Why You Should Check Out Massive Attack and Thievery Corporation Instead of MGMT

Okay, so MGMT is sold out. It sucks. But there's no use crying over spilled PBRs. We here at Crossfade are all about seeing a can half-full, anyway. There are plenty of tickets still available for Massive Attack and Thievery Corporation at Bayfront Park Amphitheater tonight.

Why should you spring the 40 bucks? Well, we've compiled a list of reasons to check out the Massive Attack show and not MGMT. You know, in case you needed a little more persuasion.

See the cut for five convincing arguments in favor of mature, eclectic, outdoorsy fun.

The crowd will probably be older.

We've all witnessed firsthand what a massively young crowd does to a show's ambiance. Pushing, shoving, child-like screeches, and body paint aren't for the faint of heart. Neither is watching hoards of minivans rolling up in front of a venue to drop off a bunch of underage teens and tweens. But we're betting that they'll all be at MGMT tonight. Hey, they have a song named "Kids," don't they? They're practically begging them to show up.

There will be a nice mix of genres.

We appreciate having our music horizons expanded. Sure, we like indie pop/rock just as much as the next guy, but sometimes it's nice to experience something outside of our comfort zone. Massive Attack and Thievery Corporation will definitely grant you that. Each band can be classified as "experimental," while Thievery runs the gamut playing with elements from dub, acid jazz, reggae, bossa nova, and so much more.

Neither band is from Brooklyn.

Hey, we're not knocking New York. On the contrary. They have tons of cool bands that are based there ... almost too many. It's nice to see a different vibe from bands every now and then, though, and check out an act that won't necessarily bleed for the city that never sleeps. Massive Attack is from the UK, and Thievery Corporation is from D.C. Talk about an interesting music mix.

You'll see all kinds of people there.

Aren't you getting a little bored of always seeing generic hipsters and

overzealous teens at shows? You probably won't get that here. We're

guessing this crowd will resemble what you'd see at a Dave Matthews Band

show: An even mix of laidback 20- and 30-somethings who just want to

have a little fun on a Tuesday night. Have you always wanted to meet an introspective dude (or chick) who can handle DJ duos, experimental sounds, and lounge music? You'll probably meet a few of those here.

This show is outdoors.

We're not outdoorsy people by any means. But outdoor concerts are nice.

You get to set up a blanket and some lawn chairs. Cuddle up next to that

cute stranger next to you. Sit around a couple hundred friends and

relax while you watch the show. You can't do that at an indoor venue

where you're trying to prop yourself up to just see the ant-like figures

on stage that are playing instruments and hear something besides the

people screaming over the music. And you're not packed like a can of

sardines outdoors. Just sayin'.

Massive Attack and Thievery Corporation, tonight at 6:30pm. At the Bayront Park Amphitheater, 301 Biscayne Blvd. Tickets are still available from $41-$63. For more information, visit

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