New Order announce four-night residency at the Fillmore Miami Beach

If you’re currently blasting “Blue Monday” or “Bizarre Love Triangle” and need plans to bail on the cold days of winter, we may have the perfect solution for you.

On Monday (June 24), New Order announced plans for their first-ever residency in the United States. The band will perform four shows throughout four nights at the Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach.

Dubbed “Four Nights at the Fillmore,” the four-night engagement will find the group taking the stage at the iconic South Florida venue in mid-January 2020. The dates are as follows: Tuesday, Jan. 14; Wednesday, Jan. 15; Friday, Jan. 17; and their final performance on Saturday, Jan. 18.

Tickets for the shows go on sale this Friday, June 28, at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets start at $78.50 for general admission. If you’re a superfan whose goal is to see the group on all four days, a special four-pass will be available for $250. The only downside will be if the band decides to play the same exact set list each night (sorry, we can’t control that).

Special hotel packages will also be available for those who want to make a vacation of it (the beach is a good five minutes away from the venue, FYI).

DJ Arthur Baker and some special guests who have yet to be announced are slated to appear during the four nights.

The upcoming residency will not be the first for the Fillmore. A few weeks before New Order, Madame X herself Madonna will take over the Fillmore for a five-night run in mid-December. That residency is in support of Madonna’s 14th studio album Madame X.

New Order is set to release their live album ?(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So It Goes.., on July 12.

The album was recorded during the band’s July 2017 show at Manchester’s Old Granada Studios. That show was part of New Order’s five-night residency at Old Granada.

New Order’s last studio effort was 2015’s Music Complete.

Miami Beach Pop Festival to bring genre-diverse lineup to the sunny beach in November

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While the City of Miami’s relationship status with Ultra Music Festival is still classified as  “it’s complicated” (do they want it to return to downtown or not?!), Miami Beach just announced plans to launch their own music festival in the fall. On Thursday (June 20), concert promoters Paul Peck and Steve Sybesma (Bonnaroo and the Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival) unveiled the lineup for the inaugural Miami Beach Pop Festival.

As previously promised, the roster boasts a diverse list of acts from different genres (and countries) of music including rock, R&B, electronica, jazz, country, reggae, and Latin pop.

The lengthy catalog includes Chance the Rapper, Jack Johnson, Daddy Yankee, KYGO, The Raconteurs, Juanes, Leon Bridges, Maggie Rogers, The Roots, Nile Rodgers and Chic, Sean Paul, T-Pain, Jessie Reyes, DJ Windows 98 (aka Win Butler of the Arcade Fire), and more.

In an earlier press statement, Peck and Sybesma promised to bring in some local acts and that they did. They enlisted The Miami Beach Senior High Rock Ensemble, local electronic act Afrobeta, Magic City Hippies, Roosevelt Collier, and the Frost School of Music American Music Ensemble will perform some of Ben Folds’ music with the musician himself.

“Miami Beach Pop is a celebration of one of the most extraordinary cities in the world,” shares Peck in a recent statement.

“This unmatched, vibrant culture and iconic beach provide a rare combination of natural beauty and city excitement. The core purpose that drives the vision for this festival has been to celebrate the unity of human connection. We are honored to include artists such as Chance the Rapper and Jack Johnson, who are two of the most socially-conscious and inspiring figures in the contemporary cultural landscape.”

Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 21. The will be several ticket tiers to pick from including general admission, VIP, platinum ticket passes, hotel packages, and more. For those who went a little crazy planning their summer trips, Miami Beach Pop is offering payment plan options.

Miami Beach residents are eligible to receive a 20% discount on general admission tickets. For more information about the lineup, tickets, or general inquiries, head on over to Miami Beach Pop Festival’s website here.

The three-day music festival will take over South Beach during the weekend of Nov. 8-10. The weekend-long festivities will take over the sunny sands of the beach between Fifth and 10th Street right off Ocean Drive.

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The 1975 charm their South Florida fans during recent show

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In the last couple of years, The 1975 have gone from performing at tiny night clubs to headlining some of the summer’s biggest music festivals. The last time the group visited South Florida was back in 2014 when they performed at a sold out Culture Room in support of their debut album. This time around, the band traveled a little more south to the Kilpsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami to accommodate their rapidly-expanding fan base.

On Wednesday (May 11), the United Kingdom-based band made their long-awaited return to South Florida, almost two years to the day after their last show there. Armed with a brand new record and two supporting acts, the group showed the crowd just why they have managed to make the leap from small-print band on music festival posters to one of the main headliners with chart-topping hits. For their North American trek, the band enlisted support from two of their Dirty Hit label mates, Japanese House and Wolf Alice.

By the amount of people in the crowd who were singing along to both opening acts’ songs, it was evident how The 1975’s popularity has managed to rub off on both groups. During Japanese House’s set, the crowd was able to witness the sunset over the Miami skyline as they performed, while Wolf Alice’s rocking set welcomed the windy, star-studded evening.

At around nine, some of The 1975’s crew members could be seen on the stage, giving it a last-minute look-through. As they walked off the stage, the lights that once illuminated the area dimmed and the screaming and hollering from the audience grew to an all-time high. The shouting and mumbling of the band’s fans could be heard across the venue in a deafening tone. Following a long introduction in the dark, the band members began to make their way on stage with the exception of frontman Matt Healy and drummer George Daniel.

It was revealed the week before the show that Daniel would not be performing on the remaining tour dates due to an unfortunate, and random, incident. The drummer suffered a broken shoulder when he slipped off the group’s tour bus and was instructed to abstain from drumming. Healy and the band’s manager, Jamie Oborne, had confirmed the news, but also revealed that no dates would be cancelled. Instead, a friend of the band (who turned out to be Japanese House’s drummer, Freddy Sheed) would replace Daniel during the remaining shows.

Healy was the last member to make his way onto the stage, dressed in what at first appeared to be white silk pajamas which turned out to be nothing more than a white silk shirt and white pants. A few seconds later, they launched into the first song of the evening; the fame-mocking “Love Me.” Drenched in bright pink lights, Healy danced around the stage as the screams of the lyrics resonated across the venue. For anyone who has ever seen any of the band’s music videos, Healy’s performance on the stage, and in film form, are almost identical with the singer getting into his own music as he pranced, and danced, about the stage and almost appeared to be making out with his microphone.

One of the biggest eye-catchers of the show, aside from the band members themselves, were the color-changing lights. It was a sight to behold, as they changed to fit the tempo of each individual song. During “A Change of Heart,” the colors reflected the I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It cover art with pastel pink and mint illuminating the group from behind. During “Loving Someone,” the song in which Healy pleaded with the crowd to put their phones for a little bit, the colors shifted to darker tones with purples, reds, and oranges while during “UGH!” a city skyline illuminated the band during the three-minute track.

If the light show wasn’t enough to keep the audience interested, then incorporating older songs from their EPs as well as their debut album did the trick. Instead of focusing solely on tracks from their recently released album, The 1975 incorporated songs from their IV EP, their self-titled, and of course the new album to create a 21-song set list.

From the IV EP they played songs like “Me,” “You,” “So Far (It’s Alright),” and “fallingforyou.” Taking it back a little further, they played “Anobrain” from 2013’s Music for Cars EP. From their breakthrough album, The 1975, they gave fans tracks like “Menswear,” “An Encounter,” “Robbers,” and even had a saxophonist come out during “Heart Out” instead of playing pre-recorded audio. The rest of the lengthy set list came from I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It which included tracks like “Somebody Else,” “Paris,” and “She’s American,” a very fitting title for a group of British guys singing to a group of Americans.

While an encore was imminent, it didn’t quite feel like one. Instead of taking a break to refresh or recharge like many acts do before the encore, the band launched directly into “If I Believe You” from I Like it When You Sleep. The encore also included “Chocolate” from their debut album, recent single “The Sound,” and wrapped things up with the song that could arguably be the one that helped launched them into the mainstream, “Sex.” With a quick good-bye and thank you to the overflowing crowd, the group made their way off the stage ending another night at the rock show.

Walk the Moon Bring the High-Energy Dance Party to Miami Beach

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(Oct. 13) Walk the Moon at The Fillmore Miami Beach/ Photo by Erica Dominguez

Walk the Moon have become known for their catchy and upbeat songs almost as much as for their colorful and vivid shows reminiscent of a Lisa Frank drawing. On Tuesday night (Oct. 13), the Ohio-based band landed in Miami Beach for their first show ever at The Fillmore Miami Beach.

Kicking off the evening was California-based group HOLYCHILD. The duo, who met in a dance class, is made up of singer Liz Nistico and multi-instrumentalist Louie Diller. Their stage presence, especially Nistico, was not to be missed. Dressed in a Boho version of Princess Jasmine’s attire in Aladdin, Nistico showed the crowd just how into her own music she was, dancing around the stage while Diller, who was dressed in a sweater with a massive hamburger on his chest, played his own instruments.

While their stagemanship was energetic and vivid, the same cannot be said about their stage lighting. For a venue with a dark paint job, it was not ideal to have the duo perform in predominately dark lights. For audience members nowhere near the front of the stage, and the photographers alike, it became a particularly difficult task to see the band members on stage. But while some were bothered by the unfortunate lighting situation, it didn’t seem to bother those at the front of the barricades singing and dancing throughout the whole set.

Once their set ended, that stage went dark allowing Walk the Moon’s technicians to get to work setting up the stage for the band. Knowing that waiting for a set change is a particularly daunting and boring task, especially for the fans who had been waiting since three in the afternoon, the venue put on a playlist consisting of electro-pop groups with music styles similar to Walk the Moon.

When Capital Cities’ “Safe and Sound” blasted through the speakers, a massive sing-along ensued with the crowd’s joint voices almost drowning out the actual song. Once “Safe and Sound” ended, Elton John’s “Circle of Life” soon filled the room. The song was an indication that the band was about to hit the stage.

Hidden by the dark blue lights illuminating the stage, the members of Walk the Moon made their way to their rightful places on the stage during the Lion King song. The subdued moment didn’t last long as the band quickly launched into the first song of the evening, “Jenny.” Quickly, everyone in the room began to realize that this was not a show that was going to lose its high energy, liveness.

During “Jenny,” frontman Nicholas Petricca was so in the zone that at one point it appeared that he was grinding against his keyboards. Not to be outdone by their frontman, guitarist Eli Maiman and bassist Kevin Ray ran up and down the stage like a bunch of children who drank one too many Red Bulls earlier in the day. Not to be left out was drummer Sean Waugaman with his purple hair and turquoise lit drum set, banging his drums and cymbals to the beat of the first song of the night.

After playing through “Sidekick” and “Avalanche” from 2014’s Talking is Hard, the album the tour is named after, Petricca admitted that this was their first show in the “Magic City.” It was true. When they opened for Panic! at the Disco during 2014’s “The Gospel Tour,” the show took place in Boca Raton while their sold out show earlier this year was at Ft. Lauderdale’s Revolution Live. Petricca also admitted how much he liked Miami because it was a “melting pot” full of “different colors”; a direct lead-in for their current single, “Different Colors.”

The setlist mainly consisted of songs from Talking is Hard including “UP2U,” “Work That Body,” Portugal,” and “Aquaman,” but managed to add some songs from their self-titled debut like “Tightrope,” “Lisa Baby,” and “I Can Lift a Car.” The last song on their official setlist was the one that earned them massive popularity and resulted in the song spending a history-making 27 consecutive weeks at number one on Billboard’s Hot Rock Song chart; “Shut Up and Dance.” The song stayed true to its title, making everyone in the crowd get up and dance, including a couple of security guards and fire rescue personnel.

Once the song ended, the four-piece walked off stage, but the crowd was not happy about that. Instead, they began to chant “Anna Sun”; arguably the band’s breakout song and the one track they had yet to play. For what was probably the shortest pre-encore break, the band came back onto the stage for their encore set. Petricca spoke to the audience, thanking them for coming out on a rainy Tuesday evening and even showing off some of his Spanish; “To all our friends from south of the border, gracias por venir.” After the thanks, they launched into “We are the Kids” also off of Talking is Hard.

Once “We are the Kids” had concluded, Walk the Moon didn’t waste any time and launched directly into the song that everyone, or at least the vast majority of the audience, was waiting for, “Anna Sun.” Proving that these were not just a group of people here for the “one hit,” the medley of voice sang the lyrics alongside Petricca until the very last word. After throwing some guitar picks, a Styrofoam plate with the setlist written on it, and what was appeared to be a drum head into the crowd, the band bid their final farewell to the dissipating crowd before them. As they made their way off the stage to the backstage area, the crowd of fans that still lingered made their own ways to the exit, signaling the end to another concert at The Fillmore.

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Beyonce and Jay-Z Go ‘On the Run’ in Miami

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A few months ago, we revealed that Beyoncé and Jay-Z would be heading on a joint tour this Summer. the “On the Run” tour kicked off in Miami at Sun Life Stadium.

The powerhouse duo went on to perform a 42-song setlist which included “Holy Grail” which had Beyoncé filling in for Justin Timberlake as well as Jay-Z remixing Beyoncé “Partition” and “Love On Top,”  a tribute to the late Michael Jackson, who passed away five years ago to the day yesterday.

But, when your tour is named “On the Run” how else do you begin your set than with the song that started it all; “03 Bonnie and Clyde.”
All in all, according to the setlist that was provided to us, we can see that the amount of songs that Beyoncé and Jay-Z were evenly divided.

Talk about an understanding relationship.

Check out some of the footage below.

The tour will conitnue on June 28 when it hits up Cincinnati at the Great American Ballpark.

BEYONCE/JAY-Z “ON THE RUN” TOUR DATES:

June 28 – Cincinnati, OH (Great American Ballpark)

July 1 – Foxborough, MA (Gillette Stadium)

July 5 – Philadelphia, PA (Citizen’s Bank Park)

July 7 – Baltimore, MD (M & T Bank Stadium)

July 9 – Toronto, ON (Rogers Centre)

July 11 – East Rutherford, NJ (MetLife Stadium)

July 15 – Atlanta, GA (Georgia Dome)

July 18 – Houston, TX (Minute Maid Park)

July 20 – New Orleans, LA (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)

July 22 – Dallas, TX (AT&T Stadium)

July 24 – Chicago, IL (Soldier Field)

July 27 – Winnipeg, MB (Investor Group Field)

July 30 – Seattle, WA (Safeco Field)

August 2 – Los Angeles, CA (Rose Bowl)

August 5 – San Francisco, CA (AT&T Park)

September 12- Paris, FR (Stade de France)

September 13 – Paris, FR (Stade de France)

III Points to Return to Miami for Year Two

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“68 acts, one warehouse.”

Last year, the inaugural III Points festival made its debut in Sunny Miami and now, it’s back for year two.

The festival will take place during the weekend of October 10-12 in Miami’s art district of Wynwood. Making an appearance at this year’s event will include Flying Lotus, Lykke Li, Jamjie Jones. Jamie XX, Metronomy, Jacuzzi Boys and many more (68 in total, apparently).

One thing that festival organizers are set on doing this year? Showing off the homegrow talent that inhabit the neighborhood. 

“I know every day, every stage, everything will open up and be tied together with our local talent,” Ill Points organizer David Sinopoli insists. “We’ll be keeping with the Miami homegrown.”

The festival will be spread across more than 35 venues, helping bring up the Wynwood’s artist-vibe with its grafittited buildings, to the forefront and representing what the neighborhood is all about. 

Check out the full line-up here:

III Points Festival 2014 Lineup:
-Flying Lotus (Live)
-Lykke Li
-Jamie Jones
-Duke Dumont
-Jamie XX
-Hot Natured
-Four Tet
-Metronomy
-Chet Faker
-Kaytranada
-Cashmere Cat
-Tiga
-Mac DeMarco
-Hercules and Love Affair (Live)
-Kelela
-Jacques Greene (Live)
-Thundercat
-Com Truise
-Jacuzzi Boys
-DZA
-Lazaro Casanova
-Austin Paul
-Will Buck
-Millionyoung
-Krisp
-Pirate Stereo
-JBZ
-Thunderpony
-Nuri and Robb Banks
-Dinnerdate
-Dude Skywalker
-The Hongs
-Kodiak Fur
-Illa
-Ketchy Shuby
-The Deep
-Artime
-Deaf Poets
-Laura of Miami
-Goodroid
-Ynot
-Jean Jacket
-Pase Rock
-Tremends
-Patrick Walsh
-Eagle Chief
-Sean Drake
-Nicky Blitz!
-Maure
-Benton
-Frank Flux
-Uchi
-Mr. Brown
-Psychic Mirrors
-Telescope Thieves
-A-Train
-Sire Esq
-Niko Javan
-Keen One
-VI (The Deep End)
-Jeremy Ismael
-Jesp
-Agent Rose
-Santiago Caballero
-Telekinetic Walrus
-Methods
-Mikey Ramirez
-DJ Kurr
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If you’re thinking about attending, tickets will run you $88 for the entire weekend (three days). 

Art. Innovative technology. Music? Is there anything else anyone wants besides food?

Ultra Music Festival Reveals “Phase Two” and Set Times

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Electronic Dance Music fans, it’s time to rejoice because the people behind the annual Ultra Music Festival have revealed the set times and artists for this year’s festivities.

Yesterday, festival organizers revealed their “Phase Two” for the event and today, they have added on the time slots for the jam-packed list. In a rare instance, this is the earliest that the list had made its way onto the internet, especially because there are two months left before the actual festival begins and a lot can happen during that time frame.

Aside from the Phase Two line-up and current set times, they have also unveiled a full breakdown of the stage setup, from the usual arenas like the main and live stages, Carl Cox & Friends, and State of Trance to some new additions like the Story Miami and Link & Miami Rebels stage.

For now, check out the long list of DJs and such below which is organized by date.

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ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014 SETS:

FRIDAY, March 28
*Sets are listed from last to first

Main Stage
-Tiesto
-Kaskade
-Eric Prydz Presents Holo
-Zedd
-Diplo
-Laidback Luke
-Showtek

Live Stage
-Gesaffelstein
-MGMT
-M.I.A.
-Basement Jaxx
-Chance the Rapper
-Waka Flocka

Carl Cox & Friends Arena
-Carl Cox
-Luciano
-Marco Carola
-Maceo Plex
-Jon Rundell

Underground Story, Presented by Story Miami and Link & Miami Rebels
-Jamie Jones
-Art Department
-Damian Lazarus
-Lee Burridge
-Lee Foss
-Soul Clap
-Fur Coat

Ultra Worldwide
-Carnage
-Borgore
-Adventure Club
-The Glitch Mob
-Datsik
-Andy C
-Zomboy
-3Lau

UMF Radio
-Kill the Noise
-Alvin Risk
-12th Planet
-Figure
-Crizzly
-Paper Diamond
-Dvbbs
-Sluggers

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Main Stage
-Avicii
-Armin Van Buuren
-Above & Beyond
-Alesso
-Nicky Romero
-Krewella
-Martin Garrix
-W&W
-Blasterjaxx
-Rebecca & Fiona
-Moti
-Mykris

Live Stage
-Empire of the Sun
-2ManyDJs
-Trentemoller
-Paul Kalkbrenner
-Gramatik
-Infected Mushroom
-Riff Raff
-Tourist
-Goldfish
-Afrobeta

Carl Cox & Friends Arena
-Carl Cox
-Loco Dice
-Dubfire
-Nic Fanciulli B2B Carl Cox
-Umek
-Pete Tong
-Monika Kruze

Underground Story, Presented by Story Miami and Link & Miami Rebels
-Solomun
-Tale of Us
-H.O.S.H.
-Adriatique
-Claude VonStroke
-Justin Martin
-J.Phlip
-Blond:ish
-Kill Frenzy
-Hardline B2B Danyelino B2B Hugo Biano
-Ms. Mada B2B Thunderpony

Ultra Worldwide
-Dillon Francis
-Flosstradamus
-RL Grime
-DJ Snake
-GTA
-Bro Safari
-Been Trill
-Just Blaze
-Dirtyphonics
-Craze
-Brillz
-Grandtheft

UMF Radio
-Cazzette
-Dyro
-Dannic
-Ummet Ozcan
-Audien
-Vicetone
-Syn Cole
-Don Diablo
-Henry Fong
-Candyland
-Stafford Brothers
-Pegboard Nerds

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Main Stage
-Hardwell
-David Guetta
-Steve Angello
-Afrojack
-Jack U
-Sander Van Doorn
-Nervo
-Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
-Tommie Sunshine
-Michael Brun

Live Stage
-Subfocus (Live)
-Chase & Status
-Netsky (Live)
-Example
-Cut Copy
-Dizzie Rascal
-Pusha T
-I See Monstas

A State of Trance
-Paul Van Dyk
-Gaia
-New World Punx
-Aly & Fila B2B John O’Callaghan
-Cosmic Gate
-Myon & Shane 54
-Andrew Rayel
-Orjan Nilsen
-Jochen Miller

Ultra Ibiza, Presented by Space Ibiza
-Cirez D
-John Digweed
-The Martinez Brothers
-Dusky
-Cajmere
-Riotgear
-Andrea Oliva
-Danny Marquez
-Rony Seikaly

Ultra Korea
-Fedde Le Grand
-Gareth Emery
-Cedric Gervais
-Mat Zo
-Danny Avila
-Clockwork
-Makj
-TJR
-Sandro Silva
-DJ Koo
-Justin Oh

UMF Radio
-Rac
-Oliver
-Moon Boots
-Julio Bashmore
-Cyril Hahn
-Goldroom
-Jonas Rathsman
-Perseus
-Isaac Tichauer
-Viceroy
-Amtrac

Ultra Music Festival 2014 is set to begin on Friday March 28  and go through until Sunday, March 30.

Ultra Music Festival Reveals Phase One

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EDM-heads are well aware that Ultra is just a few months away, and now the yearly, electronic dance music festival has unveiled who will be taking the stage in Miami.

Last year, the festival decided to take a different turn and make the event two weekends long rather than the usual jam-packed one weekend. This year, it looks like the festivities will once again be returning to its usual one weekend full of partying after trying out the overambitious idea.

The weekend which will happen during March, 28th, 29th and 30th and will feature headliners ranging from Avicii, Armin van Buuren, Afrojack, Hardwell, Steve Angello, and Tiësto, you know just some of the biggest DJs in the world as well as live acts including Chase & Status and MGMT.

Now, the line-up that has been revealed has been coined as “Phase One,” and that a “Phase Two” will be coming soon, so who knows what that might entail.

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III Points to Hit Miami in October

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Looks like South Florida is trying to catch up with Austin’s SXSW with a new baby version of the famous all platforms festival.

The festival which has been named, III Points, will take place in Miami from October 3-5. It has been described as an” art, music, and technology festival” which feature James Murphy, DJ Shadow, Jamie xx, Hercules and Love Affair (DJ), the Juan Maclean, Jacques Greene, Koreless, and many more.

Young Turks and DFA Records will be hosting several BBQs for the event; The Young Turks BBQ will be an underground party with DJ Shadow, XXYYXX, and Koreless while DFA’s BBQ will feature Murphy, Jamie xx, Greene, and live art by Typoe.

III Points revealed that they will be partnering up with Young Turks and Miami club, Bardot. For those not familiar, III Points will in fact be taking over several locations in the Wynwood area of Miami and came together when the XX were in the city several months back.

Aside from just plain good tunes and BBQs, the festival will also feature seminars by Murphy as well as panels, games, galleries, and demonstrations. For more information on the festival, head on over to their website here.

For those interested in the participating locations, look no further than below:

III Points Participating Venues

1ofK 97 NW 25th St. Suite 101, 305-591-5888, 1ofk.com/contact‎
Bardot 3456 N Miami Ave, 305-576-5570, bardotmiami.com
Briske Gallery
Butcher Shop 165 NW 23rd St, 305-846-9120, TheButcherShopMiami.com
Cafeina 297 NW 23rd St, 305-438-0792, cafeinamiami.com
Diet Gallery 174 NW 23rd St, 305-571-2288, gallerydiet.com
Gab Studio 225 nw 26 St., 305-200-5349, gabstudio.com
Gigi 3470 N Miami Ave, 305-573-1520, giginow.com
Gramps 176 NW 24th St, 786-752-6693, grampsbar.com
Grand Central 697 N Miami Ave, 305-377-2277, grandcentralmiami.com
Handcrafted Tattoo 3438 N Miami Ave, 855-666-2738, handcraftedmiami.com
Imagesound America 120 NW 25th St. Suite 203, 954-374-9904 imagesound-americas.com
Junior & Hatter 2750 NW 3rd Ave, 305-571-8361, juniorandhatter.com
The LAB Miami 400 NW 26th St., thelabmiami.com
Spinello Gallery 2930 NW 7th Ave, 786-271-4223, spinelloprojects.com
Wood Tavern 2531 NW 2nd Ave, 305-748-2828, woodtavernmiami.com
Wynwood Cigar Factory 101 NW 24 Street, 800-253-1429, wynwoodcigars.com
Wynwood Indoor Soccer Field 370 NW 24th St, 786-253-2888, midtownindoorsoccer.com
Wynwood Walls thewynwoodwalls.com 2528 NW 2nd Ave

Take Over, the Break is Definitely Over for Fall Out Boy

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Ever thought you’d see the day when Chicago-based Fall Out Boy would sell out, let alone have a line circling a venue? Well, that’s what happened at the Miami stop of the “Save Rock and Roll” tour.

The Fillmore is not exactly a small venue, but in less than 8 hours, the box office had officially ruled the tour stop, sold out. The line outside the venue that started to form at eight in the morning showed proof of just how much the fans missed the foursome.

The show started out with Fall Out Boy’s opening act, New Politics taking the stage and proving why they got the gig. The Denmark-based band, made a splash with fans easily shifting from hard-hitting rock songs to pop-punk songs that could easily fit into the genre that Fall Out Boy helped mold.

Frontman David Boyd, was what every frontman should hope to be with the energy that not once wavered as he did cartwheels, handstands, some break dancing and even clapping with his feet. His energy as well as the energy from the other two members, would explain why FOB frontman, Patrick Stump told the audience his cousin was more excited to see New Politics than FOB.

Once their set had finished, the stage went dark and the lights went up, giving fans time to prepare themselves for the show that would be starting after the set change.

It was a little past nine when the banging of the drums started and the silhouettes of the band could be seen behind sheer curtains. The noise of the fans cheering become united once the sheer curtains dropped, minus one that decided to stay lingering as the band into 2007’s “Thriller.”

Dressed in matching attire, minus drummer Andy Hurley who apparently missed the memo, they launched into a setlist that brought together songs from all of their albums. The hour and a half show featured songs from each one of their albums giving old fans some nostalgic moments and new ones to be introduced to those songs.

The set included songs from Take This to Your Grave such as “Grand Theft Autumn (Where is Your Boy)” and “Tell That Mick He Just Made My List of Things to Do Today” as well as selected songs from From Under the Corktree including “Dance, Dance,” “A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More Touch Me” and the song that launched them to top 40 success, “Sugar, We’re Going Down.”

“Hum Hallelujah” and “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race” joined show opener, “Thriller” from Infinity on High while “I Don’t Care” and “Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes” from pre-hiatus album, Folie à Deux made an appearance as well.

After taking a few seconds to collect themselves, they returned for their encore but first they sang bassist, Pete Wentz, happy birthday with the help of the sold out venue. The band presented the bassist with a cake and a $25 gift card to Starbucks which made him so excited, he ran clear across stage to give guitarist, Joe Trohman who had the card, a big, manly hug.

The encore included three songs, starting with a visually beautiful performance of “Save Rock and Roll” which paid tribute to some of rock’s late stars as well as current ones. Closing out the show were “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs” and “Saturday” which signaled the end of Fall Out Boy’s comeback.

While the show was great there was some disappointment which came in the form of Wentz. The charismatic stage persona he was known for was no longer there. The energy that he used to portray like a five-year-old on Sour Patches and Red Bull was all gone as well as the bass flips, jumps and dangerous antics. One thing that really changed and maybe for the best during the break was Stump’s ability to articulate. Long gone are the days of “watching Youtube from the closet.”

So when anyone asks if the break is officially over, the answer is “yes, the break is definitely over.”

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