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Review and Setlist: Drake in Miami

As featured on Miami.com and in the Miami Herald

Having recently moved to Miami, it was only appropriate for the most hyped freshman in hip-hop to open his first large-venue tour in the Magic City.

“I just moved to Miami, y’all,” Drake said halfway through his 85 minute set Monday. The crowd – predictably — cheered enthusiastically.

The 23-year-old Toronto rapper, singer and former teen actor kicked off his Light Dreams & Nightmares Tour with a sold-out, two-night stint at the James L. Knight Center in Miami. The performance managed to be a spectacle of sight and sound, while still highlighting Drake’s nuanced, introspective songwriting. Continue reading

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Alt-rockers Incubus to storm Bayfront Park in Miami

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From the August 14, 2009 issue of The Miami Herald (web / print)

Mike Einziger, guitarist for the spacey, experimental alternative-rock band Incubus, is a fan of stormy weather. Luckily for him, Incubus will be playing Sunday outdoors in downtown Miami — smack-dab in the middle of our storm season.

“One thing I really love about Florida is the lightning. I usually get a storm of some kind while we’re there,” he said on the phone. “I actually just enjoy being anywhere where there isn’t snow.” Continue reading

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Concert review and setlist: Jay-Z at BankAtlantic Center

Jay-Z and special guests Young Jeezy and Trey Songz kicked off The BP3 Tour with a performance at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.  You can read my full review and see photos from the show at the Miami Herald. Continue reading

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Incubus “Monuments and Melodies” (2009)

incubusFrom the June 29, 2009 issue of The Miami Herald (web / print)

Oftentimes, the greatest hits compilation is a death knell for artists: A sign of withering fame, or a contractual obligation to get off a record label. But for Incubus, Monuments and Melodies is none of the above. Instead, it’s a statement of strength — a logical stopgap before the next studio release. Continue reading

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Chrisette Michele “Epiphany” (2009)

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From the May 11, 2009 issue of The Miami Herald (web / print)

Chrisette Michele deserved better production than she was getting. Although she shined recently on Nas’  Nat King Cole tribute “Can’t Forget About You” and The Roots’ energetic go-go-infused “Rising Up,” her smoky jazz vocals were sometimes out of place on her 2007 debut, I Am. Continue reading

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