Sure, two high-school girls can make a "Chonga Song" with an old PC and a USB mic, and go viral. But there's still nothing like a professionally recorded song produced with quality gear and a dedicated engineer in an acoustically sound environment. Miami's great musical history is proof. Outside of ... More >>
For over 40 years, Tavares has been one of the best Northern Soul acts in America, smoothest R&B groups in Europe, and most celebrated disco bands in the world. The live show has always impressed, and the five brothers who make up the band continue to harmonize for packed concerts everywhere they ... More >>
Ron Morelli's music is not for everyone. But that's how it usually goes with artists that make few compromises in their work. Ostensibly a techno producer, his records can be arrhythmic, atonal, and murkily atmospheric -- caustic machine noise experiments more akin to the power electronics subgenre ... More >>
It may strike you as odd that an artist who plays multi-stringed instruments -- like the tres, a six-stringed Cuban guitar, and the cuatro, a four-stringed Venezuelan guitar -- goes by the name Nil. But that doesn't mean Mr. Lara is synonymous with nada. His heyday was back in the '90s, but t ... More >>
Photo by Stephanie PistellrDuran Duran survived the '70s and mastered the new millenium.There are several parts to the Duran Duran saga. The first found the Brit New Wave band conquering America, providing fodder for MTV, and turning songs such as "Hungry Like The Wolf," "Save A Prayer," "Union o ... More >>
Strike while the Iron is hot-headedMusic vet and New Times scribe Lee Zimmerman shares stories of memorable rock 'n' roll encounters that took place in our local environs. This week, an uncomfortable encounter with Iron Maiden and a mad dash to get their singer to the show on time.Long before the ... More >>
Pop music often gets a bad rap for being disposable or vapid, and in many cases that's true. (Katy Perry, Danity Kane and the Pussycat Dolls, step right up!) But every year, a few irresistible bits of innovative ear candy rocket up the charts and seep into our subconscious. The following ten singles ... More >>
For Florida ska-punk survivor Less than Jake, self-sufficiency and longevity go hand in hand.
Saosin (Capitol Records)
The Smoking Popes return eight years later
Sound Team has just the right combo of folkways and krautrock
An underground band self-destructs in the hands of its damaged leader
The Secret Machines ride a wave of good press; can record sales be far behind?
Ted Lucas says forget what you heard, Slip-N-Slide Records loves the kids
305hiphop.com wants to turn rap beef into a full-course meal
Ron Isley revisits the Burt Bacharach catalog with Here I Am
Watcha gonna do, Inner Circle, make one of the hottest recording studios in the nation?
Sunflower/Surf's Up (Brother/Capitol)
A report from the Latin Alternative Music Conference
Poison can't get no respect
Where are they now: The Nil Lara update
September 24 - 30, 1998
Chico O'Farrill. Bebo Valds. Prez Prado. Cachao. A vibrant musical era was swallowed by the revolution, but not before the Panart record company put it on a platter.
Will the Mother's ever give birth to a hit? Who cares?