It's been more than three years since New Times listed the best Kendall bands, and much has changed. Some of the acts are still around and even made it onto this list again, but many have faded away, and some members have moved on to other projects. What we can say hasn't changed in Kendall is the lack of real venues; backyard shows are still common.
Dig deep west on Kendall Drive and you'll find a network of musicians of all genres. There's something about living away from the heart of Miami that gives these bands
9. Mahogany Purple. Led by guitarist Gabe Garcia, this indie/funk/pop band is a big reason why Kendall backyard shows are still a thing. Although it's impossible to list all of the bands in this thriving scene, Mahogany Purple represents well the spirit of Kendall house shows. The band also consistently plays at Tea & Poets in Sunset Place. What makes the group unique is its brass section, consisting of trombone and trumpet.
8. The Fortune Tellers. The folkloric melodies and lyrics of the Kendall-grown Fortune Tellers express a million stories. Some consistent faces in this gypsy band include singer/guitarist Kelsey Blue (who started as the drummer), Jojo on auxiliary percussion, and Brandon Perez-Urrutia on bass. Influenced by folk, psychedelic, and sometimes reggae, they have dubbed their genre "
7. Cannibal Kids. This Homestead band (not Kendall, but close enough) has made it onto this list once again. Since the last list was published, the band has successfully released an album and twice toured nationwide. Their surf/indie pop songs are meant to stick in your head and make you feel good. Miami's tropical vibes influence a huge part of their sound and image. Living so close to Kendall, they've certainly left their mark on the music scene there.
5. The Polar Boys. The Polar Boys' roots must be embedded in their DNA because they have a song titled "Kendall Drive." Several of the bandmates grew up playing music together in middle school and, later, going to local shows together. Their love of music united them in the Polar Boys. Their indie influences run deep and are most notable in their style. Who doesn't love matching pastel outfits?
3. Sunghosts. These guys have been the face of the Kendall scene since seemingly forever. Their songs practically echo through the streets of Southwest Miami-Dade. Sunghosts is a band you can rock out to on a Saturday night at Churchill's and cure your hangover with the next morning when you catch them playing at a local café. Their stage presence is full of energy, their indie-pop good vibes infectious.
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2. Moongazer. The Kendall music scene has brewed many genres, and Moongazer is the master of psychedelic/prog. See them live and you might fall into their drone of long prog jams and mind-bending melodies. They have performed many times at the Moksha Arts Collective, a Miami gallery that specializes in psychedelic art. They're working in the studio on their next album, so stay tuned.
1. Palomino Blond. The bandmates of Palomino Blond have been game-changers in the Kendall music scene since they were young. Singer/guitarist Carli Acosta was once a member of Long Shore Drift, which at one point was the center of the Kendall scene. That band hosted shows almost every weekend in its backyard (dubbed Spec Haus). Palomino Blond's other bandmates — Raven Nieto (bass), Kyle Fink (guitar), and Jake Karner (drums) — are also no strangers to hosting neighborhood house shows and have been in Kendall groups such as In Oculus, Fresh Esh, and Sedgwick. Palomino Blond's '90s alternative sound has stood out in the scene and now reverberates through popular venues such as Churchill's. Catch them live to hear their cover of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer theme song.