TDE Meets Jet Life in Miami: Isaiah Rashad, Young Roddy, and Hidden Ruby Live

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Isaiah Rashad takes a moment before performing "Modest" live in the 305.

The sun had just gone down. We walked into downtown Miami's Mekka Nightclub. And to our surprise, Top Dawg Entertainment's own Isaiah Rashad was doing his sound check.

"This sounds good, but turn the beat down a little bit so that you can hear me better," the Chattanooga, Tennesse-bred rapper instructed. "Does that sound good to y'all?"

He was playing "Modest" from his latest project, Cilvia Demo. And even during warmups, Rashad radiates sheer skill and raw enthusiasm.

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Interpol and Hundred Waters - Fillmore Miami Beach

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Marta Xochilt Perez
Interpol's Paul Banks, crooning and brooding on South Beach.

Interpol
With Hundred Waters
Fillmore Miami Beach
Saturday, November 8, 2014

Venture onto South Beach on any given Saturday night and you'll likely find a gridlocked mess of sports cars and tourists blocking streets, parking spots, and doorways.

Add the South Florida Auto Show to the mix... and you're in for quite a rough ride.

Luckily, Interpol fans tend to be very polite.

See also: Interpol's Sam Fogarino: "Miami Is Where I Learned How to Do What I Do"


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Marnie Stern and Brooklyn Brewery With Killmama and Kazoots - Gramps, Wynwood

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Photo by Kassandra Meyer

Marnie Stern
With Killmama and Kazoots
Presented by Brooklyn Brewery's Mash 2014
Gramps, Wynwood
Saturday, November 1, 2014

Sure, it was a downright brisk November night, and many of us were undoubtedly still feeling the burn from spooking up the city on Halloween.

But that wasn't going to stop the denizens of Wynwood and rock enthusiasts of all stripes from coming out to see the esteemed Marnie Stern grace the stage at local hangout Gramps.

See also: Five Signs You Might Be a Shitty Guitarist

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Porter Robinson's Worlds Tour - Fillmore Miami Beach

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Photo by Alex Markow
Check out Crossfade's full 43-photo slideshow from Porter Robinson at Fillmore Miami Beach.

Porter Robinson Worlds Tour
With Giraffage and Lemaitre
Fillmore Miami Beach
Saturday, October 17, 2014

Better Than: The hazing we went through growing up because we liked Sailor Moon and Mario Bros. more than whatever it is "cool" kids do.

"Say my name and you can say it with honor."

We'd guess whenever Porter Robinson heard his name ring through his middle-school halls, it wasn't toned with regal regard.

It's nearly scientific fact that nerds and geeks grow up to be the coolest adults, and by the time that 22-year-old Robinson got to his breakout hit, "Say My Name," about midway through the final North American performance of his game-changing Worlds Tour, we'd decided he was on par with his idols Justice and Daft Punk in delivering one of the greatest dance music performances we've ever seen.

See Also: Porter Robinson on Debut Album, Worlds, and Outgrowing "the DJ Thing"


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

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Photo by Karli Evans
Check out Crossfade's full 53-photo slideshow of Modern Love in Miami.

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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Erasure's Violet Flame Tour - Fillmore Miami Beach

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Photo by Sayre Berman
Check out Crossfade's full 50-photo slideshow from Erasure at the Fillmore Miami Beach.

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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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.

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Lil Debbie and Otto Von Schirach - The Nest, Miami

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Photo by Monica McGivern
Check out Crossfade's full 55-photo slideshow of Lil Debbie and Otto Von Schirach at The Nest.

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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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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