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    Friday-Night Fiesta - Luis Bofill gets 'em dancing weekly with his own take on classic Cuban tunes

    The clock inside the storied bakery on Calle Ocho indicates it's the middle of the day, but Luis Bofill is searching for a jolt of caffeine amid the patrons' friendly chatter and the clacking of plates and utensils. "It was a long [night], so it's l...

    by Fernando Ruano Jr. on July 26, 2007
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    Battles on Your Lap - Blogging: The new element of hip-hop?

    Rappers blogging is an odd trend that seems to have taken hold last year, right around the time white MC Sage Francis took exception to a MySpace posting. The entry in question had been penned by far superior white MC Serch, former member of 3rd Bas...

    by Ben Westhoff on July 26, 2007
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    Raging Geisha

    Raging Geisha's frontwoman, Erica Sommer, is all about manipulating contrasts. There's the inherent contradiction of her band's name. There's the music, which incorporates equal parts crunching guitar rock and Timbaland-style beats and samples. Then...

    by Arielle Castillo on July 26, 2007
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    Celia Cruz Tribute Night

    The Tu Madre party, Thursdays at Cameo, holds the rare distinction of being one of the most unique club nights in Miami. Seriously. It's Latin-oriented, but don't think for a minute it's a night of ho-hum salsa and reggaeton. First the crowd: a few ...

    by Arielle Castillo on July 26, 2007
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    Window, HighRise, and City of God

    Of the five bands on the bill this Thursday at Tobacco Road, Window is easily the most hardened road dog. The group's implicit motto is "We'll play anywhere," and that it does, from representing the local color at SXSW to providing a backdrop at div...

    by Eric W. Saeger on July 26, 2007
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    JDH and Dave P's Go Commando Tour

    New York City's Josh Houtkin and Dave Pianka, a.k.a. JDH and Dave P, have been making the smarter cool kids dance for a few years now at their futuristic Fixed party. The sound heavily skews toward electro-house, but the two come from a punk rock ba...

    by Arielle Castillo on July 26, 2007
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    Ninja Man

    It takes a true dancehall aficionado to appreciate the top-ranking ghetto sounds of Jamaica's Ninja Man. This is only true because most novice listeners, if they could even understand a word he's saying, would be scared to death of him. Dubbed as "t...

    by Jonathan Cunningham on July 26, 2007
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    Latin in Manhattan - This year's Latin Alternative Music Conference was a genre-bending confluence of reggaeton, folk, prog rock, and beyond

    Once a year Latin alternative musicians -- that is, those who don't play salsa, tango, bolero, or other regional beats -- come together en masse in New York City. The Latin Alternative Music Conference is a series of industry panel discussions, netw...

    by Ernest Barteldes on July 26, 2007
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    Barracuda Raw Bar and Grill

    There's not much to say about Barracuda Raw Bar and Grill (3035 Fuller St., Coconut Grove; 305-448-1144). You can smoke inside, wolf down fries and greasy burgers, and chug cheap beer. Other than a few standard features (booths, jukebox, pool table)...

    by Alexandra QuiƱones on July 26, 2007
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    Crazy Good - With his latest album, Life Unscripted, Garcia proves he could be 305 hip-hop's next big deal

    Life Unscripted, the second full-length from Miami hip-hop stalwart Garcia, is technically a solo album. But speak to the man for a just a few minutes, and it becomes abundantly clear the disc was a family effort. He almost never uses a singular pro...

    by Arielle Castillo on July 26, 2007
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    Sam Friend - Sam Friend (Self-released)

    The University of Miami School of Music boasts some notable alumni, two of the best known being Pat Metheny and Bruce Hornsby. Only time will tell whether Sam Friend will reach their level, but if his first EP is any indication, this 22-year-old UM ...

    by Lee Zimmerman on July 26, 2007
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    Chris Fortier - As Long as the Moment Exists (EQ Recordings)

    New York-based DJ/producer Chris Fortier got his start in the music industry in Orlando (where he moved from the smaller city of Melbourne, Florida, for college). Having weathered the crapstorm that was the Nineties' progressive house movement and s...

    by Tamara Palmer on July 26, 2007
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    Guru - Jazzmatazz, Vol. 4 (7 Grand)

    Almost 15 years after the release of the series' first volume, erstwhile Gang Starr frontman Guru has definitely grown in character. But with this latest disc, he seems to be reaching for Starbucks instead of 125th and Broadway, with a few notable e...

    by Bernard Hacker on July 26, 2007
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    Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger (Lost Highway)

    Since launching his solo career in 2000 -- after helping redefine the alt-country concept with Whiskeytown -- Ryan Adams has made overachievement something of a musical mantra: He released three albums in 2005 alone. Still, in Adams's case, quantity...

    by Lee Zimmerman on July 26, 2007
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    El Camuy

    Not many people take late-night strolls along NE Second Avenue between 20th and 26th streets. With the exception of my group and a guy named John, a gay Coolio look-alike, the streets were bare one recent Friday night. A voice out of nowhere asked i...

    by Alexandra QuiƱones on July 19, 2007
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    Mug and Sex Prophets

    Oski, frontman for the band the Oski Foundation and freestyling host of The Rock Thursdays at Tobacco Road, hates party promoters. "And band managers," he adds bitterly as he shares what he claims is his most published quote. "I hate them because I'...

    by Elyse Wanshel on July 19, 2007
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    Premios Juventud

    The thumping sound and poignant verses of "Pobre Diabla," the ear-pleasing harmony of "Lloran las Rosas," the lyrical poetry of "Mi Corazoncito": Musically diverse though they may be, Don Omar, Christian Castro, and Aventura, the respective singers ...

    by Fernando Ruano Jr. on July 19, 2007
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    Skymall

    The sounds that Miami's Skymall, a.k.a. Ed Prence, makes are the musical equivalent of Tourette's syndrome, and that's meant as big praise. Frenetic beats, nasty bass, and offbeat sampling might be hallmarks of the area's electronic underbelly, but ...

    by Tamara Palmer on July 19, 2007
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    Wykked Wytch and Kalakai

    Death comes to Churchill's this Saturday in the skinny form of South Florida's hottest extreme/death/thrash-metal acts. Miami-based headliner Wykked Wytch has been making records for 10 years. Powered by the caterwauling vocals of Kittie-sound-al...

    by Eric W. Saeger on July 19, 2007
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    Warped Weekend - Our suggestions for navigating the 13th installment of the Vans Warped Tour

    The Vans Warped Tour, that all-day extravaganza of punkish rock bands, extreme sports, and alternative youth lifestyle branding, turns lucky 13 this summer. In celebration, the sprawling, multistage, all-day affair has grown even larger. The band li...

    by Arielle Castillo on July 19, 2007
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