Welcome to the 'Wood, Brick House! The bar may be Wynwood's latest watering hole, but everything about the drinking den is vintage, from antique National Bohemian beer cans to the building that it calls home. Dating back to the 1920s, the house on 187 NW 28th Street has been around since the days ... More >>
Vampire Weekend With Jacuzzi Boys Fillmore Miami Beach Wednesday, April 30, 2014 Better Than: All of those other vampiric pop-culture creatures feasting on the blood of the millennial generation. A fat, crooked queue of teens and post-teens stretched from the Fillmore Miami Beach's doorstep to 17t ... More >>
Billie Joe Armstrong Joins The Replacements Early in The Replacement's Friday night set, Paul Westerberg welcomed Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong as their honorary member. Armstrong, matching the rest of the band in plaid suits, seemed beyond giddy to be onstage with his idols, joking "Dreams real ... More >>
Trash While you were busy basking in the Coachella sun, the festival's fleet of custodians -- many of whom looked to be in their teens -- were running around the grounds, soaked in sweat, picking up your trash. We talked to a few, and not only do these guys get paid poorly, they get paid by the bag. ... More >>
Round one of Coachella is over. And damn, was it a good one! We're all sore, sunburned, and smiling. Here's the best of another memorable weekend in Indio. Finding 20 bucks on the ground. We spent it on a slice of Hot Lips Spicy Pie pizza and a cold beer. Thank you, Coachella gods. -Taylor Hamby ... More >>
Hey, Arcade Fire! So, uh, like, you guys wouldn't lie to us, right? 'Cause we really believed Win (perhaps naively and too eagerly) when he teased us with yet another Miami show during October's special two-night stand as the Reflektors at downtown's Mekka Nightclub and the Little Haiti Cultural Ce ... More >>
Everyone knows you can't trust a rumor. Or a Reflektor. Last month, though, while still tingling from Arcade Fire's two-night stand in Miami (and wooed by Win Butler's breathless promises of "be back soon"), we here at Crossfade allowed ourselves to be seduced by Internet siren calls, originating f ... More >>
The candidate isn't fit to fill Michelle Spence-Jones' seat.
By his own admission, Domingo "Sunny" Ortiz has a great gig. While most working Americans are quick to grouse about their jobs, Ortiz, the percussionist for Atlanta-based band Widespread Panic, exudes a level of enthusiasm that would likely make most people bitter with envy. "I can't think of anyth ... More >>
Arcade Fire as the Reflektors Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami Presented by Rhythm Foundation Thursday, October 24, 2013 Better Than: A Reflektor-less existence. "We couldn't have made this record without Haiti." On two consecutive nights, Arcade Fire's Win Butler confided this same thing to M ... More >>
"We'll be back soon." Those were the words spoken by Arcade Fire's Win Butler near the end of last night's Reflektors show in Little Haiti. Now, normally, the vague assurance of a local concert at some point in the future is just an offhanded nicety, a tease, an empty promise. In this case, though ... More >>
Arcade Fire as the Reflektors Mekka, Miami Wednesday, October 23, 2013 Better Than: Catching your favorite indie-band-made-big in some giant auditorium. Arcade Fire first hit the scene, changing the sound of indie music forever, back in the early 2000s. Musical force Régine Chassagne is a first-g ... More >>
Mondays always get in the way of the weekend, but if you live in the Magic City, the first day of the work week always brings a new set of concerts to check out. And if you were one of the lucky ones who snagged a pair of tickets to see Arcade Fire put on their first Florida shows at the Little Hai ... More >>
"Dress up and come party with us!" That's an excited invitation from Win Butler, Arcade Fire, and a weird bunny rabbit to this week's Reflektor concerts in Miami. Of course, you (probably) don't have tickets. And that means you're screwed harder than a cottontail at the peak of mating season. Oh ... More >>
For all the jerks who scoffed: "Why the fuck would Arcade Fire choose Miami of all places for semi-secret, ultra-exclusive shows to promote its awesome new record, Reflektor?" ... We here at Crossfade offer a three-part answer. 1. Our city is home to almost a quarter-million Ayitiens. And Arcade Fi ... More >>
Yep. The Reflektors is Arcade Fire. Yesterday, we here at Crossfade noticed a curious update on local world-music promoter Rhythm Foundation's website for a special edition of the monthly Big Night in Little Haiti at the Little Haiti Cultural Center starring a band that we'd never heard of. Oddly, ... More >>
Spoiler alert: Yep, probably. Arcade Fire's new album Reflektor is nearly here and while a formal tour has yet to be announced, rumors suggest a series of secret shows around the country in the next few weeks. Well, we suck at keeping secrets, so you might want to keep October 24 free if you're i ... More >>
"This is the weirdest scenario." That's how DFA Records founder and former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy half-laughingly reacted to Bardot Miami's (almost claustrophobic) living room-like setting for his Red Bull Music Academy Couch Session at the inaugural III Points Festival. There were ... More >>
Being a successful musician really has to be a slice of heaven. And of course the chicks are great. It's why from the beginning of time, men (and women) have taken up instruments in the chance they will be played in front of many, many others, some of whom could possibly want to have sex with them. ... More >>
Footrprintz is multi-intrumentalist producers Clarian North and Adam Hunter. The Montreal natives are currently their city's most hotly-tipped house and techno crossover act, thanks to 2011's auspicious Utopia EP on Visionquest, a label beloved by the techno heads with a taste for left-field dance-p ... More >>
Here's a quick break from the pre-Winter Music Conference hoopla to give you some local music news. Sweat Records has announced the lineup from its third annual Sweatstock on April 21, which also coincides with Record Store Day. Headlining the party is Miami's favorite electro-pop act Afrobeta ... More >>
As 2011 comes to an end, we're getting all nostalgic about the great moments in Miami culture that took place over the past year. And we know we're not alone. So we've asked some of Miami's top artists, writers, film producers and other cultural geniuses about their favorite 2011 memories. La ... More >>
Photo by Anton CorbijnAbout a month or so after Arcade Fire rocked the music industry by walking away with the Grammy for Album of the Year, the Montreal-based group celebrated with some friends in Haiti. Some 250 people packed into the Hotel Oloffson in Port-au-Prince -- many of whom were "exp ... More >>
Video still by Jennifer WeissArcade Fire's Win Butler in Haiti on March 29.On March 29, Arcade Fire lit up the Hotel Oloffson in Port-au-Prince with covers from Cyndi Lauper ("Girls Just Want to Have Fun"), the Rolling Stones ("The Last Time") and Creedence Clearwater Revival ("Who'll Stop the Ra ... More >>
Austin continues to be a land of great things, even during the madness of South by Southwest with a bazillion bands blasting their music at the same time. Austin's so great that the madness isn't even madness. For instance, a massive line of hundreds of people waiting for a wristband from Th ... More >>
Photo by wireimage.com via grammy.comCee Lo acid puppets = Fun!Did you waste three hours of your life watching the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards last night? Well, congrats ... You got almost 15 minutes of genuine entertainment out of the deal. For one, Bieber took a beating at the hands of Best ... More >>
via eminem.comEminem was the name on everyone's lips during last night's Grammy nominations special. The Detroit rapper stole the show with ten nominations. They included nods for Record of the Year (for "Love the Way You Lie"), Album of the Year (for Recovery), Best Rap Solo Performance (for ... More >>
Photo by Michael MarkosJohnny Ramone wilds out in '77.Today we celebrate the birthday of two Ramones: Johnny and CJ Ramone. Yes, CJ (who turns 45 today) is viewed as a ringer or a hired gun. He isn't anyone's favorite Ramone, but he did a fine job filling Dee Dee's Chucks and leather jacket John ... More >>
Afrobeta opened the night's festivities.Respectable Street's 22nd AnniversaryClematis Street, West Palm BeachSaturday, August 22, 2009Better Than: The 21 previous Respectable Street anniversary parties (probably)The Review: It's been 22 years since Rodney Mayo bought an old Salvation Army s ... More >>
After the news that Jimmy Buffet had partnered with the Miami Dolphins to rename Dolphin Stadium as "LandShark" Stadium, a number of other notable musician with cult-like followings looked up and said, "Wait, you can do that? Like, if you have enough money you can just pay to have a major city landm ... More >>
Broken Social Scene's groupthink.
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Do You Like Rock Music? (Rough Trade)
Ten reasons Ween is better than your favorite band.
It's all in the stars.
The Worst Things In Music This Year, according to Ben Westhoff! 1. Worst Album: the Arcade Fire, Neon Bible This cerebral garbage entertained about 100 people, none of whom didn’t either live in Canada or work as a music critic. Speaking of critics, it’s hard to agree with Sasha Frere-Jones ... More >>
Suicide Blonde picks 'em.
Floating World (Artist Friendship/Nettwerk America)
Sweat Records takes indie culture out of the clubs and into your speakers
Make Believe (Geffen)
WVUM charts the growth of Miami's fledgling indie culture
The Fiery Furnaces EP Rough Trade
Nearly a year after their debut, The Stills are still figuring out the rock and roll thing