Ten Things You Feel at a Morrissey Concert

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George Martinez

A Morrissey concert is a particularly emotional experience for everyone. From the most rabid Smiths-loathing, beef-loving haters to the people who still buy Morrissey's new albums and weep openly at the shows all over Moz tour T's, the crowd is a hotbed for feelings.

Last Saturday night at the Arsht Center, Moz immediately drew a sold-out crowd to its feet and had them singing along by song one: the Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?" But it was before the familiar tune blared that so many things were being felt by black-clad friends buzzing around the lobby of the building. And even prior to that, when many had trouble sleeping the night before, planning out the next evening, the one when they would be in the presence of true brilliance.

Emotions are why you go to see Morrissey live. Here are ten you've probably felt at one of his concerts.

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Bootsy Collins at Soul Food Fest: Father of the Year Brings Daughter to First Concert

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Bootsy and the daughter of the father of the year.

For a musician, there's nothing quite like taking your child to their first concert. It's a loaded event, one you hope and pray doesn't take place in some enormodome watching Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus lip synch. Thankfully, my daughter Jade has pretty good taste for an 8-year-old. Hence, her first show was this past Saturday's Kinfolk Soul Food Festival at the Central Broward Regional Stadium in Lauderhill, starring her favorite funk superhero, Bootsy Collins.

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Lady Antebellum - Hard Rock Live, Hollywood - May 16

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Sayre Berman

This year alone, there've been plenty of enjoyable concerts, from Jimmy Buffet to Jay Z to Billy Joel. And though there's no denying the power of heavy-hitters like those three, we experienced something special this past Friday night at Hard Rock Live with Lady Antebellum.

The trio tightly packed high energy, humility, and humor into a show that was less than two hours long. On a personal level, we certainly harbor some nostalgia for the band's earlier tunes that we've listened to from the start, but from the moment they kicked off with "Compass" off their new album Golden, we swooned.

See also: Lady Antebellum at Hard Rock Live, Hollywood (Slideshow)

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Toadies - Culture Room, Fort Lauderdale - May 16

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Danny Hurley

For the MP3 generation, albums don't mean diddlysquat. Playlists go from genre to genre, artist to artist, decade to decade, from Frank Sinatra to Beyonce to Kiss. But there was a time when music was consumed in one large gulp whether by vinyl, cassette, or CD. And in a current trend, older touring bands frequently promise to perform one of their classic albums in its entirety.

Toadies, jumped on to this craze with a tour that arrived at Culture Room Friday night celebrating the twentieth anniversary of their most famous work Rubberneck. The four members of the Fort Worth, Texas band took the stage at 10:45. Singer/guitarist Vaden Todd Lewis with his spectacles and casual dad jeans had the mild mannered look of a high school principal or pharmacist, but from the first utterance out of his mouth, it was obvious he still had the beast within him.

See also: The Toadies on Recording Rubberneck: "Like Kids in a Candy Shop"

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Purple Hatter's Ball: Live Butterflies, Jam, Funk, and Good Vibes

Phil Sunkel IV

The weather at the seventh annual Purple Hatter's Ball at the Spirit of Suwannee Music park in Live Oak, FL, was pretty much perfect for a festival. There was a nice mixture of cloudy and sunny during the day, and the nights were mostly cool. On Sunday afternoon, though, there were some heavy winds and rain, but even that upset ended up being refreshing.

The three-day fest is hosted in honor of the late Rachel Morningstar Hoffman, whose life was cut short at the age of 23 in an act of violence while working as an undercover informant to lessen the severity of non-violent criminal charges. The operation was poorly monitored by police and the worst case scenario took place. Rachel's parents, Margie Weiss and Irv Hoffman, were devastated. To prevent the same tragedy happening again, they contacted State Senator Mike Fasano, and, together, introduced Rachel's Law which ensures officers are educated on how to deal with undercover informants properly. They also took any money from settlements and started the Purple Hatter's Ball. Rachel was a fixture in the Florida festival scene, and it only seemed right that they hold one -- or seven now -- in her honor.

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Earl Sweatshirt Performed New Track, Commanded Mosh Pits, F*cked Up the Party at South Florida Debut

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Ian Witlen

Earl Sweatshirt has come a long way. He used to be a nervous kid with a knack for language. Then, he was a famous, nervous kid with a knack for language. Now, he's still got one of the illest skill sets in the game, but a critically-acclaimed album and a world tour seem to have done the 20-year-old some good.

Sweatshirt ended his most recent headlining tour this weekend in Fort Lauderdale, and he just fucked up the party. He wasn't backed by the rest of his OFWGKTA crew, yet he commanded the stage with ease and confidence.

Much like the Tyler, the Creator show at Revolution about a month ago, the atmosphere was more punk rock than the usual hip-hop affair, and Sweatshirt had the crowd moshing, crowd surfing, and tossing bras on stage, demanding that kids let loose and "fuck up."

See Also: Earl Sweatshirt Is Hip-Hop's Most Interesting Rapper

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Lady Gaga Overlooks Little Monsters at artRAVE: the Artpop Ball Fort Lauderdale Kick-off

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Lady Gaga spent about as much time pumping up the self-esteem of her Little Monsters during the first date of her Artpop Ball tour at the BB&T Center as she did sassing them and talking about herself. It was more like sitting at the Christmas table with our real moms than squatting at the toes of the once-doting Mother Monster.

In 2011, it was both impressive and exhausting to watch her intensely connect with fans at the Monster Ball tour in American Airlines Arena. But the artRAVE, Artpop Ball isn't about showing affection for her people; it's about Gaga refining her look.

Whereas she once readily embraced the gifts the Little Monsters flung at her feet, last night she admonished the crowd, saying, "Stop throwing shit on my new stage, although drugs are fine..." What the fudge, Gaga?! What kind of mother talks to her little monsters like that?! A mean mommy. That's who.

See also: Lady Gaga Kicks Off Tour at BB&T with Something to Prove

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SunFest 2014, Day 5: Dropkick Murphys, Blues Traveler, Streetlight Manifesto

Ian Witlen

West Palm Beach's massive five-day, totally diverse music blowout, SunFest, is prime time for the voyeuristic hobby known as people-watching. It is especially entertaining during the daylight hours when heavy drinking is involved.

Sunday at the waterfront provided the perfect scene for peeping the folks of SunFest with plenty of packed beer tents posted under a clear blue sky. We spoke with fans at a few of the early shows to get a vibe for the fest, including Streetlight Manifesto, Blues Traveler, and Dropkick Murphys.

See also: SunFest 2014, Day 5 (Slideshow)

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The Mavericks - Parker Playhouse, Fort Lauderdale - May 1

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Alisa B. Cherry

The Mavericks

Parker Playhouse, Fort Lauderdale
May 1, 2014

Better than: Anyone might possibly imagine

It's been more than fourteen years since the Mavericks last played in these parts, which made last night's nearly three hour concert Parker Playhouse clearly a celebratory homecoming. "It's great to be back in South Florida again," singer/songwriter Raul Malo declared several songs in. "We began not far from here."

They not only began, but achieved a remarkable notoriety, as well. Who would ever have guessed that a country band from Miami with a Cuban-American frontman would ever go on to take the Nashville establishment by storm. Yet here they are, celebrating their 25th anniversary and reunited after a bitter break-up that lasted an entire decade. Thats just one of the unsaid ironies brought to mind last night. Malo mentioned another -- the time they opened for a band that would become another local success story, Marilyn Manson. "It seemed like a good idea at the time," he remarked to the crowd's amusement. "All these people with pale make-up and eye liner... And they thought we were weird."

See also: The Mavericks: "We're Having So Much More Fun Than Ever Before"

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at the BB&T Center Fulfilled in Every Way

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Marta Xochilt Perez

If you're impatient, the idea that "good things come to those who wait" seems like the stuff of assholes or dummies. However, after living some life, I've found that though it's uncomfortable to feel left behind, waiting often yields gratifying results. This is true for first kisses, getting your first car, loss of virginity, and seeing the Boss live for the first time.

In 2009, I was unemployed, so I flew up to D.C. for President Obama's first inauguration. The point of the journey was of course to see him get sworn in, but also -- and I'm being honest here -- to catch Bruce Springsteen play at the inaugural concert alongside a bunch of other people I don't even remember now.

But I missed the Boss' show. And was I very pissed. So now, I will publicly apologize to my cousin for all the verbal abuse she suffered for oversleeping on that freezing January morning, because waiting on this was worth it. Watching Bruce Springsteen perform for about three and a half hours last night at the BB&T Center was maybe the most satisfying experience I've had at a concert, ever.

See also: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at BB&T Center (Slideshow)

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