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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Tori Amos - Unrepentant Geraldines Tour - Fillmore Miami Beach

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Photo by Sayre Berman
Check out Crossfade's full 35-photo slideshow of Tori Amos at the Fillmore Miami Beach.

Tori Amos
With Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou
Fillmore Miami Beach
Sunday, August 24, 2014

Better Than: Listening to "Stairway to Heaven" again.

At first it made no sense that a medley of Led Zeppelin's greatest hits would be playing at the Fillmore Miami Beach as the seated crowd waited for Tori Amos to take the stage. If you would pick Kate Bush as number one on Tori Amos' list of musical heroes, you'd probably put Robert Plant and Jimmy Page somewhere around Tupac and Weird Al. But even a casual listen to both acts' lyrics reveals a shared love for the type of paperback fantasy novels where they always spell little, magical winged creatures as f-a-e-r-i-e-s.

See also: Tori Amos' Unrepentant Geraldines Echoes With a Grace and Sigh All Her Own


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Rita Ora and DJ Laz - Hits 97.3 Sessions - Grand Central, Miami

Rita Ora
With DJ Laz
As part of HITS 97.3's HITS Sessions
Grand Central, Miami
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Finding a pop star with a real set of pipes feels like trying to win the lottery. You know it's possible, but the odds are long.

Last night, Rita Ora stopped by downtown Miami's Grand Central for a superintimate acoustic performance of her budding and Billboard hits. It was MTV Unplugged style, as she and her guitarist sat atop stools on the stage, telling little stories behind the songs. This was maybe the best possible way to enjoy Ms. Ora for the first time, because, low and behold, this girl can really, really sing.

See Also: DJ Laz Returns to Miami Radio on Hits 97.3

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Blonde Redhead and Mayer Hawthorne - Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour - Miami

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Photo by Ian Witlen
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Blonde Redhead and Mayer Hawthorne
As part of the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour
Soho Studios, Miami
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Not everyone can afford a fancy Mercedes-Benz, but when Mercedes-Benz is putting on a party to celebrate the launch of the new GLA sports utility vehicle, everyone can afford live music.

The live music at last night's Miami stop of the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour was actually really good, bringing us a bit of post-punk romance with Blonde Redhead and soulful R&B from Mayer Hawthorne.

And what did we learn? Despite pop music and EDM's evidence to the contrary, people still get really excited over guitar tuneage.

See also: Mayer Hawthorne: "Every Song Is Based on Real Life, Otherwise People Won't Connect to It"


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Steam Miami: A Photo Tour of Downtown's First Interactive Nightclub

Categories: Nightlife, Photos

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Photo by Laurie Charles

Hot. Sticky. Sweaty.

That's summer in the Magic City for you.

But come 11 p.m., your nights are gonna get even hotter when Steam Miami makes its official debut with their Wish You Were Here party.

See also: Steam Miami: "It's Very Interactive. We Embrace All Fetishes"

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Travis Scott - Grand Central, Miami

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Photo by Rob Portal

Travi$ Scott
With Nuri, SpaceGhostPurrp, Robb Bank$, Denzel Curry, Yung Simmie, Nik SB, IndigoChildRick, and others
Presented by Yes Julz and Norma Now
Grand Central, Miami
Saturday, July 26, 2014

Better Than: Your fave videos of Travi$ Scott in action.

Live, Travi$ Scott is even raunchier than Youtube footage of his concerts would suggest. And this weekend, the 22-year-old Houston rapper had downtown Miami's Grand Central going absolutely bonkers.

"I do not like motherfuckers that sit down!" Scott yelled to the crowd. "I need to see some rage! Let's go!"

See also: Travis Scott on Why "This Trill Ain't Just Gold Grills and Sippin' Lean"

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Machine Gun Kelly - Grand Central, Miami

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Photo by Karli Evans
Check out Crossfade's full 50-photo slideshow of Machine Gun Kelly at Grand Central.

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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Courtesy of WWE

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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Photo by Karli Evans
Check out Crossfade's full 57-photo slideshow from J. Cole's Dollar & A Dream Tour.

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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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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