YoungArts Salon Series with Fab 5 Freddy. Wednesday, November 18, 6:30 to 10 p.m. Jewel Box at National YoungArts Foundation, 2100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-377-1140; youngarts.org. Tickets cost $20 to $35 via eventbrite.com.
Fab 5 Freddy may be considered one of the godfathers of rap and hip-hop, but the musician is, and has always been, an artist first and foremost. This week, the former Yo! MTV Raps host will be lending his voice to Miami's YoungArts Salon Series for a conversation and reading moderated by James Allister Sprang, an artist and former YoungArts prize winner.
Negative Approach. With Child Bite, Armageddon Man, Gouge Away, and Guilty Conscience. Presented by Idle Hands 305. Thursday, November 19, 8 p.m. Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com. Tickets cost $12 plus fees via idlehands305.com, or $15 at the door.
"You can't kill hardcore," Negative Approach's John Brannon told New Times back in 2013, days before the band's Magic City debut at Churchill's Pub. "It's always gonna be there." Coming from one of the pioneers of hardcore punk, Brannon's word is as solid as his music. This week, he and his crew will be returning to the 305 for their sophomore gig at the Little Haiti rock gem.
Formerly known as Saint Pepsi, New York's Ryan DeRobertis is now, for legal reasons and otherwise, Skylar Spence. Known for creating "pop music for freaks," DeRobertis will be making his Magic City debut as Spence at Bardot, playing tracks from his debut album, Prom King. Given that Miami is filled with, well, plenty of "freaks," we're pretty sure he'll fit right in.
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Guitars Over Guns' "Choose Your Sound" Benefit Concert. With Locos Por Juana and Tony Succar. Presented by Guitars Over Guns. Saturday, November 21, 7 to 11 p.m. The Gleason Room - Backstage at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; thefillmoremb.com. Tickets cost $103 to $181 plus fees via livenation.com.
Help Guitars Over Guns continue on its mission — which is to serve at-risk students by exposing them to music education — y "Mueve Mueve" with Locos Por Juana and Tony Succar at the Fillmore Miami Beach's Gleason Room. Proceeds from the night will go toward the charity.
Fatboy Slim. With Mednas. Saturday, November 21, 11 p.m., LIV, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-4680; livnightclub.com. Tickets cost $60 plus fees via flavorus.com. Ages 21 and up.
Hip shakes and booty pops — those will be your "[Weapons] of Choice" when British club-killer Fatboy Slim brings his hardcore beats to LIV this week. Dance like nobody's watching. Actually, dance like Christopher Walken. That's better.