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Gainesville's Against Me! remains one of today's leading punk bands 20 years after its formation. The group's profile was significantly elevated when lead singer Laura Jane Grace became the first musician to come out as trans in Rolling Stone
. There were questions at the time about how the fan base would respond to the news, but those apprehensions seem silly in retrospect because fans proved to be more loving and supportive than the band could've hoped for or imagined. And as Grace has become one of today's foremost trans voices, Against Me! has widened the tent for even more fans and supporters. The group's shows are always a wild, sweaty riot. If you haven't moshed in a while, here's your chance. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 24, at Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; 954-564-1074; cultureroom.net; Tickets $22.50 via ticketmaster.com.
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Who says you need to pick drums over electronic drum pads? Alt-J has certainly never felt the need to choose sides in its journey toward becoming one of today's most popular bands. The group will extend its stay and hit the beaches of Miami, where it'll play the Fillmore Friday and head to Virginia Key for the House of Creatives Festival with MGMT and Washed Out the following day. 8 p.m. Friday, November 10, at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami; 305-673-7300; fillmoremb.com. Tickets for this event are $59.50 via livenation.com.
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The other half of America's royal couple released his 13th studio album earlier this summer, shortly after becoming a father for the second and third time. In it, he rapped about America's continued struggles with race and came clean about the infidelity Beyoncé referenced in her album Lemonade.
More than a dozen albums into his career, Hov is proving he still has plenty of stories to tell, and with hits such as "Big Pimpin'," "Dirt Off Your Shoulder," and "Empire State of Mind," his shows boast a block-party feel. Plus, no Jay Z show is complete without the faint hope of a cameo from the missus on "Drunk in Love" or "'03 Bonnie and Clyde." 8 p.m. Sunday, November 12, at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; aaarena.com. Tickets cost $35 to $220 via ticketmaster.com.
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Emerging in the mid-'00s during the Pitchfork indie-rock boom, Grizzly Bear has outlasted opinionated blog critics and puzzling Grammy shutouts to remain one of the underground scene's most respected bands. Their songs are like Gregorian chants for the irreligious, and the Fillmore is sure to be transformed into an indie-rock church when their soaring harmonies fill the intimate theater. 8:30 p.m. Thursday, November 18, at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300; fillmoremb.com. Tickets cost $33 to $500 via livenation.com.
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After slipping from the pop-chart throne with her acid raver album Artpop
, Lady Gaga traded in the disco stick for a rhinestone-cowgirl hat and made her most personal album yet with last year's Joanne
. Now she's bringing the hoedown to South Florida with a post-Thanksgiving Day show at the American Airlines Arena. Radio has largely shelved Gaga's country-tinged tracks, but you can expect her Little Monsters to invade downtown Miami in their best DIY couture costumes. Whether you loved the last couple of albums or left the station during Born This Way
, Gaga proved once again during February's Super Bowl that she stands head and shoulders above her peers when it comes to pipes and live performance. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 30, at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; aaarena.com. Tickets cost $46 to $251 via ticketmaster.com.