Pop music doesn't have to be supersmart. It's for out-of-control bouts of shouting, makeout sessions, and screaming along with when traffic on 826 is moving in slow-mo. But Miami DJ-producer Joseph Espinoza (AKA Jesp) thinks that pop should be both fun and intelligent. In fact, his dabbling in oste ... More >>
The Chant Two Car Mirage (Safety Net Records) The Chant's Facebook page It is no secret that I usually do these things backwards, starting with third and second releases before tackling debuts. But there's a reason for that approach: I usually do it by matter of personal acquisition. Hence why I ... More >>
photo by Ian WitlenNo Age last played Miami this past December at the Fountain Art Fair.It's no secret that Crossfade loves L.A.'s best scrappy lo-fi punk duo, No Age. Luckily for us, No Age seems to love our hometown right back -- or at least have booking agents who do. No seriously, they've pub ... More >>
Hardcore historian Steven Blush.It's hard to believe that three decades have slipped past since the birth of hardcore punk. And it's even harder to believe that legends like Black Flag and Minor Threat haven't let loose a loud fast riff in 25 years. But that's the truth ... Hardcore is history. ... More >>
Beings and Plains The Vagabond Friday, October 29, 2010 Better than: Waiting until the Beings 7'' is out of print and you've gotta pay Ebay prices. Beings is a band that transcends a niche audience, garnering regular praise from disparate South Florida demographics. The punks love Beings, the ... More >>
Newer-ish outfit Plains is poised to release a brand new 7" single this Friday at Bar and here at Crossfade we're pleased to share with you the B-side to that effort, "Stuck in the Night." This band comes with a pretty good pedigree. Technically the brainchild of Honor Roll's Michael McGinnis, he's ... More >>
photo by Ari Justin RothenbergThe Shakers channel the Replacements this Friday.New York and London battle it out over bragging rights as the definitive birthplace of punk rock. Southern California in general is acknowledged as the second cradle of the genre, home of all those amazing, sun-bleache ... More >>
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