Ian Witlen

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    September 5, 2014

    Miami's Five Best Dance Promoters

    You may take for granted that Miami is a great dance music mecca, but there's a lot of work that goes into it. Big-name DJs don't just decide to come to town. They've got to be invited, and then provided for and paid and all that backstage business shit. Same with the underground acts, and in that c ... More >>

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    August 20, 2014

    Blonde Redhead and Mayer Hawthorne - Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour - Miami

    Blonde Redhead and Mayer Hawthorne As part of the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour Soho Studios, Miami Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Not everyone can afford a fancy Mercedes Benz, but when Mercedes Benz is making it rain sponsorship money, everyone can afford live music. Thanks to a partnership with Popli ... More >>

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    June 27, 2014

    Holy Ship! 2015's Lineup: Skrillex, Knife Party, Pretty Lights, 98 Others

    Party on a boat! Again!!!! For the fourth consecutive year, the Holy Ship! electronic dance music cruise will be sailing outta South Florida for the Bahamas with dozens of big-name DJs and thousands of beat freaks all aboard a sweet MSC supership. Unlike previous years, HS! will be taking two trip ... More >>

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    April 10, 2014

    Ultra Ban: Delayed Till April 24 by Miami City Commission

    What happened with the Ultra ban? Well, we won't find out for another two weeks, because the Miami City Commission has just delayed the issue till its next meeting on April 24. Originally scheduled to be discussed, considered, and voted upon today, the resolution was withdrawn by both sponsors, Ma ... More >>

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    March 18, 2014

    Ultra's Russell Faibisch, LIV's Dave Grutman Named to 50 Most Important People in EDM

    EDM is big business. Over the last several years, electronic dance music's popularity has spiked, especially in the United States. And so have the profits that could be made off its DJs, producers, nightlife brands, clubs, festivals, cruises... So naturally, Rolling Stone's "50 Most Important Peop ... More >>

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    January 29, 2014

    Ultra 2014's Phase Two Lineup: Diplo and Skrillex's Jack U, Chance the Rapper, 50 Others

    What's that barely audible uhntz-uhntz, bro? Just Ultra Music Festival oh-so-quietly releasing 2014's Phase Two lineup, exclusively via its official iPhone and Android apps. Of course, though, we here at Crossfade are never too far from our cellular devices. So we snagged UMF's adds for you. Just ... More >>

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    January 14, 2014

    Holy Ship!!! 2014's Ten Craziest Raver Costumes

    Crazy costumes have always been a big part of the electronic music party scene. But these days, you're nobody unless you're pretending to be somebody you're really not. Perhaps it's the sense of anonymity that comes with a disguise. Or maybe it's because every single one of you is an attention-star ... More >>

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    December 9, 2013

    Basel Castle 2013: Chance the Rapper, Gesaffelstein, Travis Scott, O'Grime Killed It

    Basel Castle 2013 Grand Central Park, Miami Saturday, December 7, 2013 In the past, the setting for The Overthrow's Basel Castle extravaganza had been a slightly cartoonish, sort of fragile-looking fortress in Wynwood. But that shit is dead, son. Last year, the overcrowding got outta hand. So for ... More >>

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    October 8, 2013

    James Murphy: "With Dance Music, People Are Being Treated as If They're Really Dumb"

    "This is the weirdest scenario." That's how DFA Records founder and former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy half-laughingly reacted to Bardot Miami's (almost claustrophobic) living room-like setting for his Red Bull Music Academy Couch Session at the inaugural III Points Festival. There were ... 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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    April 30, 2013

    Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes on Being Georgie Fruit: "I Never Ask, 'Who Am I Right Now?'"

    Imagine upside-down polka dot monsters, naked pig people, and men in bras dancing amid massive rainbow bursts and confetti explosions. Now add a soundtrack of infectious, uplifting, and thought-provoking indie pop that challenges what everyday life has taught you to expect from reality. If you can ... More >>

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    April 24, 2013

    Electric Pickle Not Closing or Relocating: "Official Reopening Date Is April 26"

    The Electric Pickle lives. After a whole month of Pickle parties were moved to other downtown clubs in the wake of Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week (and some code compliance issues), regulars and casual clubbers alike started speculating about the Midtown party spot's closure or relocat ... More >>

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    March 23, 2013

    Ultra 2013: Avicii Does Country Music and Eric Prydz Proclaims "Love You" UMF!

    We knew we were in for something special after speaking with Swedish progressive house DJ-producer Eric Prydz about Ultra Music Festival 2013. Shit, just having the aerophobic house master on this side of the pond is enough an occasion to plant your ass at UMF's main stage at 7:50 p.m. sharp on a ... More >>

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    March 15, 2013

    Ultra 2013 Starts Now! And EDM Has Conquered Miami, America, the World

    Electronic dance music has conquered Miami. And America. And the world. For more than three decades, it had remained a mostly underground phenomenon, epitomized by illegal raves held beneath highway overpasses in the UK or after-hours parties thrown in downtown Detroit's abandoned warehouses. But o ... More >>

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    January 25, 2013

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend

    As professional eaters, we pride ourselves on the ability to include food in every occasion. Wedding? We keep the canapes classy. School bake sale? The kids love our maldon salt chocolate cookies the best. Miami Marathon? The ultimate excuse for a carb load -- whether you're running or not. So if ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012

    S.S. Coachella: Top Ten Fashion Moments!

    Most people we met on the S.S. Coachella had never been on a cruise. Like us, they were probably not so sure what to pack or how to dress for three days of awkwardly saying "Hi!" to their favorite bands on a floating building at sea. But like the festival, the fans also brought their crazy desert ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012

    Best and Worst of the S.S. Coachella

    The S.S. Coachella returned safely Wednesday morning after a relatively wobbly night's sail across the Caribbean Sea. The voyage was a success. The boat didn't sink, and constant forced Purell-ing kept us all from contracting tropical illnesses or just the flu from our diseased shipmates. Three day ... More >>

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    December 18, 2012

    S.S. Coachella: Goin' to Nail Master Class with Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss

    Fashion and music are the funniest-looking twin sisters. They're always together, always kinda sloppy. Sometimes they dress up like a swan or wear a big mouse head. Together, they're always looking to make a bold statement. If you follow Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss on Instagram (@KraussingAround), ... More >>

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    October 12, 2012

    Cat Power's Sun Tour Was a Train Wreck at Grand Central Miami, October 11

    Cat Power Grand Central, Miami Thursday, October 11, 2012 Better Than: Manhattan after a nuclear war. For Chan Marshall, better known as Cat Power, the weight of her gifts has proven a heavy burden to shoulder over the years. And as such, most fans understand that purchasing a ticket to see the A ... More >>

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    September 27, 2012

    M83 Finally Makes Proper Miami Debut at Fillmore Miami Beach, September 26

    M83 Wednesday, September 26 Fillmore Miami Beach Better Than: Dreaming ... IRL. A "nightmare" is the word Anthony Gonzalez used last night at the Fillmore Miami Beach to describe M83's disastrous appearance at Ultra Music Festival in March. But if Ultra was a nightmare, than the band's performance ... More >>

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    March 25, 2012

    Metronomy Bring a Touch of English Class to Ultra Music Festival 2012

    ​As the sun was setting, we looked around Bayfront Park's Klipsch Amphitheater. And we got a little worried. It was only fifteen minutes till Metronomy was set to play Ultra Music Festival and the Live Stage area was looking pretty bare. We sat there, hoping attendees could peel themselves away ... More >>

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    March 24, 2012

    Kraftwerk Does the Man Machine at Ultra Music Festival 2012

    ​Performance-wise, no Kraftwerk show is really more special than any other. The band's very German mastery of automation, precision, and repetation renders the men on stage as close to robots as their Man Machine album would suggest. To say one Kraftwerk performance is really any better than anoth ... More >>

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    March 24, 2012

    Miike Snow Brings Out the Animals at Ultra Music Festival 2012

    ​Taking the stage in matching all-black, zip-up satin jackets and dark skinny denim, Miike Snow looked like members of some sort of Orthodox Hipster cult. The long beards sported by two members didn't dissuade the comparison. And the faithful turned out, with one of the youngest crowds attracted ... More >>

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    November 23, 2011

    Win Free Tickets to Scope Miami Art Fair

    ​Whether you're dropping mad bills on original pieces of contemporary art or simply admiring the work, Basel week can be relatively expensive. From admission fees to parking costs, mixed drinks and gourmet street food, Basel budgeting can be real a bitch. Lucky for y'all, we've teamed up with fo ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011

    Looking Back at the Photos From Bar's One-and-a-Half-Year History

    Photo by Lex HernandezRemember when Diplo played a secret set at Bar?​Over the last year and a half, few Miami venues have impacted the local scene as significantly as 14th Street's Bar. After taking over the space formerly occupied by PS14 and setting up a replica of New York City bar Max Fish ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    Richard "Kudo" Couto and Miami's Horse Slaughter Epidemic Get the ESPN E:60 Treatment

    Ian Witlen​With E:60's feature on Dada 5000 and back-yard brawling, Outside the Lines' investigation of gambling on South Florida pee-wee football, and now an E:60 doc about the horse-meat black market in the sticks of Miami-Dade County, ESPN's reporters appear to have been camped out in our ... More >>

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    March 26, 2011

    CSS at Ultra Music Festival 2011 Day One, March 25

    Photo by Ian WitlenCSS' Lovefoxxx at Ultra 2011.​Can CSS be considered electronic music? Barely. Except for a few synthesizers, the band is more about live instrumentation. But it was a welcome relief to ears already tired of the bleeps and bloops that come with attending a festival like Ultra.How ... More >>

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    December 27, 2010

    Crystal Castles at Grand Central, September 11

    Photo by Ian WitlenCrystal Castles' Alice Glass goes manic.​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. Crystal Castles September 21, 2010 Grand Central Is it possible? Has Crystal Castles' glitchy goth ... More >>

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    November 17, 2010

    Perry Farrell Presents Precision Guided Musicians Art Project at Bardot December 2

    Photo by Ian WitlenPerry Farrell and wife Etty performing at Ultra Music Festival 2009.​Finally, we are getting news about performances during Art Basel Miami Beach. It's confirmed that Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and his wife and collaborator Etty Farrell will be performing at Bardot ... More >>

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    November 16, 2010

    Ultra Music Festival 2011 Happening March 25-27, Outside of WMC Dates [UPDATE]

    Photo by Ian WitlenDeadmau5 at Ultra Music Festival 2010.​UPDATE: Ultra's official site has been updated, confirming all the information reported here earlier.UPDATE x2: Early-bird general admission tickets are sold out! That has to be some kind of record. Tickets are now $179.95, and are only ava ... More >>

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    November 6, 2010

    Robyn's Tour Kickoff at the Fillmore Miami Beach, November 5

    Photo by Ian Witlen​View photos from Robyn's Fillmore Miami Beach concert.RobynWith BFGF and Natalia KillsFriday, November 5, 2010The Fillmore Miami BeachBetter than: The Eurovision song contest.Perhaps it was the excitement of launching her first extensive North American tour, but Robyn didn't le ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    Death to the Sun: Full Set Times for Tomorrow's Noise Fest at Bar

    S. PajotIce Cream's screamer molests the crowd.​For eons, humanity has celebrated the autumnal equinox. Back in the day, summer ended and the pagans immediately noticed that the dirt was dying, crops were rotting, and only the grave lay ahead. So they said "Fuck it!" and threw an apocalypse party. ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010

    Video: Tiesto vs. Diplo "C'mon" Live at Ultra Music Festival 2010

    Photo by Ian WitlenDiplo at Ultra Music Festival 2010.​Good folks over at Ultra Music Festival premiere this week the new video Tiësto vs. Diplo track "C'mon," which was filmed live at this year's festival. The track sounds a bit like outdated 2006 blog-house, sounding more like the work Tiësto ... More >>

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    April 29, 2010

    Concert Review: Weezer, We Are Scientists, Crash Kings and Gringo Star at SunFest's New Music Night

    Photo by Ian WitlenWeezer's Rivers Cuomo amps up himself and the SunFest crowd Wednesday night​SunFest New Music Night With Weezer, We Are Scientists, Constellations, Crash Kings Gringo Star, Locksley, and These United States West Palm Beach Waterfront Check out Ian Witlen's slideshow of photos f ... More >>

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    April 26, 2010

    Heads Up: Stonefox Members Reunite or Falco Back From the Dead Saturday at Poor House

    Photo by Ian WitlenIt's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday (and Stonefox)​No matter what happens Saturday at Poor House (110 Nugent Avenue, Fort Lauderdale) on Saturday evening, the results will probably warrant another blog posting.Thanks to a tip from New Times shutterbug Ian Witlen, we discove ... More >>

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    March 29, 2010

    Concert Review: Little Boots, Passion Pit at Ultra Music Festival Day 1

    Photo by Ian WitlenLittle Boots​Click here to view photos from Day 1 at Ultra.Little Boots, Passion PitUltra Music Festival at Bicentennial Park, MiamiMarch 26, 2010Better than: Anything LMFAO brought to the stage.I'll admit right off the bat, the only reason I attended the first day of Ultra Mus ... More >>

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    January 25, 2010

    Over the Weekend: Stonefox's Final Show, Haiti Mizik Relief, and Chocolate Festival

    We're keeping it simple today. Here is everything you missed across South Florida over the weekend:Stonefox's Final Show at 1921Photo by Ian Witlen​We still don't understand why one of South Florida's most promising bands, Stonefox, has decided to call it a day, but we hope they all find success w ... 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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    December 29, 2009

    NYE 2010: Party for Free at Respectable Street

    Ian Witlen​Why is it that everyone expects New Year's Eve to be so awesome when the preceding 364 days sucked so hard? Maybe all this emphasis on the End is just some banal expression of Western Civilization's apocalyptic mindset. Or maybe we're all a bunch of overstimulated creeps incapable of en ... More >>

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    December 14, 2009

    Over the Weekend: Y100 Jingle Ball, Miami Music Festival and Wolfgang Gratner

    The holiday season is already in full swing which means events around South Florida aren't hard to come by. So in case you were out shopping for ungrateful relatives, here is what you missed over the weekend:Y100 Jingle Ball 2009 at BankAtlantic CenterPhoto by Sayre Berman​Shakira, Jordin Sparks, ... More >>

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    December 2, 2009

    Highlights From Design Miami/ 2009

    All photos by Ian Witlen. Check out the full slideshow here. ​During a week when unchecked imagination runs wild and art comes close to scrambling your brain, Design Miami/ always refreshingly mixes things up by showcasing work with at least somewhat of a foundation based in function. Though the f ... More >>

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    November 9, 2009

    Over the Weekend: Peaches, Sleepless Night and Dethklok

    With the high season in full swing, the events just keep rolling into South Florida. It was a busy weekend that even with a case of the post-Halloween doldrums that almost kept us at home, there was just too much to do and see. So here is what you missed over the weekend:Peaches at Revolution LivePh ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    Ultra Early-Bird Tickets Sold Out

    Photo by Ian WitlenMSTRKRFT at 2009's Ultra Music Festival.​If there is one guarantee in life is that Ultra Music Festival's lineup is always one of the best in the country. Need proof? Early-bird, two-day tickets to the festival, which sold for $99.95, are gone. What's impressive is that it happe ... More >>

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    November 2, 2009

    Over the Weekend: NeckFace, MoonFest and The Other Hollywood

    We skipped dressing up for Halloween this year, but people wouldn't stop bothering us as to why we weren't in costume. Being an overworked, underpaid writer is a full-time job and is the scariest costume we could come up with.But enough about us -- here is what you missed over the Halloween weekend: ... More >>

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    October 27, 2009

    CMJ Wrap-Up: The Big Guns' Coverage of South Florida Bands

    Photo by Ian WitlenMiami band Awesome New Republic at Fontana's in the Lower East Side. Click here to view more pictures.​Just a few months ago, Awesome New Republic seemed the next South Florida band likely to strike big. But a few months is a million years in blog time, and somewhere in the last ... More >>

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    October 19, 2009

    Over the Weekend: New Found Glory Secret Show, Cat Show, Leonard Cohen and Bassnectar

    Summer is finally over! The insufferable heat finally broke this weekend and its officially fall in South Florida. Yes, we didn't turn on our AC all weekend and we couldn't be more excited. So we hope you enjoyed the reason why we all moved here in the first place.We're sure you didn't stay in this ... More >>

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    May 26, 2009

    Over the Weekend: Urban Beach Week, Best of the Best and Lanzallamas Monofonica

    Hopefully, the extra day off gave everyone enough time to recover from the mayhem the Memorial Day weekend brings to Miami every year. Not even the rain seemed to dampen the spirits of people looking to relax. There were plenty of things to do this weekend, so if the weather did keep you home, here ... More >>

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    May 15, 2009

    Joaquin Phoenix Sighting at the Crystal Method Show at Revolution

    Ian WitlenJoaquin Phoenix, is that you?Freelance photographer Ian Witlen was shooting for us at the Crystal Method show at Revolution last night when he spotted what he says was Joaquin Phoenix in the crowd. From the photo it looks like a unshaven guy in a top hat, so we aren't 100 percent convinced ... More >>

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    May 15, 2009

    Last Night: The Crystal Method at Revolution

    Ian WitlenThe Crystal Method performing at Revolution in Fort Lauderdale. Click here to view the full slideshow.The Crystal MethodThursday, May 14, 2009Revolution Live, Fort LauderdaleBetter than: Revenge of the NerdsWhen I spoke with The Crystal Method's Ken Jordan last week, he assured me that whe ... More >>

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    May 11, 2009

    Over the Weekend: Nine Inch Nails, Exxxotica and Aqua Girl

    If you stayed home this weekend, it was either because the unbearable heat kept you indoors or because you actually tried to behave yourself on Mother's Day. Skin and sin was aplenty this weekend (er, well more than normal), so here is what you missed:Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction at Cruzan A ... More >>

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