Heart with Brynn Marie - Hard Rock Live, Hollywood - November 9

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Heart
With Brynn Marie
Hard Rock Live, Hollywood
Sunday, November 9, 2014

You wanna polarize and/or destroy musical canons? Go ahead. If you've flown into the full fancy of sacrificing a sacred cow, nobody is going to stop you because, clearly, you're a crazy person. Or maybe you've flown into the sun. How would we know, you heap of ashes, you?

Good. Let's meet half way. Let's talk about Heart and let's talk about what you'd expect.

What you'd expect and receive are two different things. You'd expect a ride, a free ride. Heart opened with a tour de force that never looked back; quite frankly, it was nothing but full on balls and gumption from the second the spotlight descended upon Nancy Wilson.

After that, it was pure rock and roll bliss.

See also: Heart Returns to Hard Rock Live in Hollywood

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The Melvins - Culture Room, Fort Lauderdale - November 5

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James Argyropoulos

To be honest, I have outgrown rock concerts. I have no interest in paying money to be packed into a large room filled with cigarette smokers, beer drinkers, and shit talkers. I am a reclusive man who enjoys listening to the high vibrational frequencies of his own mind.

However, there is one band that I will never pass up the opportunity to see live, and that, my friends, is the Melvins.

The Melvins are the greatest living rock 'n' roll band ever. They are the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Flipper, Black Sabbath, Miles Davis, Led Zeppelin, Black Flag, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol, and the rest of whatever rock 'n' roll, modern art, beautiful poetry, science fiction, and all of heaven and hell mixed together blaring out of a wall of amplifiers could possibly be described as at this juncture. They take you into their vortex, which is where you want to be. It is such a beautiful place.

See also: Photos of the Melvins at Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale

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Judas Priest with Steel Panther - Hard Rock Live, Hollywood - October 30

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In the world of heavy metal, only one band besides Black Sabbath has had an equally massive and lasting impression on the generations that followed. That band was and continues to be Judas Priest. Iconic for its introduction of leather S&M garb to the metal genre, and aside from a small hiatus in the mid '90s, Judas Priest has been a metal institution for five decades since its humble beginnings in Birmingham in 1969.

After distancing themselves from the early hippie leanings of many British metal acts of the time, Judas Priest -- or simply Priest as their fans are fond of chanting -- has gone on to deliver a remarkable recorded legacy and memorable live shows. While it's never enjoyed mainstream success like other metal acts, the band's 1980 single "Breaking the Law" is one of the enduring anthems of the genre.

Add to their metal mythos the incomparable self-parodying contemporary '80s glam metal band Steel Panther at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, and you've got the recipe for a successful evening of metal firmly in place.

See also: Judas Priest's Rob Halford Says Redeemer of Souls "Reignited Things"

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Dumpstaphunk - Revolution Live, Fort Lauderdale - October 24

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Disclaimer: The word "funk" (and its many variations) will naturally pop up a lot in this article. There's absolutely no way around it. You cannot separate it in any way from the band we caught last Friday night at Revolution Live, Dumpstaphunk.

For instance, we have to say that it was funktastic. Ivan Neville and company brought their brand of heavy New Orleans funk to a Fort Lauderdale crowd, leaving every single person in attendance losing control of their bodies and surrendering to it. All were dancing as hard as they could the entire time. Oddly enough, the night didn't start off very funky, but that was by no means a bad thing.

See also: Dumpstaphunk Is "the Most Stank, Funky, Nasty Substance or Concept Possible"


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Coral Skies Festival - Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach - October 26, 2014

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Christina Mendenhall

It was a day where you couldn't ask for better weather. Among a medley of food trucks and craft beers, a smorgasbord of indie rock was served up steaming hot at the Coral Skies Music Festival.

The descriptor "indie rock" at this point is a catch-all term for any type of music performed by people wearing skinny jeans and/or thick-framed glasses. The Hold Steady, with their Brooklyn-bar-band raucousness, fit the label, as did Atlanta's Manchester Orchestra, with its emo sarcastic grunge, and headliner Cage the Elephant's classic rock.

"Indie" at this point really has nothing to do with independence, as many indie acts are signed to major labels and license their songs to commercials; rather, it seems to be synonymous with authenticity, where the music does not seem overproduced and Auto-Tune is only used with a sense of irony.

See also: Coral Skies Festival at Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach


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The Moody Blues' Justin Hayward - Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale - October 24

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Justin Hayward: Better beyond our Wildest Dreams
Justin Hayward
Parker Playhouse
October 24, 2014

Better than: The Moody Blues as a whole? No, but this solo show came close.

As an artist ages, so does his following, and at 68, Justin Hayward is attracting -- shall we say -- "mature" audiences. Indeed, it was no surprise to find that at least 99 percent of those in attendance at his performance last Friday night at the Parker Playhouse verified that conclusion to the fullest. And if one were willing to wager, suffice it to say it's a sure bet that there wasn't a single soul present whose college dorm wasn't swathed with the scent of incense (and other substances yet to be legalized for medical use or otherwise). Its then-residents basked in the sounds of Days of Future Past, In Search of the Lost Chord, or any of the other early masterpieces Hayward proffered at the helm of the Moody Blues.

Still, these days it's cocktails, not cannabis, that stokes the anticipation for Hayward's performances -- in theory anyway -- as well as the wonderment of the fact that 45 years on, classic hits like "Nights in White Satin," "Tuesday Afternoon," and "Lovely to See You" remain as spellbinding as ever.

And if these songs seemed to lack the full majesty the Moody Blues might have accorded, Hayward and his two backing musicians -- guitarist Mike Dawes and backing vocalist and keyboard player Julie Ragins -- effectively conveyed the magic and memories those lovely melodies deserve.

See also: The Moody Blues' Justin Hayward on What "Life Would Be Like Without the Music"


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Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull - Hard Rock, Hollywood - October 25

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Sayre Berman

It might be hard for the uninitiated to understand the pairing of Enrique Iglesias (heir apparent to the Iglesias charm) and Cuban-American rapper Pitbull. However, given their working relationship, one that reaches back a few years with appearances on each other's albums, it begins to make sense. Perfect sense almost. With both artists representing two close but discernibly different epochs in Latin music, it makes perfect sense to marry Enrique's Spanish crooner/modern pop with Pitbull's street-savvy hip-hop/electro-retro as a vehicle to bridge that small gap.

The fan base and demographic is technically the same, and both performers are spirited and animated enough to satisfy the average concertgoer on their own -- as a combo, it's ultimately a frenetic whittling of international flavor into a three-hour showcase.

While similar in intent, Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull fully represented the sides of their assigned coins with veracity and gumption, leading a packed Hard Rock to ebb, flow, and sweat accordingly.

See also: Julio Iglesias Admits: "It's Not Singing for Money. I Sing Because It Is My Life."


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Jeezy - Revolution Live, Fort Lauderdale - October 21

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A lot of rappers would have you believe they come from the streets and make music for hustlers, and a lot of rappers would embellish the story. A lot of rappers are quick to jump on songs with pop stars, looking for crossover success as a means to greater ends. It's hard to have a lasting career off of ghetto anthems, but not everyone can be Jeezy.

Young no more, the Atlanta rapper has been one of the hardest names in the game for about a decade. He's gone from an "empty" childhood of crime to Billboard hits, and even when he had popular success, he never really went pop. His latest album, Seen It All, is his "autobiography," and the tour's stop at Revolution last night was a giant celebration for a man who's been through the ringer and came out on top.

See also: Jeezy on Seeing "Some Justice" in Ferguson and "the New Generation" of Trap

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Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band - Broward Center for Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale - October 21

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Sayre Berman

There are only two Beatles left on this planet, and Tuesday night one of them was in Fort Lauderdale.

If you've ever seen Paul McCartney live, you know what an unforgettable experience that is. Even at seventy-two years of age, Sir Paul still belts out three hour performances, playing all the hits that pull at your heartstrings.

There was no Paul in sight last night, Ringo Starr was the only Beatle in town, offering a different kind of show. Less rock and roll, more Vegas lounge act. For the last 25 years, Ringo has toured with a rotating cast of musicians, creating supergroups from throughout rock history. The 2014 edition dubbed the thirteenth All-Starr Band showcased Todd Rundgren on guitar, Mr. Mister's Richard Page on bass, Toto's Steve Lukather on lead guitar, and Santana's Greg Rolie on keyboard.

See also: Ringo Starr at the Broward Center for Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale (Photos)

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Everymen Generations Release Party - Propaganda, Lake Worth - October 18

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On Saturday, October 18, the quirky Lake Worth masses converged upon downtown venue Propaganda to drink, be merry, and behold the release of Everymen's latest effort, Generations. It was one heck of a party, complete with puppets, confetti, silly string, and pool toys.

The evening began rather innocuously at 9 p.m. with Zoo Peculiar, the members of which suited up for the event and played their particular brand of polka-punk to an inward trickling audience. Next came the Birthday Candles which dealt in a sort of turn of the millennium pop-punk a la New Found Glory. The band showed some obvious talent. However, its sound unfortunately seemed out of place amongst the four other acts of the gypsy-punk kind. The group announced it was kicking off an East Coast tour to much applause.


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