III Points 2014's Five Best Miami Acts

Jacuzzi Boys' lead screamer Gabriel Alcala.
Jacuzzi Boys' lead screamer Gabriel Alcala.
Photo by Ian Witlen/theCameraClicks.com

We want to give a big fat congrats to everyone who participated in this year's second-annual III Points music, art, and technology festival.

It was a wild few days and nights, and there were a lot of great strides made between this year and the last, one of those being the absolutely fantastic mix of local love into the big headlining acts.

It's hard being the local guy up against a bunch of national names, but locals were laying down some of the most celebrated sets of the weekend. Sadly, we couldn't catch them all, but here were some of our favorite local moments and some of the most talked-about in the streets.

Niko Javan

We know him both as a talented solo producer and as part of rap riot O'Grime, but even more people came to know and love the Mad Decent artist during his set at Skatespace. He delivered more variety than a postblunt lunch buffet, dropping original hits and edits alongside classics like the White Stripes and Bell Biv Davoe's "Poison" and new hits like Banks. By the time he was through, we'd had at least five people come ask us, "Who is this guy?" Way to make an impression.

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Telekinetic Walrus

You've never heard a band name like this, and it's fitting, because Telekinetic Walrus delivers an energetic live show like no other. Most people at III Points had no idea what hit them, but social media was on fire with comments about the band's amazing Skatespace performance. That giant staff won a lot of hearts and minds Friday night.

 

Mr. Brown

In our humble opinion, not enough DJs play Mr. Oizo track. Miami's Mr. Brown did that, and then he played a bunch of crazy electro dance noise that we don't even know what the fuck it was. All we know is it was fresh, it was different, and it made an impression we won't soon forget. It was disco, it was bouncy, it was as unique as the setting, and it had the Mind Melt crowd going bananas. And the man plays on vinyl, ftw.

Chalk

Speaking of vinyl, this DJ had a last-minute media change, having lost his USB an hour before his slot. Not to worry, because Chalk has a record collection the breadth and scope of a man twice his age. It almost didn't even happen, and the on-the-fly set may have had its hiccups, but the warm-up set at the Mainframe kept a large crowd rockin' and sent a slew of partiers crowding around to get his name when the hour was over. When the people stop to tell you they loved your set all night, it's a good sign you did something right.

Jacuzzi Boys

How many bands you know are going to play garage rock madness through the South Florida rain? Well, you kind of have to if you're going to make it last in this town, and Jacuzzi Boys set the bar for all Florida bands when they stood their ground against the elements and kept the party going despite a sudden storm. Hey, it's Miami, it cleared up in ten minutes anyway, and that's the kind of devil-may-care set that people will remember for years to come.

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