Machine Gun Kelly - Grand Central, Miami

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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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Flo Rida Talks Wrestling Pitbull, Rick Ross, and 2 Live Crew at WWE Raw in Miami

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When we heard that Flo Rida would be hosting WWE Raw, it seemed like, "That ain't gonna work." But the more we thought about it, the more that particular tag team made sense. Both are splendidly packaged celebrations of pop culture, and boy are they entertaining.

Wrestling deals in iconography. And what is Flo Rida but the perfectly anthropomorphized, walking, talking representation of fun club culture? He is Miami's icon!

If our city was in a situation that could be resolved only via body slams, we would send out Flo Rida as our champion. Well, if The Rock weren't picking up his phone, of course.

See also: Rap's Ten Best Songs About Big Butts

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

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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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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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Fashion Freakouts From Fourth of July 2014 on South Beach

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Things sure aren't perfect here in the land of the free, but we're still happy to bravely drink our weight in alcohol and wear almost nothing on the Fourth of July ... Because isn't that the whole point?

Our founding fathers celebrated life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And so shall we.

Here are ten fashion freakouts from Fourth of July on South Beach.

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Katy Perry - The Prismatic World Tour - Miami

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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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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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Phantogram - Grand Central, Miami

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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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Jennifer Lopez, Neon Trees, Magic! and Nick Cannon - iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party 2014

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Jennifer Lopez, Neon Trees, Magic! and Nick Cannon
iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Saturday, June 28, 2014

Fun Fact: iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party is short for "The Jennifer Lopez Hour."

Well, there it was. The end of iHeart Radio Ultimate Pool Party weekend. No one thought it could get much better than the previous evening: Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Tiesto and Lil Jon. A pretty good lineup, indeed.

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Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, and Tiesto - iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party 2014

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Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Tiësto, Nick Cannon, and Lil Jon
iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party, Day One
Fontainebleau Miami Beach
Friday, June 27, 2014

Better Than: The fact that the phrase "Turn Down For What" will never get old.

Yes, we said so. "Turn Down For What" came into our lives March of this year. And no, we aren't sick of it.

That is because, really, why should we turn down? Down? Not an option. And that was most definitely the case at last night's kickoff of the two-day iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party 2014.

See also: Jennifer Lopez, Neon Trees, Magic! and Nick Cannon - iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party 2014, Day Two

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