Now in its 24th years, the Winter Music Conference brings industry professionals and electro acts from around the world to Miami for all manner of networking, panels and performance opportunities, from private parties to slots at WMC's Ultra Music Festival. Ultra continues with its usual roster of traditional DJs, producers and electronica acts — The Prodigy, Paul Van Dyk, Booka Shade, Moby, Tiësto, Carl Cox and the like — but expands upon the definition of electro music with offerings that include newer groups like Cut Copy, MSTRKRFT, Simian Mobile Disco, Crystal Castles and The Whip, and groups that aren't necessarily electro, but include electro elements in their music: The Ting Tings, Bloc Party, Black Eyed Peas, Santigold and Hercules and Love Affair. Luckily for Tampa folks, the state is so oversaturated with this influx of artists that we get much of the runoff as many stop in or around town to play a show while on their way to or from the fest. The following is a breakdown of electro shows within a 2 1/2-hour radius that are worthy of your attention.
Friday, March 27
WMNF presents Synthetic Pleasures w/Girls on Film/Genre Baptist/I Kill Pxls/DJ Curse Mackey. MNF has joined the electro bandwagon with its own Florida-grown bill headed up by all-female Tallahassee fourtet Girls on Film (pictured), who do the glam 80s thing complete with computer drums and programming, shrill vocals, teased hair and cakey make-up, and retro prom outfits. 9 p.m., Orpheum, Ybor City, $7.
Kraak and Smaak w/Special Guest DJs Mighty White and Willyvegas Kraak and Smaak (direct translation: crunchy and tasty) are a new but rather well-regarded Netherlands electro trio that combines pimplicious funk grooves with breakbeats and loungey house. 9 p.m., Crowbar, Ybor City, $12 in advance/$15 day of show.
Cut Copy w/Matt & Kim The Melbourne, Australia trio marry Dark Wave punk (affected vocals, theatric synths) with a healthy dose of digi-electro dance fun. Definitely worth the drive. 7 p.m., Club Firestone, Orlando, $19.99 in advance/$22 DOS.
Saturday, March 28
Creative Loafing presents Sensory Overload 4.0 w/Eliot Lipp/Michna/Soft Rock Renegades CLs multi-sensory art party, Sensory Overload 4.0, goes digital in its fourth year and in honor of the occasion, weve brought some pretty stellar electro artists on board to entertain. Glitch-hopping producer Eliot Lipp (pictured), who currently resides in Brooklyn with the rest of the hip-as-shit music-making community, brings the electro funk straight from 84 bumpin beats and breaks, vintage synth action, 8-bit arcade blips. Its almost like youre in Beverly Hills Cop and Eddie Murphys gonna come creeping round the corner any minute with his 9mm and retro stache. Lipps latest, Peace Love Weed 3D, was released on Old Tacoma Records in January and has gotten some good buzz. Apparently, Lipp actually creates the tracks from his recordings live on stage, his shows a fusion of live keys and synthesizers manipulated with computers and MIDI controllers. Ghostly International Michna is also a Brooklyn-based producer who draws from an urban palette, though his booty-on-the-floor beats have a breezier, tropical feel with live horns and playfully scattered samples. Tampas own Soft Rock Renegades round out the bill with electro spins before and in between the producer sets. 9 p.m.-1 a.m., The Honey Pot, Ybor City, $10.
Sunday, March 29
The Ting Tings Last year, Brit pop duo The Ting Tings (made up of singer/guitarist Katie White and drummer Jules De Martino, pictured) jumped right to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart with Thats Not My Name, a bumpin dance-punk number with White singing in an insolent talk-sing style against clap-stomp beats. While they didnt get quite as much airplay in the U.S., the pair still managed to make some rather significant waves, and their Tampa stop will likely sell out. 8 p.m., Orpheum, Ybor City, $15.
Matt & Kim w/Select Start/Tiger Beat. The keyboard-driven boy-girl dance-punk duo Matt Johnson (keys/vocals) and Kim Schifino (drums/vocals), out of Brooklyn, bring a fresh-faced, rambunctious charm to their upbeat, fuzzy dance ditties. 7 p.m., Czar, Ybor City, $8 in advance/$10 DOS (all ages).
The Presets w/The Golden Filter. The Aussie industrial electro-house-meets-New-Wave duo drops a deluxe, expanded version of its 2008 sophmore album, Apocalypso — which garnered them six ARIA Awards, Australia's version of the Junos — on May 5. The new release will include expanded artwork and a bonus disc of remixes by Lifelike, Digitalism's Jence Moelle, Mouse On Mars, Jori Hulkkonen, Still Going and D.I.M. 8 p.m., Common Grounds, Gainesville, $12 in advance/$15 DOS.