The Sounds - Grand Central, Miami


The Sounds
With Blondfire and Ghost Beach
Grand Central
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bringing the spirit of rock 'n' roll to the stage is easier said than done.

For a band like The Sounds, however, it's an art that seems to come naturally, as they circle the globe, making dance floors tremble from continent to continent.

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Dead Milkmen - Grand Central, Miami

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Dead Milkmen
With Humbert and Sandratz
Grand Central, Miami
Friday, April 11, 2014

While it can be difficult to watch certain punk outfits age (and settle into the awkward complacency that has plagued so many legendary bands in recent years), the brand of punk peddled by Philadelphia's Dead Milkmen -- rendered with snarky, subtle intellect, rather than brute force -- still sounds great after 30 years.

The Milkmen returned from hiatus in 2008 with as close to an original lineup as possible following the tragic loss of bassist Dave "Blood" Schulthise, and have since released new material and even occasionally played live shows.

Right now, the band's in the midst of a spring tour. (Well, if you can call three total dates a tour.) And over the weekend, Miami was fortunate enough to receive the Milkmen at Grand Central. They brought out the punk rock girls and boys for a night of singing and slamming to the classics, as well as some unexpected new jams.

See also: Dead Milkmen: "We're Not Much More Politically Correct Than We Used to Be"

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Steve Angello & Size Records' #Decade Party - RC Cola Plant, Wynwood, Miami

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Eat. Sleep. Rave. Repeat.

Steve Angello and Size Records' #Decade
RC Cola Plant, Wynwood, Miami
Thursday, March 27, 2012

Size Records is ten years old. And for its tin anniversary, former Swedish House Mafia member and label boss Steve Angello did what any dance music powerhouse might do -- throw a fuckin' rager in Miami.

But this just wasn't any silly party at some hotel or nightclub. Instead, Angello took over one of the city's most iconic landmarks, the long-abandoned RC Cola Plant, which is sort of Miami's answer to New York's now-gone 5 Pointz. It's a setting that you could see being regularly used for raves in a more anything-goes city like Berlin.

And while a bill that included Angello, Thomas Gold, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, AN21 & Max Vangeli, and more is nothing to scoff at, as a Miamian, I was excited to finally get inside this usually off-limits Wynwood locale.

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Skrillex' Good Times With Chance the Rapper, Zeds Dead, Ten Others - Wynwood, Miami

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Good Times, Day Two
With Skrillex, What So Not, Chance the Rapper, Zeds Dead, Amtrac, Jack Beats, Annie Mac, and others
Wynwood, Miami
Thursday, March 27, 2014

When Skrillex chatted with Crossfade earlier this week about his two-day Good Times block party, the Grammy-winning DJ said he "wanted to do something outside of the typical Miami WMC week ... something different, backyard style, where it felt like a party ... not really about production or anything else -- just the music."

And that's exactly what he and the rest of the OWSLA and Poplife crew brought to Wynwood last night.

See also: Skrillex on Good Times, His Homies: "We Just F#@% With Each Other on a Creative Level"

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Miley Cyrus - American Airlines Arena, Miami - 3/22/2014

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Check out Crossfade's full 45-photo slideshow of Miley Cyrus' Bangerz Tour in Miami.

Miley Cyrus' Bangerz Tour
With Icona Pop
American Airlines Arena, Miami
Saturday, March 22, 2014

"Woo! Woooooo! I'm in Miami, bitch! I'm gonna fuck Miley Cyrus tonight! Bangerz tour! I'm gonna bang her all night!" shouted an overexcited guy in front of us.

Meanwhile, much like Halloween on South Beach, Ms. Cyrus' Miami gig seemed to give all of the girls an excuse to dress scantily.

Needless to say, ass cheek was everywhere. Some girls even drew their inspiration from Miley's music videos, rocking double hair buns and Chicago Bulls jerseys.

See also: Miley Cyrus' Top Ten Fashion Freakouts

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Yo La Tengo and Sam Green's The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller - Miami Beach

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The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller
A live documentary by Sam Green and Yo La Tengo
The Colony Theatre, Miami Beach
Saturday, March 22, 2014

Better Than: Any movie playing in the multiplex (except maybe The Grand Budapest Hotel).

Even in this multitasking day and age when people respond to email, talk on the phone, and watch a rerun of Seinfeld all at the same time, it was hard to know exactly where to keep your eyes on Saturday night at the Colony Theatre.

At center stage was a screen displaying the sound and images of the film documentary The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller. To stage right stood the movie's director Sam Green in a bright orange shirt, live-narrating the movie. And then, most distracting of all, to stage left, sitting amid a scattering of instruments were indie rock legends Yo La Tengo, performing the soundtrack.

See also: Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan on His Band's 30th Year, Scoring Films, and Buckminster Fuller

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Julieta Venegas and Los Amigos Invisibles - Grand Central Miami - 3/19/2014

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Julieta Venegas and Los Amigos Invisibles
Sala Siete Concert Series, Presented by Jack Daniel's
With Mr. Pauer and Domino Saints
Grand Central, Miami
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

It was the middle of the week. But it felt like a Saturday night in Miami.

Doors opened at Grand Central by 8:00 p.m., and in just a few minutes, the party was already full of life and rhythm.

For the last few years, the Jack Daniel's Sala Siete concert series has been promoting Latin music all around the United States. The goal is to bring the beat of salsa, reggae, Latin rock, and cumbia to every corner of the country. As they say: "In Sala Siete, there's room for all music."

And last night, that meant accordion-wielding songstress Julieta Venegas and Venezuelan sextet Amigos Invisibles.

See also: Review & Photos: Pablo Alboran - Fillmore Miami Beach - 3/15/2014

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Pablo Alboran - Fillmore Miami Beach - 3/15/2014

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Pablo Alborán
Fillmore Miami Beach
Saturday, March 15, 2014

Over the weekend, fans filled the Fillmore Miami Beach for a sold-out night full of rhythm and romanticism as 24-year-old Spanish singer Pablo Alborán performed for the first time in the United States.

Earlier this month, when we here at Crossfade spoke with Alborán, he confessed: "I want to thrill people with my music."

And at the Fillmore, he certainly did.

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Asaf Avidan, Black Violin, and Carnaval on the Mile 2014

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Israel's Asaf Avidan serenading Coral Gables' Carnaval crowd.

Carnaval on the Mile
With Asaf Avidan, Black Violin, Brass-a-holics, Grupo Fantasma, and others
Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
Sunday, March 2, 2014

"It's just me playing music. I'm not going to ask anyone to holler. I'm not going to ask anyone to make noise. I'm just going to play some songs."

Those were the first few words from Asaf Avidan, one of this year's headlining musical acts at Carnaval on the Mile.

Little did he know how much Coral Gables' Carnaval crowd truly appreciated his presence that afternoon as he serenaded them with his ballad blues.

See also: Asaf Avidan on New Album Different Pulses and "Why I Decided to Go Back to Basics"

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Swamp Stomp 2014: Bright Light Social Hour, Roosevelt Collier, and the Tobacco Road Gang

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Austin's Bright Light Social Hour stompin' the swamp at Tobacco Road.

Swamp Stomp Music Festival
With Bright Light Social Hour, Roosevelt Collier's Phunk Phactory, and others
Tobacco Road, Miami
Saturday, March 1, 2014

Better Than: The sound of alligators and mosquitos lurking in the dark.

As you look toward the sky from the Tobacco Road parking lot and see the multitude of industrial cranes further turning Miami into a cityscape out of Bladerunner, it is easy to forget this was all once swampland.

But the sixth annual Swamp Stomp Music Festival was aimed to remind attendees of our simpler, perhaps more dangerous past.

See also: Bright Light Social Hour on the Next Album and Writing a Song for Texas' Wendy Davis

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