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Click here for more info. Electric Pickle. Doors open at 10 p.m. Call for admission price.
Radio Slave. Berlin DJ Radio Slave was all over this year's Winter Music Conference, so his return to our shores should be triumphant. He'll headline Safe's second annual party, Safe in the District, with support from Miami's best local DJ made good, Lazaro Casanova. Arielle Castillo
G. Love. In the beginning, Philadelphia native Garrett "G. Love" Dutton — hitting the national music scene like a fourth Beastie Boy crossed with splashes of Beck and Bob Dylan — created the song "Cold Beverage" with his two-man backing band, Special Sauce. The year was 1994, the shambling song came from the trio's self-titled debut, and it slowly became a radio and MTV hit, fusing hip-hop to vintage blues, jazz, and funk. That was the peak of his commercial success, but as a must-see live act that consistently packs venues, he has actually grown his fan base. Michael Alan Goldberg
Fountain Art Fair, 2505 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Show begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for an all-weekend fair pass. fountainexhibit.com.
Endless Boogie and the Jacuzzi Boys. Despite the jam band-sounding name, Endless Boogie is actually a Brooklyn band that remains fairly overlooked. This act is heavy in the best way — somewhere between metal, psychedelia, and the classic hard rock of acts such as Cream. This Friday, they'll team up with the similarly swirly Miami favorites Jacuzzi Boys, who take their psych in a more surf-punk direction. Arielle Castillo
OK Go performs again at Design Miami/.
King Britt performs again in the lobby of the Gansevoort South.
Saturday, December 5
The Blow. Since erstwhile band member Jona Bechtolt defected and formed YACHT, the Blow is pretty much just the Portland-based chanteuse Mikhaela Maricich. When performing live, she wavers between singing chirpy pop over minimal electro beats, and performing abstract spoken monologues. Given the artsy setting of this performance, it's safe to expect a little of both. The opening act will be one-man band Teepee, providing some swagger and snarl in contrast to Maricich's sweetness. Arielle Castillo
Pulse Art Fair at the Ice Palace. Show begins at 5 p.m.
Chairlift. Through its TV ads, Apple catches lightning in a bottle with songs that become successful vehicles for the computer giant's newest technology. Brooklyn-by-way-of-Boulder electronic pop trio Chairlift is the outright epitome of iPod fame. The band's song "Bruises" landed in a Nano commercial, and the rest was history. This Saturday, the group will headline an evening of music curated by Filter magazine. Michael Lopez
Fountain Art Fair. Show begins at 7 p.m.
Ghostly International Ten-Year Anniversary Party. Michigan's esteemed Ghostly International label will celebrate ten years of forward-thinking music and subculture at White Room this Saturday. Founded in 1999 by DJ Sam Valenti, Ghostly has become one of the most highly acclaimed international platforms for cutting-edge and genre-defying contemporary music and multimedia, along with its more dance-floor-centric sister imprint Spectral Sound. Audion (AKA Matthew Dear) will perform live, with additional sets by Michna, Bodycode, Solvent, and even a DJ set by Get Physical star M.A.N.D.Y. Sean Levisman
The Golden Filter. This act's interpretation of late-'70s downtown glitz has taken Manhattan's club scene (and the blogosphere) by storm. Consisting of record producer Stephen and vocalist Penelope, the duo is notable for its chilly arpeggios, pulsating beats, and plush vocals — as well as elusive personas. (No, those aren't their full names.) Alex Rendon
With a DJ set by Chairlift. Poplife at Electric Pickle. Doors open at 10 p.m. Tickets cost $10 in advance from epoplife.com.
Kinky and Mala Rodriguez. The band Kinky remains one of the best Mexican crossover acts that fuses its country's native sounds with contemporary rock and dance sounds. Mala Rodriguez, meanwhile, is a fierce female rapper from Spain whose sound relies heavily on flamenco. Together they'll provide the soundtrack to a multiculti night of music in Wynwood sponsored by Converse. Arielle Castillo
The Awarehouse, 550 NW 29th St., Miami. Show begins at 9 p.m. Admission is free with RSVP at conversepresents.com/basel.
Bluetech. This Hawaii-based producer can be considered part of the extended constellation of the jam band scene, playing and collaborating with other hippies-gone-electronic such as EOTO and Flying Lotus. Still, Bluetech is fiercely experimental, citing the likes of Brian Eno, the Orb, and even Erik Satie as influences. He'll perform in Miami as part of the Moksha Art Fair, a gathering of lightly crunchy souls exhibiting psychedelic art. The Nag Champayons, the Moksha Family Allstars, and a host of other local friends and family will also perform. Arielle Castillo