Welcome to Miami. The beach is bangin'. Ditto the babes of both sexes. And the music is the effing best, bro. But while the rest of America might want to limit the MIA's music scene to its coked-out clubbers, horny Calle Ocho party crews, and ass-blasting rappers, Dade County has always been rife ... 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 >>
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 >>
Photo by JipsyJose El Rey takes a moment to be lone before his performance.To read past installments of Diary of a Flasher, click here. This week was a rock fest here in South Florida. First Slayer, then Def Leoppard? Besides going to the show to hear the music with fans, I'd love to cover it. Bu ... More >>
Photo by JipsyNastie flanked by TM Sisters.Click here to view a full slideshow of photos from the event.Aiden Dillard's Death Print Movie PremiereThe Colony Theater, Miami BeachAfterparty at the Vagabond, MiamiSaturday, August 7, 2009Better Than: Whatever the leathery South Beach cliches at Segafred ... More >>
Ch-ch-ch-changes are happening and everyone's favorite over the weekend recap has moved from its home at Riptide 2.0 over to Crossfade. Why? Well, it seemed appropriate and better yet, now we can focus on all the things happening across South Florida and between both the Miami New Times and the New ... More >>
photo by Ian WitlenRadio-Active's punk selection is serious.Click here to view a full slideshow of photos from the event.Radio-Active Records' Eighth Anniversary Party With Beings, Jose El Rey, and the ShakersRadio-Active Records, Fort LauderdaleJuly 18, 2009Better Than: Stumbling upon a rare 12" or ... More >>
via myspace.com/johnnyofreestyleSaturday's Freestyle Explosion features some of the biggest names in the genre, and Crossfade's own columnist, Jose El Rey, interviewed most of them. We'll be publishing one or two interviews a day in celebration of the show, which takes place this Saturday night at t ... More >>
Memorial Day in Miami is like the elephant in the room. Nobody admits they don't want to party in South Beach this weekend for fear of coming off as racist. Well, you are. You aren't going to get shanked, stabbed, cut, mugged or shot at if you cross the causeway. Then there are those who just plainl ... More >>
Bringing Love to the WorldChris Video, visual artist, man about town, lover, and conspiracy investigator and Me She join together like a two headed Voltron to form fun electronic dancy duo BFGF. He is boyfriend and she is girlfriend. If you haven't had a chance to peep their music, check ... More >>
photo by Jipsy, nefariousgirl.comA scene from last year's fiestaWhat do you have in common with Afrobeta and Jose El Rey? No, not a police rap sheet as thick as a phone book, comprised mostly of various counts of public intoxication and indecent exposure. You shouldn't assume that of Afrobeta ... More >>
Everyone's favorite Cuban electro/Miami bass/freestyle act -- and part-time Crossfade columnist -- José El Rey released a new music video for his track "Ladies of the Night." From the looks of it, it was mostly filmed, where else, but in the deep bowls of west Miami.And while José has taken a bit ... More >>
Video is a few weeks old, but just in case you haven't checked it out, here is a video of the Miami Bass Warriors -- minus Otto Von Schirach who was in Germany during Calle Ocho -- performing their newest track "Bro, That Chick's a Basser." Jose El Rey and El Tigre perform along with the Warriors' n ... More >>
And we refuse to make a citizens arrest for speeding.
Contrary to popular belief, I am capable of love. Many ladies have loved me, and I love myself as strongly as they did. I know how to show las señoritas a lovely time. I know how to love their bodies, but I can only say "I love you" to myself, and that makes Valentine's Day very challenging for me. ... More >>
To read past installments of South Florida According to Brooklyn, click here. What I would like to talk about this week is me being a jackass. Recently, I wrote about predatory men and slutty women, and it's come to my attention that people got the impression I was bashing certain clubs, which I was ... More >>
To get an introduction to Jose El Rey (if you actually need one!) and to read previous installments of his weekly Crossfade column, Que Pasa, M.I.A?, click here. Against my better judgment and sense of comfort and convenience, I went camping. Into the woods. Into the night. With fire. And "beware of ... More >>
The singer, dancer, and lover starts '09 with his own New Times column.
To get an introduction to Jose El Rey (if you actually need one!) and to read last week's installment of his weekly Crossfade column, Que Pasa, M.I.A?, click here. Maybe it's my moustache. Maybe it's the gel in my hair. Perhaps, and most likely, it's the manner in which I dress that makes all the du ... More >>
Yesterday, we told you that Otto Von Schirach, Jose El Rey and El Tigre, who together form Miami Bass Warriors, would make their small-screen debut on Pitbull's La Esquina on mun2. Their video for (their only song?) "Going Back to Calle Ocho" -- which we're pretty sure is play on Notorious B.I.G.'s ... More >>
José el Rey is a singer, dancer and jumper. What he feels and what he thinks is completely the truth to him. And his mom. His truths were developed while basking in the Miami sun while listening to "Diamond Girl" and Gucci Crew tapes.¡Ta mala la cosa! All day, every day, that's what my ears hear. ... More >>
Who let these guys on TV all in one night? No clue, but they deserve a gold star for making the evening boob tube schedule just a little bit more full of major LOLs. First up tonight, if you get Mun2 (actually, relatively few people do, so check your cable listings), check out La Esquina, the show h ... More >>
Vomitron heaves and prevails.
Last weekend was a busy one, but there is still plenty of momentum going in the nightlife scene to keep things going. The highlight this weekend of course being the reopening of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. In case you've been hiding under a rock, the hotel is celebrating its reopening with a part ... More >>
The local scene's been showing a lot of love for Sweat Records after the break-in there a few weeks ago. The little indie store that could is slowly bouncing back, but is still smarting a little. In comes Sweat-Aid, another benefit show tomorrow night at the Vagabond. There's another reason to pat y ... More >>
Justin Namon Leave it to Otto Von Schirach and Jose El Rey to put "bass" in "Miami bass." The pair, along with Peasant With Feathers, Notorious Nastie and El Tigre, took over PS14 in Downtown Miami for Club Jupiña Colada. Click here to view the full slideshow. -- Jose D. Duran
Tonight, Friday, August 29 *The big deal for scruffy indie lovers tonight is My Morning Jacket at the Fillmore Miami Beach. Some people say they're the best live band ever -- hyperbole? You decide. *Rock en espanol darling Geordano Henriquez plays at Jazid -- and maybe someday he will finally get ... More >>
We are hearing around town that Miami is in store for a busy fall and winter seasons. Big names are being tossed around and events are in the works -- too bad we can't tell you just yet, but you can rest assured we'll be the first to let you know. But looking ahead at this long Labor Day weekend, t ... More >>
A Little Strong (Palm Tree Snuff/¿Que Pasa M.I.A.?)
This humble blog, South Florida Music Scene Past and Present, is on CrossFade's blogroll, but it's such a wealth of local music history goodness that I wanted to highlight it for this installment of Throwback Tuesdays. I sat down to delve into the entire archive of posts last night (good thing the ... More >>
Jose D. Duran Gravy Train!!!! perform at White Room Thursday night. Gravy Train!!!! with Mission Veo and Jose El Rey Thursday, July 10, 2008 White Room, Miami Better than: Er, gay porn I suppose. Gravy Train!!!! (yes, the exclamation points are part of the name) are one of those bands that came i ... More >>
Gravy Train!!!! I was debating whether to start this post with "All aboard the Gravy Train!!!!" But, er, I resisted the temptation. But don't resist on checking out the California quartet Gravy Train!!!! (yes, the exclamation points are part of the name, I suppose to express utter joy) at White Roo ... More >>
Jose El Rey If you haven't seen local artist Jose El Rey perform live yet, you are missing one of the best spectacles out there. He easily won my heart over when I saw him perform at White Room earlier this year. And when he gave his cousin (niece?) Yarisleydi the Quinces of her dreams at the Vagab ... More >>
Somebody queue up the Stevie B.
José El Rey rules with poetic justice and sweet, sweet music.
This crazy new party is hard to describe