Arielle Castillo

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    August 22, 2012

    50 Best Miami Bands of All Time: From 45 to 41

    Yesterday, we here at Crossfade went bangin' on the beach with Miami Bass Warriors and even enjoyed some bathroom fellatio with Rat Bastard's Scraping Teeth. But that was just the beginning of our weird and wild ten-day trip through the MIA's long and varied musical history. For today's edition ... More >>

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    January 26, 2012

    Disney's Mickey Mouse Joy Division T-Shirt: How I'm Out $300

    ​Midnight on Saturday, I found myself walking down Main Street U.S.A. after a long day at the Magic Kingdom. I was there to celebrate my sister's birthday and had met up along with former New Times music editor Arielle Castillo, Ocean Drive's Crissy Borges, and their respective significant others. ... More >>

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    February 23, 2010

    Crossfade is Seeking Latin Music Writers and Photographers

    ​Miami New Times is looking for freelance writers and photographers familiar with the local Latin music scene to contribute to both the print edition and our music blog, Crossfade. Candidates must be local to Miami-Dade county, and should ideally have some professional journalism experience. Pleas ... More >>

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    January 14, 2010
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    December 3, 2009
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    March 25, 2009

    WMC 2009: A Party Worth Blogging About? Not Really

    Just returned from the Gansevoort South. Music editor Arielle Castillo and I were at the A Party Worth Blogging About event by and So in honor of HRO I'm going to ask a few philosophical questions:Do pool parties need people in order for it to be a 'partie'?If someone ... More >>

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    March 17, 2009

    Editor's Picks: The Best of WMC 2009

    It's almost here! Winter Music Conference is always our favorite time of year thanks to the non-stop musical assault on the Magic City. But in preparation for our Winter Music Guide 2009, which hits New Times boxes across the city tomorrow, music editor Arielle Castillo and I decided to make the cho ... More >>

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    January 9, 2009

    All Ages Punk-ish Show at GXE Entertainment Sunday Night with Mute Issue, Racing Exit 13 (Staten Island)

    Racing Exit 13 is, technically, a hardcore-influenced Staten Island band. But calling Racing Exit 13 "New York hardcore" makes you think of a bunch of beefy Biohazard-type dudes running around. This quintet has a much subtler vibe than that, name-checking plenty of those heavy, but, errr, thoughtful ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008

    Italoboyz (Get Physical) To Play Nocturnal Terrace Afterhours on NYE

    The Italoboyz's moniker is slightly misleading on a couple levels. First, it's slightly so, because although Marco Donato and Frederico Marton hails from Italy, the twosome have been based in London since about the turn of the millennium. Neither do they play, as one would assume, Italo disco, or ev ... More >>

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    December 12, 2008

    Albita, Alex Cuba, Yosvany Terry to Perform at 2009 Global Cuba Fest

    The Miami Light Project and FUNDarte, the nonprofit sponsors of the annual Global Cuba Fest, focusing on contemporary music from throughout the Cuban diaspora, have announced the dates and lineups for the 2009 edition of the weekend-long concert series. The concerts will take place on February 6, 7, ... More >>

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    December 4, 2008

    Mötley Crüe Returns to South Florida on Mar. 3

    If it seems like Mötley Crüe was just here, well, it's because they were, in July, headlining their Crüefest tour at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach. They're coming baaaaa-aaaaack, though, as part of their Saints of Los Angeles Tour, and diehard fans will be happy it's a relatively int ... More >>

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    November 28, 2008

    Art Basel Week: Pink Reason and Times New Viking, Dec. 7

    The last of the Art Basel week shows at the Kill Your Idols space kicks off with a set from Brooklyn-based Pink Reason, currently a trio but really the brainchild of Kevin Failure, the band's frontman. It sounds a little like Joy Division or another post-punk act put through a shredder, churned in a ... More >>

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    November 27, 2008

    Art Basel Week: Sex Vid, Caustic Christ, and Annihilation Time, Dec. 6

    The elusive Seattle/Olympia hardcore-ish band is cult-famous for its refusal to make a web site or even properly record and distribute its music. The Pittsburgh foursome Caustic Christ has toured with similarly deliciously named bands like Municipal Waste -- 'nuff said. Meanwhile, the songs on Annih ... More >>

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    November 24, 2008

    Art Basel Week: A.R.E. Weapons, J.D. Samson at O.H.W.O.W., Dec. 2

    Longtime legends of the lower-lower Manhattan underground, the quartet A.R.E. Weapons have been steadily chugging along since 1999, blasting out something along the lines of electro-rock as imagined by former punk rock types. The band's noisy assault of party-in-your-face found some near-mainstream ... More >>

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    November 24, 2008

    Art Basel Week: "The Gossip After Dark," Dec. 4

    This isn't a live performance by the Gossip per se. But the band will most certainly be in the house at O.H.W.O.W. tonight, for a party following the opening of Portland Now, a group show at the Bas Fisher Invitational space. (It's curated by the band's guitarist, Brace Pain, a.k.a. Nathan Howdeshel ... More >>

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    October 7, 2008

    Poison the Well To Write New Album, Release Seven-Inch Series

    You know a band from your city is awesome when one of my favorite people in music, Greg Puciato of the Dillinger Escape Plan, has to ask about them or shout them out every time he's in town. So it goes with Miami's own Poison the Well, the decade-plus-running metal-ish, hardcore-ish, straight-up cru ... More >>

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    October 2, 2008

    O.A.R. Show Moved to Pompano Beach Amphitheatre

    Here's some late-breaking news for jam band lovers.... The O.A.R. show scheduled for tomorrow, Friday October 3, has been moved south from the Mizner Park Amphitheatre in Boca, to the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre. The showtime is 7 p.m., and nothing else has changed -- opening acts are still Between t ... More >>

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    October 1, 2008

    Sweat-Aid Benefit Show, Debate Party Tomorrow Night at the Vagabond

    The local scene's been showing a lot of love for Sweat Records after the break-in there a few weeks ago. The little indie store that could is slowly bouncing back, but is still smarting a little. In comes Sweat-Aid, another benefit show tomorrow night at the Vagabond. There's another reason to pat y ... More >>

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    September 25, 2008

    Vivalevox Live Tomorrow Night at the Vagabond

    One of my favorite things about the Friday night party about the Vagabond is its mixture of just enough live music -- one band on the patio a week -- with the usual DJ fun. But beyond that, since the party is co-presented by Sweat Records, the live lineup is always excellently curated. The Sweat fol ... More >>

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    September 23, 2008

    Bands Sought for Femme Fest 2 at Tobacco Road, November 7

    Attention bands: If you have yet to play one of Oski's and Queen of the Scene's mini festivals at Tobacco Road, and if you've got a lady or two in your band, here's an opportunity. The follow-up to last year's estrogen-heavy Femme Fest is happening this November, and the promoters are looking to fil ... More >>

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    September 22, 2008

    Happy Local Band Discovery of the Weekend: the Microdots

    My arrival timing for events is usually pretty hit-or-miss, but this last Saturday I lucked out at PS14. I had headed over to check out Notorious Nastie's/Astari Nite's occasional Static Interference event, which was supposed to start at 10 p.m. I arrived just after 11, and nothing had started -- wh ... More >>

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    September 4, 2008

    How to Get Into Any Club, According to Some Aussies on YouTube

    Just saw that this was one of the featured videos on YouTube... Watch as an enterprising fellow dons an electro-chic allover-print hoodie (hood up, of course), a hair of headphones around his neck, and a prop record bag, and bullshits his way past all the "queues." It's amusing, but I doubt it would ... More >>

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    August 14, 2008

    Tonight in Live Music: Thursday, August 14

    *Not live, per se, but a special DJ event: check out B-more's Dave Nada at tonight's edition of Money$hot at the Vagabond. Click here to read more about him, and click here to check out a Pitbull remix by him. *Something a little more high-brow: Ellis Marsalis (yep, like Wynton) performs at the Cor ... More >>

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    August 5, 2008

    Tonight in Live Music, Tuesday, August 5

    Tonight looks good for those who like, well, beats. Beyond a regular open mike, tonight's picks involve hip-hop, reggae, and the blues. -- Arielle Castillo *Up-and-coming Broward County MC Swazy Styles travels south across the county line to hit Flavour, in Coconut Grove. Nice to know this underuse ... More >>

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    July 30, 2008

    Tonight in Live Music, July 30

    The week's basically in full swing with several national shows today and tonight, so get moving. -- Arielle Castillo *If this is the first you're hearing about it, it may be too late for you to get to the Rockstar Mayhem Fest today at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach... But just in case, ... More >>

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    July 23, 2008

    Just Announced: O.A.R. at Mizner Park Amphitheatre, October 3

    This just in: Thousands of college students' favorite jam act, O.A.R., will hit the appropriately jammy outdoor setting of Mizner Park Amphitheatre on Friday, October 3. Opening acts are Between the Trees and Matt Hires. Tickets cost $30 in advance, $32 the day of the show, and are available through ... More >>

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    July 15, 2008

    Throwback Tuesdays' Must-Read Blog: South Florida Music Scene Past and Present

    This humble blog, South Florida Music Scene Past and Present, is on CrossFade's blogroll, but it's such a wealth of local music history goodness that I wanted to highlight it for this installment of Throwback Tuesdays. I sat down to delve into the entire archive of posts last night (good thing the ... More >>

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    June 20, 2008

    Girl Talk Pulls a Radiohead: Download Greg Gillis' New Mix For Free

    It's fashionable, isn't it, pulling an In Rainbows and giving away your music or letting people pick their own price. It's also fashionable to like the Pittsburgh DJ/producer/remixer guy Greg Gillis, better known as Girl Talk... Sooooo is it any surprise you can download the latest Girl Talk CD for ... More >>

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    June 10, 2008

    Throwback Tuesdays: Foxy -- "Get Off"

    Here's an oldie but goodie from the disco years. Foxy was formed right here in Miami in 1976, led by the Cuban-born Ish Ledesma -- and also featuring Tito Puente's son Richie on percussion!. The group's big-time hit, "Get Off," was released in 1978, and hit number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 char ... More >>

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    May 30, 2008

    New Rick Ross feat. Pharrell Track Leaked

    A new Rick Ross/Pharrell collabo, "Get Down," has just leaked all over the Internet. With production by the Neptunes, the beat is more of their usual quirky, club-ready stuff, but definitely a lot faster and more trebly than anything the Boss usually rocks. Forced to rap at that speed and stay preci ... More >>

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    May 26, 2008

    More Lulz from Eurovision, Possibly Unintentional

    Because today’s a slow, lazy holiday, here are some more highlights from last week’s and weekend’s Eurovision song contest. The previous blog entry looked at some countries’ intentionally funny entries. Now is time for some possibly unintentional lulz. Azerbaijan: Elnur & Samir – “Day ... More >>

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    May 22, 2008
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    May 12, 2008

    Rick Ross Learns Tigers Aren't Props

    In case you missed this on Deco Drive or Idolator, things went haywire on the set of Rick Ross' recent video shoot for his upcoming single, "Here I Am," featuring Nelly. A tiger hired to add some menace or flair or whatever to the set apparently wasn't a fan of the boss, and bit his trainer in prote ... More >>

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    March 7, 2008

    South Florida Bands at SXSW: Torche

    This quartet specializes in face-melting volume, pounding riffage, and a churning, breakneck-speed riffage section. But don’t tag ’em with the “m” word – Torche is a band possessing the rare ability to create heavy, heavy sounds that remain versatile and nuanced. With a floating overlay of ... More >>

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    March 6, 2008

    South Florida Bands at SXSW: Black Tide

    Within a span of months, the kiddies of Black Tide have shot from totally unheard-of to total buzz band for lovers of heavy music, appearing in the like of Spin and Revolver. And they are, in fact kiddies – the oldest members of the quartet are 19, and the frontman, Gabriel Garcia, is 15. Which ma ... More >>

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    February 7, 2008

    Jose El Rey Doesn't Just Make Music Magic...

    ...He also dispenses health and safety advice. I don't know about that El Tigre character though; he looks like a loose cannon. Sexy 'stache, though... -- Arielle Castillo

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    February 5, 2008

    Pimp C's Cause of Death Revealed

    The autopsy report has come back for Pimp C, half of the legendary southern rap duo UGK, who was found dead in his L.A. hotel room this past December. The coroner's verdict? A combination of sleep apnea ... and SYRUP, that narcotic prescription cough medicine name-checked in oh so many songs. Sad. R ... More >>

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    January 31, 2008

    Second Phase of Ultra Line-up Announced

    Thanks again Miami Nights for the heads up. No real surprises on this second phase of the lineup for the Ultra Music Festival, except for the totally awesome addition of Underworld headlining the second night. Don't know who they are? Yes you do -- their big mainstream breakout track was "Born Slip ... More >>

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    January 23, 2008

    Latest Local Fixation... Black Tide!

    I can't believe I haven't written about these kiddies before, but I'll fix that soon. Black Tide are four guys from Miami who are garnering major buzz for their crunching, amped-up, old-school kinda thrashy metal sound. They've already got a deal with Interscope, and they're currently touring Europe ... More >>

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    January 8, 2008

    Throwback Tuesday: E.L.O., "Mr. Blue Sky"

    Taking it back to the Seventies for this one, to the inimitable Electric Light Orchestra. Let's try to ignore their bloated Eighties stuff like the Oliva Newton-John collabo "Xanadu" -- does Seventies pop goodness get much better than, say, "Livin' Thing?" I'm a particular fan of this strand of thei ... More >>

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    December 17, 2007

    What do Atreyu and the Whopper Have in Common?

    What do the band and the burger have in common? This hungry scene kid loves them both, and he's pissed off when one goes missing! KEEPIN WHOPPERS BR00TAL D00D! (Okay, I feel silly passing on an ad, but this is kinda ridic.) -- Arielle Castillo

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    November 13, 2007

    Another Lost & Found

    Here's another local music mystery... A reader writes: "Hi, I'm trying to figure out the name of a local progressive band from the late 90s, (1997-2000). I know they were signed to a major label, and were influenced by bands that sounded like the Cure, and that the entire band had the same last nam ... More >>

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    November 8, 2007


    The Morrissey concert originally scheduled for tonight at the Fillmore Miami Beach is officially cancelled. No official word on why, or whether or not it will be rescheduled. Refunds at point of purchase. Gossip to follow, I'm sure at Don't ask me anything else right now ... More >>

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    October 8, 2007

    Bang! Music Festival "Postponed"

    Everyone was atwitter about this year's edition of the Bang! Music festival, which started in 2005. On one hand, people were amped to see blabbermouth Kanye West and the recently reunited (sans James Iha) Smashing Pumpkins on the lineup. On the other hand, there was the strange mix of the few othe ... More >>

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    September 18, 2007

    New DJ mix, more techno...

    Here's another mix from Nova, "Summertime Sessions." Click here to take a listen to a set of minimal techno sounds! Nova spins with Swedish techno legend Samuel L. Session at Blue on Saturday, September 29. Read about Samuel L. in next week's issue of New Times. As always, local DJs, if you have a ... More >>

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    June 27, 2007
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    June 18, 2007

    Lost and Found: Ricky Williams

    Our latest writer is looking for Ricky Williams, whom she describes as a "blind pianist." Her husband, now deceased, used to play guitar in a band with him in the Nineties. Any tips can be sent to me here. -- Arielle Castillo

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    June 7, 2007

    Los Tigres del Norte

    Detalles y Emociones (Fonovisa)

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    October 5, 2006

    Seven Star

    "Trojan Horse" (Project Mooncircle)

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    October 5, 2006


    Extended Play (Rykodisc)

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