Miami's Best Live Music of 2008

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Miami's Best Live Music of 2008
From GWAR to Torche, the acts that rocked the Magic City.

By Arielle Castillo

The year's 10 best shows of the year? I'm sick of that shit. The top 10 albums? Tired. Finest songs? Forget about it. Here are my faves in the categories that music nerds probably won't list this season. With a bonus: They were all onstage.

Best Concert by a Band More than 20 Years Old: Duran Duran at Mizner Park Amphitheatre May 19. A sort of dark-horse contender, Duran Duran's performance in support of its Timbaland-buoyed recent album, The Red Carpet Massacre, was a flashy, flawless review of showstopper after showstopper. But beyond the glitzy hits, the band revisited its clubby roots with an unexpected, synth-driven set that aurally cemented its influence on any number of electro-acts-come-lately. Oh, and vocalist Simon Le Bon's moves still, apparently, entice grown women to throw panties.

Courtesy Miami New Times