Femi Kuti is a world-music master, a deep political thinker, and a true Nigerian patriot.
Just like his famous late father, Fela, the fearsome legend who pioneered an entirely fresh fusion of complex African rhythms and electrified Western sounds, invented the term Afrobeat, embodied Black Power, d ... More >>
Born to a French social worker momma and a Chileno father escaping a tyrannical regime, Ana Tijoux is a golden-era hip-hop superfan, rapid-fire lyricist, musical activist, party girl, and pop star.
Her youth was spent running wild in the streets of Paris to a rap soundtrack. But at the age of 13, ... More >>
Like water draining from a home plate backstop aquarium, the little respect we have left for the Florida Miami Marlins continues to dwindle.
Enraging fans has seemingly become a common practice among the organization's front office--robbing Miami-Dade County taxpayers, a "horrifying" home run s ... More >>
To close out the year, Crossfade is picking its favorite albums by 305 artists. Check out the full list of Miami's Best Albums of 2011.
After tirelessly toiling away for nearly two decades, Venezuelan-born DJ, producer, and all-around contributor to Lat ... More >>
The average rainfall in Las Vegas is about 4.5 inches a year, the equivalent of an average afternoon in Miami. However, that number doubles when Marc Anthony and Pitbull team up for a performance at the 12th Annual Latin Grammy Awards show.
During last night's telecast, those two bros performed ... More >>
This weekend, Calle 13's Residente and Visitante will wrap their collective microphone cables around the neck of reggaeton and strangle every last booty clap out of Puerto Rican party music.Which is to say, they still keep the ladies' hips shaking. But they've got a message too. And it's one that tr ... More >>
The Calle 13 countdown has reached T-minus 9 days.
Soon, the local 305 division of the Trece Army will herald the arrival of its commander-in-chief René Pérez Joglar, AKA Residente, and sergeant-at-arms Eduardo José Cabra Martínez, AKA Visitante. We will descend upon Downtown Miami. And we w ... More >>
After months of teeth-grinding twists and turns, shadow games, and last-minute scheduling changes, the local 305 division of the Trece Army is finally gearing up for Calle 13's Entren los Que Quieran tour.
So synchonize your atomic watches, bust out your night-vision goggles, and fill your cant ... More >>
Visitante y ResidenteCalle 13's Residente and Visitante are nominated for ten Latin Grammys this year, an impressive stat for a group that in the past five years has gone from the viral diatribe of "Fuck The Dear FBI" to filling stadiums in Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Chile, and wherever else they ... More >>
Calle 13 killin' it at the Latin Grammys.Earlier today in a swanky ballroom at the Avalon Hollywood, the Latin Recording Academy announced its nominations for the 12th annual Latin Grammy Awards.
Puerto Rican rap duo Calle 13 led the field with ten nods while Venezuelan singer Franco De Vit ... More >>
2 Live Crew: Best local band of all time!Start the motherfucking countdown! The Rising is upon us!
Indeed, we're just days away from unleashing our big, fat Best of Miami 2011 issue upon the world. And to honor the occasion, we've decided to surf against the tide of time by rifling through our ... More >>
Originally, Calle 13 and its army of guerilla street soldiers were scheduled to invade the 305 for Memorial Day weekend.
And back in April, Crossfade got so hyped up about the possibility of joining Residente and Visitante's campaign of sonic warfare and outright social rebellion that we were sc ... More >>
Almost a month ago, we received word that Puerto Rican tag team Calle 13 was planning a Miami show on May 27 as part of its initial 11-city Entren los Que Quieran US tour.
At the time, there was no venue. And details were sketchy. But still, we got all riled up and started ranting wildly about ... More >>
Calle 13's Residente and Visitante go guerrilla again.With ten Latin Grammys and even a pair of standard gold-plated gramophophone statuettes stashed in the safe, it's been a solid minute since Calle 13's Residente and Visitante could be legitimately called underground guerilla rappers.
The ... More >>
In anticipation of the upcoming Best of Miami issue hitting newsstands June 17, here is a sneak peek at one category and its winner.Photo by Karla GarciaAfrobeta performing live at Ultra Music Festival 2010.Afrobetaafrobeta.comIn a splintered local musical climate, Day-Glo duo Afrobeta is beloved ... More >>
In the last year, a gaggle of Cuban musicians have performed in Miami for the first time in decades. There was Los Van Van, Omara Portuondo, and goateed troubadour Carlos Varela. But when singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez announced two weeks ago he would tour the United States for the first sinc ... More >>
At least musically, the Obama administration is softening diplomatic relations with Cuba. On Wednesday famed singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez was granted a travel visa, and this Saturday folk singer Carlos Varela will be performing in Miami.
Earlier this year, salsa band Los Van Van and legend ... More >>
Is this the red pill, or the blue pill?Sure, we're smack dab in the middle of WMC. Just yesterday morning, as some of us who had work or appointments chugged along in our cars, a line formed in front of Electric Pickle at 8 a.m. But there are other things going on in Miami this week, other scenes ... More >>
Who knew Cubans even liked Puerto Ricans? On Tuesday, boricua reggaetoneros Calle 13 threw a concert in Habana and 200,000 Cubans showed up.from diplo's twitter It was the second major concert by an international star in Cuba in the last year, following August's Juanes show. Singer René Pérez J ... More >>
Locally transplanted Puerto Rican superstar and Latin heartthrob Ricky Martin has always had a strong inclination toward philanthropic ambitions, frequently using his own dough and fame over the years to lend a helping hand to worthy causes. In fact, he has his very own organization, the Ricky Ma ... More >>
...Speaking of DJ Craze (check the previous post on this blog for an un-missable nugget of joy he passed along), Miami's finest DJ champ will head to the desert this summer to play Coachella for the first time. On the mega-festival's second day, Saturday, April 17, he'll take the stage with frequ ... More >>
Pardon the cheesy pun, but Bomba Estereo is blowing shit up! The Colombian outfit has made quite a name for themselves internationally since forming in Bogota. After letting the creative juices simmer abroad, 2009 is the year they finally take over the States, winning over fans with their unique ... More >>
Orishas is a Yoruban word referring to spirits or deities, which are essentially manifestations of the god Orun. It is also the name adopted by what is arguably one of the most significant and original offerings to the Latin genre in the past 10 years. Comprised of Roldan Gonzalez, Hiram "Ruzzo" Riv ... More >>
I know from experience that reggaeton is one of those genres that people either love or hate. I myself have mixed feeling about reggaeton, but I admit than I'm fascinated by its cultural impact and worldwide reach. Like salsa before it, reggaeton quickly became the music of choice for a new young ge ... More >>
Somehow Afrobeta doesn't have a proper record out. Even though the dynamic pop duo slays the crowds, plays international gigs and gets featured on acts like Calle 13's tracks, they don't have a proper album. So they did what any self respecting street DJ would do -- they put out a mixtap ... More >>
Everything's cyclical. It's the reason for a resurgence of skinny jeans and Keds -- the 1980s were due for a comeback that started early in the New Millennium and steadily gained steam. And that trend wasn't lost on Latin rock groups. Outfits like Belanova, The Pinker Tones, and Babasonicos beg ... More >>