James Blake Makes Florida Debut at Basel 2014, Plays New Song "Forever"

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Check out the full 64-photo slideshow of James Blake at Basel 2014.

James Blake
Presented by III Points and Young Arts
Young Arts Campus, Miami
Friday, December 5, 2014

Better Than: Sunday mass.

We're not really a religious bunch. But last night, James Blake took us to church.

The English artist brought heavenly chords and a voice like honey to his Florida debut at Miami's Young Arts Campus for III Points and YoungArts' Basel 2014 music series.

Oh, and he made his first time count, giving adoring fans a number of deep cuts, like the recently released "200 Press," and even unleashing "Forever," a never-before-heard taste from his forthcoming album, for the encore.

See Also: James Blake Talks New Album, Possible Kanye West Collaboration


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FKA Twigs Seduces Art Basel Miami Beach... With Special Guest Robert Pattinson!

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Check out the full 65-photo slideshow of FKA Twigs at Basel 2014.

FKA Twigs
With Clams Casino
Presented by III Points and YoungArts
YoungArts Campus, Miami
Thursday, December 4, 2014

Better Than: Voguing alone in your room to the Queen of the Damned soundtrack.

Ever wonder what it would be like if Trent Reznor and Siouxsie Sioux had a daughter who loved vampire movies and taught herself to pop and lock? With industrial R&B princess FKA Twigs on the scene, this fantasy's become reality.

Last night, Twigs and her band wrapped up their first international tour while kicking off III Points and YoungArts' Basel 2014 music series with Clams Casino. Girls "squee"-ed, smoke went everywhere, and Twigs' vampy beau Robert Pattinson was seen haunting around like some regular-old pasty guy.

The evening was, in a word, "preternatural."

See also: Review & Photos: James Blake Makes Florida Debut at Basel 2014, Plays New Song "Forever"

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Uncle Luke and 2 Live Crew Got Freaky Deaky for "One Night Only" Reunion in Miami

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Check out Crossfade's full 61-photo slideshow from the 2 Live Crew Reunion at LIV.

If you grew up in South Florida in the late '80s, Uncle Luke and his 2 Live Crew are nothing short of legendary. Their fun-loving, filth-ridden bass music was once considered so vile, they would get arrested just for performing it. Even by today's standards, the lyrics are blush-inducing.

Nasty As They Wanna Be, the group's most famous album, was released in 1989, and the seminal 2 Live Crew lineup of Fresh Kid Ice, Brother Marquis, and Uncle Luke haven't shared the stage since 1991.

That is, until the other night in Miami.

See also: Miami Booty Bass: Ten Best Acts of All Time

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Brazilian Girls - Ball & Chain, Miami

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Photo by Sean Rolland
Brazilian Girls' Sabina Sciubba: "Scream it loud!"

Brazilian Girls
With Eons and the Hongs
Ball & Chain, Miami
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Better Than: Any band featuring Gisele, Sônia Braga, or even Carmen Miranda.

Walking into the new Ball & Chain bar, it was a little jarring to see a packed room staring at a three-piece jazz band.

Were we late? And where was NYC electro-pop outfit Brazilian Girls? The party already seemed to be in full effect.

As we discovered, this was the no-cover zone. And out back on the outdoor patio, the dancey, punky main event awaited.

See also: Brazilian Girls on New Album After Six-Year Hiatus: "This Could Be Our Best Record"


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Interpol and Hundred Waters - Fillmore Miami Beach

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Marta Xochilt Perez
Interpol's Paul Banks, crooning and brooding on South Beach.

Interpol
With Hundred Waters
Fillmore Miami Beach
Saturday, November 8, 2014

Venture onto South Beach on any given Saturday night and you'll likely find a gridlocked mess of sports cars and tourists blocking streets, parking spots, and doorways.

Add the South Florida Auto Show to the mix... and you're in for quite a rough ride.

Luckily, Interpol fans tend to be very polite.

See also: Interpol's Sam Fogarino: "Miami Is Where I Learned How to Do What I Do"


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Marnie Stern and Brooklyn Brewery With Killmama and Kazoots - Gramps, Wynwood

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Photo by Kassandra Meyer

Marnie Stern
With Killmama and Kazoots
Presented by Brooklyn Brewery's Mash 2014
Gramps, Wynwood
Saturday, November 1, 2014

Sure, it was a downright brisk November night, and many of us were undoubtedly still feeling the burn from spooking up the city on Halloween.

But that wasn't going to stop the denizens of Wynwood and rock enthusiasts of all stripes from coming out to see the esteemed Marnie Stern grace the stage at local hangout Gramps.

See also: Five Signs You Might Be a Shitty Guitarist

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Pitbull & Enrique Iglesias With J Balvin - American Airlines Arena, Miami

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Photo by Sayre Berman
Check out Crossfade's full 40-photo slideshow from Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull in Miami.

Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull
With J Balvin and the Jump Smokers
American Airlines Arena, Miami
Sunday, October 26, 2014

Better Than: Staying home "Bailando" to YouTube videos and listening to your drunk friend talk shit.

When Enrique Iglesias chatted with Crossfade earlier this month, el cantante warned, "Prepárate for 'party time!'"

The Sex and Love playboy may have been joking... pero, bro, was he right.

Last night, the American Airlines Arena turned into the biggest block party in downtown MIA when the Spanish heartthrob, Pitbull, J Balvin, and the Jump Smokers got lose for a sold-out crowd of sugar daddies with hot mamis, bros in snapbacks, MILFs, and abuelas.

See also: Enrique Iglesias: "When I'm Up Onstage, I'm the Happiest Guy in the World"


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Porter Robinson's Worlds Tour - Fillmore Miami Beach

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Photo by Alex Markow
Check out Crossfade's full 43-photo slideshow from Porter Robinson at Fillmore Miami Beach.

Porter Robinson Worlds Tour
With Giraffage and Lemaitre
Fillmore Miami Beach
Saturday, October 17, 2014

Better Than: The hazing we went through growing up because we liked Sailor Moon and Mario Bros. more than whatever it is "cool" kids do.

"Say my name and you can say it with honor."

We'd guess whenever Porter Robinson heard his name ring through his middle-school halls, it wasn't toned with regal regard.

It's nearly scientific fact that nerds and geeks grow up to be the coolest adults, and by the time that 22-year-old Robinson got to his breakout hit, "Say My Name," about midway through the final North American performance of his game-changing Worlds Tour, we'd decided he was on par with his idols Justice and Daft Punk in delivering one of the greatest dance music performances we've ever seen.

See Also: Porter Robinson on Debut Album, Worlds, and Outgrowing "the DJ Thing"


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Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group - Miami

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Photo by World Red Eye

Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Band
Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Better Than: Anyone who didn't know any better would ever expect

There was this comment overheard in the men's room following an astounding set by Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group: "Can you believe that concert took place in Miami."

It ought not be misconstrued as a putdown of our fair city's musical tastes. Rather, it points to the fact that artists like Lovett, bred in the heartland and known for songs etched with pure down-home designs, visit this area far too infrequently.

See also: Lyle Lovett: "Being a Little Under the Radar Feels Liberating"

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Cafe Tacvba's 20ReCT25 Tour, Celebrating 25th Anniversary - Olympia Theater, Miami

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Luz Elena Silva
Café Tacvba singer Rubén Isaac Albarrán Ortega.

Café Tacvba's 20ReCT25 Tour
Presented by Jack Daniel's
Olympia Theater at Gusman Center, Miami
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Last night, Mexican rock band Café Tacvba kicked off its 20ReCT25 Tour at the Olympia Theater in downtown Miami.

This tour is a celebration of the band's 25th anniversary, as well as the 20 years since its very successful second album, Re. That record changed the path of Café Tacvba's musical career and the course of contemporary Latin rock.

See also: Cafe Tacvba: "Music Comes From Nature, We Have to Keep It Safe and Love It"


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