Whatchu want? Whatchu need? We got you, mang.
You looking for something to get you pumped up and raging? Or do you want something that'll bring you down and chill you out? Oh, you want something that's gonna make you feel all crazy inside and jump around? How about just some good-old regular smoking music?
Well, this week Miami is serving up all that and more. It's music for any mood as we dive into March. These are the five best shows in the city.
Every Time I Die with the Acacia Strain, Vanna, Hundredth, and No Bragging Rights. 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 26, Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; grandcentralmiami.com. Ages 18 and up. Tickets cost $18 plus fees via ticketfly.com.
The week just started, and it's already time to bash some skulls. Work out your Tuesday blues with some hard metal straight from New York. Every Time I Die's technical style will have you moshing and thrashing through the night. Try not to turn into work Wednesday smelling too much of sweat, alcohol, and the grave.
Living Room Sessions with Hundred Waters, Abdecaf and Samsun. 10 p.m., Thursday, February 28, Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave., MIami; 305-576-5570; bardotmiami.com. Ages 21 and up. Tickets are $12 to $15 plus fees via showclix.com.
Prepare to get swept up in the chill currant of beautiful music, coming at you live from the muggy swamps of north Florida. This Gainesville gem turned OWSL-backed national sensation is making real waves with their beautifully emotive self-titled album, and you can get lost in it on the carpet. Just close your eyes and let go.
311 Caribbean Cruise Pre-Party with Full Service, Krooked Treez, J. Randy and DJ Trichrome. 8 p.m., Thursday, February 28, Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave.,Miami; 305-377-2277; grandcentralmiami.com. Ages 18 and up. Free with RSVP to RSVP@grandcentralmiami.com.
Who's got the herb? No doubt someone in this general vicinity. If you're embarking on the 311 Caribbean Cruise adventure, this is the perfect way to meet your fellow high-sailing ship mates, enjoy some food and drink specials, and most definitely some of those island rhythms.
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Bands for Dance 4 Fundraiser with Askultura, Stereotype The Masses, Riot Agents, The Von, Milkspot and DJ Skidmark. 9 p.m., Friday, March 1, Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE 2 Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com. Ages 18 and up. $5 donation at the door.
Punks and rude boys aren't really known for their sophisticated dance skills, but that doesn't mean they don't want to share their hearts and dollars with those who've got dreams. For the fourth year running, Churchill's is raising money for the Michelle Cargas Scholarship Fund, which to date has awarded three inspired and committed dance students at USF with tuition to follow their hopes to the stars. And with Askultura and company in tow, it's going to be one hell of a hair-raising bash.
Afrobeta with Stokeswood. 10 p.m., Saturday, March 2, The Stage, 170 NE. 38 St., Miami; 305-576-9577; thestagemiami.com. Ages 21 and up. Free for ladies, $10 for men at the door. Get your wonky beat fix from this local twosome as they make love to live synths and deep, bassy dance bumps. Wikipedia says they're a "Cuban-American Electro Funk musical band." You know we love them, because we named them Best Band in 2010. Plus, they've graced stages from Ultra Music Festival in Miami to Korea. Support the 305 and get your jive on.