The best concerts this week in Miami are not in Miami.
There are the usual nights out at the clubs and dive bars, but for proper shows of national acts, make like a tourist and head north.
A trio of concerts taking place in Broward stands out, each offering something different. The marquee event finds a South Florida native returning home for the third year in a row. Chris Carrabba and Dashboard Confessional will perform at Revolution Live this Wednesday. The lovelorn group best known for songs such as “Hands Down” and “Stolen” is headed back to its roots at a spot that, according to Carrabba in a recent interview with New Times, is an old haunt.
The year is shaping up to be huge for Dashboard Confessional, considering Carrabba has a wealth of new material nearly ready for release (the band hasn't dropped a proper LP since 2009's Alter the Ending). He told Billboard as much earlier this month that despite not having a label or any definite plans, he’s in the middle of a writing frenzy. This week’s show promises to be plenty nostalgic: Carrabba also let it slip that he finds himself exploring his first few records for inspiration.
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For the moment, Dashboard is content with surprise releases such as Covered and Taped, a four-song EP that features covers of Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” and the 1975's “Sex.” It’s not the first time the band has given other artists' songs the emo treatment. In 2004, DC and R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe put out a live split EP that had him and the group sharing vocal duties on each others' songs. The Wire Tapes Vol. 1, released in 2007, found Carrabba covering everyone from Men at Work to Weezer.
In other concert news, Colin Hay, the onetime Men at Work frontman (and contributor to the best sitcom of all time, Scrubs — don’t argue), will perform at the Broward Center Saturday. That same night, legendary rapper and political activist Talib Kweli will be at Cash Only on Las Olas to spit rhymes and probably talk a lot of shit about Donald Trump.