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By Lookout Staff

July 27, 2017 -- They don't hail from Miami and there's no horror in their act, but when Miami Horror takes the stage for Thursday night's Twilight Concert Series show at the Santa Monica Pier, plenty of feet should be moving to its disco throwback style.

The Australian "indietronica" band from Melbourne -- which maintains a foothold in LA -- is known for its artsy take on the 1970s and 80s sound that put Miami on the musical map.

Initially formed by its producer and DJ Benjamin Plant, the band mixes the dance sound of pop artists such as Prince, E.L.O. and Michael Jackson with the vibe of progressive rock acts such as Todd Rundgren, Supertramp and Pink Floyd, channeling it all through a house music filter.

The band's breakthrough came in 2009 when its first major single "Sometimes" was part of the soundtrack of Grand Theft Auto V and gained traction on the radio, as well as on the club circuit in remix form.

The band made an appearance at the popular Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival last year.

Opening for Miami Horror is the LA-based Australian singer-songwriter Cleopold, who "crafts blunt, honest songs with a confidence and sonic precision rarely heard in an emerging artist," show promoters said.

"His shapeshifting voice is deliberately hard to pin down, and places Cleopold in a musical territory all his own."

This year's lineup for the Thursday night summer series -- billed as "Southern California's largest free concert series" -- features the usual eclectic mix of world music, pop, rock, blues, funk and a classic rock band.

Once again, DJs from media partner KCRW will present each concert in the series, which is co-produced by RH&S Concerts, a partnership between Spaceland Presents and Rum & Humble.

 


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