With the holidays over, a lot of people fall into a deep funk thinking there's nothing on the horizon. Not so. Our music calendar is brimming with excitement as we enter the middle section of our fair decade. So keep your chin up as we enter 2014 for the following sonic adventures awaiting South Florida's ears.
All release dates are subject to change and sincere apologies to the readers of last year's list for Dr. Dre's new album never arriving.
Jay Z at BB&T Center
2014 does not require patience. Two days into the New Year, and we're already provided with Jay Z. Yes, the man born as Shawn Carter performed at Sun Life Stadium just last summer. But now there's no Justin Timberlake to slow him down on his Magna Carter World Tour (although Timberlake will also be performing at the same venue March 4).
See also: Five Things You Don't Know About Jay Z
Les Claypool's Duo de Twang at Revolution Live
Primus front man goes hillbilly on us. In an interview with the New Times Les Claypool said audiences at his Duo de Twang concert should expect "two guys hanging around a campfire cracking jokes and bullshitting. It's more of a hang than a show." Fans will also get a sense of what to expect of their debut album Four Foot Shack due out February 4.
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks release Wig Out At Jagbags
Scary that Stephen Malkmus has now put out more albums with the Jicks than he did with Pavement. This sixth album from Malkmus has him falling deeper into the rabbit hole of lyrical abstraction if the first single "Cinnamon and Lesbians" is an accurate precursor of what's to come.
Arctic Monkeys at Fillmore
Alex Turner leads the high energy British indie quartet toward Miami Beach as they support their newest album AM.
The Black Angels and Roky Erickson at Grand Central
The past and the present of psychedelic Texan rock are coming in the near future. Erickson, of '60s legendary psych outfit 13th Floor Elevators, had his musical career halted due to mental illness, but the Black Angels, influenced by his lysergic guitar riffs, are showcasing Erickson's continued relevance on their co-headlining tour.
Happy Mondays at Culture Room
24-Hour Party People is one of the great movies about a music scene. It showcases the "Madchester" of Joy Division and New Order, but the whacked out Happy Mondays steal the show. Now touring with their definitive mostly original line-up, we'll see if there are any long term ill effects from taking too much ecstasy.
Paul Simon and Sting at BB&T Center
I suppose Art Garfunkel was busy. Rhymin' Simon and Gordon Sumner come to South Florida on the Ides of March for a classic rock orgy. We know Sting can hit the high notes, so maybe he'll put on a blonde afro and harmonize with Paul Simon on the "Sounds of Silence."
"Lost" Johnny Cash album Out Among the Stars released
Back in the early '80s the man in black was actually out of style. So much so that he recorded 12 songs that were never released, and when Columbia Records dropped him, they somehow got lost. There were since found, and Johnny Cash fans can rejoice in hearing something new.
The Avett Brothers at Sunset Cove Amphitheatre
While much of the country still couldn't dream of enjoying a concert outdoors, lucky us, even in March we can enjoy the North Carolina siblings serenading their unique brand of indie folk under the stars.
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