonnie Beats, and DJ Epps. Art Installations by Laurence Gartel, Sean Paul, Jenny Perez, Trek 6, and Maicol Diaz. Art To Wear Fashion Show by Art Of Shade, Lila Nikole, Lisu Vega and The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.

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Headline: Metric
Where: 110 NE 36th St. (Midtown)
Cost: INVITE ONLY
Event Page: HERE

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Headline: Tilly and the Wall
Where: The Stage
Cost: $15
Ages: 21+
Event Page: HERE

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Headline: ‘Kurt’ featuring Thurston Moore performance
Where: The Olympia Theatre at the Gusman Center for Performing Arts
Cost: $25-$50
Event Page: HERE
Notes: As ’90s nostalgia hits a fever pitch and a younger generation discovers Nirvana, it makes sense to commemorate Kurt Cobain (again). This multidisciplinary show at the beautiful Gusman Center should bring out the obsessives for a night of work in different genres, all centered around, yes, Kurt. The program features a dance work choreographed by Ryan Heffington, a short film by Adarsha Benjamin, and a musical performance by none other than Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore (pictured above in a Wikimedia Commons photo by Seth Tisue). Thurston in Miami? Go ahead and freak out! — by Arielle Castillo

Friday, December 7

Headline: Daniel Johnston Live Performance + Art Show
Where: Grand Central
Cost: $20 (advance)
Ages: 21+
Event Page: HERE
Notes: Legendary tortured-genius Daniel Johnston is beloved by his rabid following of fans for both his visual art and music. The former got its first big commercial boost when the aforementioned Kurt Cobain sported a T-shirt of one of Johnston’s most famous images, a cartoonish frogish creature from the cover of Johnston’s 1983 album, Hi, How Are You. Johnston’s musical output, meanwhile, spans some 30 years and more than 20 full-length albums ranging from lo-fi sketches to fully realized folk masterpieces. Since Johnston lives with both bipolar and schizophrenia (a challenge documented in the 2006 documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston), his live performances are rare, making his debut Miami performance at Grand Central a must-see. Ditto for the exhibition of Johnston’s work that will accompany the show. — by Arielle Castillo

Headline: Neon Indian, Solange Knowles, Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear), Jacques Renault, Justin Miller, and Corrin Roddick (Purity Ring)
Where: Bardot
Cost: $22-$30
Ages: 21+
Event Page: HERE

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Headline: Native Miami featuring TEEPEE and Deaf Poets
Where: DWNTWN ArtHouse (122 N.E. 11th Street)
Cost: $20
Event Page: HERE

Headline: Merchandise, TEEPEE, Lil Daggers, Band In Heaven
Where: Churchill’s
Cost: $8
Event Page: HERE
Notes: To clear up any possible confusion, TEEPEE is playing two shows in one night: this one after the previously listed Native Miami event at DWNTWN ArtHouse. — by Jordan Melnick

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Headline: Rakim with live band + Art Official
Where: The Stage
Cost: $30 (presale), $35 (door)
Event Page: HERE

Headline: ANR and Bells
Where: The Vagabond
Cost: $10
Ages: 18+
Event Page: HERE
Notes: Based in Oakland, California, Bells is a self-described Afro-Indie Soul quartet whose sound draws on a wide range of genres, including Highlife, Hip Hop, Samba, R&B, and Indie Pop. The band features Nigerian-American artist Sandra Lawson-Ndu on vocals, Doug Stuart on bass, Derek Barber on guitar, and long-time Miami resident Geneva Harrison, whom locals may recognize as the drummer/percussionist from many past Rachel Goodrich shows. With their debut album due out in the spring, Bells brought their soulful sound to Miami for a series of local gigs, including this one alongside one of Miami’s best, electro-rock trio ANR (Update: ANR cancelled on account of illness). — by Jordan Melnick

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Headline: Chromatics and Prince Rama
Where: The Olympia Theatre at the Gusman Center for Performing Arts
Cost: $20
Ages: ALL
Event Page: HERE
Notes: In May, the Portland-based Chromatics released Kill For Love, their fourth full-length LP and first since 2007. The electro-pop foursome also released a stripped down version of the album (read: no drums) for free, which you can download HERE. The show at the Gusman will be their Miami debut.

Prince Rama, the psychedelic sister duo raised on a Hare Krishna commune in central Florida, are gearing up to release Top Ten Hits of the End of the World, the band’s fifth album and second on Animal Collective’s label, Paw Tracks. — by William Alton

Saturday, December 8

Headline: Dan Deacon + Tanlines + Animal Collective (DJ Set) + Hundred Waters
Where: Grand Central
Cost: $20 (advance)
Ages: 18+
Event Page: HERE
Notes: Flying Lotus was also on the bill, but cancelled.

Headline: Light Sourced featuring live music by Krisp, The Hongs, Arboles Libres
Where: The Electric Pickle
Cost: FREE
Event Page: HERE

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Headline: Dan Hosker Memorial Fest, Day 1
Where: Churchill’s
Cost: $5 suggested donation
Event Page: HERE
Notes: In honor of one of South Florida’s most accomplished and prolific musicians, Dan Hosker Fest aims to keep a versatile music spirit alive with friends, comrades, family, and loud fucking music. Hosker, who died in August at the age of 46 after spending three months in a coma following a car wreck, spearheaded The Holy Terrors (whose drummer, Sam Fogarino, eventually moved on to play for Interpol), Harry Pussy, The Laundry Room Squelchers, and, most recently, Boise Bob and His Backyard Band. Those wishing Hosker a fond afterlife will be Gerrie Brand & Daniel Heinze, Russell Mofsky, Scarecrow Jenkins, Brian Franklin, Mark Dubin, Rene Alvarez, Jim Camacho, To Be Hated, Shaved Hamster, Mr Entertainment & the Pookiesmackers, Boise Bob & His Backyard Band, Charlie Pickett & Friends, Humbert, Joe (Hosker) O’Brien & the Terrible Three, Ant Lunch Music Collective (featuring performances by Postface, Tongues of the Heartworm, Wolfboy & the Fantods, Boxcar Timmy), and Mike Hoska. — by William Alton

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Headline: Basel Castle
Where: 41 N.W. 20th Street
Cost: Free with RSVP is no longer available.
Event Page: HERE
Notes: This Basel weekend capper returns again, continuing its trajectory of steady expansion. Again, the Overthrow crew will open the gates of its headquarters at the Castle, on the very southeastern border of Wynwood, for an all-night, music-art-and-booze bash. This time around, though, it’s not just the castle they’re overthrowing, but the surrounding city blocks as well. This year’s fete features live art by Buff Monster, Anthony Lister, L’Amour Supreme, and Greg Mike, as well as a pop-up gallery curated by TOTT Global. Then, of course, there’s the music, spanning two stages and including sets by live acts Jacuzzi Boys, Purity Ring, Teengirl Fantasy, and Twin Shadow, and DJ sets by Brenmar, Tamara Sky, and others. This event will fill to capacity, so show up early. — by Arielle Castillo

Sunday, December 9

Headline: Dan Hosker Memorial Fest, Day 2
Where: Churchill’s
Cost: $5 suggested donation
Event Page: HERE
Notes: On what would have been Dan Hosker’s 47th birthday, Churchill’s will unveil a permanent memorial to the former Holy Terror. Performing the second night of Hosker’s memorial show are Rat Bastard, Kenny Millions, Curious Hair, Ed Wilcox, Xela Zaid, Nondor, Jameson Williams, Steve Bristol, HOSKA, Body Garden. — by William Alton

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Headline: George Clinton
Where: Bardot
Cost: $23-$27
Ages: 21+
Event Page: HERE

We had to have missed something, so feel to suggest other shows in the comment section. Also, make sure to check out the Art Basel 2012 Art Guide and the Art Basel Photo Contest to learn how you can win a $499 bike just for sharing your Basel pics.

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One Comment on “Art Basel 2012 Music Guide”

  1. 1 Jordan Melnick said at 1:36 pm on December 7th, 2012:

    Update: Pocket of Lollipops will be playing a set in the parking lot of The Armory Studios in Wynwood (572 N.W. 23rd Street) on Saturday from 4:30 – 5:30. The band will also be giving away a lot of merch.


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