Arielle Castillo

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    August 23, 2012

    50 Best Miami Bands of All Time: From 40 to 36

    After wildin' out to the brutal, punk-y, funky, bass-y, fuzzy strains of only ten Best Miami Bands of All Time (i.e. Scraping Teeth, Frank Williams & The Rocketeers, Iko Iko, ANR, Miami Bass Warriors and Nuclear Valdez, The Goods, Locos Por Juana, Cynic, Avenue D), our ears are already freakin' ... More >>

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    September 14, 2010

    New Times Cleans Up in Green Eyeshades

    ​Miami New Times cleaned up in the nondaily division of the 60th Annual Green Eyeshade Awards, which determine the best work in 11 Southeastern States. Former staff writer Natalie O'Neill took a first place in investigative reporting for "Piece of Mind," a probe of suicides and other problems at t ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    Ultra Music Festival 2010 Set Times

    Click to view.​Before you head over to Bicentennial Park today for Day 1 of Ultra Music Festival, you may want to check out the set times for the entire festival, which is available online.We'll be there covering the entire festival starting today, so be on the look out for our reports. Also, make ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    WMC 2010: Editor's Party Picks

    Benny Benassi​With the long (and still growing) list of Winter Music Conference events happening next week, we are sure you are feeling a bit overwhelmed. It's tough to decide where to spend your hard-earn money. Fret not! Here at Crossfade we've simplified things for you, as music editor Arielle ... More >>

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    March 18, 2010

    New Times Winter Music Conference Guide 2010 in Newsstands Now

    ​After much blood, sweat, and tears it's finally done and hot off the presses. In newsstands today all over Miami you will find our Winter Music Conference Guide 2010 put together by Miami New Times music editor Arielle Castillo and featuring work by regular Crossfade contributors Esther Park, Sea ... More >>

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    January 5, 2010

    The Best Local Albums of 2009, Part Three of Four

    Click to read parts one and two of this list.​Radioboxer Radio Drama, which formed right here in the Magic City from the remnants of a previous incarnation called Falaz, has earned a strong fanbase around town thanks to their honesty and sincerity. An ... More >>

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    March 25, 2009

    WMC 2009: Video of Public Enemy at the Red Bull Music Academy at the Wolfsonian, 3/24

    WMC 2009 Public Enemy from Miami New Times on Vimeo.Yesterday's officially sanctioned WMC 2009 Public Enemy event, South Beach Sessions: The Terrordome Revisited, put DJ Lord, Chuck D and Professor Griff in a close-quarters Q&A session moderated by New Times music editor Arielle Castillo. The t ... More >>

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    March 24, 2009

    "The Terror Dome Revisited" - Public Enemy Speaks Tonight at the Wolfsonian, Moderated by Arielle Castillo

    Tonight at 6 a WMC-connected teaser for the annual Red Bull Music Academy, Chuck D, Professor Griff, and DJ Lord will be speaking at the Wolfsonian (1001 Washington Avenue) and giving their insider's view on Public Enemy's musical journey. The moderator for the event is New Times' own music e ... More >>

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    January 9, 2009

    The Shelborne Announces Its Heavyweight WMC Lineup

    I know, I know, WMC talk already -- yikes, we just celebrated the new year. But if you've got any interest in WMC then you know that the Shelborne always grabs absolutely stellar lineups who play legendary parties. If you like big-room house music, you've already been to some of these, and you alrea ... More >>

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    January 7, 2009

    Hall & Oates to Play Mizner Park Amphitheatre on Feb. 20!

    Credit it, partially at least, to the rise of smooth - jam - loving new indie-ish bands like Tigercity, the Yacht Rock series on YouTube, and the unexpected, fanatical boosterism from people like Travis McCoy of the Gym Class Heroes. The blue-eyed soul duo of Hall & Oates is experiencing one of ... More >>

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    January 6, 2009

    Free MP3: New Mayday! Single -- "On 2 Somth'n"

    When New Times last checked in with Miami's premier live hip-hop party, Mayday!, we were happy to see they had survived the wave of almost-hype in '06/'07 and were back to the grind. (Nutshell refresher: The group recorded a track with Cee-Lo and DJ Craze called "Groundhog Day," played a bunch of im ... More >>

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    December 30, 2008

    Combichrist/Black Light Burns Tour Kickoff Moved to Respectable Street Cafe

    Crossfade reported earlier this month that Combichrist and Black Light Burns would kick off their tour in South Florida on January 14, at Club Premier in Ft. Lauderdale. That sounded like a weird fit, as the venue usually specializes in hip-hop and reggae dance parties. The event has been moved to a ... More >>

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    December 30, 2008

    70s Soul Jam at the Fillmore Miami Beach, Scheduled for Jan. 14, Cancelled

    The Seventies Soul Jam, scheduled for January 14 at the Fillmore Miami Beach, was set to feature the Stylistics, Harold Melvin's Blue Notes, Main Ingredient, and Miami's own Heatwave. The show, however, has been cancelled. Those who purchased advance tickets through should contact Liv ... More >>

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    December 9, 2008

    Enter the New Times Battle of the Bands For a Slot at Langerado 2009!

    Listen up: With all of the hush-hush hullabaloo around Langerado's revamped location and lineup in 2009, there's going to be a lot of attention on the festival and its new incarnation. So wouldn't you, member of a fledgling local band, want to get in on the action? Of course you would. And you have ... More >>

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    December 9, 2008

    Initial Lineup Announced for Langerado 2009: Snoop Dogg, Chromeo, Bad Brains, Public Enemy, Cafe Tacuba, and More

    After much Internet gossip and rumor-mongering, the folks behind Langerado announced they would release the first phase of the festival's 2009 lineup yesterday morning. That didn't happen, with a delay as organizers "finalized last-minute details." Still, this morning they've come forward with a few ... More >>

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    December 8, 2008

    Hercules & Love Affair Also to Play Ultra's Second Day

    Hah! Ultra is sounding better and better! Looks like the organizers have also flip-flopped their booking M.O. this year. Since the festival's expansion into a two-day affair, things have generally gone more experimental the first night, with the classic dance music titans taking over the second day ... More >>

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    December 5, 2008

    Thursday to Headline 2009 Taste of Chaos Tour, at Revolution Mar. 17

    This past spring's Taste of Chaos tour arrived in South Florida smack in the middle of Winter Music Conference, on a weekday, and at the Bayfront Park Amphitheater in downtown Miami, no less -- awkward timing and location all around. (Not that the WMC/Taste of Chaos tours overlap, haha, just that it ... More >>

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    December 2, 2008

    Very, Very Cool Blog/Florida Music Archive: Cosmic Hearse

    A while ago, I posted about a very cool blog called the South Florida Music Scene Past and Present, which is devoted to hosting downloadable versions of all kinds of yesteryear goodness. Luckily, the blog's creator, Chip (formerly of the Miami hardcore band Destro) continues to update it, still focu ... More >>

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    November 25, 2008

    Art Basel Week: Hex Dispensers, Brutal Knights, Reigning Sound, Dec. 5

    Reigning Sound The party continues at the Kill Your Idols space on Friday, December 5, first with Hex Dispensers, an Austin quartet who overdosed on the Ramones, but not so much the Beach Boys (it's a good thing ). Brutal Knights hail from the much colder climes of Toronto, and title their fun ditt ... More >>

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    November 24, 2008

    Art Basel Week: Nodzzz, Matt and Kim, Dec. 4

    Matt and KimSome of the best music presented this week comes courtesy of the ongoing Converse-sponsored Kill Your Idols event in the Design District. An ode to current movers and shakers keeping the original punk spirit alive (albeit in mutated, advanced forms), the space features a photo exhibit by ... More >>

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    September 30, 2008

    DJ Laz Extends Contract with Power 96

    I can remember DJ Laz being on the air at Power 96, in some form or another, since I was in elementary school in the early/mid-Nineties. Much like his home station itself, I really didn't expect him to go anywhere. Still, Beasley Broadcast Miami, who owns Power 96 (and 99.9 KISS Country and Sports R ... More >>

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    September 16, 2008

    Nonpoint Announces U.S. Headlining Tour, But Skips South Florida

    Remember Nonpoint, the local groove-based hard rock act? They had that hit single, "Bullet With a Name," a couple years back? Well, they may be forgetting their lil' ol' fans in South Florida at the moment. The band boasts real mainstream success, having landed on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart ... More >>

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    September 2, 2008

    Electric Bunnies Win MOCA's August Battle of the Bands

    Last week I wrote a little run-down of the acts who would be playing the Museum of Contemporary Art's last summer battle of the bands, which took place last Thursday night. Well, a winner's been announced: Congratulations, Electric Bunnies! I have to admit I'm a little surprised, not because the E ... More >>

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    August 6, 2008

    Another Craigslist Musician Ad Roundup

    It's time for another roundup of the fruits of lurking on Craigslist's South Florida musician ads. As always, bands, if you're looking to fill up a lineup and want an extra shout-out for your ad, e-mail me here. -- Arielle Castillo *Whoa, yet another sludge metal band seems to be starting.... This ... More >>

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    July 24, 2008

    Tonight in Live Music, July 24

    Thursday's the unofficial start of the weekend, so here are a few things to get you going. -- Arielle Castillo *The big event in Miami tonight is MOCA's second installment of its Battle of the Bands series. Old Wives Tale, Treasures, Minimal, the Psycho Daisies, and the Hongs play. Click here to re ... More >>

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    July 17, 2008

    New Pretty Ricky Video: "Knockin' Boots '08"

    The world's favorite Miami R&B quartet, Pretty Ricky, just released a video for its latest single, "Knockin Boots '08." And again, we're reassured that the boys are totally celibate virgins.... Kidding! This video is full of grade-A, Madonna-in-the-early-Nineties style beefcake (I guess they needed ... More >>

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    July 3, 2008

    Letters from the Issue of July 3, 2008

    "Are you homophobic? I am appalled that any reporter would write such garbage."

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    June 5, 2008

    Food Court Musical

    I may be late to the Internet viral video game again with this one, but it made me LOL pretty hard so I had to share. Of course, the most common criticism of musicals is that in real life, people don't just burst into narrative song. But what if they did? This "mission" by the geniuses at Improv Eve ... More >>

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    May 21, 2008

    Switches Tonight at Revolution

    I miss Franz Ferdinand. Yes, unfortunately the Scottish quartet has continually suffered massive overexposure of all its singles. But that's because you absolutely cannot fail with top-notch, hooky, angular U.K. rock that works as well on a dance floor as on a concert stage. Luckily, to fill in that ... More >>

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    May 19, 2008

    Lulz for Monday: Some of the Best of the Worst Music Videos

    So, who doesn’t want to gently easy into their Monday afternoon with a good 20 minutes of time-wasting bad Internet videos? The smartest YouTube searchers know that the site’s treasures are often found simply by typing “worst” whatever in the search box, or, for a grab bag, just “worst” ... More >>

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    May 13, 2008

    Throwback Tuesdays: Street Masters Crew

    Instead of just posting an old song, this time around, Throwback Tuesdays brings you a bunch of video goodness of some Miami legends who represented a these-days-often-forgotten element of hip-hop: B-boying! (No b-girls in these videos, oh well – if anyone out there knows of some web videos of bre ... More >>

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    May 12, 2008

    Late-Breaking: Dead Prez Tonight in Hollywood

    In case you missed the news in the world of Myspace and blogs, Dead Prez is popping up kinda randomly for a show tonight -- a pretty good coup for a weekly party in Hollywood, known as Mellow Mondays. It's a soul-poetry-funk-conscious sort of thang, and followers of that scene will recognize tonight ... More >>

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    May 1, 2008

    MORE BREAKING STUDIO A NEWS: Scheduled Shows Will Still Happen

    We've just received official word from Dave Slifkin, Studio A's general manager. The long-term future of the club still remains unclear. But all currently booked shows will still take place there, with the exception of the all-ages May 22 Sophomore Attempt/Mercy Mercedes/Settings show. Says Slifkin ... More >>

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    February 29, 2008

    Mudhoney presale tickets now available

    Chalk another victory up for the super-cool promoter folks at New Art School. Their latest coup? The legendary Mudhoney!! I don't want to use the "g" word (ok, grunge) here, but they were one of the first rad bands to come out of Seattle in the late Eighties/early Nineties. And of course, they were ... More >>

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    February 28, 2008

    The U.S. Military Torture Mix Tape

    (Via Idolator). Liberal mag Mother Jones did us all the favor of putting together an imeem streaming play list of songs used during military prison interrogations, according to various leaked documents. And I have to say -- I, too, would crack pretty quickly if forced to listen to "Babylon" by David ... More >>

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    February 6, 2008

    South Florida Public Access TV Treasures from YouTube, Part 1

    Found a couple interesting things on YouTube from old-school South Florida public access shows (not as many as I would have liked, though!). First cool item was this video posted by the user "Ninjaguydan," who lists her (?) name as Lisa, and says she directed this music video for her old public acce ... More >>

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    February 5, 2008

    Promoters and DJs: Start Sending Your WMC Party Listings!!

    Time is upon us to start getting listings and information together for our annual Winter Music Conference Guide! So promoters, DJs, everyone, send me your event info here! -- Arielle Castillo

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    February 1, 2008

    Preliminary WMC Schedule Posted (the Actual Conference!)

    Yes, underneath the week-long orgy of beats and booze, concurrent with the endless, overwhelming number of boat parties, pool parties, regular parties, afterparties, during WMC there is, actually, a conference (the "C" part!). Of course, besides getting you into a number of officially sanctioned par ... More >>

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    December 20, 2007 - a Cool Model for Fan Interactivity

    I'm sure I'm late in the game on discovering this one, but Trent Reznor has proved once again that, love him or hate him, he's always been a forward thinker. Newly freed from the shackles of his contact with Interscope, he's launched a new site at It's a platform for fans to deconst ... More >>

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    December 6, 2007
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    October 25, 2007

    Letters from the Issue of October 25, 2007

    "I am not a whore at any price"

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    September 26, 2007

    4 White Dudes in Tighty Whities = Suspension!

    Hey, sometimes there's no underestimating high school principals. Who knew a publicity snap of four skinny rockers could amount, in the eyes of one, to porn? The band in question: All Time Low, a poppy, punky, quartet from the suburbs of Baltimore, who just released their debut full-length, So Wro ... More >>

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    September 20, 2007

    Breaking: Mocean Worker at PS14 this Saturday!

    Miami fans of intelligent, funky grooves and beats: This edition of the weekly Switch dance party at PS14 is for you. The star of the evening? The DJ/producer born Adam Dorn, a.k.a. Mocean Worker, known by the downbeat cognoscenti for his funk-inflected, organic take on jazzy drum 'n' bass, breaks, ... More >>

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    September 19, 2007

    Another DJ Mix: deep house and soul!

    Yesterday we gave you fresh techno, today we give you some funky deep house sounds. This mix comes courtesy of Miami DJ Rhouse, who originally hails from Pittsburgh, PA. Says Rhouse: "I am the grandfather of DJs having done my first gig in 1969. Unfortunately as my real world career grew I have ha ... More >>

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    July 26, 2007
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    June 11, 2007
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    December 7, 2006
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    November 30, 2006

    Creating Monsters

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