Ian Witlen

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    June 19, 2014

    Cut Copy and Classixx - Grand Central, Miami

    Cut Copy With Classixx Grand Central, Miami Wednesday, June 18, 2014 Better Than: Yes. No. Maybe. Cut Copy's Dan Whitford really gets into his music. His voice is always studio quality, as he pumps his fist and jabs the air with every beat. It's hard not to follow his lead. That's a common elemen ... More >>

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    June 11, 2014

    Trash Talk's Free Tour With Odd Future's Left Brain - Grand Central, Miami

    Trash Talk is undoubtedly one of the most hyped bands in (and out of) hardcore right now. The Cali crew is the product of spending most of this past decade in a van, traveling across the country to crush audiences, night after night. However, recent years have seen the group enjoy some serious c ... More >>

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    March 28, 2014

    Ten Walking Raver Cliches You Meet at Ultra Music Festival

    Ravers are like snowflakes, right? Wrong. It's actually not uncommon to find two (or twelve) who look (and sometimes behave) almost exactly alike. In fact, we here at Crossfade have spent a lot of time wandering around EDM fests in a state of perpetual déjà vu, encircled by thousands of party pe ... More >>

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    January 14, 2014

    Holy Ship!!! 2014's Ten Most Epic Moments

    After three years of raging at sea, Hard Events' Holy Ship cruise has proven itself to be the best nautical EDM adventure that money can buy. (Of course, we here at Crossfade enjoyed press accommodations, so we didn't actually pay.) It might still be a new-ish phenomenon, but this party boat has th ... More >>

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    January 7, 2014

    The Six People You Meet Aboard Holy Ship!!!

    The MSC Divina is one gorgeous white lady. The newest in the Italian fleet, she's named in honor of the equally stunning actress Sophia Loren. She can carry up to 3,959 passengers with a crew of 1,325. This weekend, she's going to be packed to the brim, but not with families and mild-mannered roman ... More >>

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    October 7, 2013

    DJ Shadow and XXYYXX Bring Experimental, Evil Beats to Wynwood's III Points Festival

    Back in December, DJ Shadow had kind of a weird experience in Miami. He took the booth at Mansion, just to be kicked off for not playing enough big-room house music. It's been this great thing for hipsters to lament and bitch over, but with the inaugural III Points Festival, the music geeks got th ... More >>

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    October 7, 2013

    James Murphy and Jamie XX Make the Too-Cool Kids Dance at Wynwood's III Points Festival

    As much fun as we had banging hard at III Point's Point Bass show with DJ Shadow and XXYYXX, that shit was, like, only half as fun as the Point Blank bash, presided over by James Murphy and the incomparable Jamie XX. The Sound Stage at Mana Wynwood was flooded with hipsters looking for a good time. ... More >>

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    September 13, 2013

    Pet Shop Boys' Electric Tour with Jacques Lu Cont at the Fillmore Miami Beach, September 12

    Pet Shop Boys' Electric Tour With Jacques Lu Cont Fillmore Miami Beach Thursday, September 12, 2013 The Pet Shop Boys kicked off its U.S. tour in Miami last night. And nearly 30 years after the duo's inception, singer Neil Tennant and keyboardist Chris Lowe are still trying to keep it fresh while m ... More >>

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    July 1, 2013

    Miley Cyrus, LL Cool J, Pitbull, Ke$ha, and Afrojack at the iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party

    iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party 2013 As part of the Bleau Live Concert Series Special appearances from Miley Cyrus and LL Cool J With performances by Afrojack, Ke$ha, and Pitbull Fontainebleau Miami Beach Saturday, June 29, 2013 Better Than: Witnessing Ke$ha ask the crowd to teabag their neighbor. ... More >>

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    May 1, 2013

    Peter Murphy and the Music of Bauhaus at Grand Central Miami, April 30

    Peter Murphy Grand Central Tuesday, April 30, 2013 Better than: Dalis Car live. It was nice seeing Peter Murphy channel some of the primal strangeness of Bauhaus, even though all his original cohorts were probably somewhere in England, sipping their tea and not giving a shit. The music will exis ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    Ultra 2013: Hot Chip "Do It, Do It, Do It" for a Disappointingly Small Crowd

    We're starting to sound like a broken record. (Pun not intended. Every DJ uses Ableton these days anyway.) Hot Chip is easily one of the most influential electronic (or dance rock or indie electro or whatever you want to call it) acts of the past decade. They're almost this generation's New Order. ... More >>

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    December 18, 2012

    Holy Ship!! 2013 Announces Set Times and Full Cruise Schedule

    Holy Fucking Ship!! The three-day activities and music schedule for the most massive EDM cruise was just released. And now our pants are a little heavier. There are some returning favorites, like A-Trak's DJ lessons and Dillon Francis's mini-golf tournament. There will be wet-dream back-to-back s ... More >>

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    December 7, 2012

    Thurston Moore and KURT During Art Basel Miami Beach 2012

    No one wrote "Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit" on the wall. Still, the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts reeked, ever-so-slightly and not-so-literally, of sweaty punk armpits, greasy faded flannel, and the sweet stink of grunge. Last night, KURT, "a multi-discipline exhibit ... More >>

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    October 15, 2012

    "Daft Punk at Ultra Music Festival!" Top Ten Fan Guesses for UMF's "Big Announcement"

    Everyone is beat-freaking the fuck out, trying to guess what the big announcement coming from Ultra HQ is gonna be. The official teaser statement is all "We're gearing up to make global EDM history, and do something that NO electronic music festival has EVER done." That's a lot of caps lock. So yo ... More >>

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    May 9, 2012

    Beach House Made the Fillmore Miami Beach Feel All Tingly, May 8

    See the full 21-photo slideshow of Beach House at the Fillmore Miami Beach. Beach House With Zomes Fillmore Miami Beach Tuesday, May 8, 2012 Better Than: Hitting the snooze button ... Forever. Beach House is from Baltimore?!? If The Wire had been set in Beach House's Baltimore, it'd be about the ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012

    Hard Miami and Mad Decent's Moombahton Massive at Grand Central for Miami Music Week

    ​See the full 35-photo Hard Miami Moombahton Massive at Grand Central slideshow. Hard Miami and Mad Decent's Moombahton Massive With Diplo, Dillon Francis, Nadastrom, and others Grand Central, Miami Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Better Than: Seven hours of reggaeton and sirens. Back in the fall of ... More >>

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    February 15, 2012

    Ten Photo Highlights From Bruise Cruise 2012, Day One

    ​ As soon as we scored our credentials (and complimentary swag bags!) from the Bruise Cruise nerve center in the Xanadu Lounge, all members of the Crossfade team raced through the bowels of the Carnival Imagination for the comfort of our windowless interior cabins. Why? Well, we were superhyped ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    Photos: Fucked Up and Faded at the Bruise Cruise Kickoff Party, Day Two in Miami

    ​Got your tie-dye tank top, nighttime sunglasses, and ironic water wings? Good. Cause' less than six hours from right fucking now, the second annual Bruise Cruise will be steaming outta the Port of Miami for a full weekend of "concerts, comedy hours, puppet shows, dance parties, karaoke, dating g ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012

    Sebadoh, Jacuzzi Boys, and Plains at Grand Central in Miami, January 18

    ​See the full 30-photo Sebadoh at Grand Central slideshow. Sebadoh With Jacuzzi Boys and Plains Grand Central, Miami Wednesday, January 18, 2012 Better Than: "Brand New Love" on a boat. Less than 24 hours before setting sail aboard the first-ever Weezer Cruise, totally essential alternative t ... More >>

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    January 11, 2012

    Fashion Freakouts Aboard the Holy Ship! Electronic Music Cruise

    ​Check out Crossfade's fifteen photo highlights from Holy Ship! "Modern neon hippy," "kooky candy raver," and "almost naked" seemed to be the looks du jour aboard HARD's Holy Ship! electronic music cruise. On Monday, the three-day rager landed ashore in South Florida, a ship of fools with sea- ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    Photos: Skrillex, Steve Aoki, and 2000 Beat Freaks Aboard Holy Ship! Music Cruise

    ​Fist-pumping for four straight days inside a 12,000-square-foot spa! Dancing to 169 BPMs in the sushi bar's zen garden! Slamming tropical cocktails in the mojito bar at 2 a.m. with Skrillex, Steve Aoki, Fatboy Slim, Diplo, A-Trak, and 2000 beat freaks! Over the weekend, the inaugural edition of ... More >>

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    January 3, 2012

    Photos: Mau5 Heads Come Out for Deadmau5's New Year's Rat Riot on Miami Beach

    ​Read Crossfade's recap of Deadmau5's New Year's Day Pool Party at the Fontainebleau Miami. With our subtropical region's usual weeklong winter almost upon us, Deadmau5 and thousands of rabid club rats scurried and swarmed toward the Fontainebleau Miami Beach for a New Year's Day pool party on M ... More >>

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    December 3, 2011

    Art Basel Music: Yelle at the Fillmore Miami Beach, December 2

    Photo by Ian Witlen​See the full 26-photo Yelle at Fillmore Miami Beach slideshow. Yelle With Housse de Racket Fillmore Miami Beach Friday, December 2, 2011 Better Than: Joining an actual safari. We were a little worried before heading to the Fillmore Miami Beach on Friday night. With all of th ... More >>

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    December 2, 2011

    Art Basel Music: James Murphy and Black Lips Invade Grand Central, Toyota Sales Skyrocket

    Photo by Ian Witlen​See the full 38-photo slideshow from Toyota Antics with Special Disco Version and Black Lips at Grand Central. James Murphy and Black Lips Grand Central Thursday, December 1, 2011 Better Than: 28 MPGs in the city, 35 on the highway. New York City hipsters, Pitchfork-approved ... More >>

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    November 11, 2011

    Ultra Music Festival 2012 Promises Experience Like Never Before

    Photo by Ian WitlenAre you excited for Ultra 2012 TV-panda raver?​Ultra Music Fesitval quickly announced (and sold out) early bird tickets. But so far, the fest has given no indication of what else is in store. No acts. No venue. Nothing.However, a reliable source told Crossfade today that a venue ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    Cut Copy at Grand Central, September 29

    ​See the full 40-photo Cut Copy at Grand Central slideshow. Cut CopyWith Midnight Magic and Washed OutGrand Central, MiamiThursday, September 29, 2011 Better Than: Seeing them at Ultra 2011. It's pretty surprising that Cut Copy has never performed in Miami outside of Winter Music Conference and ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011

    Girl-on-Girl Bowling Bash and Eight Other Aqua Girl 2011 Parties

    Photo by Ian Witlen​Every year when the weather tuns hot, sticky, and superintense, South Beach gets flooded with a million ladies who love ladies for a weeklong rush of lesbian, bisexual, and transgender fun. It's called Aqua Girl and the parties get started tonight. Expect LGBT mob scenes at th ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    Ten Photo Highlights From Day Three of the Ultra Music Festival 2011

    Photo by Ian WitlenYou know it's over when a giant, sexy rabbit shows up.​Yesterday, the great nation of Ultra Land was 150,000 pookie heads strong. And yet today, it's just an enormously empty concrete expanse peppered with mangled pacifiers, rolling tufts of yarn hair, and discarded furry boots. ... More >>

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    March 26, 2011

    Ten Photo Highlights From Day One of the Ultra Music Festival 2011

    Photo by Ian WitlenOver the last 18 hours, we here at Crossfade have provided you with 18 reports from our first day wandering through Ultra Land and beyond. So far, we've played a few rounds of Ultra Bingo. We've gone to pool parties and Sunday School. We've enjoyed sweaty encounters with CSS, E ... More >>

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    March 21, 2011

    SXSW 2011: Cops Mace Rioting Crowd at Death From Above 1979 Reunion Show

    Photo by Ian WitlenThe fence comes down and the mace comes out.​The final hours of South by Southwest ended in, what else, a musically induced riot. Maybe it was the supermoon, or perhaps it was that Death From Above 1979, who hadn't performed in five years, played an unannounced show at Beauty Ba ... More >>

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    March 14, 2011

    The Ultimate Ultra Survival Kit: Five Essential Items for the Superprepared Raver

    Photo by Ian WitlenCandy ravers, not candy stripers: These girls can't help you.​There's this shared fantasy among neo-hippies, blissed-out druggies, and naïve first-time festival-goers that three-day music extravaganzas like Ultra Music Festival are all about fun and friendship. But here's the ... More >>

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    January 29, 2011

    Little Dragon at the Electric Pickle, January 28

    Photo by Ian WitlenLittle Dragon's Yukimi Nagano.​With Billygoat Electric Pickle Friday, January 28, 2011 Better than: Getting fucked by an extraterrestrial? (See paragraph 16.) How does Little Dragon travel from gig to gig? Well, if you've spent the last few hours prepping for the Swedish band' ... More >>

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    December 28, 2010

    LCD Soundsystem at the Fillmore Miami Beach, October 6

    Photo by Ian WitlenLCD Soundsystem's James Murphy.​As we wrap up 2010, Crossfade looks back at the best live performances of the year. View the full list of Miami's Best Concerts of 2010. LCD Soundsystem October 6, 2010 The Fillmore Miami Beach Imagine going to the best dance party of your life w ... More >>

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    December 24, 2010

    Phoenix at the Fillmore Miami Beach, October 27

    Photo by Ian WitlenPhoenix frontman Thomas Mars.​As we wrap up 2010, Crossfade looks back at the best live performances of the year. View the full list of Miami's Best Concerts of 2010. Phoenix October 27, 2010 Fillmore Miami Beach Thanks to last January's merger between music industry monoliths ... More >>

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    December 22, 2010

    Major Lazer at Grand Central, May 15

    Photo by Ian WitlenSkerrit Bwoy hittin' the Henny.​As we wrap up 2010, Crossfade looks back at the best live performances of the year. View the full list of Miami's Best Concerts of 2010.Major LazerMay 15, 2010Grand CentralCrowd control issues aside, Major Lazer's Skerrit Bwoy put on one hell of a ... More >>

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    December 3, 2010

    Peaches Brings Her Laser Light Show to Bally Love Event at Moore Building, December 2

    Photo by Ian WitlenPeaches arrived from the future with prophylactics for everybody.​PeachesBally Love Private EventMoore Building, MiamiThursday, December 2, 2010Better than: Everything else happening at that very moment.Reporters sometimes get a bad wrap for diva behavior at events. These lo ... More >>

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    December 3, 2010

    Perry and Etty Farrell at Bardot for Precision Guided Musicians Art Basel Bash

    Photo by Ian WitlenPerry Farrell shed blood at Bardot.​Bardot is the only music venue in South Florida that has a very strict no-camera, no-press policy. However, Perry Farrell's Basel bash last night was the first and only time Bardot allowed select photographers inside the club. And while the c ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    Frank Turner Invites Crossfade Backstage at Social Distortion's Fillmore Show

    Photo by Ian WitlenFolk-punk Frank Turner.​One of the perks of being a concert photographer is sometimes you'll luck into a behind-the-scenes pass. You'll get to mingle (very briefly) with rock stars. Partake in a few ounces of free booze. And high-five beautiful groupies. Anyway, Saturday was on ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    Vivian Girls and Beings at Tom Tom Magazine's Miami Music Festival Showcase

    Photo by Ian WitlenVivian Girls rip it!​See the full 22-photo Vivian Girls slideshow. Over the weekend, there was this thing called the "Miami Music Festival." We here at Crossfade chattered about it for days like a bunch of monkeys on speed. Some of you seemed to take notice. Others simply dism ... More >>

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    November 8, 2010

    Lil Wayne's Homecoming: Exclusive Red-Carpet Shots With Nicki Minaj, Drake, and Tons More

    Photo by Ian Witlen​See the full Lil Wayne Welcome Home Party slideshow. It had been eight months since Weezy'd seen the streets. So he wasn't gonna waste his first weekend of freedom. On Friday, the Young Money Cash Money prince made a straight shot for New Orleans to see the Hornets vs. King ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010

    We Didn't Go to MGMT, But We Heard It Was Amazing!

    Photo by Ian Witlen​At approximately 8 p.m. last night, a totally sold-out crowd of indie chick jailbait, brainy head-bobbers, and jocks in silkscreened black hoodies overran the Fillmore Miami Beach in anticipation of MGMT's impending psych-pop explosion. In fact, the place was so freaking packe ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010

    LCD Soundsystem and Sleigh Bells at the Fillmore Miami Beach, October 6

    Photo by Ian Witlen​View photos from LCD Soundsystem at the Fillmore Miami Beach here.LCD Soundsystem With Sleigh BellsWednesday, October 6, 2010The Fillmore Miami BeachBetter Than: A million of those disappointing "appearances" by dance band members who wind up only doing DJ sets.The Review:If Ja ... More >>

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    September 22, 2010

    Nylon Magazine's Impromptu Show Proves Miami Music Kicks Ass, September 21

    Photo by Ian Witlen​Click here to view photos of the Nylon Show at Sweat Records.With Raffa Jo Harris, Animal Tropical, Lil Daggers, Afrobeta, ANR, Rachel Goodrich, and Deaf PoetsSweat Records, MiamiTuesday, September 21, 2010Better than: A professionally blended cocktail.The Review:Last night we ... More >>

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    September 21, 2010

    Drake at the James L. Knight: A Stack of Photos From Last Night and a Lovelorn Open Letter

    Photo by Ian WitlenDrake is still the best I ever had.​Crossfade -- and every other publication in the universe -- was denied reviewer access to last night's Drake show. Our blogger, Esther, took it pretty hard. So, alongside Crossfade's exclusive pics, read her lovelorn open letter. (Then go chec ... More >>

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    May 31, 2010

    Slideshow: Best of the Best Concert 2010

    photo by Ian WitlenNicki Minaj, as always, signed female fans' chests.​The annual Best of the Best concert has always been one of the crowning events of Memorial Day Weekend in Miami, and this year's edition, held yesterday at Bicentennial Park, kept the momentum going. While the lineup of course ... More >>

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    May 6, 2010

    Photo Gallery: Dashboard Confessional at Lynn University Shots at

    Photo by Ian WitlenDashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba gives back to Boca Raton​Friend of New Times Ian Witlen took some excellent photos at Friday's Dashboard Confessional extravaganza at Lynn University in Boca Raton that are now up at Read our wrap of the event, which honored the ... More >>

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    April 29, 2010

    Slideshow: SunFest's New Music Night Brought Out Fans Young and Younger

    Photo by Ian Witlen​If the big, gorgeous shot of Weezer's Rivers Cuomo in front of an 80-foot "=w=" didn't already get your attention, feast your eyes on two of SunFest's most passionate fans featured in Ian Witlen's colorful slideshow detailing everything that went on during Wednesday's New Music ... More >>

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    April 23, 2010

    Slideshow: Surfer Blood Defies Gravity at Bal Harbour Resort

    Photo by Ian WitlenSurfer Blood's TJ Schwarz flying the friendly Bal Harbour skies​Surfer Blood headlined the Ten-in-One Music Festival on Thursday evening at the posh Village of Bal Harbour in Miami, and shooter Ian Witlen was there to take lots of photographs of the guys wearing shorts and not s ... More >>

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    April 19, 2010

    Rumor: Ultra Music Festival Expanding to Three Days in 2011

    Photo by Ian WitlenUltra may be expanding to a three-day bender.​Word is swirling around that Ultra Music Festival's organizers have decided to expand next year's festival to three days, presumably Friday through Sunday. Supposedly the decision was made after this year's sellout event.We've emaile ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010

    Live Rock and Roll Tonight at Electric Pickle

    Photo by Ian WitlenStonefox​It's easy just to think of Electric Pickle as the home of Poplife and various underground techno and house events. But besides Champion Sounds Wednesdays, which focuses heavily on hip-hop, soul, and funk, there's another night that veers from the usual four-to-the-floor ... More >>

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