Here are a few randomly selected recommendations among the many acts playing the Miami Music Festival. Visit MiamiMusicFestival.org for individual venue details. Many of these funky-named places you've never heard of are subdivisions of real venues, with made-up names just for festival purposes. Others venues are tents; Transit Lounge alone will host a couple, as well as putting on separate showcases within its walls. Three-day festival wristbands are $50 ($35 for students); one-day wristbands are $25 ($20 for students). Otherwise individual show admission is $10.
Blank Tape: A set of four Pembroke Pines teens, the band is already a favorite on the local all-ages Solid Sound Studios/Talent Farm circuit. Their pop-punk hooks and New Found Glory-ish turns into hardcore territory, though, are surprisingly grown up.
10 p.m. Thursday at Transit Tent 3, at the corner of 9th Street and South Miami Avenue.
Ghost of Gloria:
South Florida's best hopes for mainstream rock radio, these tireless Fort Lauderdale guys boast sharp vocal harmonies and a single produced by Don Gilmore, who gave Linkin Park its early recorded magic. Catch them on a small stage now as they're due to get snapped up by a major any day now.
Thursday, 2 a.m. at Mecca Discotekka, 950 NE 2nd Ave.. Friday, 11 p.m. at Mecca Discotekka. Saturday, 2 a.m. at Tobacco Road outside, 626 S. Miami Ave.