Basel 2014's Eight Best Local Music Shows

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Afrobeta at the Vagabond Hotel

8 to 11 p.m., Friday, December 5, at the Vagabond Hotel, 7301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. No cover. Visit

In honor of Art Basel, Miami's delightfully dancey duo, Afrobeta, will be bringing out the truly tropical vibes for an art crowd maybe not as comfortable in a hibiscus print bikini.

The two will be performing live and doing a DJ set poolside at this perfectly renovated mid-century hotel. Cocktail in hand, swaying like a palm tree, you'll feel like Frank Sinatra's date, just dying for a dip in the chlorine.

Ahol's #HOMETEAM Art Basel Pac Jam BBQ

10 p.m., Friday, December 5, at Mokai, 235 23rd St., Miami Beach. Visit the Facebook event page.

If you want a taste of the real Miami, this is the party to attend. Our most popular muralist -- and not just because American Eagle Outfitters stole his look -- AholSniffsGlue will be presenting his very own backyard barbecue with Jack Daniel's at Mokai on South Beach.

There are promises of burgers and beer, tattoos by Gordie Jones, and a claw machine from which you can grab your very own Ahol-designed plush pillow. The live sounds will be provided by Miami's IDM master Otto von Schirach, spacey hip-hop by Poshgod, trippy electronica by Master Feathers, The Suarez, and Killaka5.

The beautiful, magical, and hairy drag queens Juleisy y Karla will bring the ratchet full circle on SoBe. The rules state: "Pants! No Tanks! No Chanks!" If you're from Miami, you get it.

Kill Your Idol, IFAC, and Pabst Blue Ribbon's MIA Collective Ground with Brian Butler and Plastic Pinks

8 p.m., Thursday, December 4, at Kill Your Idol, 222 Española Way, Miami Beach. No cover. Visit the Facebook event page.

You'll often see Brian Butler sketching in the corner of the coolest live shows around the country. He's got the whole room in his hand, and his drawings make the night perpetually come alive. This year, he'll be painting a live mural with Dr Dax at KYI's most visual Basel night.

There'll be screen printing by Wheel Barrow, so you look good. There will be free PBRs from 10 p.m. to 11, plus two-for-one everything from 8 p.m. to 10, so you feel good. And there will be music by DJ Jayo from Phiily and local Latin garage rockers Plastic Pinks to get you eve further into the groove.

Laundry Room Squelchers' Anti-Art Becomes Art

10 p.m, Tuesday, December 2, at Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami. Cover costs $5. Visit the Facebook event page.

Rat Bastard is the Miami scene's hatted and bespectacled high priest. He baptizes local acts, then sends them out into the world to find their fortunes -- and many have. They all return to the roost at some point, usually to play Churchill's Pub or record in his home studio.

As his long-running, ever-evolving Laundry Room Squelchers act demonstrates, he's also the reigning king of noise. So for the Anti-Art Becomes Art showcase, he's bringing people in from all over the world and even some from our own backyard. Expect Andy Ortmann from Chicago, metal from Miami's Snakehole, the lovely songstress JuJu Pie, percussion and guitar by Tatsuya Nakatani and Russell Mofsky, and of course, his cohort Kenny Millions, and others. The flyer claims there will be "free poppers." Fingers crossed.

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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
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