George Martinez

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    April 11, 2014

    Ultra Ban: Fest Declares "Short-Term Victory" in Fight With Miami City Commission

    Ultra is safe ... For now. During yesterday's Miami City Commission meeting, Mayor Tomás Regalado and Commissioner Marc Sarnoff backed off on their most recent blitz to ban the EDM Festival from Miami. At about 12:45 p.m., the mayor and commissioner announced a surprise withdrawal of their resolu ... More >>

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    April 9, 2014

    Ultra Ban on Miami City Commission Agenda

    Chaos. Gatecrashing. Drug use. Graffiti. Crime. In the wake of Ultra Music Festival 2014, Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado and Commissioner Marc Sarnoff have hyperbolically enumerated the evils of the EDM fest in pursuit of a city-wide ban. There were two undeniable tragedies at this year's fest: the t ... More >>

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    April 8, 2014

    Tobacco Road Planning to Sell and Relocate

    Speakeasy. Whorehouse. Music landmark. For the last 101 years, Tobacco Road has stood at 626 S. Miami Avenue, serving a clientele of locals, drifters, and legends in need of booze, good times, rhythm, blues, and rock 'n' roll. This tavern survived Prohibition. It lasted through the lawless coke-ad ... More >>

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    April 4, 2014

    In Defense of Ultra Music Festival

    Won't somebody please think of the children! Is everyone done with the pearl clutching in regards to Ultra Music Festival? I get it -- EDM is Satan in musical form. And if you'd believe Mayor Tomás Regalado and City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, Ultra is the ninth circle of Hell. The reality is Ul ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014

    Ultra Music Festival Announces 2015 Dates

    Only about 72 hours have passed since the end of Ultra 2014. And naturally, that means we should start immediately planning for next year's edition of the massive EDM festival. The good news: As they've typically done in recent years, Ultra organizers have already provided us with the 2015 dates. ... More >>

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    April 2, 2014

    Ultra Plans "Comprehensive Security Review" in Response to Security Guard's Trampling

    In the wake of security guard Erica Mack being trampled during the very first day of Ultra 2014 by an out-of-control gatecrashing mob, the festival has been called out for negligence by Miami politicians, including Mayor Tomás Regalado and City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff. Meanwhile, Ultra organizer ... More >>

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    March 31, 2014

    Ultra 2014: After Trampling, It's Party as Usual

    Two days after a horrifying trampling incident that has city officials, including Mayor Tomás Regalado, calling for an end to Miami as host city of Ultra, the massive EDM festival carried on like, well, a massive EDM festival. Throughout Sunday afternoon, thousands of revelers -- many in colorful ... More >>

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    March 31, 2014

    Meet the Beefcakes of Ultra Music Festival

    Muscles were so big at this year's Ultra Music Festival. Like, they were just as huge a trend as they looked on the shoulders, chests, buttocks, thighs ... You get the idea: Beefcakes ruled the EDM blowout. We couldn't creep near the Carl Cox text without getting an exposed male nipple in the ey ... More >>

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    March 10, 2014

    50 Things You Only See at Calle Ocho

    Calle Ocho. The only time of the year when all of Miami's papi chulos y chongas interesting characters (two million, to be exact) gather en masse along a 19-block stretch in the heart of Little Havana. Sure, every year's fest brings about its own surprises, but there are some things we can always e ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: SOBEWFF, Eats and Beats, and Brunch for a Better World

    The world culinary spotlight is trained on Miami this weekend as the South Beach Wine and Food Festival takes over most of our city. With dozens of celebrity chefs like Anthony Bourdain, Rachael Ray, Eric Ripert, Geoffrey Zakarian, and April Bloomfield cooking for us and posing for countless picture ... More >>

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    February 19, 2014

    Man Sues Ultra Music Festival and Swedish House Mafia Over 2013 Stage Accident

    A man whose legs were shattered by falling stage lights during Ultra last year is now suing the music festival. Joey Green, an equipment technician, was installing the festival's iconic LCD lights on the main stage when one of the giant panels fell on him and several others. Green's legs were crush ... More >>

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    February 12, 2014

    Five Best Places in Miami for Valentine's Day Sweets

    We get it. Valentine's Day is a contentious holiday. While some see it as the perfect opportunity to show their affection, for others it's simply consumerism masquerading as romance. If you belong to the latter group, we suggest you pause for a second and think of February 14 as a day where it's ... More >>

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    February 4, 2014

    Boys Noize Announces BNR Invasion Showcase for WMC and MMW 2014

    It's never boring when Boys Noize is 'round. The German party boy, EDM producer, and label head is always full of surprises, whether throwing down aboard the Holy Ship!! EDM cruise, dropping a new collab with Snoop Dogg at Ultra Music Festival, or raging his way through Winter Music Conference and ... More >>

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    January 27, 2014

    Disclosure Delivers for Sold-Out Crowd at the Fillmore Miami Beach

    Disclosure Fillmore Miami Beach Saturday, January 25, 2014 Better Than: Hearing dance music at a South Beach megaclub. "What do you think they will start with?" I wondered before Disclosure took the stage at the Fillmore Miami Beach. "Probably, 'F For You' or 'When a Fire Starts to Burn.' My guess ... More >>

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    January 3, 2014

    Deadmau5: "I Won't Be Playing Any More Miami Clubs"

    Deadmau5 rants again. Two years ago, he denounced Ultra Music Festival over its ticket prices and exclusivity contracts. And last year, he slandered UMF as "the same fucking thing every year." But then he co-headlined Ultra 2013. He's also bitched about "EDM" just being an acronym for "Event-Drive ... More >>

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    October 29, 2013

    Miami's Best Halloween 2013 Parties

    It's that time of the year in Miami, when surprisingly attractive reanimated corpses, demonically possessed street walkers, evil noise-addled punks, regurgitating ravers, and centerfold models mob the bars and clubs to get drunk, stupid, and possibly naked in remembrance of the dead. Yeah, yeah, ye ... More >>

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    October 29, 2013

    South Beach's Ten Best Dance Clubs

    Just the other week, we here at Crossfade were all "everyone knows South Beach parties, but let's talk about the great clubs of downtown." And we did, and it was good. But we know what you really want to do. Y'all wanna "party in the city where the heat is on, all night on the beach till the break ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    Miami's Halloween 2013 Party Guide

    Forget the candy ... Halloween in Miami is all about getting drunk and laid. That's why we here at Crossfade advise against wearing ultra-creepy costumes. 'Cause almost no one (except maybe that family member whose 4Chan screename is "Uncle Fester") wants to have sex with a dead nun or killer clow ... More >>

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    October 21, 2013

    Shy Girls & Strippers: The People You Meet at Miami Bachelorette Parties

    Bachelorette parties are more than strippers, penis cakes, and free tequila shots for the bridal party. They're one last hurrah for the bride-to-be and an excuse for the rest of us single ladies to get blasted in hopes of meeting Mr. Right Now. And every bachelorette party, much like the one that C ... More >>

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    July 18, 2013

    Five EDM Fads That Need To Die

    Hey, beat freaks. Step away from the rave gloves. Take off the kandi bracelets. It's time to own up. You've exhausted a batch of trends that have metamorphosed the once vibrant, sonically diverse electronic dance music movement into an LED inferno of pacifier-sucking, furry-booted creatures praisi ... More >>

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    July 12, 2013

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: From Art Walk Beer Garden to Hot-Dog Festival

    Mango season is here, and it's time to pick up any homeless ones and give them a good home -- in your belly. We're partial to smoothies. But if Miami's favorite fruit is not your cup of tea, there's plenty more to do this weekend for lovers of food and drink. From a monthly beer garden at Gramps ... More >>

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    July 2, 2013

    Fourth of July 2013: Four Best Yacht Parties in Miami

    So you're gearing up for this Independence Day and you want to live it up as only a true Miamian can do. You better take this party from red and white to blue and hit the ocean, because there are some top-notch cruise parties, just perfect for the occasion. Whether you're looking for something wit ... More >>

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    July 2, 2013

    Miami's Top Ten Hipster Bars

    Have you accepted that you're a hipster? Probably not. It's in your nature to deny it. Shit, even that is becoming cliche. On most nights, though, you're inadvertently (or deliberately?) trendsetting at a handful of offbeat, edgy boozing spots around town. We know you don't want us to blow up ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    Top Five Eats & Drinks This Week: Chefs Storm SoBe, $10 Off Culinary Tour

    Another Monday has come and slapped us in the face. This week's caffeinated fantasy includes a bedside espresso machine and beer bongs rigged to dispense chilly cold-brew coladas as we hit the snooze. If coffee is merely the "how" in our our start to the week, we must lean hard on the "why" to get ... More >>

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    April 8, 2013

    iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party 2013 Lineup: Pitbull, Ke$ha, Afrojack, Icona Pop, Krewella

    You thought last year's iHeartRadio pool party was, like, the Ultimate. After all, Flo Rida stripped down for the crowd while Enrique and Adam Levine humped out the hits. All the wasted white girls got wasted. And even tatted-up bros felt the love. But just wait for the 2013 edition of iHeartRadio ... More >>

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    March 24, 2013

    Ultra 2013: Top Seven Fashion Statements, From Bras as Shirts to Sexist Tees

    With the rise of the ubiquitous Internet, street fashion trends rolled in, heavy and dark like a storm cloud, over the style world. Instead of dressing sorta like supermodels on the catwalk, we had to start wearing exactly whatever some fashion editor in Italy was sporting. There's something so li ... More >>

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    March 20, 2013

    Ultra 2013: Five Best Moments, From Snoop to Naked Dudes and 70-Year-Old Ravers

    Welcome to Ultra land. The weather is perfect. The kids are nice. There are "No Guns Allowed." But famous lady rapper side-boob is plentiful. So are the naked dancing dudes. And even 70-year-old ravers feel totally at home. Quite honestly, Ultra Music Festival is paradise, if you're into fist-pump ... More >>

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    March 19, 2013

    Ultra 2013: Ten Best Butts

    The status quo, namely the prudish American population's stance on public nudity, has never favored the exhibitionist. At Ultra Music Festival, however, the status quo is tossed out the beat-freaking window, along with its attendees' sense of shame. And while it may seem that the men were wearin ... More >>

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    March 18, 2013

    Ultra 2013: Major Lazer Sets Off a Strip Sesh

    Diplo is undeniably a superstar now. He is well known beyond the confines of EDM. He is producing music for pop stars. And he's got a face that brands want to use to hawk products. So, as expected, his side project, Major Lazer, is changing with him. And plenty has changed about Major Lazer. Produ ... More >>

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    March 17, 2013

    The Six Bad Bitches You Meet at Ultra Music Festival

    Damn, Ultra Music Festival is a mad house. Everywhere you look, it's neon titties, the bottom half of an ass, or some kind of sexy rabbit hoppin' around with a lollipop in her cheek. Last year, we introduced "The Seven Ravers You Meet at Ultra Music Festival." But this time, we're giving it up to t ... More >>

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    March 16, 2013

    Ultra 2013: Boys Noize, Crystal Castles, and Nicolas Jaar Live!

    We're going to be honest with you. When Ultra Music Festival announced its entire 2013 live stage lineup, we were underwhelmed. The scope of the roster was perfect, but it seemed to lack the kind of anchor act that sets the standard for everyone else. Last year, Ultra had Kraftwerk, Miike Snow, DJ ... More >>

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    February 12, 2013

    Black Keys Drummer Says Justin Bieber Doesn't Deserve Grammys, Biebz Responds: "He Should Be Slapped"

    The Biebz is feelin' unloved. Yeah ... Despite being an unfunny bazillionaire with good hair who gets to host Saturday Night Live (because SNL's ratings among tweenage girls suck?), Justin Bieber feels he deserves mooooooooore. Namely, a Grammy. (Or at least a nomination.) 'Cause, like, he's mad ... More >>

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    February 12, 2013

    Top Six Valentine's Day Parties in Miami

    To some, Valentine's Day is an obligatory Hallmark holiday all about spending hundreds of dollars on romantic dinners and expensive gifts. But why not just go crazy and get drunk? Bars, lounges, and clubs across the Magic City are cranking up the magic on Valentine's Day with parties, drink speci ... More >>

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    February 5, 2013

    Miami's Ten Best Spots for Free Food

    Want access to our Best Of picks from your smartphone? Download our free Best Of app for the iPhone or Android phone from the App Store or Google Play. Don't forget to check out the full Best of Miami® online at don't know who first said, "Nothing is free except my love," ... More >>

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    December 21, 2012

    Mansion Miami: "Most Sincere Apologies to DJ Shadow and Fans for His Set Being Cut Short"

    "I've waited a long time to play here. But they said this shit's too future for all of y'all." That's how DJ Shadow said goodnight to clubbers at Mansion on South Beach after getting kicked off the decks last Saturday. For the second time in 2012, the Opium Group-owned nightclub forced a well-resp ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    DJ Shadow Kicked Off the Decks at Mansion Miami, Just Like Dennis Ferrer

    The show must go on, even in times of grief. And DJ Shadow was prepared to do just that this past Friday at Mansion, the day America lost 20 innocent school children and six brave educators following the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. "The challenge for any 'ent ... More >>

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    August 14, 2012

    Avicii Announces Fall 2012 North American Tour Dates: Miami, L.A., Vegas, 14 Other Cities

    See Crossfade's concert review, "Avicii Totally 'Le7els' Miami at American Airlines Arena, June 8." Even though Avicii's spent the entire summer luring underage uhntz-uhntz addicts to arena raves all across America, he isn't gonna take a beat-freaking break. Nope ... This Swedish DJ, producer, and ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    The Best Photos From the Miami Heat Victory Parade

    The Miami Heat stormed through the streets of Miami this morning in a double-decker bus to celebrate their championship. It was their biggest public celebration since that welcoming party that for some reason seemed to piss a whole lot of people off, except this time no one can say it wasn't well ea ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    Pop Star Phyllisia Ross Claims SoBe Records CEO Cecile Barker Licked Her Foot, Groped Her

    What do an aspiring pop star, a South Beach music mogul, Florida's most powerful lobbyist, and Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade have in common? They're all involved in one of the most bizarre, sordid recording-industry lawsuits ever filed in Miami-Dade County, complete with allegations of backstabbi ... More >>

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    January 17, 2012

    Miami's Best Sports Bars: Huge TVs, Signed Jerseys, and Championships

    ​One way to tell a sports bar from any other is the array of 20-plus TV sets with live broadcasts of every college or professional football/basketball/soccer game or pay-per-view game known to man.However, you can't simply judge a good sports bar by its flat-screens; some actually have kitchens th ... More >>

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    November 28, 2011

    Top Five Gourmet Markets: Beyond Best of Miami 2011

    ​​Laurenzo's Italian Market copped our 2011 Best of Miami award for finest gourmet market. As far as Italian imports and products go, it can't be beat locally. We have a few other noteworthy gourmet markets in town -- very few. And, quite honestly, we do not have a single world class food store ... More >>

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    November 9, 2011

    Dummies Guide To Trashing Taxpayers: Miami Gardens Drive Park-And-Ride Lot

    This week, Miami New Times is publishing a guide to the eight of the worst public works projects in Miami-Dade, where bureaucrats and elected officials take pride in wasting millions in taxpayer dollars on crap residents have little-to-no use for. As we reveal each one of these boondoggles on Riptid ... More >>

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    November 1, 2011

    Your Riptide Guide to Today's Elections (With Help From Mickey Rourke)

    ​Hey, it's your favorite morning of the year! The one where you stumble out of bed to realize you spent the night next to a stranger dressed like Muammar Gaddafi (too soon?), scrape the caked zombie makeup off your face and stumble to work through a grade-five hangover. But then on the way, you ge ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    Beyond Best of Miami 2011: Top Five Inexpensive Italian Restaurants

    Lesley ElliottThe rigatoni with radicchio in a "4-formaggi" sauce at Joey's in Wynwood.​Last week, we told you what Italian spots are worth the splurge, but today's round up is the list we really love -- outstanding cuisine at a more reasonable price. Our winner for the absolute Best Inexpensive ... More >>

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    August 8, 2011

    Ke$ha Got $leazy and $keezy at Klipsch Amphitheater, August 7

    Photo by George MartinezKe$ha fondles her gearbox.​See the full 36-photo Ke$ha at Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park slideshow. Ke$ha's Get $leazy Tour With LMFAO, and Spank Rock  Bayfront Park August 7, 2011 Better Than: Campbell's Tomato Soup on a hot day. At about the moment when K ... More >>

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    August 8, 2011

    Fashion Freakouts at Ke$ha's Get $leazy Tour

    Photo by George Martinez​​No doubt there was plenty of $leaziness going on at the Ke$ha show last night. We're talking drunk dudes, wasted moms pulling down their tube tops, people with crunchy hair booty dancing on their seated friends. It was a little bit of a shit show. The way that people w ... More >>

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    July 8, 2011

    "Haiti's Wounds" Video: Scenes From Bernard Mevs Hospital in Port-au-Prince

    George MartinezA man is brought to the Bernard Mevs emergency room in the back of a pickup.​This week's cover story tells the tragic and inspirational stories of three patients at Bernard Mevs Hospital in Port-au-Prince: from a young man born anew after his amputation to a teenage girl cut down by ... More >>

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    July 5, 2011

    Praying for Life: Haiti's Health Care Crisis Examined in This Week's New Times

    George MartinezA woman prays in Port-au-Prince's Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral, in ruins since last year's devastating earthquake​The squad car tears through the dark streets of Port-au-Prince. It screeches around tight corners well after midnight. Then it slams to a gravely stop in front o ... More >>

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    July 1, 2011

    Our Five Favorite Restaurants that Didn't Make Best Of Miami: Coral Gables Edition

    A meal fit for the undead.This year, the rising took over Miami, and while brains were obviously on the top of the menu, a few restaurants made the cut for Best of Miami, too.From Lulu in Coconut Grove, to B.O.'s Fish Wagon in Key West, to Prime One Twelve in Miami Beach, we had you covered.Bu ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011
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