Theophilus London. Basel Castle at the Overthrow Castle, 41 NW 20th St., Miami. The party begins at 5 p.m., and admission is free; Dude's got the name of a Biblically inclined, 19th-century British inventor. But he's actually Brooklyn's raddest hipster-hopper. With an affinity for the Casio SK-10 sampler, Kraftwerk, and Purple Rain, 22-year-old Theophilus London has built his rep on the back of two heavily buzzed Internet albums — debut Jam! and 2009's follow-up, This Charming Mixtape — not to mention a recent sun-soaked summer collabo, "Flying Overseas," with Beyoncé's sister, Solange Knowles. Plus mofo knows how to dress. Also on the bill: Amanda Blank and Sweatheart, ex-Miami electropopper Jesp (AKA Joseph Espinoza), as well as DJs Heroes + Villains, Tamara Sky, Damaged Goods, Troy Kurtz, and Pirate Stereo. — S. Pajot

Aska. Bar, 28 NE 14th St., Miami. The show begins at 10 p.m.; The indie music scene is one big mess of subgenres. Artists draw inspiration from multiple sources — other musicians, literary works, and everything else around them — to create aural worlds of their own. And that's exactly the case with L.A.-based avant-pop act Aska. The classically trained pianist is a lover of all things conceptual. She toured the States and Europe with the Sads, and along with Becky Star of the Decemberists, she composes, arranges, and performs with the all-female, 30-member LA Ladies Choir. In September, she released her first EP, featuring Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, and Nick Dewitt of Pretty Girls Make Graves. — Victor Gonzalez

Ninjasonik and Shepard Fairey. Fountain Art Fair, 2505 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Doors open at 7 p.m.; When New Times ran through the shortlist of potential partners for our Fountain Art Fair party, we stopped dead at the names Ninjasonik and Shepard Fairey. The former is an indie-rap trio that counts Reverend McFly, Telli Gramz, and DJ Roofeeo among its members. And believe it, people, these ninjas got serious skills. Meanwhile, the latter needs no introduction: He's graphic god and sometime DJ Shepard Freaking Fairey. And as a totally unnecessary bonus, there will be booze, namely the Rums of Puerto Rico, Famosa Beer, and Blu Energy Drink. — S. Pajot

Amanda Blank and Sweatheart
Amanda Blank and Sweatheart

Location Info


Grand Central

697 N. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33136

Category: Dance Clubs

Region: Downtown/Overtown


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Damian Lazarus. Electric Pickle, 41 NW 20th St., Miami. Doors open at 9 p.m. 305-456-5613; Clubland can be a wasteland. But former Dazed & Confused music editor, current Crosstown Rebels label exec, and minimal DJ-producer Damian Lazarus is a natural-born opponent of mediocrity, unearned hype, and cash-bloated trash. For the past ten years, he has worked endlessly to improve the state of electronic music, helping to break blog house stars such as Tiga and underground heads such as Seth Troxler. Be there when Lazarus protests excess at the Electric Pickle. No better time than Basel week, right? — S. Pajot

Sunday, December 5

The Do-Over. Bar, 28 NE 14th St., Miami. The show begins at 10 p.m.; Los Angeles's Do-Over has been that city's prime summertime barbecue and dance party for six years. The brainchild of Jamie Strong, Chris Haycock, and Aloe Blacc (of "I Need a Dollar" fame), it has consistently brought out big names such as Dâm-Funk and the late DJ AM. Now this West Coast throwdown is heading east, just in time to cure your Art Basel hangover. In true Do-Over fashion, the DJ lineup is being kept secret, though whispers suggest a pretty major invasion. — Liana Lozada

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