Kat Bein

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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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2014

    Blurr Weekly Brings Rock and Cheap Drinks to Wynwood's Brick House: "There's Been a Void"

    Burn down the disco, hang the blessed DJ. For too long, all of those classic indie, Brit pop, post-punk tunes, from the Smiths to the Kinks to the Strokes, has been conspicuously absent from the downtown Miami soundtrack. "Not a lot of bars are playing this stuff that we all used to dance to. Ther ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2014

    Downtown Miami's Five Best Bars

    It's finally Friday, and that means we are thirstier than a motherfucker for this workweek to be over. Of course, the only thing that can quell our craving is a cold, delicious brewksie enjoyed in a dark setting, maybe with some music and food too. But where do we head when the final minute is up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Music's Five Dumbest Marketing Trends

    You gimmicky schmucks. Yes, you. The multi-platinum artist reigning over the Billboard charts, farting out hits like your shit doesn't stink. Actually, it smells like your soul died and rotted. It's so hard to hear any good music over all these wack-ass jumble jams. Your keywords are rich, but you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Five Signs It's Time for Party Rehab

    Calling all club rats! It's time for a lifestyle upgrade. Excessive clubbing is fun at first, but no one wants to turn into an episode of the Real World. Long-term excessive clubbing can have adverse effects on your wallet, your sanity, and the sanity of those around you, especially in a city atta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    2 Chainz, Pusha T, French Montana Coaching South Beach B-Ball Tournament

    Haters gonna hate. Ballers gonna ball. And rappers are going to claim to be (or at least claim to have been) really good at basketball at some point in their life. We all know rap and basketball are the two entertainment worlds with the thinnest common border. NBA players are always trying to rap, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2014

    Gavanna Nightclub Relaunches Saturday with Entirely New Club Experience

    Miamians don't wait until they really need one to get a face lift. Sometimes, it's more fun to just change things up because you can. The same rule applies to Miami nightlife, and international Latin entertainment destination Gavanna Nightclub is keeping the spice in its relationship with its patro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    DZA's House at Bardot: "A House Music Party That's Not Mad Pretentious"

    Whose house? DZA's House. That's what the crowds are screamin' over on the Bardot dance floor when the Peach Fuzz don takes to the decks. His new Saturday night get-down floods the carpet on a monthly basis with old school funk disco, nu school groove house, and just enough remixed throwbacks to ke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Watch James Brown Play a UFO Cult Leader in This Bizarre Episode of Miami Vice

    Hit me! The new James Brown biopic Get On Up is gettin' on up them screens today, and any soul-addict should hit the theaters, at least sneak in, to see Chadwick Boseman sweat his ass off while doing right by the Hardest Working Man in Show Business. All the great music and personal intrigue aside ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Vogue: A Seven-Part Guide to Ballroom Culture

    In post-Internet society, things don't stay hidden for long. But there is a subculture with more than three decades of relevance that has inspired its own documentary, been co-opted by Madonna, and yet, remarkably, remains largely misunderstood. "Walk down the street in Fort Lauderdale or South Bea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Rap's Top Ten Weird-Awesome Fashion Icons

    Hip-hop and fashion have always gone together like suits and ties. Ironically, though, rappers who wear suits and ties belong to the most boring slice of rap's style spectrum, right next to dudes in baggy pants and plain white tees. It's about being flashy. It's not about being like everyone else. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Catwalk Vogue Night: "A Place Where You Can Just Be You"

    You've heard the Madonna song "Vogue." Maybe you've seen the cult documentary Paris Is Burning. But have you witnessed Catwalk at The Garret? It's the only place in Miami where you, the spectator, can just walk in and experience the sensation that is ballroom culture. No matter whether you are gay ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Rap's Ten Best Songs About Big Butts

    What is every rapper's favorite body part? C'mon, that's an easy one. More MCs have put their mind to the big butt issue than there are scientists working on curing cancer. And obviously, in rap music, the bigger the booty, the better. Modern asses are reaching colossal proportions, but not all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    Ten Softest Rappers in the Game

    The mainstream rap game is servin' up so many soft rappers, we should stop calling them MCs and start calling them TCBYs. Have you listened to the hot 100 hip-hop charts lately? It's like a damn 16-year-old girl's mix tape in this mess. Someone must have let the dogs out, because all we see in the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    Five Worst EDM Gimmicks

    Remember when you used to spend all day playing arcade fighting games against your friends, and you had that one buddy who just kept pressing the same attack button, over and over, leaving you no time to gather your thoughts and use your actual skills? That shit was cheap as hell, and it really piss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Ten Best Female Punks Ever

    The music industry is a male-dominated business. And though punk rock disturbs the status-quo, it's no exception to paternal rule. That being said, it is one of the most open and inviting genres in music. With the right attitude, anyone can be a punk rocker, and plenty of ladies have put their edg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    Eight Signs You're Not VIP

    Everyone wants to feel special and loved, but not everyone is a Very Important Person. Of course, if VIP is really about anything at all, it's money and status and exclusivity. A person cannot be "very important" unless there are "less important" people at which to snicker and point from the bottle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    Playboy TV Host and Sexologist Jessica O'Reilly Comes to X Run: "Sex is Just Like Working Out"

    After a hard day of work, it can be difficult to motivate oneself to get to the gym. This weekend, your plans to lounge on the beach or binge-watch Game of Thrones may take priority over a muddy obstacle course - but what if that obstacle course were made of dildos? "Sex is just like working out," ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    Six Worst Pop Star Siblings to Ever Suck

    Some people become famous because they are incredible talents discovered at a young age. Others become famous because their parents treat the womb like a star factory. Hey, if you push enough kids into the spotlight, one of them is gonna have a hit. But when one kid becomes a world-famous celebrit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    Twerking, Dubstep, and Other Dumb Music Words in the Dictionary

    As 21st-century culture and technology continue to evolve, so too must our language. Whether you like it or not, all these hashtag buzzwords are part of the greater lexicon. Literally, "hashtag" was added to the dictionary. But it's not just words like "selfie," "noob," or "friend zone." The musi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    Justin Bieber Taking Teen Model to Miami Senior High School's Prom?

    We could hardly belieb our eyes. Could it be true? Has the world's most popular singer-dancer-badboy been approved to attend the prom festivities at Miami Senior High School? Is some lucky girl (and teen model) from Little Havana named Yovanna Ventura actually dating the Biebz? Are they so super-ce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    Rap and R&B's Worst '90s Ripoffs

    The '90s are back! The fashions, the music, the attitude. There are more people Rollerblading by the beach than we've seen in about 25 years. (Wow, it's been too long!) Now, we couldn't be more excited about the return of the most bleakly apathetic decade in pop culture. But along with the return o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    EDM's Five Greatest Delusions

    Phillip Seymour Hoffman, playing the legendary rock journalist Lester Bangs in the film Almost Famous, once said the most brilliant thing about modern music we've ever heard. "They're trying to buy respectability for a form that is gloriously and righteously dumb," he says. "The day it ceases to b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    The Go-Go Dancers of Ultra Music Festival

    We've all seen them. They're gorgeous, perfectly unattainable beauties with grace, poise, and loads of talent. They're the go-go dancers of Ultra Music Festival, and they're dressed in fantastic costumes, floating from the rafters, and charming the crowd from lofty pedestals flanked by fire and la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Ultra 2014's Top 20 Raver Fashions: The Kandi, The Fabulous, and the Nearly Naked

    Beats, beauties, bass, booties, brawn, bras, and some valuable life experience. That's what it takes to make an Ultra Music Festival, as far as a fashionista is concerned. You've never seen anything like the get-ups these people wear for their get-down. Luckily, you don't need to go to Ultra to en ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2014

    Ultra 2014's 25 Best Bass Faces

    Ultra Music Festival is nothing if not gnarly. The beats are gnarly, the people are gnarly, the portable toilets are gnarly. It's stank-face city, bro. But even more than the sight of no toilet paper, it's those dirty beats -- dutch, dub, or otherwise -- that make us twist our faces like ancient J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2014

    Ultra Ravers' Ten Tips for Finding Love at an EDM Fest

    We all know the words to the song. But is Rihanna telling the truth? Is it really possible to find love in a hopeless place? Ultra Music Festival can sometimes seem to be as hopeless a place as any for finding a true connection. You're lucky just to find toilet paper. And yet, would you believe ... More >>

  • Music

    March 27, 2014
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    March 27, 2014

    Miami's 25 Best Electronic Music Acts

    The 305 helped invent modern dance music. In the late 1970s, Henry Stone's TK Records, headquartered in Hialeah, pumped out disco hit after disco hit from KC and the Sunshine Band, even introducing the word booty into the pop lexicon. Today, Miami party music is still making asses shake. And the ... More >>

  • Culture

    February 27, 2014
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    January 28, 2014

    III Points Festival Announces Dates for 2014

    III Points is coming back. Yes, 3P Productions had so much fun with this past year's inaugural three-day celebration of art, music and technology that a 2014 edition's already in the works -- but not without a few changes. Instead of Thursday to Saturday, the fest will span the weekend proper. So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    Red Bull Guest House Announces Label Showcases for WMC and MMW 2014

    Brace yourselves, a hurricane of Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week posts are coming. We're kicking off the season with an announcement from one of the newest yet most critically acclaimed events of March's musical madness. The Red Bull Guest House premiered last year in a big way when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Miami's Five Best Electronic Music Labels

    Are you tuned in to the constant hum of these streets? It's a bass rattle pounding into the night. It's a tinny hi-hat on repeat. It's a vocal sample morphed into obscurity. It's the indefinite groove of Miami. But who's supplying the rhythm that our city dances to? Who's carving a giant 305 into t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    Holy Ship!!! 2014 in Animated GIF!!!

    Have you ever seen a gingerbread man with no arms do the shimmy? What about two sharks going at it in shallow water? Seriously, who doesn't want to see a drunk dude having the time of his life, only to fall flat on his ass? It's the simple things in life that bring the greatest joy. And luckily for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    The Weeknd Rings in 2014 With Tainted Love Songs at the Delano South Beach

    There are only two ways to properly celebrate New Year's Eve. Snuggled up all cozy with the family. Or drinking with strangers on South Beach, wandering the streets, looking for the next open bar. Of course, we here at Crossfade chose the beach and the booze. Especially when we heard that The Week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    Holy Ship!!! 2014's Ten Must-See Sets

    Holy Ship!!! is right around the corner. Are you prepared? Whether you're a first-time shipper or a seasoned mate, navigating the lineup is tricky business. With so many established and emerging artists, spread out among so many stages, it's easy to miss something totally life-changing. Because w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    LeBron James and the Six Best NBA Rappers

    Rappers live the life. But deep down, they want to prove they can ball out on the court. In turn, almost every NBA player fancies himself an MC. And though few have had any semblance of crossover success, some of them aren't half bad. From our own King James to Metta World Peace, here are Crossfa ... More >>

  • News

    December 5, 2013
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    November 21, 2013

    The Ten People You Meet at '80s Prom

    Have you ever gotten drunk and thought, "Man, burrrp, I wish I could go back to prom and do it all over again. I would really, hiccup, show them." Well, if you sobered up, you might realize going back to your real prom is a horrible idea, but taking part in the 11th annual '80s Prom at The Vagabon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    The Six Ravers You Meet on

    You know that feel when you're at the rave get-down all by yourself and everyone around you has a spirit-hooded cuddle buddy? Big room drops just aren't the same without someone to love, but never fear, is here! The sweet kandi gods of love did smile upon thee with this dating website ... More >>

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    November 6, 2013

    Eight Reasons EDM Is Sexist

    As a self-respecting female with professional aspirations and a desire to be taken seriously as an individual, it's become increasingly difficult to identify with American electronic dance music culture without feeling kind of irresponsible. Six or seven years ago, the playing field was pretty eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    Six Reasons to Never Have Sex With a DJ

    Calm down, party girl/boy. Before you go flaunting your shiz in the face of the selector, think about what you're really getting yourself into. Sure, dating (or even just fucking) a DJ seems like it would be a perk-filled romp through Awesomeville's romance district. Your new beau will not only sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Rent Gloria Estefan's Star Island Guest House for $30,000 a Month

    You've been working hard, haven't you? Don't you think it's time for a vacation? Well, if you're looking for the perfect waterfront pad, and you have a month to kill and at least $30,000, not only are you a rich son of a bitch, but we've got the deal for you! Gloria Estefan, Miami's beloved music ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    Breeders' Josephine Wiggs on 20 Years of Last Splash and the Future of Women in Rock

    The creative process is one of the scariest things a person can endure. Opening yourself up, either alone or with a group of friends and fellow artists, it can blow up in your face. Or, you could make history. The Breeders were kind of lucky in that regard. Their third record, Last Splash, is a tim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Five Funniest Musicians on Vine

    In the 1920s, some intellectual turd purportedly told Earnest Hemingway that he couldn't write a compelling story in less than a few hundred words, and Hemingway was all, "Watch this." He drank something stiff, no doubt, and turned out a most heart-wrenching tale in six words: "For sale: Baby shoe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    Gucci Mane and Ten Other Drug-Addicted Rappers

    Gucci Mane has been going berserk lately. He spewed a bunch of hate speech about Brick Squad and how he banged Nicki Minaj via Twitter, and then his own friend called the cops and had him arrested for erratic behavior (getting an ice-cream cone tatted on his face wasn't a first clue?) -- but it seem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    Banks on Going From "Writing in My Room" to Touring With the Weeknd

    When music flows from a deep well of emotional honesty, the world can't help but be moved. Such is the case with the haunting and elegant melodies of Banks. This young woman from Los Angeles started writing songs in her bedroom, and up until a few months ago, not even her friends had ever heard them ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Kaskade: "I Think We've Been Portrayed Unfairly as a Drug-Addicted Youth Culture"

    Kaskade is quickly becoming one of the biggest names in dance music. He's playing the Miami's American Airlines Arena tomorrow, and that's the kind of arena-god swag reserved for only the most sought-after talent. But with great power comes great responsibility, and Kaskade doesn't shy away from h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Flo Rida Makes Crappy Music With Lasers: An Extremely Detailed Breakdown

    "Have you ever dreamed of being a star?" Who's asking? Flo Rida! He wants to make your dreams come true, and he's not going to do it with the exciting new BeamzByFlo, "the future of interactive music." What is it? Probably the cheapest piece of plastic crap turned musical instrument since Guitar H ... More >>

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