Erasure's Violet Flame Tour - Fillmore Miami Beach

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Erasure's Violet Flame Tour
With Nina
Fillmore Miami Beach
Friday, September 12, 2014

Much respect to Erasure for this past Friday night. The British duo of singer-songwriter Andy Bell and songwriter-keyboardist Vince Clarke know that their bread and butter lies in the early part of their career, and they are not ashamed. Even though it's called the Violet Flame Tour, after the duo's new album, much of the evening's music covered material from the mid '80s to early '90s. And the near-capacity Fillmore Miami Beach ate it up like synth pop had never gone out of fashion.

See also: Erasure's Andy Bell Talks Drag Queens and Being "a Little Old for EDM"


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Ty Segall's Manipulator Tour - The Stage, Miami

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Ty Segall's Manipulator Tour
With Wand and Plastic Pinks
Presented by Sweat Records
The Stage, Miami
Thursday, September 11, 2014

You forget how many varieties of white people there are until you go to a real rock show.

There's the dirty, hairy skinny dude; the twee, soft-spoken sarcastic; the black-clad hipster ice queens; and so on.

Last night, they all showed up to see Ty Segall rip apart The Stage Miami, and there were even plenty of non-white people surfing the crowd, because this guy's axe work is the truth.

See also: Ty Segall on New Album, Manipulator, and "Going Insane a Little Bit"

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Lily Allen's Sheezus Tour - Fillmore Miami Beach

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Check out Crossfade's 35-photo slideshow of Lily Allen at Fillmore Miami Beach.

Lily Allen
With Samsaya
Fillmore Miami Beach
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Better Than: Your usual Taco Tuesday dinner plans.

Pop's most outspoken artist, Lily Allen, finally made her proper Miami debut last night.

Sure, she played in Fort Lauderdale a couple years back, but lots has changed since then. Miami has grown up and so has Allen, who is now a mother of two. But if you think age or motherhood has dulled Allen's sharp, silver tongue, you'd be wrong. Even in front of the crowd at the Fillmore Miami Beach, she's pretty honest.

See also: Lily Allen on Sheezus and Kanye West: "What I Love Is He's Not a Careerist; He's an Artist"


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Juan Gabriel's Volver Tour 2014 - Miami

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Juan Gabriel
Volver Tour 2014
American Airlines Arena, Miami
Friday, September 5, 2014

Over the weekend, Mexican music icon Juan Gabriel performed an epic three-hour set at the American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami.

Only a few months ago, Gabriel had delayed his entire Volver 2014 tour because of health issues. But judging from the other evening's performance, one would never have guessed.

Juanga was just as healthy, energetic, and charismatic as always.

See also: Gloria Estefan's On Your Feet! Musical Auditioning at the Arsht Center in Miami


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Lil Debbie and Otto Von Schirach - The Nest, Miami

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Lil Debbie
With Otto Von Schirach
Presented by Notorious Nastie
The Nest, Miami
Saturday, August 23, 2014

Where can you go for real Miami hip-hop, booty bass jams, and general debauchery?

The Vagabond used to have the market cornered with their weekly (((Shake))) party, but that NE 14th Street club recently closed. And the young, eminently trendy crowd has since relocated across the street to The Nest, a downtown venue quickly building a name for itself with plenty of bass-friendly events, spanning genres to showcase local DJs and MCs along with big-name traveling acts.

See also: Lil Debbie's Crew Attacks, Punches Otto Von Schirach at Downtown Miami's The Nest

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Tori Amos - Unrepentant Geraldines Tour - Fillmore Miami Beach

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Tori Amos
With Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou
Fillmore Miami Beach
Sunday, August 24, 2014

Better Than: Listening to "Stairway to Heaven" again.

At first it made no sense that a medley of Led Zeppelin's greatest hits would be playing at the Fillmore Miami Beach as the seated crowd waited for Tori Amos to take the stage. If you would pick Kate Bush as number one on Tori Amos' list of musical heroes, you'd probably put Robert Plant and Jimmy Page somewhere around Tupac and Weird Al. But even a casual listen to both acts' lyrics reveals a shared love for the type of paperback fantasy novels where they always spell little, magical winged creatures as f-a-e-r-i-e-s.

See also: Tori Amos' Unrepentant Geraldines Echoes With a Grace and Sigh All Her Own


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Rita Ora and DJ Laz - Hits 97.3 Sessions - Grand Central, Miami

Rita Ora
With DJ Laz
As part of HITS 97.3's HITS Sessions
Grand Central, Miami
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Finding a pop star with a real set of pipes feels like trying to win the lottery. You know it's possible, but the odds are long.

Last night, Rita Ora stopped by downtown Miami's Grand Central for a superintimate acoustic performance of her budding and Billboard hits. It was MTV Unplugged style, as she and her guitarist sat atop stools on the stage, telling little stories behind the songs. This was maybe the best possible way to enjoy Ms. Ora for the first time, because, low and behold, this girl can really, really sing.

See Also: DJ Laz Returns to Miami Radio on Hits 97.3

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Blonde Redhead and Mayer Hawthorne - Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour - Miami

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Blonde Redhead and Mayer Hawthorne
As part of the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour
Soho Studios, Miami
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Not everyone can afford a fancy Mercedes-Benz, but when Mercedes-Benz is putting on a party to celebrate the launch of the new GLA sports utility vehicle, everyone can afford live music.

The live music at last night's Miami stop of the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour was actually really good, bringing us a bit of post-punk romance with Blonde Redhead and soulful R&B from Mayer Hawthorne.

And what did we learn? Despite pop music and EDM's evidence to the contrary, people still get really excited over guitar tuneage.

See also: Mayer Hawthorne: "Every Song Is Based on Real Life, Otherwise People Won't Connect to It"


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Peter Murphy - Grand Central, Miami - August 5

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Peter Murphy doesn't want to be called the Godfather of Goth. At least that's what he told New Times in a recent interview. The only thing is, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more adequate title for the former Bauhaus frontman.

The inimitable Murphy hit Grand Central this Tuesday, bringing a legion of fans both old and new into the fold for a night of blackened rock hooks and operatic croons. Along with South Florida locals Astari Nite and Austin alt-rockers My Jerusalem, a hard-hitting barrage of riffs was the order of the evening at the eclectic downtown venue.

The crowd arrived in droves and gratuitously obliged the acts with nodding heads and shaking hips to driving rhythms and noise-laden guitar swells that emanated from the speakers.

See also: Peter Murphy on Why "I Can't Think of Myself as the Godfather of Goth at All"

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Travis Scott - Grand Central, Miami

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Travi$ Scott
With Nuri, SpaceGhostPurrp, Robb Bank$, Denzel Curry, Yung Simmie, Nik SB, IndigoChildRick, and others
Presented by Yes Julz and Norma Now
Grand Central, Miami
Saturday, July 26, 2014

Better Than: Your fave videos of Travi$ Scott in action.

Live, Travi$ Scott is even raunchier than Youtube footage of his concerts would suggest. And this weekend, the 22-year-old Houston rapper had downtown Miami's Grand Central going absolutely bonkers.

"I do not like motherfuckers that sit down!" Scott yelled to the crowd. "I need to see some rage! Let's go!"

See also: Travis Scott on Why "This Trill Ain't Just Gold Grills and Sippin' Lean"

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