Groupie has come to be an ugly word, a misogynist dig that's used all too casually by men and women alike. A groupie is a woman who doesn't "do" anything; she gets all of her glamour via her association with a strong man, most often a rock star. How can we admire, or even just respect, someone like ... More >>
Hipsters rockin' body suits, high-waist shorts, and large, dark-framed glasses, mid-aged men in fedora hats, rockers with tattoos up and down their arms, and tourists from California wearing white wife-beaters on their backs and Converse on their feet were sitting on a black couch and standing by th ... More >>
America rocks. And even at 236 years old, the United States of America is still the sexiest country in the free world. But the 50 states, its federal district, and territories throughout the Pacific and Caribbean wouldn't stand a chance if it weren't for the brave men and women who've risked life ... More >>
Former Experience and Band of Gypsys bassist Billy Cox met Jimi Hendrix when they were stationed together at the same army base in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Legend has it that one rainy night, Billy heard a guitar screaming in the service club. So he went inside and introduced himself to the big ... More >>
Amy Winehouse's death has inspired numerous discursive threads, including speculation about her yet-to-be-revealed cause of death, the paparazzi (and YouTube's) hyperdocumentation of her slow unraveling, and the deep tragedy of the young singer's thorny personal life. In the face of much morbid, ... More >>
To close out the year, Crossfade is picking out its favorite albums by 305 artists. Read the full list of Miami's Best Albums of 2010 here.ArtOfficial The Payback (Self-Released) Ahhh, the cover song. Sure, bands can master one or two tracks by a legendary counterpart. But putting together an ... More >>
Famous Arkansas groupie Sweet Connie Hamzy.The Grand Funk Railroad song "We're an American Band" opens with the lines: "Out on the road for forty days/Last night in Little Rock, put me in a haze/Sweet, sweet Connie was doin' her act/She had the whole show and that's a natural fact." A still-acti ... More >>
Everything looks so much nicer through their Golden FilterSometimes we like to think of how much nicer life would be if we viewed everything through rose-colored glasses -- or through the Golden Filter. The aptly named electronic duo got their start under the name Lismore, and while some of the s ... More >>
We've all been to some kind of jam session--whether it be in a garage band's garage, an intimate club or a full-on jam at a music festival. But bands usually only cover one or two songs. Not freestylin', rhyme spittin' ArtOfficial.Their new 12-track album "The Payback" (released April 23) covers ... More >>
No, YOU win, Community PropertyIt is with great pleasure -- and a bellyful of hops -- that we announce that Fort Lauderdale rock and soul masters Community Property will open up Beerfest 2010.As you may have heard, New Times Broward-Palm Beach teamed up with Revoution Live to host a Battle of th ... More >>
Bells are made to be BrokenIn our Moving Units column, Mike Ramirez at Fort Lauderdale's Radio-Active Records graciously keeps us up-to-date and comments on the current releases flying out of his store each week.This week, the collaboration between Shins' lead singer James Mercer and Gnarls Bar ... More >>
After Beach House topped sales last week, are we seeing a theme?In our Moving Units column, Mike Ramirez at Fort Lauderdale's Radio-Active Records graciously keeps us up-to-date and comments on the current releases flying out of his store each week.This week, Ramirez, Crossfade and record buyers ... More >>
The museum kicks off the season with fascinating videos, high technology, and light shows.
Jerry RuledTop Ten Reasons I Generally Hate Jam Bands.1. Jerry Garcia.Jerome John Garcia was awesome. He died. It's over. Insert Duane Allman, Jimi Hendrix, et al. 2. Marijuana It's mostly for kids and burnouts. It also generally softens the harsh edges of horribly boring ... More >>
The above video is from an 8mm film transfer shot by a fifteen year old South Florida kid on May 18, 1968. The images come from the Miami Pop Festival, which featured The Mothers Of Invention (Frank Zappa's band), Chuck Berry, Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and more ... More >>
Notes from the Soundboard is a new column appearing weekly on Crossfade, focused on pop music's history and ongoing evolution. Lee Zimmerman shares insights and observations on how music continues to connect with the weirdness of the world. Click here to read past installments.I have a gripe.& ... More >>
The Scholl exhibit at FIU's art museum is something even kids love.
SunFest, in West Palm Beach, has always impressed me, 1) for the expensive, marquee names it has attracted, but also 2) for the really strange ways it has often combined them. The festival, in its latter-day incarnation, now spans several days, with packed bills each night, including one "new music ... More >>
It may not get its due, but 1968 helped alter rock's reality.
The Miami Science Museum knows what your weekend plans are.
A patriotic mixtape for July 4.
The Grateful Deli
Musical monarch continues his reign
SkyBar at the Shore Club
The new Jimi Hendrix box offers too much of a not-so-great thing
From Muddy to Buddy to Jimi to Eric to Tinsley, the blues-rock legacy comes full circle
He's Jimi Hendrix. He's Cheech. He's Chong. He's a human sound-effects machine.
Jimi Hendrix's guitar. John Lennon's furniture. Bono's sunglasses. Hope I die before I get sold.
In the Spin Doctors' metropolis, even Jimmy Olsen gets the blues