Everyone in the 305 is preparing himself emotionally, physically, and financially for the insane uhntz-uhntz parade (AKA Ultra Music Festival) that's about to come crashing down.
But that doesn't mean the shriek of electric guitar and finger-freaked bass are gonna be totally drowned out in the March EDM melee.
Au contraire. There is still plenty of amazing live music working its way through our PLUR-ready streets; you've just got to know where to look.
Behold! The five best live music shows this week. No furry boots allowed.
ArtOfficial with Red Lyte, Biggz General, Artikal Sound System, and Itzmatic. Friday, March 8, at the Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami; 305-576-9577; thestagemiami.com. Age 21 and up. The show starts at 10 p.m., and tickets cost $10 at the door. ArtOfficial returns to the Stage to play a special set for its hometown. This is more than just hip-hop; it's jazz and funk, maybe even a hint of ska-style groove. Definitely good for after a nice smoke session, if you catch our drift. Bob your head to the calming, thoughtful rhythms and rhymes while enjoying delicious drink specials. Up originality.
The Robby Hunter Band. Friday, March 8, at Tobacco Road's upstairs Cabaret Stage, 626 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-374-1198; tobacco-road.com. Age 21 and up. The show starts at 10:30 p.m., and tickets cost $5 at the door. This Miami man and his band of brothers are superstoked to be bringing their fresh, indie-funk sound to SXSW. Come cheer them on for their last home gig before the big trip! They're fun, or at least they must be, because they describe themselves as "graced by the big dick of hip-hop." Get down to the grooves, enjoy a few drinks, and bask in the sunny sound of home.
Coheed and Cambria, with Russian Circles and Between the Buried and Me. 8 p.m. Friday, March 8, at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; fillmoremb.com. All ages welcome. Tickets cost $40 via livenation. In today's modern world, the electric guitar has become some ancient artifact, only to be re-created in style by synthesizers for seaty dance floors. But that's not true in the hearts of many, and this American rock group is out to prove it. With hints of progressive and punk, their style emits energy, rebellion and good ol'-fashioned body-thrashing dexterity. Rock 'n' roll isn't dead.
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Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon with Saheed, Pages and the Out of Hand Band, and DJ Heron. 10 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami; 305-576-9577; thestagemiami.com. Ages 21 and up. Tickets cost $22 to $250 plus fees via bpt.me. Something ill is cooking up at the Stage this weekend, and all killer bees and real hip-hop fans are encouraged to eat up. Raekwon the Chef is coming to rock the crowd from the front to the back, bringing with him fresh new beats and rhymes from his latest mixtape, Lost Jewelry. He's sure to drop his own nasty verses from your fave Wu-Tang hits, as well as familiar hits from his successful solo career and perhaps some unreleased treats from his forthcoming album.
Infest with Insult, Assholeparade, Strong Intention, Magrudergrind, Vaccine, Shitstorm, and Maruta. Saturday, March 8, at Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami.; 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com. Doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets cost $20 via speedfreekevents.com. This is a pretty special performance. These "pioneers of power-violence" are being flown in for a special one-time Florida show. We previously discussed how they may in fact be the most hard-core band in history, but now it's your turn to find out for yourself. Get ready to have your ears destroyed. They will not take it easy on you.