The Art Basel Miami Beach drums of war pound an ominous rhythm as our checking accounts commit Hari Kari because of the holidays.
So are you, like Crossfade, a Friday-night professional with more moths in your wallet than bills?
Take a look at our ten best music-related activities under $10 going down this weekend.
Because knowing is half the battle.
Llamabeats. Friday, November 30. The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami. Free! Tonight, The Stage gets back to basics in a serious way. Their simple formula for success? "Music + drink + food = love." Oh yeah, can't forget the Double Cross Vodka Cucumber Martini drink special for ladies.
Southward Spiral Winter Tour 2012. With Dino Felipe, Dion Kerr, and others. Friday, November 30, 10 p.m., SPRING BREAK, 1035 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Admission costs a $5 suggested donation. Grind violin and performance art psych-cello sound like made-up genres. But tonight Joey Molinaro and Valerie Kuehne will be defending the honor of their genre-hybrids with a show in the downstairs lobby of Cannonball (formerly Legal Art) as occupied by the nomadic SPRING BREAK art collective.
DJ Laz at PeachFuzz's Anniversary. With Mr. Mauricio, and DZA. Friday, November 30, 10 p.m., The Garrett, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Free!Yo, your girl's favorite party is turning one. So it's time to bust out all of the usual traditions that accompany the celebration of a person's first birthday: blunts, bitches, and bass! Someone pour us a mixed drink 'cause we're lookin' to get loose!
Live at The Road Comedy Night. Saturday, November 30, 8 p.m., Tobacco Road, 626 S. Miami Ave., Miami. Cover costs $8.Having freshly celebrated the 100th year anniversary of hosting live music, this Brickell institution thought it was time to start a new comedy night. From 8 to 9:30 p.m., there will be a smattering of solo performers, some group skits, and all-you-can-eat barbecue for $15. Warm up with some ribs and some yuks. And then black out once the music starts blaring from Brickell's most legendary stage.
Lee Fields and The Expressions. With Ketchy Shuby. Saturday, December 1, 9 p.m., The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami. Tickets cost $10 via sweatshopmiami.com or $15 at the door. Sweat Records and M.O. present soul-funk-R&B revivalist Lee Fields with his cool-cat backing band, The Expressions. Check out this conversation we had with Fields about soul, EDM, and his 43-year career.
Zeitgeist. Featuring a live performance by Möthersky. Saturday, November 30, 10 p.m., Chu's Taiwan Kitchen and Bar, 2728 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables. Free! This dark-n-spooky synthesizer-obsessed monthly party is quickly becoming a South Florida underground music institution. Where else are you gonna hear "Post-Hiss-Punk, TaiwaneseWave, DarkDisko, and Maximal Vintage Electronics"? Oh, and December's edition will feature a "taint shivering" performance by post-punkers Möthersky.
FREE PUNK SHOW With Swamp Witch, Grit, Terrorist, Ounce, and Shit Luck. Saturday, December 1, 10 p.m. EVE, 1306 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Free! There have been an influx of hardcore shows at the party palace known simply at EVE. Maybe the punks are putting down the Olde English and getting into fruity mixed drinks?
Art Disco As part of Hyde Beach. With Pirate Stereo, Andrew Ward, and Leo Medina. Friday, November 16, 10 p.m., SLS Hotel, 1701 Collins Ave., South Beach. No cover. This lil' fiesta is one big, beautiful VIP section. Can you think of a party name that better encapsulates the Basel era of the Magic City than "Art Disco"? 'Cause we sure can't.
Bones Brigade Premiere Screening. As part of Chocolate Sundays. Sunday, December 2, 10pm. Purdy Lounge, 1811 Purdy Ave, South Beach. Free! This weekly week-ruining Lord's Day bash is spicing things up with the debut screening of the Bones Brigade skateboarding documentary. Kickflip!