Without music, those eight hours spent in a cubicle, the bumper-to-bumper traffic on your commute home, and life alone would be an unbearable nuisance.
Good thing we never lack any good vibes in the Magic City.
Just check the five best concerts going down this week from indie rock with the UK's Arctic Monkeys to hip-hop beats from Crenshaw rapper Nipsey Hussle.
See also: New Times' Concert Calendar
Mr. Feathers' Cold Horses Release Party. With Pocket of Lollipops, Forte, Beatmachines, Laundry Room Squelchers, and the Creature Tweaker Council. Wednesday, January 29, 9 p.m., Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com. Bring out your colorful tribal outfits and feathered masks ... We're gonna get weird with Mr. Feathers and celebrate the launch of his latest album from outer space, Cold Horses.
Arctic Monkeys. With the Orwells. Thursday, January 30, 8:30 p.m., The Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; thefillmoremb.com. Tickets are sold out. "The nights were mainly made for saying things that you can't say tomorrow day." And from the sound of the Arctic Monkeys' moody lyrics and guitar-heavy melodies, the Grammy nominated, five-time Brit Awards recipients surely have a lot to say. Maybe that's why they "wanna know" if you've "got the guts" to spend the night with them.
Groove Cruise. Aboard the Norwegian Pearl with Markus Schulz, Gareth Emery, Cosmic Gate, Deniz Koyu, Tritonal, EDX, Rebecca & Fiona, Dberrie, Carlo Lio, Chus and Ceballos, Firebeatz, Adrian Lux, Feenixpawl, Gabriel and Dresden, Funkagenda, Michael Woods, Pierce Fulton, and others. Thursday, January 30, to Monday, February 3. Boarding at Port of Miami, 1015 N. America Way, Miami. The cruise is sold out. Visit thegroovecruise.com/miami. Ninety-six hours of non-stop partying with Markus Schulz, Gareth Emery, Cosmic Gate, Cedric Gervais, and other like-minded PLUR party animals aboard the Norwegian Pearl? That's how you Groove Cruise.
Empire Theory. With DJs Contra, Sire Esquire, and Camp Gabby. Thursday, January 30, 10 p.m., Blackbird Ordinary, 729 SW 1st Ave., Miami; 305-671-3307; blackbirdordinary.com. Free. Empire Theory's on a mission to surpass the "Tides of Man" and "change the world for the better, one song at a time," much like they did at their "Colors" single release party this past summer at the House of Blues in Orlando. All record proceeds went to Soles4Souls, a non-profit dedicated to fighting poverty by distributing shoes and clothes to people in need. Gotta love musicians with a heart.
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Nipsey Hussle. Friday, January 30, 8 p.m., Avenue D Jazz & Blues Lounge, 8 South Miami Ave., Miami; 305-371-4823; avenuedjazz.com. Tickets cost $20-$99 plus fees via ticketweb.com. Nipsey Hussle's been keeping it real ever since his days growing up in the Westside of LA. And if there's one thing the rapper has learned along the way, we're pretty sure it's this: "It's [all] about boss of self." That's how Hussle was able to get off the streets, venture into music, start his own label, and tour his way to the 305 where he'll be delivering a piece of Crenshaw.