LCD Soundsystem rocks the Fillmore Miami Beach

By | October 7th, 2010 | 3 Comments
LCD Sound System Fillmore Miami Beach

James Murphy approaches the mic at the Fillmore Miami Beach.

Despite its reputation as a party city, Miami is rarely graced with good-quality music, let alone indie heavy hitters like LCD Soundsystem. So when James Murphy and the gang threw down a futuristic disco party last night at the Fillmore Miami Beach, true Miami music heads were more than ready to obey the title of the show opener, “Dance Yrself Clean.” The second the electric drums and synth glare hit, the crowd broke out dance moves they’d obviously been storing away all summer long. The energy only went up a notch when Murphy revealed that drummer Pat Mahoney used to live in Miami Beach.

As the audience settled in, the band moved through a couple of the more poppy tracks off their latest album, This is Happening, before launching into crowd-favorite “Daft Punk is Playing at My House.” With everyone singing along, Murphy and the band appeared surprised at the enthusiasm of Miami’s oft-criticized concert goers. But there was no way to stay calm. The ease with which Murphy commands a crowd puts him in a class with Brian Eno and David Byrne. It was almost like watching Bill Clinton’s “Man from Hope” speech on acid.

For much of the show, the band wailed away on an army of synthesizers and heavy bass riffs before bringing the crowd to a frenzy by lowering an enormous disco ball that would have impressed the coked-out clubbers at Studio 54 back in the 70s. To properly kick off the beginning of one hell of a month on the Miami music scene (indie acts Yeasayer, Phoenix, Beach House, and MGMT are also playing in October), the band played a jammed out version of their first single, 2002’s “Losing my Edge.” After a short break, the band closed out the show with “Home,” lyrically and instrumentally one of the strongest tracks of their almost decade-long career.

Last night LCD Soundsystem lived up to its status as indie royalty, and hopefully Miami’s energy impressed the band enough to score a slot on its next tour. Until then, let’s enjoy the stellar month of music ahead of us.

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Setlist:

Set List:
– “Dance Yrself Clean”
– “Drunk Girls”
– “Get Innocuous!”
– “Yr City’s a Sucker”
– “Daft Punk is Playing at My House”
– “I Can Change”
– “All My Friends”
– “You Wanted a Hit”
– “Tribulations”
– “Movement”
– “Yeah”
– “Someone Great”
– “Losing My Edge”
– “Home”


3 Comments on “LCD Soundsystem rocks the Fillmore Miami Beach”

  1. 1 Caribou Plays Grand Central Downtown | Beached Miami said at 8:17 am on October 20th, 2010:

    […] Central last night, the latest stellar show in a rare and welcome month of great music in Miami. (LCD Soundsystem and Big Boi rocked the 305 earlier in October, and MGMT and Phoenix will take the stage here next […]

  2. 2 Top Ten Miami Music, Bike, Arts, and Theater Events for November | Beached Miami said at 12:04 am on November 1st, 2010:

    […] LCD Soundsystem, Caribou, and Diplo to D-Wade, Lebron, and Bosh to a long weekend of Halloween insanity, October […]

  3. 3 2010 Miami Music Festival Review | Beached Miami said at 4:25 am on November 14th, 2010:

    […] One of the few acts in the Miami Music Festival with a broad audience, the Brooklyn-based Vivian Girls put on a solid show last night at Gemma Lounge on Lincoln Road. As at every MMF show I attended this year (Cafeina on Friday night, Tobacco Road and Bardot on Saturday night), the crowd was too small for the room and, in this case, too small for the band. But I have already parsed MMF’s issues, and with the festival winding down I am not going to dwell on them much more. If it hopes to join the ranks of SXSW (its benchmark), CMJ, et cetera, MMF must 1) book a headliner whose latest hit was within the last ten years (i.e. not the Spin Doctors); 2) showcase Miami’s best musicians; and 3) get the city excited about (or at least cognizant of) the festival. Accomplishing #2 would go a long way toward taking care of #3. As for #1, this is Miami: I’m sure someone with a career in front of him could be persuaded to spend a weekend on South Beach. (James Murphy seemed to like it here.) […]


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