Alex Broadwell

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    August 27, 2014

    35 Years of Churchill's Fest: "A Celebration of the Old, the New, and the Future"

    The year was 1979. The Clash kicked off their first American tour at the Berkeley Community Theatre in San Fran, AC/DC released Highway to Hell, one of their most popular albums to date, and Churchill's Pub opened its doors for the first time. While the Clash and AC/DC have long surpassed their gl ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014

    Churchill's New Owners Abandoning Plans for 21-and-Over Policy

    Rejoice, kids. Just days after the new owners of Churchill's Pub announced a 21-and-over policy, they've already abandoned those plans. Yesterday, following the pub's weekly staff get-together, an announcement of the reversal was made on Churchill's official Facebook page. "After a meeting today ... More >>

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    April 29, 2014

    Churchill's Pub Becoming a Strictly 21-and-Over Club Under New Ownership

    Sorry, kids. Local punk landmark Churchill's Pub, a longtime haven for 18-and-up shows, will no longer be letting anybody except drinking-age adults through the door. It's been only three weeks since founder and owner Dave Daniels completed the pub's sale. And many Miami promoters, scene figures, ... More >>

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    January 29, 2014

    International Noise Conference 2014's 140-Act Lineup and Set Times

    Squeal, noise junkies! The transcendent din of INC 2014 is almost upon us. Soon, there will be sabotaged guitars buzzing in the toilet, a sextet of howling amps getting kicked around the mosh pit, and maybe even obsolete electronics in flames. But as any International Noise Conference vet will g ... More >>

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    November 27, 2013

    Thanksgiving in Miami: Reasons We're Thankful To Live in Miami

    With Thanksgiving coming tomorrow, now seems like a good time to give thanks to a few of the things that make Miami so great. Miami is one of the top destinations for tourists and travelers looking to take a break from the rise-and-grind life, but for those of us who call the 305 home 365 days a yea ... More >>

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    October 10, 2013

    The Breeders' Last Splash 20th Anniversary Tour Brought the '90s Back at Grand Central Miami

    The Breeders With Beach Day Grand Central Miami Wednesday, October 9, 2013 Break out your jelly shoes, your well-worn flannel, your youthful discontent -- the '90s are back. It's not just some fashionable truth. The classic music of the '90s is still relevant. And that's cause for celebration. Som ... More >>

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    October 1, 2013

    The Weeknd's Kiss Land Tour in Miami: A 15-Photo Recap

    At 9 o'clock sharp in downtown Miami, the Weeknd -- also known as Abel Tesfaye -- took to the microphone behind a translucent curtain hanging from the rafters above a nearly pitch-black stage. His repentant yowls chilled the packed James L. Knight Center as he opened with "Adaptation" from the 201 ... More >>

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    September 19, 2013

    The Vagabond Miami Celebrates Fifth Anniversary, Plans New Weekly Parties

    Happy Fifth Birthday, Vagabond! That's five years of drunken shenanigans, weird memories, boozy libations, and music from some of underground's finest. And as if we ever needed a reason to party, the club is throwing a two-day bash in honor of it's half-decade of existence with open bar, live mus ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    Afrobeta Robbed: Gear, Even "Our Pigeon Mascot"

    What's the street value of Afrobeta's "pigeon mascot"? Probably zilch. But that didn't stop some pathetic burglar from thieving Cuci Amador and Tony Smurphio's preciously plump and adorable columbidae charm from their car. That's right ... Over the weekend, the band got robbed. And it wasn't just ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    Radioboxer Talks Last Show Ever: "We Want That Final Experience"

    It's a myth that all breakups are messy. Just take Hialeah power-pop band Radioboxer, who announced a surprisingly amicable split last month. "We are kind of disappointed to say there is not a scandalous reason for this decision," the four-member outfit admitted in its official goodbye letter to ... More >>

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    April 22, 2013

    Sweatstock 2013: World of Shit, Nunhex, Beastplague!

    Put another Sweatstock in the wrinkly, rain-faded books. The fourth installment of Sweat Records' anniversary party and Record Store Day celebration played out on three stages in Little Haiti. But it's not just good times and dancing in the intermittent sun. It is also bleak, stomach-turning angst ... More >>

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    April 22, 2013

    Sweatstock 2013: ANR, This Heart Electric, Testokra!

    Sweatstock is for lovers. Lovers of independent music and record stores, yes. But also lovers of drunken groping before the sun has fully gone down. A good chunk of the attendees of Sweatstock 2030 were conceived indoors (and out) this weekend, spurred on by a hurricane season clothing-optional dr ... More >>

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    April 22, 2013

    Sweatstock 2013: Beatmachines and Otto Von Schirach!

    It wouldn't be Sweatstock without some good old-fashioned Miami freakiness. Maybe in Canada the music festivals end with handshakes and strangers gently complimenting each other on their felt hats. But this is Miami, where nothing's over until it has weird, probably videotaped sex with you. And Sw ... More >>

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    February 6, 2013

    The XX Made Miami Debut: "We'd Like to Make a Formal Apology For Taking Our Damn Time"

    The XX The Fillmore Miami Beach Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Better Than: Any other XX show up to this point, probably. The XX just played their 100th show earlier this week. But until about 13 hours ago, the Brit indie-pop crew had never been to Miami. It's a difficult market, and for a lot of touri ... More >>

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    December 3, 2012

    Art Basel: Where to Find Beautiful Food in Miami

    At 9 pm on a Friday, a restaurant kitchen is busier than it has been all week. The smell of sizzling butter and seared steaks lingers by the stove. Pans are tossed back and forth, making a scratching sound against the hot burners. Amidst the madness, a chef -- wearing an impeccable white coat -- b ... More >>

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    August 25, 2012

    Sneaker Pimps: Iggy Azalea, Ace Hood, Honey Cocaine at Grand Central Miami, August 24

    See the full 40-photo slideshow of Sneaker Pimps at Grand Central -- plus "Iggy Azalea Ain't All "Pu$$y": Five Secret Facts About the Aussie Rapper." Sneaker Pimps' Tenth Anniversary Tour With Iggy Azalea, Ace Hood, Honey Cocaine, and others Grand Central, Miami Friday, August 24, 2012 Better Than ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012

    Audio Junkie's Independence Day Bash at O Cinema, July 4

    See the full 48-photo slideshow of Audio Junkie Independence Day Bash at O Cinema. While Fourth of July celebrations all across our nation have been hijacked by hot dog-eating contests and superpotent fireworks displays that leave American suburbs buried under ash, the meaning of the holiday was no ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012

    Explosions in the Sky Crushes Then Heals Grand Central Miami, June 20

    See the full 32-photo slideshow of Explosions in the Sky at Grand Central. Better Than: Going half-deaf because of old age. When Explosions in the Sky begins to play, there's something almost disorienting about it. For most fans, this is headphone music. But last night at Grand Central, the band' ... More >>

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    June 18, 2012

    Digitalism at Grand Central Miami, June 16

    See the full 38-photo slideshow of Digitalism at Grand Central -- plus Crossfade's interview with Digitalism about new DJ-Kicks album. Digitalism Grand Central, Miami Saturday, June 16 Better Than: Being at Pawn Shop or Studio A. If you went to parties like Revolver, Poplife, and Spiderpussy duri ... More >>

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    May 13, 2012

    Flock of Seagulls, New Wave Hooks, and Big-Ass Hair at Grand Central, May 11

    View the full 37-photo slideshow of A Flock of Seagulls at Grand Central here.A Flock of Seagulls Grand Central Friday, May 11, 2012 Better Than: A real '80s dance party, because we've got smart phones. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was 1982. The iconic '80s synthpop band ... More >>

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    February 22, 2012

    Opium Group's Miami Music Week 2012 Lineup: Dirty South, John Digweed, and More

    Photo by Alex BroadwellJohn Digweed during MMW 2011.​The official start of Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week is less than a month away, and local venues are starting to reveal all the beat-wrapped goodies. One of the bigger juggernauts of the week, of course, is the Opium Group, which ... More >>

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    January 17, 2012

    Miami's Best Sports Bars: Huge TVs, Signed Jerseys, and Championships

    ​One way to tell a sports bar from any other is the array of 20-plus TV sets with live broadcasts of every college or professional football/basketball/soccer game or pay-per-view game known to man.However, you can't simply judge a good sports bar by its flat-screens; some actually have kitchens th ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    Paul Bennett Turned His 1983 Nissan Into an Eco-Friendly "Time Machine"

    Photos by Alex Broadwell​Paul Bennett spent $3,000 on his 1983 Nissan Maxima. The Miami International Airport mechanic guesses he's sunk another $15,000 in DIY renovations, turning the vehicle, which has 200,000-plus miles, into a creation straight out of Mad Max. First, so he could safely leave ... More >>

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    September 29, 2011

    Primate and Whores at Churchill's Pub, September 28

    Photo by Alex BroadwellDevalued lead screamer Nico.​Primate and Whores With Secret Arms and Devalued Churchill's Pub Wednesday, September 28, 2011 Better Than: Rugby night at Churchill's the night before. Not all bands are created equal. Some appease the masses at American Airlines Arena, some ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    The Who @ 67 Street Bar & Grill Takes Over Kingdom's Old Spot

    Alex Broadwell​After a month of renovations and a complete redesign, The Who @ 67 officially opened for business this week in the spot that housed beloved Biscayne Boulevard bar Kingdom.At the moment, general manager Luis Lantigua is finalizing the menu with Chef Hamlet Garcia, host of Latin cooki ... More >>

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    July 18, 2011

    Kill Your Idol Says, "Drink Mead Like a Viking!"

    Photos by Alex BroadwellNick Perdue of Kill Your Idol. He assured us that was his real hair.​As we walk down Española Way, the leopard print bikinis and oversized sunglasses thin out and begin to give way to a slightly seedier, more hardened street crowd. Among them, a Viking.Standing outside Kil ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    Spiked Watermelon Mint Pops to Champagne Sorbet: Sunday is National Ice Cream Day

    ​From Reaganomics, to the end of the Cold War, to Bedtime for Bonzo, President Ronald Reagan was either loved for his charming smile and love of chimpanzees, or hated for his ultra-conservative economic policies.As far as we're concerned, his most important contribution to the good ol' US of A ... More >>

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    July 4, 2011

    The Blow at the Florida Room, July 2

    Photo by Alex Broadwell​See the full 18-photo slideshow of The Blow at the Florida Room. The Blow With Melissa Dyne The Florida Room Saturday, July 2, 2011 Better Than: Red Hot Chili Peppers from the in-house DJ. Upon entering the Delano Hotel's Florida Room, the divide between the indie-loving ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    The Hundred in the Hands at the Electric Pickle, June 23

    Photo by Alex BroadwellThe Hundred in the Hands' Eleanore Everdell.​​The Hundred in the Hands Presented by Nightdrive With Benton, Will Renault, Uchi, and Laura of Miami Electric Pickle Thursday, June 23, 2011 Better Than: Getting your car broken into by a crackhead looking for Lashonda's iPod. ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011

    Hooters Melanie Gottlieb Wins at Drinks of the Grove

    All photos by Alex Broadwell​​At Coconut Grove's Burgundy Room, you'll see everyone from the Real Housewives of the Grove downing bottles of champagne to a 70-year-old couple swallowing whole the bar's serrano ham croquetas.And that's exactly how they expect it.At last night's Drinks of th ... More >>

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    April 18, 2011

    Ten Photo Highlights From Sweatstock 2011

    Photo by Alex BroadwellArtOfficial's Logics on the Sweatstock main stage.​You were stoked. You woke up at dawn. You showered. You sipped a cup of spiked coffee. You slipped into your best vintage Black Flag tee. And then you crashed the Sweatstock gates at precisely 10 a.m., kicking off Sweat ... More >>

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    April 2, 2011

    Radioboxer's Magic City Ruse Release Party at the Stage, April 1

    Photo by Alex BroadwellRadioboxer's Vanne Dazza.​RadioboxerApril 01, 2011The StageBetter Than: Any of the many other times I've caught Radioboxer live. Radioboxer's come a long way. Who'd have thought some three years ago that this ragtag pack of scamps out of Hialeah would grow and evolve like i ... More >>

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    March 27, 2011

    John Digweed's Miami Music Week Getdown at the Vagabond, March 26

    Photo by Alex BroadwellDigweed behind the decks at the Vagabond.​You tweetcasted from the port-a-potty. You got goofy and sunburned with Simian Mobile Disco, Boys Noize, and a middle-aged, glowstick-wielding paramedic at Day Two of Ultra Music Festival. And then (so long as you didn't overdo it ... More >>