With perfectly chiseled beach bodies, (mostly) sunny skies, and 80 degree weather in the middle of winter, Miami is like some sort of magical wonderland.
And with never-ending music almost every night of the week, the 305 really is paradise.
Here are the five best concerts to check out this week.
See also: New Times' Concert Calendar
Demi Lovato. The Neon Lights Tour with Little Mix and Fifth Harmony. Tuesday, February 25, 7 p.m., BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise; 954-835-8000; thebbtcenter.com. Tickets cost $25.25-$60.75 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. Out of all the Disney channel heartlets gone bad, Demi Lovato's the baddest of them all. Sure, Miley's always wearing her birthday suit and wagging her tongue, and Selena Gomez is supposedly getting stoned, but Lovato's been to rehab. And if her steamy "Neon Lights" vid is any indication of her tour, then "expect lots of sexy costumes, and, well, lots of neon."
The Black Angels & Roky Erickson. The Winter Psych Storm Tour with Golden Animals. Tuesday, February 25, 8 p.m., Grand Central, 697 North Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; grandcentralmiami.com. Tickets cost $22 plus fees via ticketfly.com. Get ready for a Winter Psych Storm with psychedelic rock crew the Black Angels and the legendary Roky Erickson.
Iron and Wine. With Jesca Hoop. Tuesday, February 25, 7 p.m., Culture Room, 3045 North Federal Hgwy., Fort Lauderdale; 954-564-1074; cultureroom.net. Tickets cost $30 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. Watch Sam Beam do his "solo thing" with him and his guitar at Culture Room.
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Swamp Stomp. With the Bright Light Social Hour, Roosevelt Collier's Phunk Phactory, Swimm, Rachael Brooke, Bird Named Python, Stop the Presses, Los Bastardos Magnificos, the Vilifiers, and Off Orbit. Saturday, March 1, 7 p.m., Tobacco Road, 626 South Miami Ave., Miami; 305-374-1198; tobacco-road.com. Tickets cost $10 plus fees via brownpapertickets.com, or $15 at the door. Go swampin' and a stompin' to the Road with Bright Light Social Hour, Los Bastardos Magnificos, Bird Named Python, and the rest of this year's Swamp Stompers.
Laura Pausini. With Luis Fonsi and Biagio Antonacci. Sunday, March 2, 8 p.m., James L. Knight Center, 400 NE 2nd Ave., Miami; 305-372-4634; jlkc.com. Tickets cost $73-$223 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. The name Laura Pausini itself sends shock waves across the musical world. The Italian songstress has sold more than 45 million albums worldwide, has shared the stage with vocal pipe master Andrea Bocelli, and recorded with Marc Anthony, James Blunt, and Kylie Minogue, to name a few. Now, the singer is stopping by the Magic City in celebration of her 20 Grandes Exitos.