Respectable Street Cafe's Anniversary Party Showcased Renovations and 27 Bands

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Respectable Street is known for its atmosphere. There's the dance floor that's been scuffed at least a million times over, the glowing bar and wide couches that face each other, the intimate backyard where a slew of awkward covers have been sung during Saturday night karaoke.

However, the venue looked a little more polished Saturday night for its 27th anniversary celebration. Actually, "a little more" is an understatement. Respectables closed for a couple days before the party for renovations, so patrons arrived to find a newly varnished floor, murals and paintings by local artists, and a wall full of old flyers and pictures. Amid bunches of white balloons adorning the inside bar, surreal videos were projected on the white walls, which looked progressively stranger as the night progressed.

On five stages throughout the evening, a whopping 27 bands performed. In between sets, DJs spun indie and electro tunes, allowing guests to start making fresh metaphorical and literal marks on the dance floor.

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Peter Frampton - Hard Rock Live, Hollywood - October 5, 2014

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When you look up Peter Frampton's name, four words come up: "teen idol" and "guitar god."

Today only a very strange teenager would have a poster of the now balding, 64-year-old Frampton on their wall. That is, unless the kid was a student of the guitar. Then it would make perfect sense.

Last night in his two hour set at Hard Rock Live, Frampton showed that while the dreamy hair might be long gone, he still knows his way up and down the neck of a guitar.

See also: Ten Guys Who Make Their Guitars Talk

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Charli XCX - Culture Room, Fort Lauderdale - September 26

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Stacey Russell

Charli XCX
Featuring Femme and Elliphant
Culture Room, Fort Lauderdale
Saturday, September 26, 2014

She's the girl whose songs you can't get out of your head. She's the girl that's taken over your car radio. She's the girl who we all wish we had the balls to be at 22. She is Charli XCX.

Charli has performed in our part of the world only twice: last year at the Garret above Grand Central, and this past Saturday night at Culture Room. If you'd never visited this classic Fort Lauderdale venue, you might have wondered why your GPS was taking you to a shopping center. But once inside, it would have been clear that this two-story concert hall with a spacious outdoor patio just might be your new favorite spot. Well, if it wasn't already.

But there is one catch: It is an all-ages venue.

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Luke Bryan - Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach - September 27

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Photo by Alex Markow
Tailgaters packed the lawn at Cruzan Amphitheatre Saturday night with grills, Fireball whiskey, and cornhole. Pretty country chicks donning daisy dukes and cowboy boots stood around guzzling beer. Confederate flags were waving and country music was blasting from trucks as attendees drank the day away, waiting for the concert to start.

It was the South Florida stop of Luke Bryan's That's Kind of Night Tour with openers Lee Brice and Cole Swindell. And after everyone was buzzed and in possession of $5 Luke Bryan shirts, the whole lot of us rushed the arena like little children on Christmas morning.

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Americana Music Festival & Conference 2014: Finest Moments From Nashville

Alisa B. Cherry official photography
Lee meets the great Ian McLagan: Bucket List Moment Achieved!

It's the final night of the 2014 Americana Music Festival and Conference, and the final event of a spectacular five day run. Lucinda Williams is about to begin a last minute invitation-only performance at the newly opened City Winery in Nashville. But first, Americana Music Association Executive Director Jed Hilly walks to the microphone. Americana is now a very real, living, and breathing genre that finally found true context, he declares.

It's a statement that's obvious to all who attend, as evidenced through the music, through the bonds of fellowship, through the shared experiences that ebbed and flowed throughout the festivities. Yet, what Hilly doesn't point out, but what is equally true, is that the term Americana may have finally outgrown its initial meaning. For what had begun as a broad patchwork of singer/songwriters with a feel for the heartland and a scrappy roots rock, alt-country sound has now found a larger audience, one that embraces artists from all over the world -- from the U.K. and Europe to the far realms of the Pacific. Indeed, the very term "Americana" seems something of a misnomer now, especially considering the international evocation.

See also: Lucinda Williams on Requited Love, Elvis Costello, and Bobbie Gentry

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Hawthorne Heights, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - Revolution Live, Fort Lauderdale - September 22

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Photo by Santiago Felipe
Teenagers came in big numbers wearing their faded T-shirts, sneakers, and jeans to Revolution Live to celebrate the sounds of Hawthorne Heights and Jacksonville natives, the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. Appropriately, the two bands are on their Hope Revolution Tour. And though we hoped the night, which started at 7, would end at a decent hour, it ended up lasting quite a long time. There were four opening acts.

The crowd was getting a bit rowdy waiting for the two headliners to take the stage, something that didn't happen until well after 10 p.m. Not early for a Monday night show in Fort Lauderdale.

Hawthorne Heights celebrated the 10 year anniversary of its album The Silence in Black and White with a performance of the LP from start to finish, including two of its more popular songs "Ohio Is For Lovers" and "Silver Bullet." With strong vocals, heavy guitars, and lots of screaming, it had no problem getting the crowd off their feet, jumping, head-banging, and moshing in the pit.

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The Pretty Reckless Proved Rock Is Alive and Well at Revolution Live, September 21

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Gene Simmons recently talked about his idea of rock 'n' roll being dead in Esquire magazine. He may have a point about the music industry failing to properly showcase rock bands by getting them on the radio and bringing them the mainstream success they deserve, but real rock is definitely still kicking. That was clear last night at Revolution Live when three talented bands -- the Pretty Reckless, Adelita's Way, and Crash Midnight -- performed for a packed house.

The fact that there were a ton of young kids in the crowd was another sign that rock will live on. These little ones aren't just listening to whatever Y100 tells them to; they're finding what they like on their own. Instead of discovering new finds amid the music-nerd clerks of record stores of the '90s or hearing them on 103.1 The Buzz (remember Buzz Bakesale concerts?), they have the internet. So it's all laid out for them -- the largest sonic buffet.

See also: The Pretty Reckless' Taylor Momsen Asks You to "Listen to the Fucking Songs... My Entire Life Is in the Songs"

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Rascal Flatts & Sheryl Crow Crowd at Cruzan Amphitheatre Booed Obama

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Sayre Berman

Cruzan Amphitheatre was packed this past Saturday, but it a was a far cry from the last time I was at the venue for Warped Tour. Instead of punks sporting converse and piercings in every orifice, it was cowboy boot-palooza up in there, with daisy duke-clad gals waiting with bated breath for Sheryl Crow and Rascal Flatts.

After getting over the initial culture shock of feeling like we'd stepped into a rodeo (I swear I didn't know that many people in South Florida owned cowboy boots) my friend and I got to our seats, ready for some twang.

Opening act Gloriana, which hails from Nashville, got early arrivers in the mood with some catchy country tunes and sweet vocals. The guitarist was surprisingly talented and made an impression with his passionate rock style. The trio played a short but high energy set including two of its bigger tunes "Wild At Heart" and "(Kissed You) Good Night," which got the crowd singing along and dancing.

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Washed Out - Culture Room, Fort Lauderdale - September 13

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James Argyropoulos

As eager as I was to see Washed Out, I was almost more curious to see how an audience would react to the music live.

The brainchild of Ernest Greene, this Athens, Georgia act creates an intimate, synth heavy ambience that seems more fitting heard through a pair of earbuds than in the communal setting of a live venue. How would a crowd respond in public to chillwave? Zone out in a dream like trance with the occasional bob of the head? Dance erotically with one finger in the air another in their mouths without making eye contact with anyone?

See also: Washed Out at Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale (Slideshow)

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Kings of Leon - Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach - September 6

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Sayre Berman

This past Saturday was an unusually muggy night at West Palm's Cruzan Amphitheatre, even for Florida. The air had the consistency of peanut butter. Maxi dresses and shirts clung to audience members at the Kings of Leon show, all wet from sweat and humidity. And God bless the brave souls who wore jeans. We commend you.

After the London band of brothers Kongos and indie rockers Young the Giant finished their sets, Tennessee's Kings of Leon jump started its set with "Supersoaker," the first song off of its newest album Mechanical Bull.

See also: Kings of Leon and Young the Giant at Cruzan Amphitheater (Slideshow)

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