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  • George Clinton

    published December 15, 2005

    George Clinton's musical career began almost 40 years ago when he literally stepped out of the barbershop with his doo-wop outfit, The... More >>

  • Awesome New Republic

    published December 8, 2005

    South Florida, if you boil it down, is chock full of enough surrealist bizarr-o-ness that its inherent charms prove a bit much for outsiders. The... More >>

  • Street Brutality Tour

    published November 24, 2005

    In recent years fans of hardcore have suffered from too many frilly pseudo acts lauding their supposed "skills and technique." But don't despair,... More >>

  • Converge

    published November 10, 2005

    Since its inception in the Nineties, Converge has been on a path frequently dotted with the telltale signs of your average American aggro-hardcore... More >>

  • Los Lonely Boys

    published November 3, 2005

    Los Lonely Boys are a trio of brothers — Henry, Jojo, and Ringo Garza, Jr. — rocking out of the great state of Texas with a tornadolike... More >>


    published November 3, 2005

    The misunderstood phenomenon of XBXRX is best explained after a large glass of tequila and a handful of barbiturates. Imagine the creative noise... More >>

  • M83

    published September 29, 2005

    M83's third album, Before the Dawn Heals Us, suffered from the unimaginative palates of club snobs across the land, and though it was a... More >>

  • Modernage

    published September 22, 2005

    Modernage's basic sound is hardly original. With influences that include Joy Division, Fugazi, and Gang of Four, the group shares a... More >>

  • Eric Burdon and the Animals

    published September 22, 2005

    With the exception of a drowned drummer here and a slain icon there, Lady Death has been holding off on the Beatles and the Rolling Stones' pact... More >>

  • Beyond the Edge

    published September 22, 2005

    Underground musicians in South Florida have always suffered from a certain geographical isolation. Florida's sheer length makes touring a logistic... More >>

  • Oly

    published September 1, 2005

    Synth seamstress Oly knows all about moving around and absorbing new cultures. On her first EP, A Hot Hooray, this Miami diva's musical... More >>

  • 311

    published September 1, 2005

    Here's one of those cases of a band making it purely on perseverance and positive attitude. The group 311 has come a long way from unsuccessful... More >>

  • Induce

    published August 25, 2005

    Themes of spirituality and renewal reign on Induce's debut album, Cycle. The DJ has been a fixture in South Florida's underground scene... More >>

  • Jorges

    published August 25, 2005

    A lesser man might try to ride out pop for pop's sake, but Jorge Gonzalez Graupera -- a.k.a. Jorges -- elevates the genre with a firm grasp on... More >>

  • Alvin Youngblood Hart's Muscle Theory

    published August 18, 2005

    Alvin Youngblood Hart's life is deceptively simple. In the central Mississippi town Youngblood calls home, the man enjoys family, fishing, and... More >>

  • The Van Orsdels

    published July 28, 2005

    How do four degenerate punksters from the dengue-infested swamps of South Florida sign with über-cool German indie Crazy Love Records?... More >>

  • West Memphis Three Awareness Day

    published July 28, 2005

    On June 3, 1993, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley were arrested for the ritual-like murders of three young boys in West... More >>

  • Baby Calendar

    published July 7, 2005

    On their followup to last year's debut EP, Your Move, indie rock group Baby Calendar offers an album custom-made for these slow summer... More >>

  • Arturo Sandoval

    published July 7, 2005

    Arturo Sandoval has firmly cemented himself in the annals of jazz. His performances are rich in history, education, reverence, and fun. This... More >>

  • MDC

    published April 21, 2005

    Inmate, squatter, Maximum Rock 'n' Roll columnist, educator of developmentally disabled students, and punk rocker: 47-year-old Dave Dictor... More >>

  • Against All Authority/ Common Rider

    published April 14, 2005

    Triple-A has been a wee bit quiet as of late ... until now. Proving yet again that hard work will get you ahead, Florida's original ska-tinged,... More >>

  • Green Day

    published April 14, 2005

    If you can clear the clutter of a billion girls wanting to throw their panties at Green Day, you'll find one thing for certain: Those three... More >>

  • The Parlaphone

    published March 31, 2005

    From the opening harmonies on "Come On" to its reprise during First Against the Wall's closing seconds, the Parlaphone aims for one... More >>

  • Rise from the Ashes

    published March 31, 2005

    It's 11:45 on a March evening, and Torche and I are standing on the third floor of an office building wedged between Miami International Airport's... More >>

  • 305 Fest

    published March 17, 2005

    Why would some 30 bands from exotic places such as Gainesville; Bloomington and Grand Rapids, Michigan; Richmond, North Carolina; and Brooklyn... More >>

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