Porter Robinson's Worlds Tour - Fillmore Miami Beach

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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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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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Foster the People and Soko - Fillmore Miami Beach

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Jason Koerner
Foster the People's Mark Foster.

Foster the People
With Soko
Fillmore Miami Beach
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Better Than: A no-hit wonder.

"Pumped Up Kicks" is such a good fucking song.

It's cool and catchy and inspires people to use their Shazam app when they hear it on a TV show or at a bar. Modern technology will tell you it is a song by Foster the People, an L.A. band that made its Miami debut at the Fillmore Miami Beach last night.

And if you knew this group only by that one impossibly great hit, you could not help but be disappointed by the 13-song set.

See also: Soko - Musician, Actress, Fervent French Woman - in Love with "Telling Stories"


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III Points 2014, Day Three: Mac DeMarco, Jamie Jones and Hot Natured, Tiga, Com Truise

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III Points Festival 2014, Day Three
With Mac DeMarco, Jamie Jones and Hot Natured, Tiga, Com Truise, and others
Soho Studios, Wynwood, Miami
Friday, October 10, 2014

Good morning, Dade County.

Oh, you can't hear me 'cause you're still asleep and the bass is still tickling the inside of your eardrums? I don't blame you.

For the second year in a row, III Points has shown it definitely has a way of obliterating your sleep schedule. But it's all worth the lack of rest, if a life-affirming fix of four-to-the-floor beats is what you've been needing.

See also: Review & Photos: III Points 2014, Day One: Lykke Li, Flying Lotus, Duke Dumont, Hercules & Love Affair


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III Points 2014, Day Two: Jamie XX, Metronomy, Cashmere Cat, Chet Faker

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III Points 2014 headliner Jamie xx. Check out Crossfade's full 42-photo slideshow of III Points 2014 Day Two at Soho Studios.

III Points Festival 2014, Day Two
With Jamie XX, Metronomy, Cashmere Cat, Chet Faker, and others
Soho Studios, Wynwood, Miami
Friday, October 10, 2014

It's always been difficult to put on a compelling live electronic music show. And now, with more money made through performing than recording, many mainstream dance musicians have beefed up their live shows, adding all kinds of bells and whistles.

So compared to the high-flying antics of most Top 40 performers and today's EDM stars, a guy standing behind a table chock-full of electronic gadgets may seem boring to some people. Where are the costumes, the wire rigs, the holograms?

But III Points Festival fans abide by a different standard. And Saturday night's lineup of electronic savants proved that one-man bands might not have all the trappings of arena-packing pop stars, but they have something more important, actual talent.

See also: Review & Photos: III Points 2014, Day One: Lykke Li, Flying Lotus, Duke Dumont, Hercules & Love Affair


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III Points 2014, Day One: Lykke Li, Flying Lotus, Duke Dumont, Hercules & Love Affair

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Lykke Li kicked off III Points 2014 Friday night. Check out Crossfade's full 37-photo slideshow of III Points 2014 Day One at Soho Studios.

III Points Festival 2014, Day One
With Lykke Li, Flying Lotus, Duke Dumont, and others
Soho Studios, Wynwood, Miami
Friday, October 10, 2014

Last night, III Points 2014 kicked off with the strongest musical lineup of the three-day festival.

There were a few infrastructural hiccups. Many of the bars did not accept credit cards, which is odd for a fest that claims to be on the forefront of technology. And many of the staff members were not as knowledgeable of the festival layout as we would have hoped. But these are only curmudgeonly old-man complaints.

The festival grounds at Soho Studios is equipped with a Shake Shack booth and a Panther Coffee, and that's really all you readers need to know.

Meanwhile, musically, the weekend is off to a swimmingly successful start.

See also: Review & Photos: III Points 2014, Day Two: Jamie XX, Metronomy, Cashmere Cat, Chet Faker


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St. Vincent - Fillmore Miami Beach

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St. Vincent
Fillmore Miami Beach
Monday, October 6, 2014

Better Than: Doing the Automaton Shuffle alone.

"Hello to all of you men and women out there," said St. Vincent, welcoming a few thousand art-rock acolytes to the Fillmore Miami Beach last night.

"And," she added, after a pregnant pause, "all of you who fall into the gaps between those two genders."

It was an uncommon and quite formal (if highly enlightened) way to kick off a couple hours of rock 'n' roll.

See also: Five Signs You Might Be a Shitty Guitarist

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Marc Anthony - American Airlines Arena, Miami

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Photo by Sayre Berman
Check out Crossfade's full 27-photo slideshow of Marc Anthony's Cambio de Piel Tour in Miami.

Marc Anthony's Cambio de Piel Tour
With Joey Vega
American Airlines Arena, Miami
Friday, October 3, 2014

Better Than: A night salsa dancing at Mango's.

"Latinos, we always wait to the last minute," joked comedian Joey Vega as los rumberos at the American Airlines Arena waited for el Rey de la Salsa to put on the first of his two-night stand in the 305.

It may have all been a part of Vega's act, but Marc Anthony's opener wasn't kidding about the timing.

With the concert scheduled to start at 8 p.m., Anthony kept his fanáticos, a mix of salsa queens in sparkly skin-tight dresses and pumps of every kind, Abuelas, and papis in white pants, waiting an entire hour-and-a-half for him to make his appearance.

See also: Ten Best Salsa Acts in the World


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Belle & Sebastian - Fillmore Miami Beach

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Photo by Christina Mendenhall
Check out Crossfade's full 29-photo slideshow of Belle & Sebastian at the Fillmore Miami Beach.

Belle & Sebastian
Fillmore Miami Beach
Sunday, September 28, 2014

Better Than: Staying home, to paraphrase everyone's favorite Glaswegian sextet, and playing with yourself.

"We were here! Where were yooou?"

Last night, the five guys and a gal of Belle & Sebastian finally graced a stage in the Sunshine State after a nearly two-decade wait for "our first gig anywhere in Florida!"

Of course, though, the Scottish outfit's impish bandleader Stuart Murdoch attempted to shirk responsibility for this 18-year delay by playfully passing off the blame to Miami's notoriously tardy music fans.

See also: Belle & Sebastian on the Next Album and "Accepting That We're a Twee Pop Band"

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