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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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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Phantogram - Grand Central, Miami

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Photo by Alex Markow
Check out Crossfade's 44-photo slideshow of Phantogram at Grand Central.

Phantogram
With Bad Things
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Grand Central, Miami

Better Than: A mouthful of diamonds.

Remember chillwave, the insufferable genre term coined and popularized by Pitchfork? It was a poor way to justify crappy production as a lo-fi aesthetic. They weren't fooling anybody, and after a year, everyone stopped caring.

Few acts -- the better ones -- survived. Phantogram was one of those acts.

See also: Phantogram on New Album, Voices, and Big Boi Saying "I Love Your Music"


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Sub Focus - Grand Central, Miami

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Photo by Karli Evans
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Sub Focus
Grand Central, Miami
Saturday, June 28, 2014

Better Than: Staying home and playing FIFA 14 for Xbox One.

Only three days into his solo tour, English electronic music star Sub Focus blessed Miami with an Ultra Music Festival-worthy performance that left everyone in the audience drenched in sweat.

The music was loud, the people were dancing, and the energy was infectious.

See also: Five Worst EDM Gimmicks

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YACHT and Otto Von Schirach - Desperados' #SeizeTheNight - Wynwood, Miami

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YACHT
With Otto Von Schriach and a DJ set by Juan MacLean
Desperados' #SeizeTheNight
Friday, June 13, 2014
Toejam Backlot, Wynwood, Miami

Better Than: Free beer.

Before the recession hit, it seemed parties thrown by beer and spirits companies were the norm in Miami. They would put on these extremely elaborate events and book amazing acts to perform, purely for the purposes of "brand awareness."

But the best thing about these events: They were always 100-percent free -- as long as you scored an invite, which wasn't exactly hard to do.

See also: YACHT on DFA Records: "Total Creative Freedom, We've Never Been Told What to Do"

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Morrissey Slams Meat, Voting, and Pharmaceutical Commercials in Miami

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Check out Crossfade's 47-photo slideshow from Morrissey at the Arsht Center.

Morrissey
Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami
Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Moz is beloved as the undisputed master of post-punk balladry, louche melodrama, and biting lyricism.

But he's just as revered (and loathed) for his proclivity toward provocation on a great many subjects, including the consumption of meat and the futility of voting -- not to mention far less pressing stuff like the banality of pharmaceutical commercials.

See also: Morrissey's Six Most Controversial Moments

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Kill the Zo - Grand Central, Miami

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Kill the Zo
Grand Central, Miami
Friday, May 23, 2014

It's not uncommon for two or more DJs to band together in an attempt to form some sort of supergroup. The most obvious and commercially successful would be the late Swedish House Mafia. Hanbraekes is a personal favorite, combining the best of Boys Noize and Mr. Oizo, the former of which also collabs with Skrillex as Dog Blood. There's Afroki (Afrojack and Steve Aoki), Jack U (Diplo and Skrillex), Duck Sauce (A-Trak and Armand Van Helden), and the list goes on.

Most of these pairings, while cool to see, aren't what we'd call "adventurous." These guys already share the same fanbases. Their music is similar enough that their work together, while exciting, could have been easily anticipated.

See also: Kill the Noise on Stale EDM: "The Whole Thing Is Just a Routine"

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Tamar Braxton - Fillmore Miami Beach

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Tamar Braxton
Fillmore Miami Beach
Friday, May 16, 2014

Better Than: Watching an episode of Tamar & Vince.

"People don't know I can get turnt up and drop it like it's hot."

That's the kind of performance the youngest of the Braxton sisters promised to put on for her Tamartians at this past weekend's kickoff of her debut solo headlining tour.

And after watching her do that ass-shaking, voice-singing thang at the Fillmore Miami Beach, we can say that girl wasn't lying.

See also: Tamar Braxton on Her First Solo Tour: "People Don't Know I Can Drop It Like It's Hot"

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Jacuzzi Boys' Last Show at Dave Daniels' Churchill's Pub

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Check out Crossfade's full 77-photo slideshow of Jacuzzi Boys at Churchill's Pub.

Maybe you woke up this morning to discover your body decorated in colorful bruises. Maybe you've taken three showers, but still don't feel particularly clean. And maybe you have an aggressive ringing in your ears that won't let up.

Well, then you were probably at the Jacuzzi Boys' last show at Dave Daniels' Churchill's Pub. And honestly, who wasn't? It was even "officially" declared to be the most people ever squeezed into Churchill's in the pub's history.

Oh, and what a history it has had.

See also: Churchill's Pub Sale Finalized

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Cult Leader, Yautja, and Holly Hunt - Churchill's Pub, Miami

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Cult Leader causing some chaos at Churchill's.

As we slog ever nearer to the pending change of ownership that looms over Churchill's Pub, it would appear patrons have splintered into two distinct camps.

There are the deniers who believe the punk landmark can only flourish with its current patronage and practices intact, and that any alterations by the new owners will be met with such intolerance that they'll be forced to leave well enough be. And then there are the prematurely bereaved who predict the inevitable death of "our beloved shithole."

While we're not quite prepared to join the pre-mourners, we'll admit the energy that's recently flowed through this palace of piss, vomit, volume, and love has been absolutely remarkable, and Friday night's tour stop featuring hyped heavies Cult Leader and Yautja was no exception.

See also: Churchill's New Owners Abandoning Plans for 21-and-Over Policy

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