George Martinez

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    October 23, 2014

    Miami's Ten Best Halloween 2014 Parties

    Oh, Halloween. A night where blood-sucking vampires dressed in black and red pasties and fishnet stalkings fist pump alongside flesh-eating zombies, where half-naked camo girls grind up on shredded Top Gun pilots, where sexy superheroes down candy corn jello shots alongside evil villains. Yeah, i ... More >>

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    October 7, 2014

    The 10 People Who Won't Make It in Miami

    Someone once said: "You go to New York to become someone, you go to L.A. when you are someone, and you go to Miami when you want to be someone else." We like to think we're somebody, but it would totally make sense if we found out we had been someone else our whole lives. It takes a certain kind of ... More >>

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    September 23, 2014

    Ultra Music Festival 2015 Cuts Ticket Prices, Selling for $299.95 to $449.95

    "So expensive, bro." That's been among ravers' most epic complaints about Ultra Music Festival for the past few years. Especially as electronic dance music became "EDM." And the popularity of festivals like UMF boomed. And the cost of tix ballooned. But now "for the first time in its history, an ... More >>

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    August 14, 2014

    Miami Is the World Capital of What?

    Lots of cities claim to be the world capital of something or other. Las Vegas is the world capital of gambling. Nashville, the world capital of country music. New York can be called the world capital of finance, media, and culture. But what about Miami? Well, the most common answer is "world capit ... More >>

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    July 24, 2014

    Miami's Life in Color Presents "World's Largest Halftime Show" at Champions Cup Final

    Party on the pitch, people. Miami's Life in Color -- the homegrown EDM production company formerly known as Dayglow -- went from epic college rager to "World's Largest Paint Party" after being acquired by entertainment mogul Robert F. X. Sillerman in 2012. And now LIC is set to present the "World' ... More >>

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    July 9, 2014

    Ladies Night: A Weeklong Guide to Free Drinking in Miami

    Gather 'round girls, the drinks are on us. We all know it's not a party without some fine Miami ladies, and the 305 has got plenty of friendly females just looking for some place to dance and get their drink on. That's why so many spots offer free booze to members of the fairer sex on different n ... More >>

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    July 1, 2014

    Miami's Fourth of July 2014: Ten Best Parties

    Can you smell that, Miami? The freedom! That's America! That's the red, white, and blue! Fourth of July is just around the corner, and we have a patriotic responsibility to celebrate America's birthday the right way. Let's face it, there are few cities in the U.S. that compare to the 305 when it co ... More >>

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    June 29, 2014

    Jennifer Lopez, Neon Trees, Magic! and Nick Cannon - iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party 2014

    Jennifer Lopez, Neon Trees, Magic! and Nick Cannon iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party Fontainebleau Miami Beach Saturday, June 28, 2014 Fun Fact: iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party is short for "The Jennifer Lopez Hour." Well, there it was. The end of iHeart Radio Ultimate Pool Party weekend. No one th ... More >>

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    June 28, 2014

    Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, and Tiesto - iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party 2014

    Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Tiësto, Nick Cannon, and Lil Jon iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party Fontainebleau Miami Beach Friday, June 27, 2014 Better Than: The fact that the phrase "Turn Down For What" will never get old. Yes, we said so. "Turn Down For What" came into our lives March of this year ... More >>

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    June 11, 2014

    Morrissey Caught a Cold in Miami That Canceled His Entire U.S. Tour

    The Moz is oh so sick. Again. When the post-punk crooner announced his 2014 U.S. tour, we here at Crossfade joked about his recent history of repeated concert cancellations caused by food poisoning, extreme flu, and other health issues. "Let us pray that the Pope of Mope does not fall ill again." ... More >>

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    June 6, 2014

    The Six People You Meet on South Beach

    It's a blessing and a curse. It's a tourist trap and an aging icon. It's a wonder of the world and a wonder that it isn't under water. Love it or hate it, South Beach is the jewel of Miami, and it's not going anywhere just yet. The bridge acts as a strange filter. You can find all kinds out there, ... More >>

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    May 5, 2014

    iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party 2014 Lineup: Jennifer Lopez, Tiesto, Four Others

    "Body to body," as J.Lo coos, "working it out," in the deeeeeep end. For the third straight year, Clear Channel's digital streaming service, iHeartRadio, will be gettin' wet 'n' wild at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach with its Ultimate Pool Party. In 2012, Flo Rida stripped down to take a dip with t ... 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 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

    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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    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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    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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    December 31, 2013

    Six New Year's 2014 Resolutions for Miami's Club Scene

    Do you hear that? It's the sound of another year dissolving into yesterday. All your words, thoughts and actions of 2013 have been locked into place. We hope your regrets are few and your memories fond. Let's have one more moment of silence for the past. Alright! Now, let's look forward and promise ... 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 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 11, 2013

    Ultra Music Festival-Goer Nearly Died After Drinking Water Laced With Antifreeze

    For years, Ultra Music Festival avoided the deadly drug overdoses that had done in many other mega-events. This year, however, Riptide revealed 24 people were taken to the hospital during Ultra. One of them, a 20-year-old New Jersey native named Anthony Cassano, died from a suspected drug overdose. ... 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 26, 2013

    50 WTF Quotes From Ultra 2013

    "What the fuck does unicorn taste like?" Stardust. Rainbows. Maybe black-market horse meat from Miami's C-9 basin. There's really no way to know, though. Because this fabulous one-horned equine creature doesn't actually exist. Except when you're raving, raging, and tripping out at Ultra Music Fest ... 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 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 15, 2013

    Wood Tavern's Backyard Closed: "The Fire Inspector Told Us That We Could NOT Open"

    It's damn tough trying keep a bar or club open in Miami. Most times, as soon as the shine wears off a cool new joint, our city's fickle glitterati and hipster horde simply get sick of the place, dismissing it as "over" and dooming yet another party spot to nightlife oblivion. But even when a hango ... 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 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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    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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    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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    April 28, 2011
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    July 17, 1997

    Flunk Out

    Dade County's school district may have its own police department, but law enforcement experts say it doesn't come close to making the grade

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