The Five Best Concerts in Miami This Weekend

Chris Corsano and Bill Orcutt
Chris Corsano and Bill Orcutt Photo by Katerina Pansera
Chris Corsano and Bill Orcutt - PHOTO BY KATERINA PANSERA
Chris Corsano and Bill Orcutt
Photo by Katerina Pansera
Bill Orcutt and Chris Corsano, with Shane Parish, Spider Sabich, Steven Bristol, Kenny Millions, and others. Bill Orcutt is having quite a moment. Though he gained fame with the Miami-born noise-rock band Harry Pussy in the '90s, just this year, Pavement frontman and indie-rock deity Stephen Malkmus named him "the best guitarist in the world" on Amoeba Records' online series, What's in My Bag? Shortly thereafter, Spin deemed his new record, Odds Against Tomorrow — which was recorded in a Miami elementary school stairwell — one of the ten best albums of 2019. Those are some powerful endorsements. Orcutt is set to perform at Churchill's Pub this Friday with the accompaniment of another experimental great, Chris Corsano. The upstate-New York-based drummer has built a reputation for his work crafting noise and free jazz alongside saxophonist Paul Flaherty. Orcutt and Corsano have performed together often and released a collaborative album, 2018's Brace Up! Head to Church to see what this power duo and other noisy legends have in store for what promises to be an intense post-Christmas comedown. 10 p.m. Friday, December 27, at Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; Tickets cost $5.
click to enlarge Boys Noize at Heart in October 2016. - PHOTO BY CHRIS CARTER
Boys Noize at Heart in October 2016.
Photo by Chris Carter
Boys Noize. You'd be hard-pressed to find a DJ more well-traveled in the music world than Boys Noize. He has remixed A-Trak, Snoop Dogg, Depeche Mode, Donna Summer, and many others. Recently, he helped produce Frank Ocean's single "DHL," and his side project with Skrillex — Dog Blood — performed at the 2019 edition of Ultra. Curiously, he has never played Club Space, but that's set to change this weekend. Consider this unmissable set a warmup for New Year's Eve. Space residents Bakke and Danyelino will join the German DJ/producer behind the decks. Read more about Boys Noize in "Five Boys Noize Tracks to Check Out Before His Club Space Debut." 11 p.m. Friday, December 27, at Club Space, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; 786-357-6456; Tickets cost $12.06 to $48.24.
click to enlarge Adam Beyer - COURTESY PHOTO
Adam Beyer
Courtesy photo
Adam Beyer and Ida Engberg, with Andres Line and Ms. Mada. The last time the Swedish duo of Adam Beyer and Ida Engberg played in Miami was during Ultra 2015. They were DJ'ing at sunset at the Carl Cox Megastructure, and a brief downpour forced most stages — but not the Megastructure — to momentarily shutdown and wait out the weather. Half a decade later, the two are married and headed back to Miami to play in a venue that has a bit more in the way of cover. Beyer and Engberg will spin alongside each other this Saturday at Club Space. Fortunately for Miami clubgoers, the two will tend to the decks much longer than they would for the usual hour-and-a-half festival time slot. When they're sharing DJ duties, they play in excitable and infectious harmony. Read our preview of the pair's set, "Adam Beyer and Ida Engberg Make Long-Awaited Return to Miami." 11 p.m. Saturday, December 28, at Club Space, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; 786-357-6456; Tickets cost $33.75 to $67.50.
click to enlarge Textasy will deliver classic electro sounds to Floyd this Saturday. - PHOTO BY ANASTASIYA VERBYTSKAYA
Textasy will deliver classic electro sounds to Floyd this Saturday.
Photo by Anastasiya Verbytskaya
Textasy, with Jonny From Space and December Beaches. In today’s realm of electronic partisanship, many DJs have discovered it can be a risky proposition to drop a track that falls outside the genre with which audiences have come to associate them. Berlin-based artist Textasy is a DJ's DJ and doesn't worry about such things. As detailed in a February 2018 interview with DJ Mag, Textasy — real name Dustin Evans — discovered the joy of electronic music at a young age during his upbringing in Dallas. In addition to citing Aphex Twin and Warp Records, he also mentions Miami bass— the hip-hop-adjacent genre that's heavy on kicks and elevated tempos — as one of his primary influences. Although "electro" is regularly used when describing his sound, Evans' DJ sets and original productions pull from a variety of creative wells, ranging from the old-school stylings of breakbeat and jungle to even New Wave acts. Textasy's eclectic touch will be fully audible during his DJ set at Floyd this Saturday. He'll be joined by Miami's own Jonny From Space, as well as Chicago-born and Orlando-based selector December Beaches. Read our preview "Go Break Sonic Barriers With Textasy at Floyd." 11 p.m. Saturday, December 28, at Floyd, 40 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-608-2824; Tickets cost $11.25 to $30.
click to enlarge Chocolate Sundays at Purdy Lounge. - PHOTO COURTESY OF JOEL MEINHOLZ
Chocolate Sundays at Purdy Lounge.
Photo courtesy of Joel Meinholz
Chocolate Sundays, with Craze, Louie Arson, Maneuvers, DZA, Reid Waters, Contra, Roddy-Yo, and Mike Deuce. Joel Meinholz, the founder of the laid-back skate-inspired night Chocolate Sundays, returned to Miami in 2019 after spending three years in New Mexico. When he heard Purdy Lounge was closing, he met with owner Dan Binkiewicz to throw two more Chocolate Sundays as a sendoff for the bar. The last installments of the beloved party will take place this Sunday and February 2. Meinholz says the idea behind the revival is "just to bring all of the DJs back [and] have fun with it." Soarse Spoken will host the Drunk’n Spelling Bee, whose winners will receive gift certificates to Miami vinyl shops Technique and Sweat Records. Former resident DJs will spin as well. For the final installments of his beloved party, Meinholz is creating a collage of 1,000 snapshots from past Chocolate Sundays that show its history through the years. In a sentimental move, partiers will be able to grab pictures of themselves to take home as keepsakes. Read a history of the night in "Chocolate Sundays Returns to Purdy Lounge to Mark the End of an Era." 10 p.m. Sunday, December 29, and Sunday, February 2, at Purdy Lounge, 1811 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; Admission is free.
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Liz Tracy has written for publications such as the New York Times, the Atlantic, Refinery29, W, Glamour, and, of course, Miami New Times. She was New Times Broward-Palm Beach's music editor for three years. Now she plays one mean monster with her 2-year-old son and obsessively watches British mysteries.
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