Five Best Concerts in Miami This Week

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No matter what you tell yourself, you can never mentally prepare yourself for Monday.

Sure, you can watch re-runs of The Walking Dead, crash one last weekend bash, or plan to call in sick the next morning, but there's just no escaping the reality of the work week.

The struggle between productivity and laziness is real, but at least you've got some pretty good music to help you get through it.

Here are the five best concerts going down this week.

See also: New Times' Concert Calendar

Joey Bada$$. B4DA$$ Tour with Vince Staples, CJ Flye, Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution, and Statik Selekta. Thursday, October 30, 8 p.m. Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; grandcentralmiami.com. Tickets cost $25 to $120 plus fees via ticketfly.com. Ages 18 and up. Joey Bada$$ knows you "can't be second greatest." That's why the Pro Era mastermind wants you to "check [his] style, check, check, check it out" and see that he's "the best and def your favorite."

See also: Joey Badass Talks Debut Album B4.Da.$$: "Just Taking My Time, Not Forcing Anything"

Cultura Dura Tour. With Mr. Pauer, Bonnie Beats, Chato, Dale Dale, and a live percussionist. Presented by Mike's Harder and Remezcla. Thursday, October 30, 11 p.m. The Garret at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; grandcentralmiami.com. Entry is free with RSVP via remezcla.com. Ages 21 and up. Go hard with your amigos at the Garret and check out "the new sound of Latin music," or electrópico, as Latin Grammy-nominated DJ Mr. Pauer calls it, at the Cultura Dura Tour.

See also: Mr. Pauer on Cultura Dura Tour: "It's Embracing the New Sound of Latin Music"

7 Seconds. With the Interrupters, Between Enemies, and Die Trying! Presented by Idle Hands. Saturday, November 1, 9 p.m. Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com. Tickets cost $12 via idlehands305.com. Ages 18 and up. Celebrate over three decades of hardcore punk with Reno's 7 Seconds and stay "Young Till [You] Die" at Churchill's.

See also: 7 Seconds Talks 35 Years of Hardcore Punk

Fantine. Presented by Emilio Estefan and Festival Miami 2014. Saturday, November 1, 8 p.m. UM Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Dr., Coral Gables; 305-284-2241; music.miami.edu. Tickets cost $25 to $45 plus fees via ovationtix.com. Check out the indie "electro-soul" vibes of Fantine as the breakthrough artist debuts her premiere album, I Am Fantine (which just so happens to be produced by Emilio Estefan) at the U's Gusman Concert Hall.

Slick Rick. With DJs Heron, Self Born, Klassik, and Exes. Presented by Selectah Sundays and Addictive Affairs. Sunday, November 2, 10 p.m. Will Call, 700 NE 2nd Ave. Miami; 305-577-5900; willcallmiami.com. Tickets cost $15 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 21 and up. Join Slick Rick the Ruler as the Grammy-nominated rapper takes you on a royal journey through The Great Adventures of Slick Rick at Will Call.

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