Jack White's Lazaretto Tour - Fillmore Miami Beach

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Jack White's Lazaretto Tour
With Olivia Jean
Fillmore Miami Beach
Sunday, September 21, 2014

Better Than: An evening without feedback and hearing damage.

Is rock 'n' roll dead? Fuck no.

Just over a decade ago, the White Stripes' Jack and Meg came screaming, shredding, and pounding out of Detroit to help prove that guitar-and-drum tuneage could still rattle bones and make a body feel alive -- even amid a Top 40 glut of mediocre post-gangsta rap, pop tart crap, and boy band bullshit.

Last night at the Fillmore Miami Beach, Jack (now solo, minus Meg, and based in Nashville) did it again, for maybe the 1,000,000th time, unleashing 100 minutes of ear-scorching, skull-busting evidence that rock's nowhere near the grave -- even in this age of cheap, chart-topping EDM and formulaic meta-pop.

See also: Why Jack White Is the Most Important Rock Star of the 21st Century

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Modern Love: A Live Audio-Visual Experience - Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, Miami

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Modern Love: A Live Audio-Visual Experience
With Andy Stott, Demdike Stare, and Millie & Andrea
Presented by SAFE, Klangbox.FM, Wynwood Arts District Association, Miami Light Project, and Beck's Access
Light Box at Goldman Warehouse
Saturday, September 20, 2014

It's easy to scoff at dance music for being nothing more than a few bleeps and bloops. A genre where the acts amount only to button-pushers.

Modern Love, the 12-year-old Manchester record label, isn't that.

After a first listen to any of the label's releases, you might ask yourself, "Where is this going? Where is the drop?" And we'll have to call on every fiber of our being not to hit you.

See also: Modern Love A/V Show: "Taking Techno Out of the Club and Into the Art Space"

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Banks' Goddess Tour - Grand Central, Miami

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Banks' Goddess Tour
With Movement
Grand Central, Miami
Sunday, September 21, 2014

Better Than: Hiring an elf to tell your ex to "go fuck yourself."

Did you know bitches loooooove Banks?

Like ... We knew she is an extremely talented, passionate singer and songwriter. And we knew she is softspoken in person, though superpowerful on stage. And we knew she released her debut album, Goddess, to great critical reception.

But we had no idea just how many girls are completely and totally obsessed.

See also: Banks: "Being a Goddess Is Being Fragile at Times, Strong at Times"

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Erasure's Violet Flame Tour - Fillmore Miami Beach

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Erasure's Violet Flame Tour
With Nina
Fillmore Miami Beach
Friday, September 12, 2014

Much respect to Erasure for this past Friday night. The British duo of singer-songwriter Andy Bell and songwriter-keyboardist Vince Clarke know that their bread and butter lies in the early part of their career, and they are not ashamed. Even though it's called the Violet Flame Tour, after the duo's new album, much of the evening's music covered material from the mid '80s to early '90s. And the near-capacity Fillmore Miami Beach ate it up like synth pop had never gone out of fashion.

See also: Erasure's Andy Bell Talks Drag Queens and Being "a Little Old for EDM"

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Ty Segall's Manipulator Tour - The Stage, Miami

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Ty Segall's Manipulator Tour
With Wand and Plastic Pinks
Presented by Sweat Records
The Stage, Miami
Thursday, September 11, 2014

You forget how many varieties of white people there are until you go to a real rock show.

There's the dirty, hairy skinny dude; the twee, soft-spoken sarcastic; the black-clad hipster ice queens; and so on.

Last night, they all showed up to see Ty Segall rip apart The Stage Miami, and there were even plenty of non-white people surfing the crowd, because this guy's axe work is the truth.

See also: Ty Segall on New Album, Manipulator, and "Going Insane a Little Bit"

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Lily Allen's Sheezus Tour - Fillmore Miami Beach

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Lily Allen
With Samsaya
Fillmore Miami Beach
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Better Than: Your usual Taco Tuesday dinner plans.

Pop's most outspoken artist, Lily Allen, finally made her proper Miami debut last night.

Sure, she played in Fort Lauderdale a couple years back, but lots has changed since then. Miami has grown up and so has Allen, who is now a mother of two. But if you think age or motherhood has dulled Allen's sharp, silver tongue, you'd be wrong. Even in front of the crowd at the Fillmore Miami Beach, she's pretty honest.

See also: Lily Allen on Sheezus and Kanye West: "What I Love Is He's Not a Careerist; He's an Artist"

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Juan Gabriel's Volver Tour 2014 - Miami

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Juan Gabriel
Volver Tour 2014
American Airlines Arena, Miami
Friday, September 5, 2014

Over the weekend, Mexican music icon Juan Gabriel performed an epic three-hour set at the American Airlines Arena in downtown Miami.

Only a few months ago, Gabriel had delayed his entire Volver 2014 tour because of health issues. But judging from the other evening's performance, one would never have guessed.

Juanga was just as healthy, energetic, and charismatic as always.

See also: Gloria Estefan's On Your Feet! Musical Auditioning at the Arsht Center in Miami

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Lil Debbie and Otto Von Schirach - The Nest, Miami

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Lil Debbie
With Otto Von Schirach
Presented by Notorious Nastie
The Nest, Miami
Saturday, August 23, 2014

Where can you go for real Miami hip-hop, booty bass jams, and general debauchery?

The Vagabond used to have the market cornered with their weekly (((Shake))) party, but that NE 14th Street club recently closed. And the young, eminently trendy crowd has since relocated across the street to The Nest, a downtown venue quickly building a name for itself with plenty of bass-friendly events, spanning genres to showcase local DJs and MCs along with big-name traveling acts.

See also: Lil Debbie's Crew Attacks, Punches Otto Von Schirach at Downtown Miami's The Nest

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Tori Amos - Unrepentant Geraldines Tour - Fillmore Miami Beach

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Tori Amos
With Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou
Fillmore Miami Beach
Sunday, August 24, 2014

Better Than: Listening to "Stairway to Heaven" again.

At first it made no sense that a medley of Led Zeppelin's greatest hits would be playing at the Fillmore Miami Beach as the seated crowd waited for Tori Amos to take the stage. If you would pick Kate Bush as number one on Tori Amos' list of musical heroes, you'd probably put Robert Plant and Jimmy Page somewhere around Tupac and Weird Al. But even a casual listen to both acts' lyrics reveals a shared love for the type of paperback fantasy novels where they always spell little, magical winged creatures as f-a-e-r-i-e-s.

See also: Tori Amos' Unrepentant Geraldines Echoes With a Grace and Sigh All Her Own

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Rita Ora and DJ Laz - Hits 97.3 Sessions - Grand Central, Miami

Rita Ora
With DJ Laz
As part of HITS 97.3's HITS Sessions
Grand Central, Miami
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Finding a pop star with a real set of pipes feels like trying to win the lottery. You know it's possible, but the odds are long.

Last night, Rita Ora stopped by downtown Miami's Grand Central for a superintimate acoustic performance of her budding and Billboard hits. It was MTV Unplugged style, as she and her guitarist sat atop stools on the stage, telling little stories behind the songs. This was maybe the best possible way to enjoy Ms. Ora for the first time, because, low and behold, this girl can really, really sing.

See Also: DJ Laz Returns to Miami Radio on Hits 97.3

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