The Five Best Concerts in Miami This Weekend

Interpol Jamie James Medina
Rolling Loud 2019. Depending upon the artists you choose, your Rolling Loud experience could go one of two ways. You could see the same headliners and subheadliners from last year — Migos, Travis Scott, Lil Uzi Vert — in the same massive, unpleasant crowd in either the searing heat of a Florida weekend or the confusion of poorly lit nighttime festival grounds. Or you could show up a bit earlier and see some of the lesser-known, up-and-coming acts. They won't mumble and stumble through hastily planned sets and rap one lyric out of every five. They'll be coming with all the energy in the world, trying to prove they're hungry for hip-hop success. They might even dive into the crowd or throw a chain into the audience, and when they're famous, you'll be able to tell people you partied with [insert rapper name here]. Read "The Top Ten Rising Artists at Rolling Loud 2019" and how Rolling Loud is like the new Warped Tour. Many of the big names will play E11even too! With Migos, Travis Scott, Kid Cudi, and others. Friday, May 10, through Sunday, May 12, at Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Dr., Miami Gardens; General-admission passes cost $429 via

Interpol. Interpol is one of the hardest-working low-key bands on the indie scene. So it's no surprise that when the trio completed its sixth album, Marauder, there was plenty of leftover material. Last August, the bandmates released the album on which they collaborated with Flaming Lips and MGMT producer Dave Fridmann. Interpol guitarist and founding member Daniel Kessler calls Fridmann "incredible, a true inspiration to work with." The LP, recorded straight to analog tape, was noted by Newsweek as one of the best of the group's albums yet. But Marauder bubbled over to fill an EP due out May 17, A Fine Mess, which has the band softening some of its edges. "It was a very fruitful [time] as far as writing in the last couple of years. We didn't hit too many walls, and we felt the material we were coming up with was all pretty equal in strength," Kessler explains. Read the full Interpol interview here. 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; Tickets cost $31.50 to $45.

Lil Wayne. Though the great wordsmith Lil Wayne claimed he was retiring after the release of Tha Carter V in 2018, it seems as if he was just pulling a Cher. This week, we scratched our chins when we saw he's soon heading out on tour with Blink-182. Given that Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker worked on Weezy's rock album Rebirth and they're all about that sk8r culture, it makes sense. However, many out there aren't turned on by that pop-punk lifestyle but still love Lil Wayne. Those fans might want to catch him live at Story this weekend sans the alt boy band. And it's guaranteed to be a wild time, because when Tunechi plays his hometown, Miami turns out. 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Story Nightclub, 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-538-2424; Admission costs $40.

Rüfüs du Sol. Fans of Rüfüs du Sol’s music know and love indie-dance and deep-house hits such as “Treat You Better,” “You Were Right,” “Sundream,” and “Underwater,” which can be heard on outlets such as Sirius XM’s Chill radio station. But those who have yet to experience the live show are in for a surprise: Rüfüs du Sol is a trio of Australian musicians — Tyrone Lindqvist on vocals and guitar, Jon George on keyboards, and James Hunt on drums — who re-create their big, melodic, sweeping sound on their own. Catch them at Bayfront Park May 11. “It’s just the three of us onstage,” George says. “We’ve got guitar, synthesizers, and vocals, and we’re just moving between it all really fast and trying to cover as much ground as we can.” Read this interview with Rüfüs du Sol ahead of the group's Bayfront show this weekend. 8 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Bayfront Park Amphitheater, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets cost $35 to $124.75 via

Slayer. Wondering if those 20-something Cara Delevingne protégées who wear their dads' old Slayer tees ever venture out to the band's shows? The only way to find out is to hit up Coral Sky Amphitheatre this Saturday. The thrash metalheads from California have been around since 1981 and last released an album, Repentless, in 2015. The group will Show No Mercy in West Palm. This is a show for people who like their music fast, aggressive, and seriously dark. It's the kind of stuff that'll make your grandma set aside her Metamucil, and leave your children banging their heads. It's Slayer's final tour, so mark your iPhone calendars, ya yuppies, because Hell Awaits. With Lamb of God, Amon Amarth, and Cannibal Corpse. 6 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Coral Sky Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach; 561-795-8883. Tickets cost $29.50 to $89.50 via
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Liz Tracy has written for publications such as the New York Times, the Atlantic, Refinery29, W, Glamour, and, of course, Miami New Times. She was New Times Broward-Palm Beach's music editor for three years. Now she plays one mean monster with her 2-year-old son and obsessively watches British mysteries.
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