Three months till III Points. For the second straight year, Wynwood's homegrown music, art, and technology festival will flood its native hood with stellar bands and solo acts, street artists and performance types, tech startups and hacktivists. Obviously, though, we here at Crossfade are most hyp ... More >>
As part of Hercules & Love Affair's original lineup, Kim Ann Foxman helped rekindle the flames of our passion for classic house sounds in the late 2000s. But as a solo producer and DJ, Foxman is showing us house music's future, and it sounds sexier than ever. Sultry vocal hooks, irresistible bassli ... More >>
III Points Festival is back. And promising "68 acts, one warehouse, three days." Last year's inaugural celebration of music, art, and technology was by most accounts a success. But some communication and organizational kinks are two things the III Points team is working hard to overcome for its sop ... More >>
Go, raver. Go, raver. Go. Chug a Red Bull. Down a vial of Five-Hour elixir. Pop a packet of Jelly Belly energy beans. The Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week marathon starts now. And it doesn't end till next month. Here are the 20 best parties during WMC and MMW 2014. See also: WMC and ... More >>
In the beginning, there was Jack, and Jack had a groove. And from this groove came the groove of all grooves. And while one day viciously throwing down on his box, Jack boldly declared, "Let there be house!" Thus preached the Reverend Chuck Roberts in 1987. And if the gospel of Jack still commands ... More >>
Dance parties, mosh pits, panel discussions, afternoon barbecues, EDM-lecturing-slash-hair-cutting sessions ... Over three days in October, the III Points Festival will be bringing "a conference ... a conversation," as co-organizer David Sinopoli told us, "an intellectually stimulating thing" to Wy ... More >>
Have you ever walked through Wynwood and thought, There should totally be a SXSW-style festival up in here? Even if you haven't, we're sure you now realize that's the best idea ever. Thankfully, the people who make Bardot one of the dopest spots in town had that idea months ago. And they've teamed ... More >>
Any disco music lover has probably heard of Horse Meat Disco, the London collective made up by promoters and DJs James Hillard, Severino, Luke Howard and Jim Stanton. Together they go around the world reintroducing audiences to the somewhat forgotten genre. What started at London's Eagle nightclub h ... More >>
Haddaway: If it's wrong to love him, we don't want to be right.If you're a clubland regular, then you've probably noticed what a major comeback the classic '90s dance sound has made in the last couple years. You can hear it from the jacking house revival of underground acts like Hercules & Lo ... More >>
Dance music's gonna blow up! That's the kind of ecstatic chatter that's been endlessly parroted by pop commentators in 2011. However, this perception that electronic tuneage has been waiting idly on the sidelines just isn't true. Dance music crossed over a long time ago. In case you hadn't not ... More >>
After twelve years of live mixing the weekly WNYU radio program Beats in Space, never once missing a night, Tim Sweeney has hosted pretty much every big name in electronic music. Sweeney started the Tuesday night affair as an 18-year-old college freshman. With ambition, smarts, and commitme ... More >>
Photo by Daniel SannwaldFor five years, Cuci Amador and Tony Smurphio have been playing together as Afrobeta. These two are pros at getting crowds sweaty and riled up. Right now, they're getting ready to kick off a summer tour with the Identity Festival by throwing one more party at the Electri ... More >>
Maya Jane ColesThe electronic dance music community has always been a major sausage fest. But why? The ladies like to get down on the dance floor just as much as the gents. And they certainly have plenty to contribute behind the decks and in the studio. Nevertheless, for decades, the superstar DJ ... More >>
Photo by Daniel SannwaldAfrobeta bring a little 305 to Identity Festival.Quick reminder: Tickets for Miami's stop on the Identity Festival are currently on sale via idfestival.com. Passes range from $40 general admission to $400 on-stage VIP, which includes food and drinks.And in an interesting t ... More >>
Hercules and Love AffairMore news on the upcoming Identity Festival happening August 25 at the Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park: There is now a Miami-specific lineup for the event. And while it unfortunately excludes some of our favorites (Modeselektor and Pete Tong), there are still plenty ... More >>
Soul ClapAfter wearing out our '80s nostalgia on the dancefloor all through the 2000s, it's safe to say we've now collectively moved into full-blown '90s retro mode. You can hear it across clubland, where DJs everywhere have started to drop their fair share of jacking house classics from semina ... More >>
If you're old enough to remember vinyl LPs, then you know that album design used to be an art unto itself. Who doesn't fondly remember rolling a fatty across the face of iconic sleeves such as the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band or Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon? But toda ... More >>
The hottest trend in Hollywood is dating lesbian DJs. Lindsay Lohan had Samantha Ronson. Australian pop singer Sia has coupled up with JD Samson of Le Tigre. So it was only a matter of time before Fort Lauderdale-based DJ Tracy Young got a semifamous girlfriend of her own.According to US Wee ... More >>
Hercules & Love Affair, Andy Butler (center).Hercules & Love Affair perhaps single-handedly ushered in the nu-disco era that South Florida's hipsterati current find themselves dancing to. Their self-titled debut album was a breakthrough filled with glittery gems including tracks like "Bli ... More >>
Kyle MunzenriederThe BlowPulse Art Fair at Ice Palace Studios, MiamiSaturday, December 5, 2009Better Than: A Samantha Ronson DJ set interrupted by a Lohan lover's quarrel.The Review:It's not impossible to think that The Blow really had been collaborating with Lindsay Lohan on the tabloid fixture' ... More >>
The Golden FilterWe're about a month away from Art Basel Miami Beach, and yes, the art tends to be the bigger focus, but a great bonus is usually the influx of musical performers during the week. Last year alone, we saw performances by Casiotone For the Painfully Alone, Panda Bear, The Gossip, MS ... More >>
Afrobeta opened the night's festivities.Respectable Street's 22nd AnniversaryClematis Street, West Palm BeachSaturday, August 22, 2009Better Than: The 21 previous Respectable Street anniversary parties (probably)The Review: It's been 22 years since Rodney Mayo bought an old Salvation Army s ... More >>
Frankie Knuckles is hardly a man who needs introduction. The legendary DJ/producer is a pivotal figure in the history of house music, having begun his stellar career alongside Larry Levan in NYC and as resident DJ at the Warehouse in '70s Chicago, back when house music was still an experimental offs ... More >>
Find all the best parties taking place March 25-29.
Find all the best parties taking place March 24-29.
Check these underground parties for left-field beats.
The English quartet Late of the Pier are among their homeland's best, brightest young hopes, with all the high cheekbones and music press praise that usually entails. But don't mistake them for one of the dour, fedora-ed Brit indie groups of recent years. This band makes fun music for the kids full ... More >>
Andy Butler, the cunning mind behind Hercules and Love Affair, is a champion of saucy, sweaty disco and house, and his DJ sets reflect this focused style. The group's self-titled record was easily one of the biggest exclamation points in dance music's lexicon last year. Alongside singers Nomi and Ki ... More >>
So in addition to yesterday's news of the unexplainable choice of booking the Black Eyed Peas for next month's Ultra Music Festival, the final phase of the lineup has been announced. Notable additions include Rinton, Rye Rye, Surkin, Para One and Shiny Toy Guns to Day 1, and MSTRKRFT, BT Laptop Symp ... More >>
Scion House Party with The Juan MacLean, Still Going, Induce and Jessica Who?Wednesday, January 21, 2009The Vagabond, MiamiBetter than: Crouching near your heater for warmth.People huddled at the entrance of The Vagabond Wednesday night with a sense of urgency to get inside. Maybe it was the dip in ... More >>
It's been a while since The Juan MacLean has had a stop in Miami, and while he won't exactly be playing live, we are still excited to hear him spin. Since his last release, 2005's Less Than Human, we've only had a handful of tracks and remixes to hold us over, so we are hoping he spins some of his n ... More >>
Ultra Music Festival released the second phase of its lineup, and while the biggest names in the list offer no big surprises, a number of other, smaller acts added to the bill demonstrate more of the festival's forward-thinking approach this year. So here are the titans who will play (again): Paul V ... More >>
The Daily Beast obtained text messages by our favorite local comeback kid Mickey Rourke trashing Sean Penn's performance in Milk and calling him a homophobe. It's ironic that Rourke is freely castigating people as homophobes when he was the one caught on tape calling a reporter a faggot just a few m ... More >>
The year's finest tracks, both mixed and unmixed.
Back in my days over at Miami Nights, I liked to close out the year by looking back at all the music I discovered where I spend most of my time -- in nightclubs. It's always interesting to see what makes it big the following year, because downtown club in particular tend to be ahead of the curve. So ... More >>
Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddling, you can sample enough cheesy beats and mashups to clog arteries from here to Berlin. Simple dropdown mouse maneuvers can transform electro tracks into progressive house tracks (from dry ... More >>
Holy Ghost Saturday, December 13, 2008 The Vagabond, Miami Better than: 100% of the godless ultra-commercial dance crap polluting the Beach. It's past midnight and I'm at the Vagabond sipping my whiskey straight and waiting for Holy Ghost! to start their DJ set in the main room. It's my fir ... More >>
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 >>
Two deft DJs, one now sound.
This mashup king runs the genre gamut.