“Jittery, Zeitgeist, wither by the watering hole” is not from a Shakespeare sonnet but rather the second line from an Aesop Rock song. As you could guess from that one snippet, the New York-raised, San Francisco-residing Aesop Rock spent some time with a thesaurus.
The rapper made...
The creation myth of August Burns Red is charmingly pastoral. The founding members, then high school buddies, got together on drummer Matt Greiner's family farmland in exurban Lancaster, Pennsylvania. But the sound they came up with was the opposite of mellow — in fact, maybe all that...
Stephanie Torres works with PopLife, which comes with a few perks, an obvious one being that she has some hand in the event planning of the Garret’s gritty yet chic loft space above Grand Central. Recently, this came in handy.
“My friend came from out of town, and we didn’t...
Sunday morning rolls around, and you’re recovering from that killer Saturday-night binge. You have a late brunch and park yourself on your couch for the rest of the day, knowing you can’t go into work reeking of alcohol. Sundays are for pulling yourself together for the beginning of...
A year ago, Telescope Thieves' Mario De Los Santos was feeling pretty lonely.
"I always felt like the odd guy out," he says. "At the time, if you were a producer or a beat maker, you'd get booked for shows and be the only beat maker among guys with bands."
He was looking for peers to push and...
"Yop = Your Own Path."
This maxim is the essential tenet of the simple, self-empowering philosophy practiced and preached by Niko Javan, the Miami music producer, member of rap duo O'Grime, and eternal optimist whose "non-stop yoppin'" has led to festival slots at Bonnaroo and TomorrowWorld,...
Who knew that Latin rock guitar gods liked to unwind with some putt-putt?
We would've guessed Carlos Santana preferred the relaxing effects of marijuana, transcendental meditation, and a marathon jam sesh. Rather than, say, six hours in the sun, 18 holes, and a frosty Arnold Palmer.
Lundi Dis Moi Oui.
That's le mode d'entrée into the new Monday-night disco fête, launching tonight at the Garret.
"Lundi Dis Moi Oui was a party I used to DJ in Paris at [the now-defunct nightclub] Le Palace," explains Rico Poulous, the man behind the bash and co-owner of Grand...
Buffalo, New York death-metal legend Cannibal Corpse has been going strong for over 25 years, longer than many of its younger fans have likely been alive.
That, however, is the beauty of its chosen musical style, and Cannibal Corpse in particular. As long as there is a fresh, new crop of...
Conceived in February 2009 by downtown revelers Poplife and Overthrow, Wednesday night's Dirty Hairy has become the best reason to go to work hung over Thursday morning. And while the pairing might seem odd — a hipster dance party in Miami Beach's poshest nightclub — it seems to...
Dirtybird might just be the most fun-loving collective in electronic dance music with its BBQ parties, ass-clapping bass music, and lively gang of artist pals who are always down for laughs.
But among the Dirtybird boys -- Justin and Christian Martin, Claude VonStroke, Worthy, etc. -- one...
Backyard Boogie sounds like one of your grandma’s old-timey euphemisms for sex. (Grandpa is one lucky man.)
Now that you’re fully grossed-out, head to Wood Tavern to cleanse your palate with a good, old-fashioned barbecue, complete with plenty of booze to help you forget that you...
Bar fights: The result of way too much liquid courage combined with high levels of testosterone. Or, in some cases, cattiness.
They usually happen near the end of the night when someone either gives you the "stank eye" or hits on your man (or woman) right in front of you.
Regardless of the...
Stop lettin' your tape rock till it pops. There's a new place in town to get a dose of classic hip-hop.
Every Thursday, DJ YNot is taking over downtown Miami's Therapy with Juicy, a night of real hip-hop from the edge of the golden era, played through a good sound system, in a room where the...
It's Monday night. The work day is over and you're still sobering up from the weekend. Lucky for you, there's always a place where you can unwind after ending the crappiest day of the work week: Purdy.
The SoBe watering hole has been the go-to underground Monday night reggae party for almost...
Hundred Waters is magically enigmatic.
Here's a band that uses modern technology, meticulously produced synthesizers and pianos, to create a kind of music that could only be achieved at this moment in history. Yet it also sounds as though it should've been world famous 50 years ago.
It can't be easy to leave a good band just when they're about to hit it big. And once that's happened, there's never a chance to get back in and enjoy what you helped start. Or is there?
Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke has been living out that rare chance for the last 20 years, since...
Burn down the disco, hang the blessed DJ.
For too long, all of those classic indie, Brit pop, post-punk tunes, from the Smiths to the Kinks to the Strokes, has been conspicuously absent from the downtown Miami soundtrack.
"Not a lot of bars are playing this stuff that we all used to dance to....
Remember when Steam was Vagabond and Bounce Thursdays was serving up the heavy bass on a weekly basis? That was the ish, nah? It sucks those days had to come to an end.
Syke! The old Bounce crew is getting the party back together, but it's not going to be the same. Steam Thursdays now belong...
Twenty years ago, Eazy E insisted that Bone Thugs-n-Harmony use the power of the supernatural to draw in listeners. As of today, they've sold over 40 million records around the world. And now Layzie Bone (AKA Steven Howse) is coming to Grand Central.
Miracle Mile :
10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. March 7; 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. March 8
Need some chill time? Maybe two days worth?
Lucky for you, it's almost time for Coral Gables' annual Carnaval on the Mile, the most chillaxed music fest in the MIA.
"We try to keep it upbeat," co-festival director Carlos Garcia told Crossfade last year. "You won't see a lot punk or hard rock...
Sir Elton returns.
It's been 12 years since the rock legend, gay icon, and member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire has sung about "hunting the horny back toad" in Miami.
He last played at the old Miami Arena. (And South Florida at Sunrise's then-BankAtlantic Center, now BB&T,...
Rock 'n' roll and buns.
That's what California's Burger Records and Cheap Miami will be bringing to the Magic City when Burger Revolution 3 Fest hits the grill at Churchill's Pub.
"It's like a worldwide festival," explains Cheap Miami's Patrick Garcia of the Burger party. "It's open to every...
There is a commanding, outwardly visible shift that starts to happen to a Girls Rock Camp attendee. It takes place somewhere around midweek. Terminal shyness, remnants of self-doubt, and any sour notes start to fade as more important things like song structure, sisterhood, and powerful stage...