By Jacob Katel
By Laurie Charles
By Nate "Igor" Smith
By Abel Folgar
By Kat Bein
By Jacob Katel
Against All Authority
Against All Authority has just returned from a two-month tour across the States on which it shared the bill with the Code and the Suicide Machines. On Friday the decade-old, ska-tinged sociopolitical activists will take to the stage in Kendall, in order to bring the road's energy back full circle. Sure to mix it up with older tracks from its Far Out releases as well as new stuff from its Hopeless and A-F Records catalog, Triple-A is looking to get some down time before it hits the studio to record its half of an upcoming split seven-inch with Jesse Michael's (ex-Operation Ivy) now-defunct Common Rider.
Joining the party will be long-time buddies the Crumbs (in support of their two new albums, Last Exit and Hold That Shit Right), Modern Day '84, Empty Wallet, and out-of-towners Pipedown. They'll all be playing at a new venue, the Warehouse, that's nestled in the vicinity of Miami Dade College's Kendall campus. Its all-ages policy means you should invite your kid sister. -- Abel Folgar
Against All Authority, the Crumbs, Pipedown, Modern Day '84, and Empty Wallet perform at 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 28, at the Warehouse, 10250 SW 107th Ave. Tickets cost $6. Call 786-486-6963.
Uncle Luke's Superfest
Memorial Day weekend usually draws scores of entertainers to South Beach for one last bacchanalia before the season ends. Unfortunately, few of the parties that ensue involve actual performances (besides some rapper drooling out a drunken freestyle). So it makes sense that Uncle Luke's annual hip-hop blowout is taking place in Miami, where families of all ages can witness R-rated entertainment by Big Tymers' Baby and Mannie Fresh, freek-a-leeker Petey Pablo, slow jam man Twista, tipsy kid J-Kwon, and local heroes Trick Daddy, Trina, and Jacki-O. With luck, Jacki-O won't reprise her show from last year, which often involved an explicit lap dance for some lucky gent. -- Mosi Reeves
Uncle Luke's Superfest takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 28, at Miami Arena, 721 NW 1st Ave. Tickets range from $11.50 to $46.50. Call 305-530-4400.
Why would any self-respecting adult who isn't a full-on drug addict or hopelessly stuck in the Nineties want to go to Magical Maydaze? Last year the all-night party featured some great performances -- by Kraftwerk vocalist Karl Bartos and Dynamix II, among many others -- that were well worth the price of dodging overly friendly Ecstasy freaks. This edition should be no different. Headliners include Slick "La Di Da Di" Rick, breakbeat trio the Spacemen, and dozens of trance, jungle, hip-hop, and electro DJs spread throughout five decorated rooms, many of whom will assuredly rock the crowd. Be warned, though -- this is an all-ages event. If someone walks up and tries to dance in front of you with her glow sticks, be polite, enjoy the bright lights, and move on. -- Mosi Reeves
Magical Maydaze takes place at 10:00 p.m. Saturday, May 29, at Pure, 66 SW 6th St. Tickets cost $25. Call 305-579-0974.
Depeche Mode tribute
Okay, it's common knowledge that Miami does a poor job of supporting its local rock scene. So what will it take to win the kids over? A New Wave tribute night, of course! Yes, seven local bands are taking the stage to sing your favorite Depeche Mode hits, from "Just Can't Get Enough" to "Enjoy the Silence." Leading the pack is Bling Bling, which just released its great new disc, Diary of a... Then there's Zira, Humbert, the Curious Hair, Mongo, Shuttle Lounge, and Modernage, all playing their little hearts out for you on what's sure to be an eventful Memorial Day weekend. -- Mosi Reeves
The Depeche Mode tribute takes place at 10:00 p.m. Sunday, May 30, at I/O, 30 NE 14th St. Tickets cost $6. Call 305-358-8007.
!Qué bola! Latin hip-hop is blowing up and Don Dinero is the man to thank. The first rapper to break into Spanish-language radio, Dinero is also the Don who convinced all those Latinos born stateside that there's a reason to listen to music en español. Even if speaking Spanish isn't your thing, this Cuban American's got flow in any language. The Old Havana beat on his hit "Pana, Pana" is as smooth as a true Cuban cigar, while the keepin' it real vibe of "Where You At?" is as rough as the streets of Hialeah.
But if that's not enough to convince you that Cuban hip-hop is here to stay, be sure to show up early for newcomers 90 Millas. With one member still in high school, this trio is as fresh as fresh gets, bringing rhythms from old-school rap to Cuban son to reggaetón. Ahora tu sabes. -- Celeste Fraser Delgado
Don Dinero, Julio Acosta, and 90 Millas perform at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, May 30, at Club Tropigala, 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. Tickets cost $20. Call 305-672-7469.