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  • Year in Review: Year in Concert Photos 2008

    published Dec 31, 2008

    Logan FazioSouth Floridians tend to complain that they are often overlooked by music tours, but 2008 was definitely a busy and surprising year for the area's live music scene. Radiohead kicked off th... More >>

  • After Five Years, New Year's Eve Murder Remains Unsolved

    published Dec 31, 2008

    Back in 2004, New Times wrote about the murder of R.J. Lockwood in the feature "Hardcore and Bleeding." The Virgina-native was found dead in a loft in Overtown on January 4, 2004, in what was first as... More >>

  • Video: Casual Sax's "Whorer Core"

    published Dec 30, 2008

    About a year ago, local DJ Induce and his West Coast buddy Sven Barth, under the name Casual Sax, made a funny little song called "Baby, I'm Black," which was an ode to being blessed in the genital re... More >>

  • Year in Review: Best Covers of 2008

    published Dec 29, 2008

    Masochistic Jesus Christ, fetish performers, Curious George, Perez Hilton and a carefully disguised Che Guevara. What do they all have in common? They all graced the New Times' cover this year. Click... More >>

  • Year in Review: Year in Club Photos 2008

    published Dec 29, 2008

    Johnny LouisCheck it! 2008 was a busy year for clubland. We saw the departures of Pawn Shop Lounge, Studio A, Circa 28 and Suite, while we welcomed new venues like The Vagabond, Louis, Aero Bar, Bella... More >>

  • Year in Review: Top Blog Posts of 2008

    published Dec 29, 2008

    With 2008 coming to a close, we are taking the time to look back at the crazy blog fodder the Magic City provided us with. Everything from Dolphins Cheerleaders to "hairy" e-mails struck a chord with ... More >>

  • Bump 'n' Grind 2008: A Look Back at This Year's Club Bangers

    published Dec 24, 2008

    Back in my days over at Miami Nights, I liked to close out the year by looking back at all the music I discovered where I spend most of my time -- in nightclubs. It's always interesting to see what ma... More >>

  • Hitsville: The Year in Music, by the Numbers

    published Dec 24, 2008

    You don't need a half-wit music critic to tell you it's been a remarkable year for America, one historians will be discussing and researching for centuries to come. War, financial collapse, politics,... More >>

  • New Year's Eve Giveaway: Burlesque New Year's Eve at the Raleigh Hotel

    published Dec 23, 2008

    We aren't kidding when we say times are tough. Money isn't as disposable as it once was, and we're all just praying that we'll come out alive once the recession is over. So to make sure you still have... More >>

  • Top Americana Albums of 2008

    published Dec 23, 2008

    Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category. Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa fe... More >>

  • Top 10 Reissues of 2008

    published Dec 23, 2008

    It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy) As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved tha... More >>

  • The Top 10 Most Preposterous Rap Songs of 2008

    published Dec 22, 2008

    Hip-hop A-listers including Rick Ross, Akon and Plies were caught grossly exaggerating their gangster credentials this year. (Turns out they were painfully law-abiding. The horror!) But even if your f... More >>

  • Top Hip-Hop Albums Of 2008

    published Dec 22, 2008

    A couple of weeks ago, an expert on the Harry Potter series told an audience of high school kids how lucky they were to have this Big Shared Experience--these seven books and 41,000 words in common. W... More >>

  • Worst Lyrics of 2008

    published Dec 19, 2008

    And now it's time for the "I love you like a fat kid loves cake" memorial Worst Lyrics of 2008, March Madness-style tournament, this year a terrifying mélange of appalling oral-sex requests, bargain-... More >>

  • Top Indie Rock Albums of 2008

    published Dec 19, 2008

    In 2008, independent rock returned to the underground, where it belongs. Given the grand catastrophe that is today's record industry, most major-label executives don't have the time or energy to convi... More >>

  • PrunkTV - Slip-N-Slide 15th Anniversary Party

    published Dec 18, 2008

    Slip-N-Slide's 15th Anniversary Party at Hotel Victor in Miami Beach was definitely the best party of 2008. Baby tigers, porn stars, open bars, and lots of millionaire thugs showing off their jewelr... More >>

  • Top Dance Albums of 2008

    published Dec 18, 2008

    Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddling, you can sample enough cheesy beats and mashups to clog arteries from here to Berlin. ... More >>

  • Top 10 Metal Albums of 2008

    published Dec 18, 2008

    In a year worthy of your rage, metal delivered in spades. What with the economy circling the drain and Sarah Palin coming down from the tundra and then refusing to go back, 2008's been the kind of yea... More >>

  • Tonight: Spam All-Stars at Mansion, Common at Louis

    published Dec 17, 2008

    'Tis the season, ya'll! And the Opium Group wants you to open your wallets, er, for charity of course! It goes without saying, we are all hurting a bit financially this season, but there still are a l... More >>

  • Top 10 Pop Songs of 2008

    published Dec 17, 2008

    Pop music often gets a bad rap for being disposable or vapid, and in many cases that's true. (Katy Perry, Danity Kane and the Pussycat Dolls, step right up!) But every year, a few irresistible bits of... More >>

  • Top 10 Latin Music Albums of 2008

    published Dec 17, 2008

    Americans who still think of Latin music as mariachi bands and gyrating Ricky Martins and Shakiras might want to lend a closer ear to the genre. This country's Hispanic population isn't just growing, ... More >>

  • Steve Aoki at B.E.D. at December 26

    published Dec 16, 2008

    As far as DJs we're dying to see, we'll admit that Dim Mak/Cinespace founder Steve Aoki is pretty low on our list. It's not that Aoki isn't entertaining, he is, but at times he seems to be more about ... More >>

  • On the List - Dieselboy, Holy Ghost!, Switch and Black Sunday

    published Dec 12, 2008

    They say distance makes the heart grown fonder, but we sort of dropped the ball with On the List; its being almost three weeks since our last compilation. Don't fret children, we're back! And we promi... More >>

  • Miami Bass Warriors "Going Back to Calle Ocho" Video Premiere

    published Dec 11, 2008

    Yesterday, we told you that Otto Von Schirach, Jose El Rey and El Tigre, who together form Miami Bass Warriors, would make their small-screen debut on Pitbull's La Esquina on mun2. Their video for (th... More >>

  • Art Basel's Winners and Losers

    published Dec 10, 2008

    No more art, please! Our eyes have had enough. Really! Between the fairs, we were tempted to take naps in the car. But thankfully everything is back to normal and we can look back at the art orgy that... More >>

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