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.

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Deep Dish - Ice Palace Film Studios, Miami

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Deep Dish
With Carl Craig, Hot Since 82, and Andhim
Ice Palace Film Studios, Miami
Saturday, March 29, 2014

Deep Dish is officially back. And the Grammy-winning house duo's Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week reunion at Ice Palace Film Studios proved to be nothing but sheer perfection.

"I'm so excited! I've been waiting eight years for this," an hyped-up Deep Dish fan told us, as he anxiously stood in line to enter the Palace. But he wasn't the only party person trying to keep his head from spinning.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Alejandra Guzman at the Fillmore Miami Beach: A 10-Photo Recap

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Alejandra Guzmán
La Guzmán en Primera Fila Tour
Fillmore Miami Beach
Friday, February 21, 2014

Over the weekend, Mexican rock star Alejandra Guzmán arrived at the Fillmore Miami Beach to celebrate 25 years of rock 'n' roll and desmadre.

After a series of health issues that threatened her life, the singer, actress, and Grammy winner thanked God for getting her back on the stage, but most of all, for giving her more life to live.

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Jucifer Rattles Bottles and Brains With Holly Hunt and Devalued at Churchill's Pub

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Churchill's Pub, Miami
Friday, February 21, 2014

Some bands wield volume artistically, turning sound waves into bludgeoning vehicles of expression and tapping into the very viscera of the audience through sheer force. Bands like Swans, Japan's Boris, and Miami's own Holly Hunt all use decibels to bolster the inherent aural and mental stimuli of their art.

Then, there's Jucifer, a duo so addicted to volume that the members spend most of their waking life either moving a literal wall of amplifiers in and out of clubs or testing the structural integrity of said clubs with its sludge-metal assault. The band took to Churchill's Pub last Friday night to rattle the bottles and crowd members' brains in what was an awesomely obnoxious display of volume.

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Don Omar, Nas, Juicy J, Busta Rhymes at Soulfrito Music Festival 2014 in Miami

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Check out Crossfade's full 87-photo slideshow of Soulfrito Music Festival 2014.

Soulfrito Music Festival
With Nas, Don Omar, Busta Rhymes, and others
Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens
Saturday, February 22, 2014

Better Than: The Winter Olympics.

In contrast to the Olympic Games being broadcast the past couple weeks, Soulfrito: The Urban Latin Music Festival was organized to represent nations -- Puerto Rico -- and athletic events -- synchonized ass-shaking -- that were nowhere to be found in Sochi.

Officially, the headliner of the daylong event was Don Omar. But by his 11:15 p.m. set time, when the Puerto Rican King of Reggaeton jogged across the stage to the beat of pounding bongo drums, a certain percentage of the crowd had already left.

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