Not quite, though. German duo Booka Shade is basically a Pitchfork reviewer's wet dream. With tracks like "Mandarine Girl," "Body Language," and "Regenerate," Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier have been critical darlings since the moment they began producing music.

And for the traditionalists, there are acts like Crystal Method and Kaskade. Both long ago crossed over into mainstream consciousness, but they still enjoy acclaim from critics and peers. Kaskade, in addition to headlining the main stage, actually had a hand in helping Identity organizer Live Nation put together the festival's lineup.

Dancing With Hipsters

Kaskade headlines the main stage.
Kaskade headlines the main stage.

Location Info


Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park

301 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132

Category: Music Venues

Region: Central Dade


Identity Festival, 1 p.m. Thursday, August 25, at Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets cost $63 plus fees via Call 305-358-7550, or click here.

Ninety percent of hipsters in attendance will be there to judge anyone and everyone in furry boots and neon makeup. They will also be there to check out acts like Holy Ghost! and Hercules & Love Affair, both of which have called DFA Records home.

Holy Ghost! shot to indie-dance fame in 2007 with the single "Hold On." But the duo wouldn't end up releasing its self-titled debut until 2011. Dance-floor-ready tracks like "Wait & See" and "Say My Name" proved that it was well worth the wait.

Meanwhile, Hercules & Love Affair has jumped ship from DFA to British label Moshi Moshi. Yet Andy Butler and the gang have continued to churn out nü-disco tunes, though with a strong throwback to early Chicago house. Take, for instance, newish cut "My House," an unapologetically classic gay house track with glitchy effects and an electro backbeat to keep it contemporary. If anything was ever lab-designed for dancing with hipsters, this is it.

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