The Ten Best Concerts Coming to Miami in 2018

The Ten Best Concerts Coming to Miami in 2018
Photo by George Martinez

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Fleet Foxes
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Fleet Foxes. In 2015, New Times included Fleet Foxes alongside Björk and Lorde in a roundup of artists who had yet to make their Miami debut. Björk finally performed in Miami late this year during Art Basel, and Lorde will follow suit in 2018. Fleet Foxes will also scratch Miami off their bucket list when they play the Fillmore in March. The expansive but intimate space is the ideal setting to listen to the sublime harmonies for which the Seattle outfit is best known. They'll dive deep into their latest album, Crack-Up, their first in six years, but expect them to return from a three-year hiatus refreshed and ready to revisit tracks from their indie choral masterpieces Fleet Foxes and Helplessness Blues.8 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at the Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; Tickets cost $40 to $110 via
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Spoon. More than two decades since the release of their debut album, the bandmates who created some of the last classic early-'00s indie-rock albums such as Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga and Gimme Fiction are back on tour in support of their latest album, Hot Thoughts. Spoon has been considered a topnotch touring band for the better part of its existence. Don't miss an opportunity to catch one of the last great guitar-rock bands when it plays Revolution Live in March. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-449-1025; Tickets cost $28.50 via
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Lorde with Run the Jewels and Mitski. Dark-pop priestess and officially anointed David Bowie disciple Lorde recently acquiesced to an open letter from fans asking her to cancel a controversial tour stop in Tel Aviv, but all systems are go for an April performance in Miami at the American Airlines Arena. The Aussie wunderkind will bring her Melodrama World Tour, along with hits from her debut album, Pure Heroine, to downtown. Consider her weird exorcism dancing as a bonus. 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; Tickets cost $55 to $118 via
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Shakira. Originally scheduled for a mid-January South Florida jaunt, Shakira will now take time to recover from a vocal chord hemorrhage before she returns to Miami for not one, not two, but three rescheduled tour dates in August. The Colombian, hip-shaking singer is beloved by Miami's diverse audiences. Latin music fans first got to know in the mid-'90s, and mainstream American audiences have continued to follow her since she crossed over into the American market in the early '00s. As she proved last year by playing a surprise, free show at the Wynwood Yard, she loves Miami back, and she'll continue to show the love for three consecutive nights in mid-August. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; 954-835-7000; Tickets cost $39.50 to $186.50 via 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 17, and Saturday, August 18, at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; Tickets cost $46.50 to $186.50 via
click to enlarge Taylor Swift - PHOTO BY GEORGE MARTINEZ
Taylor Swift
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Taylor Swift. The old Taylor Swift used to play arenas, but she's dead now, so when Tay Tay returns to Miami for her Reputation World Tour, she'll play Hard Rock Stadium. The public's fascination with Swift's lyrics, high-profile relationships, and bad blood with celeb frenemies has catapulted her to a level of pop-culture ubiquity few artists can attain. It's a feat made all the more impressive when you consider she's still two years away from turning 30. Call her calculated, but that's part of what's made her the entertainment juggernaut she is today. She's the pop princess people love to hate, but the woman can write a damn catchy hook. Even Katy Perry probably gets "...Ready for It?" stuck in her head. 7 p.m. Saturday, August 18, at Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don Shula Dr., Miami Gardens; 305-943-8000; Tickets cost $49.50 to $499.50 via
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Celia Almeida is the digital editor of American Way and the former arts and music editor of Miami New Times. Her writing has been featured in Venice, Paper, and Billboard; and she co-hosts Too Much Love on Jolt Radio.
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