The first official day of fall is September 22. The first official day of what we laughably call winter is December 23. A lot will happen in between that time. We’ll fight over turkey with relatives who require several very full glasses of wine to tolerate. Some of us will even help elect a new
Most important, however, is the music. Summer in Miami is not the liveliest of months for live
Pretty much everyone loves Beyoncé at this point. Even white suburban moms angry about her Super Bowl performance will belt out "Drunk in Love" after a raspberry daiquiri or three. You know who else loves him some Bey? Chance the Rapper. And by now, if every lover of hip-hop isn't completely infatuated with the Chicago MC, they simply haven't been listening. With the release of his third critically acclaimed record (or mixtape, if it pleases you), Coloring Book, Chance the Rapper has cemented his place in the genre with a combo of gospel, soul, and the irreverently experimental rap styles that hit the mark so brilliantly on Acid Rap.
Perhaps the only Hispanic megastar and Miami favorite not to grace the stage at this year's iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina is Marc Anthony. Thankfully, he hasn’t forgotten us. In fact, the five-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and Guinness World Record holder
Charlie Puth couldn’t be a more fitting millennial success story if Lena Dunham wrote the script.
7. Slayer with Anthrax. 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, September 28, at the Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300. fillmoremb.com. Tickets cost $48.50 to $82.50 via livenation.com.
And on the complete
Look, man. Animal Collective is weird. Good weird, but weird nonetheless. Call them experimental pop or call them neopsychedelia or even freak folk, but one thing they can never be accused of is being boring. As colorful as a kaleidoscope on shrooms, Animal Collective sounds an awful lot like a mashup between Yellow Submarine-era Beatles, Pink Floyd, and all the electronic wizardry of modern music making. Case in point: The group's latest record, Painting With, was recorded where Brian Wilson crafted his masterpiece Pet Sounds, and the band included sound samples from the films Planet of the Apes and Poltergeist. Whether sober or strung out, Animal Collective are an experience unlike any other.
This is essentially one hour of
Outside of music critics, their longtime fans, and all the musicians they directly influenced, the Pet Shop Boys sometimes don’t seem to get the credit and the respect they deserve in the states. That might be because their biggest and only single to hit number one on the U.S. charts was “West End Girls” in 1985. Meanwhile, in their native UK, Neil
This band's been called the “U2 of Spanish rock.” Luckily, that's more for their mass appeal and record breaking sales and not because they’re obnoxious, self-important rock stars who force their new album onto your iPhone. Maná is, simply put, awesome. Over the course of the group's 30-year existence, the Mexican pop outfit has drawn on a number of influences including Bob Marley, Led Zeppelin, and the Police to create a sound that’s sold more albums than almost anyone in Latin music history. Maná's aptly named current tour, the Latino Power tour, promises to kick your ass regardless of your first language.
2. Adele. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 25, and Wednesday, October 26, at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-777-1000; aaarena.com. Tickets cost $36.95 to $146.50 via ticketmaster.com.
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In another reality, in an alternate version of Miami, British superstar vocalist Adele might have been born a
1. III Points Festival. Friday, October 7, through Sunday, October 9, at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305-573-0371; iiipoints.com. Single day tickets are $70 to $135, and three-day passes are $125 to $245 via iiipoints.com.
This might arguably be the best lineup III Points Festival has ever assembled. In addition to the headliners – LCD Soundsystem, Thievery Corporation, and M83 – the fast-growing event, now in its third year, boasts a vigorous collection of electronic, hip-hop, indie, and local artists. Chrome Sparks, Earl Sweatshirt, Flying Lotus, Junior Boys, Method Man & Redman, Vince Staples, and a lot more will remind everyone that Miami is more than just EDM.