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.