Musical Wish List for 2014

Categories: Good Ideas

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Ian Witlen

With 2013 almost in the books, we can sit back and recollect on what a great year it was musically, or we can be greedy and count next year's chickens before they hatch.

We're choosing the latter.

Sure, 2013 had its sweet moments. There were crossover hits that (almost) everyone enjoyed, like everything Daft Punk or Drake, a solid number of fantastic musical acts that performed locally -- from Arcade Fire to Bob Dylan to Janelle Monae -- and not to mention the phenomenon that was twerking. But we expect even more from 2014. And here's exactly what we want the musical gods to give us in the New Year.

A wide range of musical acts coming to South Florida
Being at the tip of a peninsula makes us an inconvenient tour stop, but South Florida music fans have gotten good at supporting acts that are down to brave the subtropical climate. The year starts promising with Les Claypool, Jay Z, Paul Simon & Sting, among others, performing locally. Let's hope our concert choices stay strong for 12 months.

Promoters of massive music festivals finding a heart
2014's Ultra Music Festival outdid themselves for this year's line-up. M.I.A., Empire of the Sun, MGMT, and Cut Copy. Which makes you giddy, until the sticker shock sets in. Tickets, with service charges, cost $490. Who can afford this? Obviously tons of people, as they always sell out, but how about Ultra and other music festivals like Coachella sell individual day tickets so non-trust fund babies can get a taste?

Modest Mouse putting out a new album
It's going on seven years since the indie Northwestern band put out an album. There were rumors Big Boi from Outkast was working with them, too. Last summer they canceled their European tour, supposedly to work on this new album, but still nothing. And so we wish.

The Beatles getting on Spotify
Led Zeppelin and Metallica finally came to terms with the music streaming giant. That leaves the Fab 4 as the biggest hole in Spotify's library.


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