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Art Basel 09: Music

In Miami you can’t have art without a party, and what’s a party without music? Although Art Basel is mostly for the eyes, there are a number of worthwhile pop music events built around the fair.

9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2 at the Oceanfront venue (at Collins Park, between 21st and 22nd streets on the Miami Beach): This year’s free Art Basel kick-off concert features wildly costumed “jungle punk” British singer and actor Ebony Bones, who first created a radio and media sensation two years ago with her self-produced music, made with beer bottles and cookware, and video depicting an Orwellian Britain.

7 p.m., Thursday Dec. 3, Pulse Art Fair, The Ice Palace, 1400 N. Miami Ave., Miami: Breakout Brooklyn indie-pop babes The Vivian Girls mix 60’s girl-group sounds with punk for gritty fun pop.

8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, Terri and Donna Gallery, 153 NW 36th St., Miami: This local gallery and University of Miami radio station WVUM present Georgia based electronic band Washed Out. $10 at or $12 at the door.

8 and 11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 through Saturday, Dec. 5, Nikki Beach Club, 1 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach: Cuban diva Cucu Diamantes is the headliner for the Miami premiere of The Box, Manhattan’s provocative new vaudeville cabaret. $100, 786-515-1159 or

9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, poolside at the Delano Hotel, 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach: Giant Step presents Chicago dance music artist and rapper Kid Sister, with Miami DJ Induce. Free with RSVP to; space is limited.

5 p.m., Friday Dec. 4, Pulse Art Fair: Exene Cervenka, legendary former screamer-songstress-punk diva of seminal L.A. punk band X, performs much mellower spoken word and music from Somewhere Gone, her first solo album since 1991.

10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4, WET at W South Beach, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach: The Sex Pistol’s Glen Matlock performs live poolside along with Jesse Yusef Murphy featuring symphony Hykast Studios. For ticket information or 305-398-3131.

6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, Pulse Art Fair: The Blow, aka pop musician/artist/performer Khaela Maricich blends over the top operatic performance with pop music.

7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, Fountain Art Fair, 2505 North Miami Ave., Miami: Filter Magazine presents hot indie-electronic Brooklyn band Chairlift. $5,

9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, The Awarehouse, 550 NW 29th St., Miami: Two alternative Latin stars, Spanish rapper Mala Rodriguez and Mexican dance-electronic music band Kinky. Free with RSVP by Thursday to