Twenty eighteen will be a great year for Miami on the music front
. Acts such as Fleet Foxes, Tycho, Tyler the Creator, Vince Staples, and Lorde with Run the Jewels and Mitski will all visit the 305 this year.
Though the Magic City has an exciting 12 months ahead, we can't help but reminisce about the killer live acts that have performed in our slice of paradise in the past. Here are ten live music acts South Florida desperately needs back.
click to enlarge 1. Jack White.
Who's ready for a new Jack White album?
Photo by Jo McCaughey
Rock 'n' roll is alive and well. If you're living under a rock, chances are you missed some really big music news. White recently released two new tracks, "Connected by Love
" and "Respect Commander
," and has announced the release of his upcoming album, Boarding House Reach.
News broke yesterday that the musician will embark on a tour in April, his first in almost four years, according to his site
. But unfortunately, South Florida didn't make the cut. The last time White came to town, he spent two nights crushing skulls at the Fillmore. If you were there, you can attest that Jack White gave a larger-than-life performance that this town will never forget. In 2014, New Times
declared "Jack White Is the Most Important Rock Star of the 21st Century
," and the sentiment still stands.
click to enlarge 2. St. Vincent.
We miss you, St. Vincent.
Photo by Nedda Afsari
It's been more than three years since Annie Clark performed to a jam-packed crowd at the Fillmore, and we're still going through withdrawal. Her excellent album Masseduction
dropped in October 2017, and she's currently on her Fear the Future Tour, which is not scheduled to stop in South Florida, according to the tour dates listed on her site
. The thought of existing in 2018 without seeing bangers such as "Los Ageless," "New York," and the title track from her latest album performed live truly bums us out. For those willing to hit the road to catch her show, the closest stop to Miami is the Tabernacle in Atlanta February 17. St. Vincent, hear our cries.
click to enlarge 3. Broken Social Scene.
Broken Social Scene
It's no secret that Broken Social Scene is sorely missed around these parts. After a long hiatus, the band released 2017's Hug of Thunder
, the followup to 2010’s Forgiveness Rock Record
. Members from other musical projects such as Stars, Metric, and Feist have contributed to Broken Social Scene. It's been almost seven years since the Canadian music collective paid a visit to South Florida. We've waited long enough.
click to enlarge 4. Grimes.
Grimes at Coachella 2016.
Photo by Mathew Tucciarone
Who remembers when Grimes played on the carpet to an intimate crowd at Bardot in 2012? Chances are you had no idea who she was, and you probably missed the performance. Bardot was notorious for bringing acts way before they were on most people’s radar — a true music nerd's dream. It's been more than two years since she released her fourth studio album, Art Angels
. But fear no more: Grimes recently replied to a fan on Twitter
, writing, "Just played label new music they rly dig it so hopefully smthn soon." Amen! If you've seen Grimes live in other cities, you know her shows are full of energy and get pretty rowdy. It's a giant dance party that South Florida desperately needs soon.
click to enlarge 5. Marina and the Diamonds.
Bow down to the queen.
Photo by Timothy Norris
When it comes to pop royalty, Welsh singer-songwriter Marina Diamandis, better known as Marina and the Diamonds, takes the crown. Lady Gaga has her
Little Monsters. Justin Bieber has the Beliebers. Selena Gomez has the Selenators. And Marina has her Diamonds. Fandoms are no joke. But it's only the über-passionate armies who will sniff out the low-key, invite-only shows. Though the pop singer's last local performance was technically in 2015, we're not counting that because it was a private event held at the Royal Palm South Beach Miami. (However, we spotted a few young Diamonds in the crowd, who more than likely snuck in like we did.) Rewind to her public show in 2012, when the Diamonds were in full force at Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale. Fans had waited since early that morning at the venue, where lines wrapped around the building. Marina puts on one hell of a show, and South Florida needs her back, stat.