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 >>
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 >>
via miamimusicfestival.orgIn an either extremely clever or just brave bit of scheduling, the inaugural edition of the Miami Music Festival launches this Thursday, less than a week after the onslaught of Art Basel Miami Beach. Despite the lack of a long recuperation lag, though, if you truly want ... 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 >>
The Miami Bass Warriors, a sort of supergroup featuring Otto von Schirach, Debbie D (Avenue D.) Jose el Rey and El Tigre, has been getting the remix treatment courtesy of the Nome and Chris Video of BF GF.MP3: Miami Bass Warriors - "Going Back to Calle Ocho" (the Nome remix) MP3: Miami Bass Warri ... 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 >>
Bass Low/Bass Galactica 8Juan Loumiet is on a busy streak. Besides running his venue, promoting shows, and spinning beats, he is finding time to drop deep tracks on his label Basshead. Right now he has this piece coming from Miami's own Otto von Schirach. It's a double-A side with two bi ... More >>
Sa-Fire is the singer of the memorable Freestyle hits "Don't Break My Heart" and "Boy, I've Been Told."José el Rey: Sa-Fire, thanks for being right on time! What are you up to?Sa-Fire: I'm always very punctual. If you're ever late, you might miss a great opportunity. My new single "Exotique" is n ... 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 >>
And we refuse to make a citizens arrest for speeding.
You sold me out, bro! What the hell? What happened? I'll tell you what happened: I got an e-mail from some dude from the New York Times. He said he was in Miami to cover some sort of terrible crime spree, complete with beheadings. He wanted to write about something fun, so the worldwide press ... 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 d ... 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 ... 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 pa ... More >>
A Little Strong (Palm Tree Snuff/¿Que Pasa M.I.A.?)
Somebody queue up the Stevie B.
Sweat Records hangs on for its third year.
José El Rey rules with poetic justice and sweet, sweet music.
This crazy new party is hard to describe