STRFKR, Chrome Sparks, Feelings, and Crowd-Surfing Astronauts at Grand Central Miami

Photo by Alex Markow

With Chrome Sparks and Feelings
Grand Central, Miami
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Better Than: It was a Tuesday night. How did you spend yours?

At one point during last night's triumphant set by Starfucker (STRFKR), the bright lights that danced and coalesced behind band members cooled, and the stage was very suddenly crowded by the likes of a dancing Gumby, what looked like a Pokémon, an elephant, and an astronaut (Apollo era, not the Daft Punk kind), all of which proceeded to surf atop the waiting arms of the dancing fans that flooded Grand Central's cavernous hall.

The outlandish scene, perfectly soundtracked by Starfucker's unique brand of electro-pop, was just a standard Tuesday-night Starfucker-ing in Miami.

See also: STRFKR at Grand Central: The 40-Photo Slideshow

Photo by Alex Markow

The show opened with Feelings, a solo artist hailing from the Southern Hemisphere who kicked it off with a set of emotionally articulated synth-pop that he rounded out with distinct post-Bowie croons and cries.

But you know, the plain t-shirt that Feelings appeared in kind betrayed the grandeur of his music.

Photo by Alex Markow

Though Feelings was the first act on the bill in a town notorious for snubbing openers to chat at the bar or make a late entrance, the crowd was attentive and even chanted for an encore at the end of the performance, which was unfortunately not a possibility as the rather mysterious Feelings had already broken down too much of his gear by the time the crowd realized the set was officially over.

Photo by Alex Markow

Just as Chrome Sparks took the stage, a report of rolling bass rattled the clothing and drinks of the crowd. A melange of electronic bleeps and bloops, sweeping synth wash, live drumming, and an assortment of organic percussion created what might be described as the ideal soundtrack to a psychotropic trip through Epcot Center.

Photo by Alex Markow

Some people have categorized Chrome Sparks' brand of electro under the much-maligned chillwave umbrella. But the group's psychedelic take on the genre is quite a bit more imaginative than most similar fare, and last night's set had the crowd dancing and sweating as video clips of CGI mermaids and other spacey visual flourishes floated about on the screen behind the stage.

Photo by Alex Markow

At the end of the group's set, the chill vibes had maybe gotten past the point of a good time and Chrome Sparks did the only thing it could to finish strong: Throw down a thumping slab of rolling bass and cranking electro to reignite the crowd's dance lust. And so, the sweaty crowd gave a positively riotous salute to the crew at the end of the track.

Location Info


Grand Central

697 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

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