Smooth Operators

Brooklyn's Tigercity teaches the unwashed hipster masses a little something about soul

"I know Bill will be happy if you can quote me here that he did not, in fact, just realize one day that Hall & Oates was cool," he continues, laughing again.

When Tigercity first played Miami, earlier this year, it was at PS 14 — a tiny dive bar near the performing arts center. Thanks to festival slots with a wide range of artists like Jamie Lidell, M.I.A., and even blues legend Dr. John, they've already headlined New York's storied Bowery Ballroom. This time around in Miami, they've graduated to Studio A, with a capacity of about 600 — not too shabby for playing in a city still getting used to the return of live rock.

And the group has accomplished all of this without a single full-length release. Pretend Not to Love is the band's only real product available for wide purchase, and even then, mostly through iTunes. While the members continue to write new music, they're holding off on diving into the studio in favor of staying on the road for most of the rest of the year.

Tigercity: It's hip to be square
Dot Hong
Tigercity: It's hip to be square


Tigercity, Stylofone, and John Hancock ANR perform Monday, September 10, at Studio A, 60 NE 11th St, Miami. The show starts at 8:00 p.m., and tickets cost $10. All ages are welcome. Call 305-358-7625, or visit

"When we figure out the situation," Ford says, "we'll have all the music ready." What a smooth answer.

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