March in Miami was decidedly one-sided. With Miami Music Week and Ultra storming into town, if you didn't enjoy dance music, you probably spent a lot of time inside catching up on Netflix.
But we have good news, Miami. April is looking pretty damned eclectic. We've got
10. TV Girl with Millionyoung. 9 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at Sidebar, 337 SW Eighth St., Miami. Admission is free.
I don't know if one could pick two musical flavors that go so well together as TV Girl and Millionyoung. The airy electronica of both parties will make for one delicious smoothie. Even better: The show's free.
8. FIU Bayfest Music Festival with Trina and Migos. 3 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at Florida International University - Biscayne Bay Campus, 3000 NE 151st St., North Miami. Tickets cost $11 to $43 via eventbrite.com.
Shoutout to FIU for throwing together a dope lineup for Bayfest. In addition to Migos (who are the reason your parents now ask you what this whole "dab" thing is all about once a week), FIU obeyed the holiest of Miami music commandments: Put Trina on the bill and all will be well.
7. The Cult. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $35 to $52 via livenation.com.
Warm up for the Cure in June with fellow postpunk goth Brits the Cult. Unlike the Cure's upcoming gig, this show will be inside. So you can wear black without dying from heat stroke before the encore.
6. Record Store Day 2016 with Shabazz Palaces and more. Saturday, April 16, at Sweat Records and Churchill's, 5505 NE Second Ave., Miami; 786-693-9309; sweatrecordsmiami.com. Admission is free.
5. TransAtlantic Festival with Beirut, Kazoots, EMEFE, and more. Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, at the North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $22 to $53 via eventbrite.com.
After our recent conversation with Beirut frontman Zach Condon, you should be very excited about this show. The Rhythm Foundation's TransAtlantic festival will give Miami its first chance to see the very-hot-right-now Beirut live at one of Miami Beach's most enduring venues: the North Beach Bandshell.
4. Rakim. 4 p.m. Sunday, April 17, at Sidebar, 337 SW Eighth St., Miami. Tickets cost $16 to $22 via eventbrite.com.
Man, if you're not pumped about this one, you can't call yourself a hip-hop fan. Rakim is rap royalty, widely acknowledged as one of the most influential MCs of all time, thanks to both his solo work and his time spent as part of the duo known as Eric B. & Rakim. Good on Sidebar for this booking. Now buy your ticket, fool.
3. Pearl Jam. 8 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; aaarena.com. Tickets cost $67 plus fees via Ticketmaster.com.
Nothing will beat the time Eddie Vedder came to Miami, got drunk at Mac's Club Deuce, and recorded some awesome drunken cover songs in Little Haiti. But this show won't be a bad runner-up.
2. Iggy Pop. 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $64 to $105 via livenation.com.
Even though Iggy lives among us, we rarely if ever get to see the rock ’n’ roll legend perform in Miami. But the only Florida date on his highly anticipated Post Pop Depression tour with Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme is happening in our own backyard, at the Fillmore Miami Beach. Do what you have to do to get in the door for this one.
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1. Beyoncé. 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, at Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way, Miami. Tickets cost $45 to $305 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.
Ya know how animals can sense earthquakes and other natural disasters before they happen? Well, anyone following the past six months of Beyoncé's career should be able to sense that the singer is about to do something truly special with this upcoming album/world tour. Using her artistic influence to create a much-needed conversation about race and social injustice, Bey is reaching new heights as a performer, and she's only going to climb higher.