New Times Broward-Palm Beach has been a fan of Millionyoung even longer than I've been at this paper. It's not difficult to grasp why a kind, introspective fellow like Mike Diaz, the electronic music mastermind behind it all, would be an easy target for adoration. One of the most fascinating aspects of seeing local musicians as they gain footing as performers is that the truly talented ones jump by leaps and bounds.
Not that there's anything wrong with Diaz's solo setup with a microphone and little more than his laptop computer, but hearing Millionyoung with an electric guitar in hand and a full backing band suddenly becomes a revelation. Jonathan Garrett's feature story for this week's music section tracks the progress that has led up to the imminent release (January 11 digitally, February 15 physically) of Replicants, the Millionyoung full-length debut. Excited much? Yes.
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As for the live offerings of the week, we've got Rhythm Devils at Revolution, the Adolescents at Respectable Street, Lemuria at Churchill's, Gaelic Storm at Culture Room, and Tommy James & the Shondells at Hard Rock Live.