Respectable Street Cafe's 25th Anniversary Block Party - West Palm Beach - August 25

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To ensure an early crowd, the party got started like every night should, with a full hour of free boozing. It looked like Hurricane Issac wanted to join in on the festivities when a light drizzle fell right around 9 p.m. The crowd moved inside, just in time to catch Retrocities, a 3-piece from Pompano Beach. Playing together since 2008, this postpunk trio is clearly inspired by the likes of The Cure and Joy Division, focusing more on mastering chilled-out riffs and less on mind-bending lyrics. It wasn't the type of music that got people moshing, but the catchy songs would be nice to listen to at home in candlelight. Guitarist Vitek Benton let it be known, "I know you are here for the open bar, but thanks for listening to us," giving the soggy crowd some love.

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Dana Krangel