Katy Perry - The Prismatic World Tour - Miami

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Katy Perry's The Prismatic World Tour
Capital Cities and Ferras
American Airlines Arena, Miami
Friday, July 3, 2014

Fun Fact: A Katy Perry concert is a strange thing.

When we told people we were going to see the diva that is KP, we got a few different reactions -- pure confusion, disgust, or jealously.

But we love her. And honestly, do you not know every single she has ever put out? You do. Don't lie.

See also: Capital Cities on Touring With Katy Perry and Life Getting "Chaotic and Crazy"

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Daedelus - The Nest, Miami

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With Y Diz and Galactic Effect, Telescope Thieves, Lautlos, Tyord, and members of Telekinetic Walrus and the Pride of Ions
The Nest, Miami
Thursday, July 3, 2014

Good morning, 305ers. It's now officially the Fourth of July, our annual exaltation of everything American.

But late last night, while visions of mustard-laden hot dogs danced in your brains, a different kind of celebration was happening at NE 14th Street's latest venue, The Nest, where a completely packed crowd of sweaty beat heads was bobbing and swaying to the forceful, bass-heavy grooves of L.A. dance mastermind Daedelus and several local cohorts for a pre-Independence Day jam.

See also: Daedelus on Electronic Dance Music: "There Is a Need for Pulse-Pounding Rhythm"

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Phantogram - Grand Central, Miami

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Check out Crossfade's 44-photo slideshow of Phantogram at Grand Central.

With Bad Things
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Grand Central, Miami

Better Than: A mouthful of diamonds.

Remember chillwave, the insufferable genre term coined and popularized by Pitchfork? It was a poor way to justify crappy production as a lo-fi aesthetic. They weren't fooling anybody, and after a year, everyone stopped caring.

Few acts -- the better ones -- survived. Phantogram was one of those acts.

See also: Phantogram on New Album, Voices, and Big Boi Saying "I Love Your Music"

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Jennifer Lopez, Neon Trees, Magic! and Nick Cannon - iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party 2014

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Check out Crossfade's 63-photo slideshow from iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party 2014, Day Two.

Jennifer Lopez, Neon Trees, Magic! and Nick Cannon
iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Saturday, June 28, 2014

Fun Fact: iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party is short for "The Jennifer Lopez Hour."

Well, there it was. The end of iHeart Radio Ultimate Pool Party weekend. No one thought it could get much better than the previous evening: Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Tiesto and Lil Jon. A pretty good lineup, indeed.

See also: Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, and Tiesto - iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party 2014

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Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, and Tiesto - iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party 2014

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Check out Crossfade's 74-photo slideshow from iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party 2014, Day One.

Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Tiësto, Nick Cannon, and Lil Jon
iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party, Day One
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Friday, June 27, 2014

Better Than: The fact that the phrase "Turn Down For What" will never get old.

Yes, we said so. "Turn Down For What" came into our lives March of this year. And no, we aren't sick of it.

That is because, really, why should we turn down? Down? Not an option. And that was most definitely the case at last night's kickoff of the two-day iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party 2014.

See also: Jennifer Lopez, Neon Trees, Magic! and Nick Cannon - iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party 2014, Day Two

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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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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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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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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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