In the past year, electronic waif Oly has been quietly passing out her demo CD-Rs to a handful of lucky clubgoers. On them she plays charming music, accompanying her vocals with keyboards, adopting the sort of whimsical singer-songwriter persona familiar to fans of Solex and Money Mark. This is all very heartbreakingly lovely, which makes her upcoming performance something of a rare treat. Oly is the local star in this indie-pop lineup, also including West Coast bands the Blow, Y.A.C.H.T., and Lucky Dragons. I don't know who the hell Icecream Eating Motherfucker is, so you'll have to go to the show and find out.
Oly, the Blow, Y.A.C.H.T., Lucky Dragons, and Icecream Eating Motherfucker perform at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at PS 742. Tickets cost $3. Call 305-324-0585.
There are 800 rock bands in Miami, and Dear Starlet is one of them. Fronted by Joel Why? and Will Ninar, the quintet specializes in melodic, British-styled pop-rock. On its recent EP, If I Were Me, this penchant translates to bitterly melancholic, rough-hewn gems such as "Syndrome," and sentiments such as "I failed to keep your heart safe from my ruined life." Nevertheless life goes on for Dear Starlet, as it returns to the stage after a brief hiatus under somewhat dubious circumstances (depending on your political affiliation) -- Anybody-But-Bush-Palooza, a benefit for John "I don't fall down" Kerry that features like-minded local rockers Fashionista, Modern Age, and the Remnants.
Dear Starlet, Fashionista, Modern Age, and the Remnants perform at 10:00 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at Churchill's, 5501 NE 2nd Ave. Call 305-757-1807.
The Baboons like to call their music "urban tribal Afro-Cuban funk-n-roll," but it should really be classified as "everything but the kitchen sink." From airy rockers worthy of Carlos Santana to percussive jams, their tunes incorporate a number of incongruous sounds that, under their direction and care, are collected into a harmonious whole. The Baboons make unabashedly happy music that is easy to enjoy and difficult to criticize. The quintet, led by singer Majica, has been around for a minute (its last album, Global Gumbo, was released in 2000), so it knows how to move a crowd. Playing in front of a construction site during lunch hour, though, should prove to be an interesting challenge.
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The Baboons perform at noon Friday, May 14, at the Miami Performing Arts Center construction site on NE 13th Street and Biscayne Boulevard. Free. Call 305-579-7614.
Ginuwine, Joe, Jagged Edge
Ginuwine is usually seen as the poorer half of Timbaland's stable of collaborators, with most of the attention (deservedly) paid to Missy Elliott. But this onetime bachelor has his charms, too; it was his 1996 debut single, "Pony," with which Timbaland introduced a revolutionary sound. Since then, Ginuwine has remained a top R&B star while occasionally capturing a crossover crowd with slow jam singles such as "Differences" and "In Those Jeans." For Joe, it's the same story. The smooth, sweet-sounding vocalist has been around for more than a decade, ever since his surprisingly solid debut Everything back in 1993, but his stock still seems to rise and fall with each single. He's currently riding high with his G-Unit collabo, "Ride Wit U." Rounding out this male roll call is Jagged Edge. Though Brendan and Brian Casey's tuneless vocals tend to grate, they've managed to yield a few good numbers such as "Let's Get Married" and "Walked Outta Heaven." -- Mosi Reeves
Ginuwine, Joe, Jagged Edge, and Avant perform at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, at James L. Knight Center, 400 SE 2nd Ave. Tickets range from $44.75 to $59.75. Call 305-372-4633.