We’re here to help. This list is designed to guide you to the most exciting, interesting, and downright weird acts flying in from parts unknown to play III Points. We couldn’t include all we wanted, so honorable mentions are Herbie Hancock (he’s 78 years old, he’s the greatest living jazz musician, and you have to see him if you value your life), Eclair Fifi, Channel Tres, Nonotak:Eclipse, David August, DJ Earl, SOB x RBE, and local acts such as Otto von Schrirach, Twelve’Len, Danny Daze and Mariel Ito in a back-to-back set that’s sure to be wild, and dozens of others.
Godspeed You! is the dark sage of the neoliberal era. The band emerged from the highly political Montreal music scene to produce long, symphonic instrumental tracks full of roiling guitars, plodding percussion, radically outraged narrative samples, and strings, sometimes mournful, sometimes hopeful. Now, for the first time in memory, if not history, the group will perform in Miami, arguably the epicenter of our climate apocalypse. Seeing them is an experience for the bucket list, and if their morose predictions are right, we might all be kicking that bucket sooner than we think. So carpe diem.
2. Tim Hecker. You might see this Canadian composer’s music tagged as “ambient” or “noise,” but don’t get confused — this isn’t music meant to fade into the background. For years, Tim Hecker has produced stirring, complex albums that mix melody, tone, and texture in ways few others can accomplish. His masterpiece is 2013’s Virgins, with its frightening allusions to the atrocities committed by the U.S. Army at Abu Ghraib, but it may be rivaled by his latest release, Konoyo, an exploration of Japanese gagaku music. Hecker is set to perform at III Points with the Konoyo Ensemble, a group of musicians playing traditional instruments such as the sho flute and taiko drums, and we guarantee you’re unlikely to see anything else like it at this festival or the next.
country music if it were made by a black British man. Then he formed a new group, Babyfather, and it released the batshit-insane U.K. rap piss-take record BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow. The cover is a Union Jack-emblazoned hoverboard set against a London skyline. The lead single, “Meditation” featuring Arca, is a grime track with car-crash and crying-baby sound effects over it, and it’s also maybe one of the best songs of the decade. We cannot explain him. We’re not even going to try. We have absolutely no earthly idea what the hell Dean Blunt will do when he gets onstage. A must-see, clearly.
brainy, smooth pop, occasionally sung in Japanese. Then there’s the techno of Chance of Rain and the early-Oneohtrix Point Never-style kosmiche of Quarantine. What will she do next? Find out at her III Points set — that is, if you can comprehend it.
when he performs. In a way, it’s an appropriate metaphor for his style: dark, efficient, and effortlessly cool. The Detroit native began his career in the '80s at the Outcast, a biker club, with his mentor Moodymann, sneaking electro and techno records in between the hip-hop and Miami bass demanded by the crowd. Now in demand across the world thanks to a renaissance in electro, he hasn't much to hide anymore.
6. Egyptian Lover. New York has Afrika Bambaataa and “Planet Rock,” but the West Coast? The West Coast has Egyptian Lover, AKA DJ and producer Greg Broussard. The two started from the same building blocks in the '80s: Both made wise use of Kraftwerk samples in their songs, and Bambaataa even introduced Broussard to the TR-808 upon a visit to Los Angeles. But Broussard — preferring the escapism of sexy, exotic Egypt to his colleague’s futurism — went in another direction thematically. A 2016 box-set retrospective issued by Stones Throw revived interest in his work, and he’s been DJ'ing worldwide ever since.
still get pretty lit.
“Liverpool Street in the Rain,” a lo-fi banger from last year’s How the Dogs Chill, Vol. 1, and you’ll know just what we mean. It’s pure pleasure.
9. Honey Dijon. Not to say that every club kid from Chicago automatically has a dance music pedigree, but Honey Dijon sure puts hers to good use. She began crate-digging at legendary Chi-town record stores such as Imports Etc before moving to New York, where she became celebrated for out-of-this-world, genre-defying sets. She also happens to be one of the most visible trans-women on the international music scene and frequently makes her voice heard regarding gender issues and other topics.
screaming lyrics and diving into the crowd. Whether his music will age well or not — and we’re betting it will, thanks to his forward-thinking, kinetic production style in full effect on 2018's Veteran — JPEGMAFIA is without a doubt one of the most entertaining voices in contemporary hip-hop.
III Points 2019. Friday, February 15, through Sunday, February 17, at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305-573-0371; manawynwood.com. Tickets cost $75 to $375 via iiipoints.com.