Mondays always get in the way of the weekend, but if you live in the Magic City, the first day of the work week always brings a new set of concerts to check out.
And if you were one of the lucky ones who snagged a pair of tickets to see Arcade Fire put on their first Florida shows at the Little Haiti Cultural Center and Mekka before they sold out in a matter of minutes, then chances are you probably caught yourself saying, "I can't wait 'til Wednesday."
If you're like the rest of us who weren't as lucky, here are the five best concerts going down in SoFla this week.
See also: New Times' Concert Calendar
Red Bull Music Academy Culture Clash. Hosted by Pepe Billete with DJ crews Black Chiney/Eccentrix Sound, Slow Roast Records, BassHead Music, and Moombahton Massive. Thursday, October 24, 10 p.m., Grand Central, 697 North Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; grandcentralmiami.com. Tickets cost $14 plus fees via ticketfly.com. If Red Bull gives you wings, then the Red Bull Music Academy Culture Clash hosted by Miami's favorite pingu Pepe Billete, with sounds from the DJs of Eccentrix Sound, Slow Roast Records, BassHead Music, and Moombahton Massive will give you a jet engine.
Ryan Hemsworth. With Cyril Hahn and Henry Krinkle. Thursday, October 24, 10 p.m., Bardot, 3456 North Miami Ave., Miami; 305-576-7750; bardotmiami.com. Tickets cost $18-$25 plus fees via showclix.com. Life is all about "Colour & Movement" and Ryan Hemsworth's musical fusion of the silky smooth beats of R&B and subtle electronica personifies that flow.
The Casualties. Destruction Campaign Tour with Negative Approach, Acidosis, Old Habits, Super Mutant, and DJ Hussler. Friday, October 25, 8 p.m., Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com. Tickets cost $20. Get ready for some pre-Halloween destruction with bleach blonde and teal mohawks, combat boots, and mosh pits, and cause a riot with the punk hits of the Casualties, Negative Approach, and other bands of the ilk.
Draco Rosa. Friday, October 26, 8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; fillmoremb.com. Tickets cost $43.50-$93.50 via livenation.com. Draco Rosa is a Grammy and Latin Grammy-award winning artist, ex-Menudo teen pop star, song writer, business man, and fighter who beat cancer. Watch him share the gift of Vida and rock the Americas with his dark rock ballads.
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Built To Spill. Sunday, October 27, 7:30 p.m., Culture Room, 3045 North Federal Hgwy., Fort Lauderdale; 954-564-1074; cultureroom.com. Tickets cost $20 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. Doug Martsch is the man. Not only is he a D-Wade fan and an Amnesty International supporter, he's an indie rock legend and he's returning to the Culture Room to make some beautiful, heartfelt tunes.