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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Blonde Redhead and Mayer Hawthorne - Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour - Miami

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Photo by Ian Witlen
Check out Crossfade's full 46-photo slideshow of Blonde Redhead and Mayer Hawthorne in Miami.

Blonde Redhead and Mayer Hawthorne
As part of the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour
Soho Studios, Miami
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Not everyone can afford a fancy Mercedes-Benz, but when Mercedes-Benz is putting on a party to celebrate the launch of the new GLA sports utility vehicle, everyone can afford live music.

The live music at last night's Miami stop of the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour was actually really good, bringing us a bit of post-punk romance with Blonde Redhead and soulful R&B from Mayer Hawthorne.

And what did we learn? Despite pop music and EDM's evidence to the contrary, people still get really excited over guitar tuneage.

See also: Mayer Hawthorne: "Every Song Is Based on Real Life, Otherwise People Won't Connect to It"


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Peter Murphy - Grand Central, Miami - August 5

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Photo by Monica McGivern
Check out Crossfade's full 48-photo slideshow of Peter Murphy at Grand Central.
Peter Murphy doesn't want to be called the Godfather of Goth. At least that's what he told New Times in a recent interview. The only thing is, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more adequate title for the former Bauhaus frontman.

The inimitable Murphy hit Grand Central this Tuesday, bringing a legion of fans both old and new into the fold for a night of blackened rock hooks and operatic croons. Along with South Florida locals Astari Nite and Austin alt-rockers My Jerusalem, a hard-hitting barrage of riffs was the order of the evening at the eclectic downtown venue.

The crowd arrived in droves and gratuitously obliged the acts with nodding heads and shaking hips to driving rhythms and noise-laden guitar swells that emanated from the speakers.

See also: Peter Murphy on Why "I Can't Think of Myself as the Godfather of Goth at All"

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Travis Scott - Grand Central, Miami

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Photo by Rob Portal

Travi$ Scott
With Nuri, SpaceGhostPurrp, Robb Bank$, Denzel Curry, Yung Simmie, Nik SB, IndigoChildRick, and others
Presented by Yes Julz and Norma Now
Grand Central, Miami
Saturday, July 26, 2014

Better Than: Your fave videos of Travi$ Scott in action.

Live, Travi$ Scott is even raunchier than Youtube footage of his concerts would suggest. And this weekend, the 22-year-old Houston rapper had downtown Miami's Grand Central going absolutely bonkers.

"I do not like motherfuckers that sit down!" Scott yelled to the crowd. "I need to see some rage! Let's go!"

See also: Travis Scott on Why "This Trill Ain't Just Gold Grills and Sippin' Lean"

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Machine Gun Kelly - Grand Central, Miami

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Photo by Karli Evans
Check out Crossfade's full 50-photo slideshow of Machine Gun Kelly at Grand Central.

Machine Gun Kelly
Presented by Dope Entertainment
Grand Central, Miami
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Better Than: A rock show. Or a rap show.

"Welcome to the greatest show on Earth. Lace the fuck up."

There's only one place in Miami where you can comfortably rock Lebron James' Cavaliers jersey without drawing awkward stares. And that's Grand Central. 
At least when it's a Machine Gun Kelly party.

Last night, the Cleveland spitter threw it down in the 305, rapping songs off his various mixtapes and his debut studio album, Lace Up.

See also: Machine Gun Kelly on Rap Versus Rock: "There's Only a Divide If You're Ignorant"


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People's Blues of Richmond: "We're Spanning a Lot of Genres for Only Three People"

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As the name People's Blues of Richmond might suggest, guitarist Tim Beavers and bassist Matthew Volkes began making music together to commemorate a mutual friend's funeral.

"Tim and I went to kindergarten together, but we never played music," Volkes tells Crossfade. "But in 2009, during our freshman year of college, one of our friends passed away. We played 'Wish You Were Here' on acoustic at the funeral. We were grieving and jamming, and before you know it, we were playing open-mic nights."

See also: Five Signs You Might Be a Shitty Guitarist

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J. Cole's Dollar & A Dream Tour - Grand Central, Miami

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Photo by Karli Evans
Check out Crossfade's full 57-photo slideshow from J. Cole's Dollar & A Dream Tour.

J. Cole's Dollar & A Dream Tour
Grand Central, Miami
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Better Than: Anything else you could do in Miami for a dollar. And most full-priced concerts.

"Dreamville in this motherfucker!"

It cost $1 to get in, but only J. Cole's most ardent followers made it through the front doors of downtown Miami's Grand Central for the Dollar & A Dream tour.

And after an entire day of standing in line, getting toasted by the scorching sun, these fans were ready to party.

See also: J. Cole in Miami: "Police Won't Let Us Do a Second Show," Over 1000 People Turned Away

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Ray LaMontagne and Jenny Lewis - Fillmore Miami Beach

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Photo by Monica McGivern
Check out Crossfade's 41-photos slideshow of Ray LaMontagne and Jenny Lewis at Fillmore Miami Beach.

Ray LaMontagne and Jenny Lewis
With Belle Brigade
Fillmore Miami Beach
Saturday, July 12, 2014

Better Than: A night with any of these great acts alone.

On any other evening, the sweet strains of Belle Brigade's sibling tandem, Barbara and Ethan Gruska, would've been show enough.

But over the weekend, the Magic City's fans of pretty and thoughtful tunes were blessed with a triple bill. And the Gruskas were merely the openers for Ray LaMontagne and Jenny Lewis.

See also: Ray LaMontagne Talks Supernova: "I Can Trust My Gut at This Point"


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Katy Perry - The Prismatic World Tour - Miami

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Photo by Sayre Berman
Check out Crossfade's 53-photo slideshow of Katy Perry's The Prismatic World Tour in Miami.

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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Photo by Kassandra Meyer

Daedelus
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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