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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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Review and Setlist: B.o.B in Fort Lauderdale

As featured on Miami.com

Upon walking into Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale Tuesday night, one immediately realized how unique the show would be based on the audience: Gossipy tweens with their reluctant parents, backpack wearing hip-hop-heads, and Generation Y couples. Continue reading

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Concert review: Incubus

From The Miami Herald’s blog, Miami Music Matters

In its first South Florida performance in almost two years, California-based alt-rock group Incubus blasted through a 90 minute set of its biggest hits, fan-favorite album cuts, and a few rarities, despite less than stellar sound.

The first show at Bayfront Park Amphitheater in downtown Miami since a multi-million dollar makeover, the venue’s sound was flat and low — not ideal for a rock and roll show. The band’s songs, which are known for transitioning from whisper-quiet to in-your-face loud, were overly equalized, lessening the impact of the the music’s dynamic range and singer Brandon Boyd’s soaring vocals. Continue reading

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¡Mayday! “Technology” (2009)

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From the June 22, 2009 issue of The Miami Herald (web / print)

¡Mayday! has changed quite a bit since the then-duo released its self-titled debut album in 2006. Three years later, the Miami-based hip-hop band has been flooding fans digitally with singles and EPs, of which the latest is the appropriately titled Technology, available on iTunes Tuesday. Continue reading

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Flo Rida “R.O.O.T.S.” (2009)

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The differences between Carol City-based rappers Flo Rida and Rick Ross are almost hilarious. While Rick Ross feels the need to deny and degrade his perfectly respectable past as a correctional officer for sake of his street cred, Flo Rida never really feels the need to boast about how hood he is to begin with. Continue reading

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