Lots of really stellar talent is hitting stages all across Miami this week.
No matter what you fancy -- hip-hop, dreamwave, math rock, experimental, country, or just plain pop -- you can find it right here in your hometown.
Representing the freshest talent from all corners of the country, here are the five best concerts of the next seven days.
El Ten Eleven. With Slow Magic and Nude Pop. Wednesday, April 10, at Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-576-5570; bardotmiami.com. The show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets cost $10 to $12 plus fees via showclix.com. Ages 21 and up. Fans of beautiful, intricate, and meaningful guitar-driven rock rejoice! This is the kind of show you've been waiting for. Kind of mathy, kind of proggy, kind of post-rock-y, this duo prefers to call itself a "power duo." Not to mention, a totally killer opening set from Slow Magic who will more than set the mood with catchy, dreamy electro-pop.
Taylor Swift: The Red Tour. With Ed Sheeran. Wednesday, April 10, at the American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; aaarena.com. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets cost $45 to $105 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. All ages. After selling 1.2 million copies of her fourth album right out the gate, this country-pop princess needs no introduction. Her adoring fans will no doubt be thronging the AAA this Wednesday to see Ms. Tay pour her soul into a mic, and probably don more than a few fierce Southern dresses. Catch the special opening set from her buddy Ed Sheeran, bringing his own A-game.
Mykki Blanco. With Chalk. Thursday, April 11, at Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-576-5570; bardotmiami.com. The show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets cost $15 to $20 plus fees via showclix.com. Ages 21 and up. You've never seen a rapper like gender-bending Mykki Blanco, and you've never heard a flow so cold. She lets rip an experimental delivery unlike any other, over beats from producers like Brenmar and Flosstradamus. It's going to be an unforgettably sweaty night.
Styles P. With L.M.S. and Sin, plus DJs Methods and Heron. Saturday, April 13, at The Stage, 170 N.E. 38 St., Miami; 305-576-9577; thestagemiami.com. The show starts at 10 p.m., and tickets cost $15 plus fees via brownpapertickets.com. Ages 21 and up. After more than a decade in the game, Styles P is a hip-hop legend. Always a hustler, he added published fiction author and juice bar entrepreneur to his resume in the last couple of years. But come check out Mr. P at The Stage for the music that earned him all that OG respect.
Pac Div. With Johnny Polygon and After the Smoke. Saturday, April 13, at Eve, 1306 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-995-5050; miamieve.com. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets cost $12 to $30 plus fees via ticketweb.com. This Southern California rap trio will have your shoulders bouncing and her head spinning. Influenced by classic hip-hop more than the go-dumb absurdity of modern rap, these guys bring a tight flow and punchlines that linger. The likes of Questlove, Ludacris, Pharrell, and Talib Kweli have already nodded their approval. Find out why.
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