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Interpol at Hard Rock Live

May 11, 2019

As post-punk stars Interpol prepared to take the stage at the Hard Rock Live for a long-awaited Orlando return, the anticipation in the packed house was palpable. Here was a band that had soundtracked a good portion of the audience's highest highs and lowest lows for nearly two decades, from the middle-aged white guy in the tour T-shirt to the 20-something daughter of immigrants with the dangerously large hoop earrings. Watching the legendary band on the Hard Rock's stage was an out-of-body experience for us; they were as exact as they were hypnotic, carrying us away to places deeply familiar and completely unknown. The audience, as one, got lost and then found in the band's alluringly dark sound.

Music & Nightlife: Best of Orlando 2019: The best in local bars, clubs, bands, DJs and more

Music & Nightlife: Best of Orlando 2019

Photo illustration by Adam McCabe

Music & Nightlife

Best Bar

1. Will's Pub,

2. Mathers Social Gathering,

3. Tanqueray's,

Best Bar Patio

1. The Hammered Lamb,

2. Eden Bar,

3. The Porch,

Best Bar to Play Pool

1. Sportstown,

2. Spatz,

3. The Matador,

Best Bartender

1. Robbie Kennerney, Throwbacks Sanford

2. Dave Merkli, Tanqueray's

3. Big Rick, The Thirsty Topher

Best Club DJ

1. Angel of Boom,

2. Mango Beats,

3. (tie) DJ BMF,

3. (tie) Dizzlephunk,

Best Club Night

1. '80s New Wave Night at Independent Bar

2. Mac n Cheese at Independent Bar

3. Girl the Party at Southern Nights

Best Country Act

1. Sean Holcomb,

2. Layla Brisbois,

3. Oak Hill Drifters,

Best Cover Band

1. Hayfire,

2. Audio Exchange,

3. Rockit Fly,

Best Craft Beer Bar

1. Crooked Can Brewing Co.,

2. Redlight Redlight,

3. Hourglass Brewing,