Miami's Five Best Concerts This Week

Earl Sweatshirt. Not Ready 2 Leave Tour with NxWorries and Remy Banks. Wednesday, September 2, 7 p.m. Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; Tickets cost $30 to $60 plus fees via All ages.

There's a new breed of conscious rap out there, and Los Angeles rapper Earl Sweatshirt is the leader of the pack. Giving "a more precise and more particular perspective to the ramifications of social, political, and economic tumult," the 21-year-old, along with other lyrical masters of his kind, as pointed out in a recent New Times piece, is "[fueling] this movement with [his] internalized verses." Sure, you can read and analyze his rhymes all you want, but the only way to truly grasp their meaning is by watching the lyrical master spit 'em live at Grand Central.

Mötley Crüe: The Final Tour. With Alice Cooper. Wednesday, September 2, 7 p.m. American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; Tickets cost $25 to $125 plus fees via

After 34 years of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, Mötley Crüe is calling it quits. Even though this is the band's, like, ninth "final" tour, you can still be a part of history when Nikki, Tommy, Mick, and Vince come to the Magic City this week, eyeliner and hairspray included. 

Chris Brown. One Hell of a Nite Tour with Kid Ink, Omarion, Fetty Wap, and Teyana Taylor. Thursday, September 3, 7 p.m. American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; Tickets cost $36 to $122 plus fees via

It's a shame that Miami's first chance to see Fetty Wap on an arena stage means they'll also have to suffer through Chris Brown. It's like inviting everyone to a free pizza party then informing them that their invitation is waiting at the bottom of a pile of cow dung. It's like saying, "Hey, Kids! Do you like candy? Well I've got a whole bunch of delicious sweets right behind all these venomous cobras!" While Chris brown continues to be a gyrating mass of everything that's wrong with the world, Fetty Wap is actually quite an interesting new voice in the hip-­hop world. So plan on leaving this concert early, after Fetty Wap says hey, what's up, goodbye — and before Brown dances his sorry ass onto the stage. 

WhoMadeWho. With Pompeya and Krisp. Thursday, September 3, 8 p.m. Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-377-2277; Tickets cost $20 to $25 plus fees via Ages 18 and up.

WhoMadeWho are one of the few artists out there bringing live instruments back into the nightclub scene. So watch "time fly" as Copenhagen's experimental pop trio gives you something to dance to and watch, while making all your party "Dreams" come true at Grand Central.

Declaration of Dance Miami. With Shlomi Aber, Kevin Saunderson, Carlo Lio, David Marquez, Ohashi, Hugo Bianco, Chris Valencia, Lazaro Casanova, Ben Finx, Waze & Odyssey, Gene Farris, and others. Saturday, September 5, 2 p.m. Nikki Beach, 1 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-538-1111; Tickets cost $20 plus fees via Ages 21 and up.

If you're saving your energy for Labor Day weekend, you need to drink a Red Bull and snap out of it. With the sick house beats of Shlomi Aber, Kevin Saunderson, Carlo Lio, and all the uhntz-uhntz junkies at Nikki Beach, sitting down and missing out is the last thing you'll want to do. Trust us.
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