Jay Z and Beyonce's On the Run Tour - Sun Life Stadium, Miami

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Jay Z and Beyoncé
On the Run Tour
Sun Life Stadium, Miami
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Better Than: Any power couple in the history of the world.

We were somewhere around NW 175th Street, on the edge of victory and madness, when the traffic kicked in. Suddenly, a light burst into the sky at Sun Life Stadium. There was hooting and honking all around us. We couldn't stop here; this was Bey country.

Actually, the shitty traffic and the running through the parking lot to get inside the sold-out debut of Jay Z and Beyoncé's world tour set the right mood for the show. See, Jay and Bey are also On the Run. It's the theme of their production. They're trying to escape the media, their place in pop music, the haters, the bullshit -- even sometimes each other. But after last night's Miami kickoff, it's clear the Carters are infinitely more powerful as a package.

See also: Bey Z and the Five Greatest Pop Power Couples Ever


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Sub Focus - Grand Central, Miami

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Photo by Karli Evans
Check out Crossfade's full 63-photo slideshow of Sub Focus at Grand Central.

Sub Focus
Grand Central, Miami
Saturday, June 28, 2014

Better Than: Staying home and playing FIFA 14 for Xbox One.

Only three days into his solo tour, English electronic music star Sub Focus blessed Miami with an Ultra Music Festival-worthy performance that left everyone in the audience drenched in sweat.

The music was loud, the people were dancing, and the energy was infectious.

See also: Five Worst EDM Gimmicks

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Teengirl Fantasy and Hoody - Perez Art Museum Miami

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Seoul, South Korea's Hoody.

Teengirl Fantasy
With Hoody
Pérez Art Museum Miami
Thursday, June 19, 2014

It was a grey, rainy Thursday evening, and garbage bags dangled precariously from the keyboards, mixers, and samplers of avant-pop duo Teengirl Fantasy. Setting up under a small alcove where rain and wind threatened to destroy the equipment entirely, TGF's Nick Weiss and Logan Takahashi readied their setup and braced for the storm.

See also: Review & Photos: Cut Copy and Classixx - Grand Central, Miami


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Cut Copy and Classixx - Grand Central, Miami

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Photo by Ian Witlen
Check out Crossfade's full 38-photo slideshow of Cut Copy at Grand Central.

Cut Copy
With Classixx
Grand Central, Miami
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Better Than: Yes. No. Maybe.

Cut Copy's Dan Whitford really gets into his music. His voice is always studio quality, as he pumps his fist and jabs the air with every beat. It's hard not to follow his lead.

That's a common element of every Cut Copy show we've seen so far -- along with tight instrumentation and crowd sing-alongs. The Aussie outfit's shows are never boring.

See also: Cut Copy Talks Being Inspired by "'90s House" and "808s, 909s, 303s"


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Deafheaven - Churchill's Pub, Miami

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Deafheaven
Churchill's Pub, Miami
Sunday, June 15, 2014

By this point, we've heard the lamentations, death knells, and obituaries for ye olde Churchill's Pub, the alternative hub in the heart of Little Haiti, where a punk and experimental scene has flourished for decades on end.

The club was recently sold by its original owner, Dave Daniels. An era came to an end. But after last night's Deafheaven show at 5501 NE Second Avenue, we're not even sure if there is new management -- and that's a good thing.

See also: Five Signs You Might Be a Shitty Guitarist

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YACHT and Otto Von Schirach - Desperados' #SeizeTheNight - Wynwood, Miami

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Check out Crossfade's full 70-photo slideshow of Yacht and Otto Von Schirach in Wynwood.

YACHT
With Otto Von Schriach and a DJ set by Juan MacLean
Desperados' #SeizeTheNight
Friday, June 13, 2014
Toejam Backlot, Wynwood, Miami

Better Than: Free beer.

Before the recession hit, it seemed parties thrown by beer and spirits companies were the norm in Miami. They would put on these extremely elaborate events and book amazing acts to perform, purely for the purposes of "brand awareness."

But the best thing about these events: They were always 100-percent free -- as long as you scored an invite, which wasn't exactly hard to do.

See also: YACHT on DFA Records: "Total Creative Freedom, We've Never Been Told What to Do"

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Little Dragon - Grand Central, Miami

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Little Dragon
With Lawrence Rothman
Grand Central, Miami
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Better Than: Watching the Miami Heat lose ... Sob.

On a night when parking was hard to come by (as a few blocks away an NBA Finals game was being played), a sold-out crowd still managed to pack downtown Miami's Grand Central for a performance by Little Dragon.

Though there was a television on the outdoor patio tuned to the Heat vs. Spurs and the bathroom attendant was constantly asking for updates on the score, most of the crowd members' attention was not on their phones or a basketball game taking place down the street. Rather, their eyes were focused on the stage in front of them.

After all, the night's headliner had traveled very far to put on this show

See also: Ten Best Female Punks Ever


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Trash Talk's Free Tour With Odd Future's Left Brain - Grand Central, Miami

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Photo by Ian Witlen
Check out Crossfade's full 46-photo slideshow of Trash Talk at Grand Central.

Trash Talk is undoubtedly one of the most hyped bands in (and out of) hardcore right now.

The Cali crew is the product of spending most of this past decade in a van, traveling across the country to crush audiences, night after night.

However, recent years have seen the group enjoy some serious crossover love, thanks to its relationship with the Odd Future crew, albums produced by legends like Steve Albini, and more than a handful of major festival gigs.

See also: Five Signs You Might Be a Shitty Guitarist

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Morrissey Slams Meat, Voting, and Pharmaceutical Commercials in Miami

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Photo by George Martinez
Check out Crossfade's 47-photo slideshow from Morrissey at the Arsht Center.

Morrissey
Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami
Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Moz is beloved as the undisputed master of post-punk balladry, louche melodrama, and biting lyricism.

But he's just as revered (and loathed) for his proclivity toward provocation on a great many subjects, including the consumption of meat and the futility of voting -- not to mention far less pressing stuff like the banality of pharmaceutical commercials.

See also: Morrissey's Six Most Controversial Moments

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Kill the Zo - Grand Central, Miami

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Photo by Karli Evans
Check out Crossfade's full 63-photo slideshow from Kill the Zo at Grand Central.

Kill the Zo
Grand Central, Miami
Friday, May 23, 2014

It's not uncommon for two or more DJs to band together in an attempt to form some sort of supergroup. The most obvious and commercially successful would be the late Swedish House Mafia. Hanbraekes is a personal favorite, combining the best of Boys Noize and Mr. Oizo, the former of which also collabs with Skrillex as Dog Blood. There's Afroki (Afrojack and Steve Aoki), Jack U (Diplo and Skrillex), Duck Sauce (A-Trak and Armand Van Helden), and the list goes on.

Most of these pairings, while cool to see, aren't what we'd call "adventurous." These guys already share the same fanbases. Their music is similar enough that their work together, while exciting, could have been easily anticipated.

See also: Kill the Noise on Stale EDM: "The Whole Thing Is Just a Routine"

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