On the List - Armin Van Burren, Kill The Noise, Miami Horror and Drunken Spelling Bee

It's 4th of July weekend, so things seem to be extra busy, so lets just hop right into to it. Here are the things you don't want to miss this weekend.

Aero Bar (247 23rd St., Miami Beach) seems to have sorted out its permit issues, because its now foraying into Thursday night territory with Guilty Pleasures. The man behind the night is none other than former Revolver/Black Lipstick/Damaged creator Joshua Menendez. With DJ Ross One as the night's resident DJ, this new night has potential.

Everyone's favorite indie/hip-hop party Money Shot turns one tonight and to celebrate its bringing out the Miami booty bass in full force. And who better to get rumps shakin' than 2 Live Crew. The Vagabond (30 NE 14th St., Miami) will be graced by a live performance by the group, along with the usual suspects Contra, Induce and Mike Deuce on the decks.

Armin Van Buuren headlines Space's annual Independance event at the Surfcomber Hotel (1717 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). And what better way to celebrate our nation's independence than dancing poolside to house music while inebriated? Donald Glaude, Boris and more will also be spinning at this all-day event.

Heathrow Lounge (681 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) had it's soft-opening last week, and its been generated plenty of buzz ever since. The UK-inspired club is looking to give the Washington Avenue area south of 8th Street new life. Friday, the club officially opens to the general public, so check it, I hear you won't be disappointed.

Breaking out of its normal drum-and-bass format, Laundry Bar (721 Lincoln Lane, Miami Beach) hosts its monthly party French Kiss Saturday night. The party's format is more electro/house than d'n'b. This week New York DJ Kill The Noise makes a rare Miami appearance. And with a sound similar to MSTRKRFT, Justice or Daft Punk, he is sure to please many.

He isn't from Miami, but Australian DJ Benjamin Vanguarde goes by the name Miami Horror. The man has had plenty of web success remixing the likes of Bloc Party and the Midnight Juggernauts, and Saturday his has a homecoming of sorts when he spins at Poplife at White Room (1306 N Miami Ave., Miami).

Sunday night, Drunken Spelling Bee at Purdy Lounge (1811 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach) is the place to be. Take a stab at spelling words, which for every word spelled correctly the participant gets a shot. Needless to say, by round 5 or 6, things start getting a little messy. But whoever wins gets a $50 bar tab, which at Purdy that will get you lots of booze.

- Jose D. Duran

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