Phish Switched "From Suck to Blow" for New Year's Run 2015 in Miami

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Photo by Jason Koerner
There were Phish heads everywhere, maaan.

There was funny energy in the room before Phish took the stage to kick off its New Year's Run 2015 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami.

It's unusual that the first of a four-night Phish gig is also the big NYE celebration. Usually, that occasion is the climactic finale to the series of concerts. And usually, the band has the luxury of easing in to the run, by starting a bit slow.

Last night, though, Trey Anastasio and company had to begin and peak at the same time. This process was initially a bit awkward. But Phish and the the audience eventually achieved lift off in a big way.

See also: Five Reasons Phish Is Better Now Than Ever


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The Weeknd, Nervo, and the Beautiful People Did NYE 2015 at the Fontainebleau

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The lovely ladies of the 'Bleau.

Opulence is the exact word to describe the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

The 60-year-old institution is one of the most historically and architecturally significant hotels in Miami.

Home to the ever-lavish megaclub LIV, this decadent playground capped off its 2014 with a performance from R&B visionary The Weeknd and a closing DJ set by the Nervo twins.

See also: The Six People You Meet on South Beach

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J. Cole's NYE 2015 at the Delano South Beach

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Photo by Rob Portal
Dropping the ball on last year: J. Cole does NYE at the Delano.

J. Cole brought in the new year at the Delano Hotel on South Beach, but didn't really offer anything new, despite coming out with a brand-new album just three weeks ago.

The North Carolina-bred rapper took the mic at exactly midnight, wishing a happy 2015 to the mostly young and beautiful crowd, and quipping about the fact that not a single person was in the pool.

"I thought this was gonna be a pool party," Cole said. "But all I see is a pool."

See also: Five Signs You Might Be a Shitty Rapper

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Big Freedia's Booty-Shakin' Bounce Party at Bardot Miami

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Photo by Gil Bitton
Big Freedia says: "Booty, booty, booty!"

In honor of new album, Just Be Free, the Queen Diva, Late-Night Creepa, New Orleans' Big Freedia (a gay man, if you don't already know, who answers to "he or she"), brought her booty-shakin' bounce party to Bardot Miami's carpet stage last night.

The rich and fabulously fierce cross-dressing tradition of her home turf was on full display as Freedia dropped repetitive fragments of infectious, hypnotic lyrics over precipitous beats.

There was also, as the Diva would say, "booty, booty, booty, booty, booty, booty, booty, booty, booty!"

See also: Big Freedia Talks Bounce, Bad Twerkers, and All Things "Asstastic"

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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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Photo by Chris Carter/ra-haus.com
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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