Concerts

Ultra 2014: M.I.A., MGMT, Basement Jaxx

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Photo by George Martinez
M.I.A. at Ultra 2014.

Much like the actual weather in this era of global warming, the emotional climate at Ultra Music Festival's live stage is wildly unpredictable.

The fans might love it. They might hate it. It's always tough to predict. But the fervor and size of the audience often mirrors the enthusiasm, though not always the craft, of the performers. That's about our only forecasting technique.

Last night's opening Ultra 2014 live stage bill boasted some of the fest's heaviest hitters, including Basement Jaxx, M.I.A., and MGMT. And just in that order, from most enthralling to most likely to chill-you-the-fuck-out, the three acts impressed.

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