A guide to the major music events during Art Basel Miami Beach

Thursday, December 3

Vivian Girls. It's the Brooklyn trio's second recent South Florida performance, although it's the first in Miami proper. When they played at Propaganda in Lake Worth, their dreamy, punky ditties got the crowd surprisingly rowdy. It remains to be seen if the same will happen at the Pulse Art Fair. The girls kick off a series of quality bookings that again make Pulse one of the must-see satellite fairs. The great lo-fi, vaguely surfy coed local act Little Beard will open. — Arielle Castillo

Pulse Art Fair, at the Ice Palace, 1400 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Show begins at 6 p.m. Fair admission is $15, or $10 for students and seniors. pulse-art.com.

Exene Cervenka plays an afternoon set at the Pulse Art Fair.
Exene Cervenka plays an afternoon set at the Pulse Art Fair.

King Britt. In a departure from his usual soulful house sets, the Philly DJ/producer gets glitchy and left-field in the Miami installment of his ongoing series of events called Saturn Never Sleeps. King and buddy Rucyl will man the beats on laptops and other sundry gadgets, including, possibly, a Nintendo DS. The free gig is a three-night stand, running through Saturday night. — Arielle Castillo

The lobby of the Gansevoort South, 2377 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Performance lasts from 7 to 9 p.m. each evening. Admission is free. 305-604-1000; gansevoortsouth.com.

Mike Bones and Brian DeGraw. Max Fish is the coolest no-bullshit bar on Manhattan's Lower East Side, and in celebration of its 20th birthday, the good folks at O.H.W.O.W. have re-created the bar in its entirety here in Miami. Although bands don't really fit in the real venue — though they've been known to squeeze in the back — this version features live bands and cheap drinks every night. Thursday will host moody troubadour Mike Bones, along with Brian DeGraw, better known as a part of the artsy musical collective Gang Gang Dance. — Arielle Castillo

Max Fish at O.H.W.O.W., 3100 NW Seventh Ave., Miami. Bar is open 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. Admission is free. 305-633-9345; oh-wow.com.

OK Go. In a Fendi-sponsored collaboration with designer Moritz Waldemeyer, the power-pop band continues its nightly performance at the Design Miami/ fair. It involves custom Gibsons shooting lasers from the necks — really. Click here for more about the performance. — John Hood

At Design Miami/, NE 39th Street and NE First Court, Miami. Performance is from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Admission to the fair is $20. 305-572-0866; designmiami.com.

He Say She Say. Million Dollar Mano was already a favorite on Chicago's free-spirited house/hip-hop crossover scene. His new project, though, might get even wider attention, thanks to the addition of a little female energy in the form of frontwoman Drea Smith. Over squelching electro-pop, she singsongs frank but empowered stories of doing naughty things. — Arielle Castillo

Cinema, 637 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Doors open at 10 p.m. Admission is free before midnight with RSVP to cinemaevents@gmail.com.

Kairo, the Universal Citizens, Modernage, and the State Of. For a no-fuss night of local music, head to the Electric Pickle this Thursday. Our pick for the downstairs stage is the Anglophilic, postpunkish quartet Modernage. Upstairs, we recommend the dark, girl-girl, piano-driven electro-pop from the State Of. — Arielle Castillo

Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Show begins at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Ages 21+ with ID. 305-456-5613.

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Friday, December 4

Exene Cervenka. Cervenka is a tireless artist in every sense of the word. She publishes books of her poetry and exhibits her collages and journals in art galleries. But the 53-year-old is perhaps best known for her musical projects: the punk band X, rootsier rock group the Knitter (which features X bandmates John Doe and D.J. Bonebrake), and the Sinners. These days, though, she's celebrating her solo album, Somewhere Gone, released recently on Bloodshot Records.— Annie Zaleski

At Pulse Art Fair at the Ice Palace. Show begins at 5 p.m.

Kid Sister. After two years of unexplained delays, Chicago electro-rapper Kid Sister finally dropped her proper debut album, Ultraviolet. Expect plenty of tracks from it at this liquored-up party presented by Giant Step and Svedka vodka. Ubiquitous local favorite DJ Induce will provide the soundtrack. — Arielle Castillo

The Delano, 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is free with RSVP at giantstep.net/events.

Danger. Hipster girls flashing their tits and a DJ with a French touch — what could be better? Yes, this party is sponsored by infamous photoblog LastNightsParty. If you aren't familiar with French DJ/producer Franck Rivoire, AKA Danger, you're forgiven. Bloated press releases call him the next Daft Punk or Deadmau5, which you can take with a grain of salt. Still, Danger disguises himself from head to toe, allowing only his music and visuals to speak for him. Note: Danger will go on by 12:30 a.m. in order to give electro-house addicts enough time to catch Justice at Mansion that night. Thank Opium Group for the consideration. — Jose D. Duran

Louis at the Gansevoort South, 2325 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Doors open at 11 p.m. Call for admission price. Ages 21+ with ID. 305-531-4600; louismiami.com.

Justice DJ Set. The French DJ duo hasn't really played a proper club set since Winter Music Conference 2007, when it spun at the Fixed/Ed Banger party at Studio A. They've made subsequent Ultra appearances, but this will be the first "intimate" South Florida setting in almost four years. They rose to mainstream consciousness after the release of their album and scoring an MTV VMA nomination for their breakthrough video for "D.A.N.C.E." However, 2009 has been a quiet year for Justice, with no new material being released except for a remix here and there. It's safe to presume this gig might be a preview of a busier 2010. — Jose D. Duran

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