Miami's 12 Bands, Producers, and Promoters Set to Take Over the Scene in 2012

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O'Grime: Miami's crown princes of swag.
With the first month of 2012 dead and gone, it's time to take a survey of up-and-coming South Florida music and maybe try to predict what the rest of the year has in store.

This is not a best-of list. Nor is it a complete appraisal of South Florida's expansive nightlife sphere and its million microscenes. There's an emphasis on acts and promoters who operate along the Biscayne Corridor because that's our back yard. We look at cutting-edge, contemporary-minded bands and bookings from folks fresh on the scene as well as a few local music veterans finally on the cusp of blowing up.

And we emphasize newness because children are the future.



Pool Party
In 2010, Jose Flores retired his massively popular Miami Bass persona, José El Rey. After spending a few years chugging cortaditos, sweatily pacing up and down Calle Ocho, and slurring every cubanismo cat call in the book, the man behind the mustache no longer knew where the character stopped and his own life began. Thus, Flores's newest project -- the raucous, righteously stupid pop-punk quartet Pool Party -- constructs a completely different kind of fantasy. Led by Creep Guirdo (guess who?), the Party's extensive and ridiculous mythology revolves around its self-described "caveman-disco-beach" image. Hey, there's a sliver of truth to every joke band.



Toad Eyes
Bursting with the angsty youthfulness of punk rock and the outsize bombast of classic rock, Toad Eyes is three high-schoolers who love to shred. Though the wild, screaming girls in the front row must be a bonus, there's little doubt that this trio's chief motivation for rocking and rolling is they'll burst into flames if they don't.



This Heart Electric
This longtime solo project from Death to the Sun music festival curator Ricardo Guerrero used to be all about gloomy, danceable synth-pop. But recently, Guerrero switched styles, turning to breezy acoustic rock -- lo-fi garage with distantly Americana twang and a fresh tone courtesy of unplugging -- that conjures The Mekons or a smoother, less sexually frustrated Violent Femmes. Last year, Guerrero tested This Heart Electric's new sound on tour with Dino Felipe. And we're hoping 2012 marks the project's first proper release since forsaking bleeps and bloops for chilled-out r'n'r.



Luma Junger
This new-ish trio features past and present members of Biscayne Corridor regulars such as Snakehole, Dracula, and Psychic Mirrors. From song to song, LJ veers between icy post-punk, R&B-inflected New Wave, and burly psychedelia. That's why calling Luma Junger synth rock is a cop-out, even though the threesome uses a synthesizer and also rocks. The songwriting is simple, brief, and action-packed. And live, Luma Junger keeps it quick and sweaty.
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666
666

o'grime sucks balls. some of the softest shit coming out of miami for sure. way to go matt.

Davidcross
Davidcross

 "Devalued who've realized that Minor Threat is only a stage dive away from Slayer" This revelation is about 25 years old dumbass

saddled
saddled

I'm all for hot ladies rocking it, but damn! That Luma is boring as hell. It's kind of upsetting that they might be the next 'big thing' in regards to music in South Florida in terms of girl bands.

The Inspired Worm
The Inspired Worm

this heart electric is a slow but steady dino felipe ripoff to the max.

BigBlues
BigBlues

this is like some more in-depth recycled column from last week. again he includes his gf's band. no wonder this city is such a joke.

Disssssssheartmanicfarm
Disssssssheartmanicfarm

All the bands these dumbasses are arguing should be mentioned are not by any means NEW and are BORING nonetheless. I had no idea who o grime was til I read this, seems like they rulllllle. Luma junger seemed boring in your last article but this video changed my mind about them.

Disssssssheartmanicfarm
Disssssssheartmanicfarm

All the bands these dumbasses are arguing should be mentioned are not by any means NEW and are BORING nonetheless. I had no idea who o grime was til I read this, seems like they rulllllle. Luma junger seemed boring in your last article but this video changed my mind about them.

Good Music
Good Music

This article is really informative. I don't see enough comments giving credit to O'Grime. They are the most hardworking, creative, freshest duo we've ever had in Miami for a very long time. I'm not even a big fan of rap or even dubstep (maybe cause I'm 39 years) but these guys really have something special going on. I would sure like to meet these guys sometime and pick their brain on how they work and just get to know them as people in general. I also believe Spaceghost Purrp should've been on this list since he is also a producer, oh well soon enough everyone will stop sleeping on the talent Miami is creating. 2012 will be a huge year for these guys

Ncallava
Ncallava

I'm a local who goes out to see a lot of great shows in South Florida and I agree, a lot of these groups are not really buzzworthy nor hardworking. It takes a lot to say a band or group is gonna take over the music scene. What about a lot of the hard gigging solo artists? Joshua Stedman? Robert Elias? Vic Kingsley? Sarah Packiam? Karina Iglesias?

There are much harder more buzzed about bands in South Florida like Avenida Zero, Chris Alvy Band and Beach Day, BF GF etc... Cover the bands that matter! That really make a difference.

It would suck to see one of these groups or artists blow up soon and New Times not cover it. all these band are probably buddies of the writer or editor. Open your eyes!!

Dstouts
Dstouts

avenida zero is a good mention...

I agree, there is some good stuff out here. Seems like the times is not really out there doing the field work... or are bands not promoting? or playing out enough? hmmmm...

T_richo_05
T_richo_05

Robert Elias & The Revenge are gigging more than a lot of these bands. Weird that they wouldn't be included. Much love to all the other bands featured..

Nathalie & Shecky
Nathalie & Shecky

You should really check out this video of those 2 new young artists from MIA in You Tube - Find Love Julien featuring Addison Parker - it has over 6000 views on exposed vocals and over 1770 in You Tube - Great song & great Video...and all local http://youtu.be/qxk0DXp80Xo

Smurphio
Smurphio

These acts are all great but have you heard of KRISP?

Can I Get A Witness?
Can I Get A Witness?

Pool Party is fun, but Jose's "newest project" they are not. I saw them play the Gables Pub in 2003.

Youngbasedherman
Youngbasedherman

Devalued is dope, but don't you dare insult my sweet chugga chugga moshcore.

Allsewnup13
Allsewnup13

Im definitely gonna have to agree in askultura being one of the most amazing and influential bands in all of south florida! Not a band you want to leave out. Also, while your talking about promoters you may want to look at Nayra Serrano of Idle Hands who is making a huge move in the punk scene as far as bringing down some all-star and old school punk bands. As well as, Fabio Destroyio who works his ass off to make punk rock happen for all of us. Not knocking the list but there's a few more avenues that could have been explored. And yeah Pool Party is the jam!

Dstouts
Dstouts

Fabio from destroyio is another person that deserves some credit for the work he puts into the punk rock community... yes it's one niche, but it's one niche that makes a big part of the most credible venue in miami, Churchills. and without churchills how many bands would still be going?

Dstouts
Dstouts

hey seriously matt, you seem to be quite out of the loop when you leave out a band like askultura. there isn't a band in miami that manages to bring together such a wide range of sounds seamlessly and throw the biggest parties around the tri-county area. there also isn't a band in the city of miami that actually represents the locals any better. you should check them out one night so you can see what you've missed out on. it's like what the dropkick murphy's mean to boston, the arcade fire means to montreal, askultura means to miami.

MeAmMe
MeAmMe

"it's like what the dropkick murphy's mean to boston, the arcade fire means to montreal, askultura means to miami."

you spelled Spam Allstars incorrectly 

Dstouts
Dstouts

i can see why you'd think that... but you're confusing representing the latin culture that's present in miami vs representing ALL the types of people in the city of miami as a real melting pot. I'm not knocking the spam all stars but they're the band that captures what tourist have perceived miami as since the 80's thanks to miami vice, gloria estefan, etc. Which is great and apart of the culture and probably the best way to receive commercial attention, but definitely not to say they are miami.

ex. The Spam Allstars would be the band that would play the NBA all-star game when it comes to the city of miami, and have a lot of tunes for different commercials on tv. Askultura would be the band that either always stay as local heroes, or (if all goes well for them) will be playing festivals like lollapalooza, coachella, burning man, langerado, etc. and say on stage that they're from miami, fl.

DANYMANE
DANYMANE

YOPPP O'GRIME DOIN IT!!!!!! CANT WAIT FOR PEARL NECKLACE

Starkix407
Starkix407

Why isnt askultura on this list? Theyre doin big things this year and deserve a mention.

Tastette
Tastette

And The Big Tasty! Album dropping this year. 

@_@
@_@

Matt Preira does it again.

Jackieransom
Jackieransom

Thanks for the smart words Matt! -Mask Era

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