When Bobby Johnston, better known locally as Bobby Load, passed away yesterday, it seemed a particularly unfair piece of bad news for a segment of Miami's rock veterans. Following the old cliche of bad things happening in threes, Johnston's death marks the third loss in as many months for the same s ... More >>
After wildin' out to the brutal, punk-y, funky, bass-y, fuzzy strains of only ten Best Miami Bands of All Time (i.e. Scraping Teeth, Frank Williams & The Rocketeers, Iko Iko, ANR, Miami Bass Warriors and Nuclear Valdez, The Goods, Locos Por Juana, Cynic, Avenue D), our ears are already freakin' ... More >>
With the first month of 2012 dead and gone, it's time to take a survey of up-and-coming South Florida music and maybe try to predict what the rest of the year has in store.
This is not a best-of list. Nor is it a complete appraisal of South Florida's expansive nightlife sphere and its million m ... More >>
Otto Von Schirach seems to be big everywhere but America. In Europe, he tours extensively and plays at big festivals. Here, he's just one of Miami's many oddly awesome characters.That could change this year as he tours across America with Atari Teenage Riot, the '90s digital hardcore outfit that ... More >>
Right About Now
When this album dropped back in January 2003, the immediate buzz that it created among our group of friends was incredibly electric. We'd already been sweaty fans, massing to the band's gigs, and displaying the kind of riotous ener ... More >>
I must preface this by stating parts of my personal involvement with this band and its members.
Almost a decade ago -- or was it more? -- I was asked by these guys to book a show for them. They were friends and in certain regards ... More >>
photos by Jose FloresThe Guest Of Honor, DoggioNobodys Hero, To Be Hated, Enough!, and M66
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Better Than: Ben Weasel's punk rock mess at SXSW the night before.
According to Nobodys Hero's Joe Koontz, "Someone stole one of the urinals from the men's bathroom." ... More >>
Photo by Jose FloresStrange Boys, bred in Austin, Texas.When the Strange Boys played Churchill's last September, our review was, well, a bit harsh. "The band appeared to be catching a cold," we wrote, "seemingly disinterested in their songs, and even less interested in the crowd." But in the ... More >>
To get full disclosure out of the way: Jose Flores is an occasional contributor to Crossfade. Miami's music community is small so it's kind of hard to avoid that incestuousness. You'll probably better recognize, though, the alter ego for which he became best known around town in recent years: Jos ... More >>
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Better Than: Getting the high score on Miss Pac-Man while listening to Purple Rain.
In an alternate universe, James Brown is John Lennon, Parliament Funkadelic is Led Zeppelin, Michael Jackson is still making songs like "Rock With Y ... More >>
Jose FloresToro y Moi
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Better Than: A foam party in Ibiza.
Columbia, South Carolina's Chaz Bundick is Toro Y Moi and he's trademarked a magical brand of sample-based sentimental synth-pop. Although there are two other members in the band, he writes, ... More >>
Everyone has a Twitter these days, so it's hard to keep up. Luckily for you Riptide has decided to start chronicling the best Miami-related Tweets each week. Of course, we're not even up on all of Twitter. So if you think there's a local VIP whose account we need to keep an eye on or just a reall ... More >>
Photo by Jose FloresMemphis Blac with Smokahontas Jones
Thursday, September 9, 2010
The Vagabond, Miami
Better Than: A typical night at an 8th Street Motel
The Review:Dallas's Memphis Blac and Smokahontas Jones make no bones about who they are. Memphis used to be a sex worker and has a lot to s ... More >>
Photo by Jose FloresThe Strange BoysJacuzzi Boyswith Strange Boys, Gentleman Jesse and His Men, and Electric Bunniesat Churchill's Pub, MiamiSeptember 5, 2010 Better than: last Sunday, next Sunday.
The Review:"We'd like to thank Sailor ... um ... Sailor ... Sailor Jerry" were the first of few wo ... More >>
Fresh out of the box!Furious Dudes
There's a special place in punk rock hell reserved for these motherfuckers. It's somewhere between Miami and Chattanooga, but it certainly is within the swampy wastelands of Florida because contrary to their fu ... More >>
The Crumbs have been one of my favorite local outfits since the early '90s. The amount of stories, beers and down-right bizarre situations that I have shared with these guys over the years are too many to fit into these digital pages, b ... More >>
Photo by Jose FloresJuliette Lewis at Bardot.Juliette LewisThursday, August 26, 2010Bardot, MiamiBetter than: That band called Guns 'N' Roses.As Juliette Lewis was about to take the floor at Bardot, the Village People's "YMCA" was blasting through the packed bar's speakers. I don't know if people ... More >>
Photo by Karla GarciaAfrobeta at Ultra 2010.Got to give it to Afrobeta. After performing at this year's Ultra Music Festival -- and nabbing a Best of Miami award for "Best Band" along the way -- the PR machine has been working nonstop to keep the forward momentum. The duo just got back from playi ... More >>
Greasy Kid Stuff (Smooth Lips Records)pinkai.com
Truants? Cute Catholic High School kids in leather jackets? Social deviants? Future business leaders of America? All of the above? Yes and no. But mostly yes. Pin Kai's small reign of terror was one marked by incredible creativity and ... More >>
Okay, I guess we know each other well enough so I won't lie. This week's agenda has had an angle, a Jose Flores-heavy angle leading up to the triumphant return to South Florida of one of our favorite punk and roll outfits, The Getback. This is no secret. You read, we promote, and the checks keep ... More >>
L to R: Palacios, Flores, Rod and RotuloJose Flores has been a fixture of the Miami punk rock scene since his outfit Pin Kai caused a stir in the leather jacket rockers of the mid-90's. From there he went on to involvement with a myriad of bands (Pretend Milk, Rerun, Disney Violence, The Surf and Ro ... More >>
Big, beautiful white guysSloppy Seconds, Nobunny, and the Spits at Churchill's Pub, MiamiThe Axe and the Oak at Sweat Records, Miami
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Better Than: Sitting at home on a Saturday night with a $10 dollar jug of wine and having my ass handed back to me on a casual game of Scrab ... More >>
The Crumbs were once signed to Lookout! Records. They toured the country and wrote great songs that made the kids sing along. But times have changed. Johnny B moved on. Chuck Loose went back to his office. Emil 4 ½ isn't doing it anymore. But the Crumbs are still pretty damn great. They ... More >>