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Tommie Sunshine and Modernage: The Vagabond continues its Friday party tradition of live music on the patio and scorching electro inside. This edition, in a big Onitsuka Tiger-sponsored fiesta of free giveaways and a giant Lite Brite-style installation, features local group Modernage onstage. The quartet recently released its latest EP, Sirhan Sirhan, featuring more narcotized, rumbly postpunk. Electro-punk OG juggernaut Tommie Sunshine takes the decks in the main room, and he simply never disappoints. $10; 10 p.m.; ages 21+ with ID; The Vagabond, 30 NE 14th St., Miami; 305-379-0508, www.thevagabondmiami.com.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6
Sex Vid, Caustic Christ, and Annihilation Time: The elusive Seattle hardcore-ish band Sex Vid is cult-famous for its refusal to make a website or even properly record and distribute its music. The Pittsburgh foursome Caustic Christ has toured with similarly deliciously named bands, such as Municipal Waste — nuff said. Meanwhile, the songs on Annihilation Time III: Tales of the Ancient Age, by Oakland quintet Annihilation Time, are boozy, sludgy, raunchy, gnarly — probably all adjectives the bandmates would happily claim for their hometown. Skirting the edges of metal, punk, and sloppy Seventies rock, Annihilation Time's music instead falls down somewhere in the middle and passes out in a pile of its own puke. Free and open to the public; 9 p.m.; The Marcy Building, 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami; www.killyouridols.com.
MSTRKRFT: Once upon a time just a little offshoot of the Canadian dance-punk duo Death from Above 1979, MSTRKRFT has now eclipsed the group from which it sprung. And majorly so. With only one full-length album and a handful of original singles so far, the vowel-less band has shone as a rock-influenced remixer, helping craft a bass-heavy four-four sound that is imitated by countless bedroom wannabes across the blogosphere. These kings of the nouveau dance scene are surpassed in popularity probably only by Justice, and if Heathrow is still standing Sunday morning, we'll be impressed. 10 p.m.; $25 in advance from www.ticketweb.com; ages 21+ with ID; Heathrow Lounge, 681 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-534-7614, www.heathrowlounge.com.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7
Pink Reason and Times New Viking: The last of the week's shows at the Kill Your Idols space kicks off with a set from Brooklyn-based trio Pink Reason, the brainchild of Kevin Failure, the band's frontman. It sounds a little like Joy Division or another postpunk act put through a shredder, churned in a drum machine, and tossed into a faraway field, where it still remains audible. Um, best heard rather than read about. The Columbus, Ohio-based Times New Viking, meanwhile, released one of the greatest recent lo-fi, art-noise-rock masterpieces earlier this year in Rip It Off, the band's first release for Matador Records. Free and open to the public; 9 p.m.; the Marcy Building, 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami; www.killyouridols.com.
Prefuse 73 and Eliot Lipp: Shoring up Heathrow's more dance-floor-friendly offerings is tonight's party, which leans more toward experimental and heavy. Prefuse 73 was born Guillermo Scott Herren in Miami but grew up in Atlanta; still, he remains popular locally thanks to his releases on labels such as Schematic and Warp. With a dizzying discography under a number of monikers, he remains best known for his warped outings that dredge the more left-field reaches of rock and hip-hop into tweaked IDM. He is also responsible for signing his partner on the decks for the night, Eliot Lipp, to his Eastern Developments record label. Heavily influenced by West Coast hip-hop and anything created on the 808, Lipp's sound drags boom-bap electro into the future. $18 in advance from www.trinumeral.com; 8 p.m.; ages 21+ with ID; Heathrow Lounge, 681 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-534-7614, www.heathrowlounge.com.