Former Bauhaus lead singer Peter Murphy will play Grand Central on April 30 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the legendary goth rock band. The notoriously disagreeable singer, who returns to South Florida after playing Ft. Lauderdale’s Culture Room in 2011, will dedicate his set exclusively to Bauhaus’s catalog. Learn more.
Set to release their 10th studio album, Earth Rocker, Maryland hard rockers Clutch are stopping at Revolution in Ft. Lauderdale on May 10. Fellow Maryland-based band Lionize and Austin, TX, heavy rockers The Sword, who released the critically-acclaimed LP Apocryphon in October, will open for Clutch. Tickets are $21 and go on sale on March 1.
Here’s your heads up on a musical maelstrom touching down in Miami on Friday, June 7. Headlined by Danish punks Iceage and Lower, this must-see show will also include sets by South Florida’s New Coke and Suede Dudes. Learn more.
Aaron Freeman is best known as Gene Ween, the singing half of alternative rock duo Ween. With a stunningly versatile repertoire and oddball lyrical content (see “Flies on My Dick” and “The HIV Song”), Gene and Dean Ween earned a cult following throughout the late ’80s and ’90s, even scoring an improbable hit in 1992 with “Push th’ Little Daisies” off of their major-label debut, Pure Guava.
With a few rowdy cassettes by “not so local” artists in the archive, the music label Cheap Miami is set to debut its first Miami-made product, a limited-edition tape by local lo-fi whizkid Whorish Boorish (aka Rebecca Lima) and garage rock duo The Gun Hoes (both featured in the Top 50 South Florida Songs of 2012).
Here’s a new video for an old song from Miami garage rockers Lil Daggers, who are currently working on a split with The Underground Youth that is slated for a U.K. release in December. The video is for “Pair Of Lives”, a track off of Lil Daggers’ debut LP, released in April 2011. Like previous Dags vids (e.g., “Dada Brown”), this one is darkly cinematic in both look and sound. Unlike previous Dags vids, it features lead singer and video director Johnny Saraiva in drag. Enjoy.
Idle Warship formed in 2009 when Talib Kweli, one of the finest lyricists in hip hop history, and singer RES (aka Shareese Ballard) cemented nearly 10 years of on-and-off collaborative work. In 2011, Kweli and RES released Idle Warship’s debut album, Habits of the Heart, which showcased Kweli’s impossibly quick and cerebral rhymes and RES’s world-class pop vocals in an electro-pop landscape.
Instrumental rockers from Athens, Ga., Maserati announced a U.S. tour that includes a November 1 appearance in Miami at Churchill’s Pub. This month, the prog-psych-space (you pick, they all fit) rock foursome released Maserati VII, the band’s first album since drummer Jerry Fuchs died after falling five stories down an elevator shaft in 2009 at the age of 34. Fuchs, who also drummed for !!!, The Juan Maclean, and LCD Soundsystem, was replaced by Mike Albanese, who has drummed for Cinemechanica and Bit Brigade.
Always one to mix the robust melodies of powerpop with soft adult contemporary, Fernando Perdomo replaces powerpop with the sweeping elements of orchestral acoustic pop on his new EP, Home is Wherever You Are, released yesterday. After relocating to Los Angeles this year, the longtime Miami staple delivers two new originals and four re-worked tracks of songs Perdomo originally released with his band Dreaming in Stereo.
“In a World Without You”, one of the two new songs, is a condensed two-minute ballad with a Burt Bacharach-like arrangement. The EP’s other original, “Andrea’s Fault”, is composed alluringly with a charming string section backing Perdomo’s thin baritone, which, here, moves a lot like Elvis Costello’s. The EP’s four revised Dreaming in Stereo originals have been stripped of their powerpop façade and arranged either acoustically lush (“Lazy” and “Fill My Sky”) or subtly grand (“Home” and “Smile”).
To learn more about Home is Wherever You Are, visit Perdomo’s website. You can also watch the video for “Smile” after the jump.