Kat Bein

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    November 12, 2014

    Holy Ship! 2015's Miami Pre-Party Lineups: Baauer, Justin Martin, Destructo, Ten Others

    Do nautical dreams come true? Can an aging couple rise from the ranks of fandom into total brand-worthy acceptance? They do, and they can if you're talking about #ShipFam. Last year, Stephanie and Robert P. Bunting organized a well-attended Officially Unofficial Holy Ship!!! Pre-Party that packed t ... More >>

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    November 11, 2014

    Five Signs This Club Sucks

    Free time is a precious commodity. Weekend warriors have a mere 48 hours to get as nasty as they wanna be, then it's a long, hot shower and another five days of money makin'. No one wants to waste their Saturdays on shitty drinks in shitty environments. And there's nothing fun about wasting hundred ... More >>

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    October 21, 2014

    Meet Miami's Plastic Pinks: A Video Interview

    There's always talk of III Points' dance music acts, but the annual Wynwood festival does a lot to pay tribute to Miami's rock scene as well. It's important to give our local bands time to shine, and we were stoked to catch up with groovy garage rockers Plastic Pinks, whom you may have seen tear th ... More >>

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    October 20, 2014

    Russell Simmons: "The Idea of 'I'm Going to Sell a Million Records' Is Almost a Fantasy"

    If you're going to take advice from anyone, Russell Simmons isn't a bad mentor. He started a media empire out of his college dorm. He's easily responsible for more than half of the hip-hop classics you've enjoyed in your lifetime, not to mention tons of television and movies you've loved. Maybe you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    Life in Color 2014 Adds to Miami Lineup: Borgore, Juicy J, Nervo, Adventure Club

    Goop junkies, your time is nigh. The Life in Color Festival is back and bigger than ever, threatening a full two days' worth of paint-splattering, beat-dropping madness. The fest has been slowly revealing its 2014 lineup with a neat series of live-painting portraits by LA-based artist David Garibal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2014

    Mansion's Cocktails & Dreams Bar: A Sneak Peek at Five $18 Megaclub Concoctions

    Mansion just launched its new Cocktails & Dreams bar. And sure, hand-crafted cocktails aren't what the South Beach megaclub built its reputation on. But the Opium Group establishment is willing to bet the VIPs are gonna appreciate the attention to detail and use of fresh, local ingredients. Here's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    Baauer and Boys Noize Cancel Run X Tour "Due to Deadlines Around New Music"

    Sorry, Miami. You're not about to get your Baauer fix. And you're not going to get any Boys Noize either. The two bass producers canceled their joint tour citing "deadlines around new music." But we kind of feel like that's the sort of thing that should be considered before you schedule a tour. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    Ultra Music Festival 2015 Tickets on Sale Now

    On your mark. Get set. Go score some rave tix. Ultra Music Festival 2015 tickets are officially on sale. So for all those party people who qualify under UMF's new 18-and-over policy, it's time to camp in front of the computer and secure a spot at America's longest-running dance fest. This is UMF's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    Viceroy: "There's Pop Music With Substance"

    "Summer all the time" is everyday life in Miami, so it stands to reason that Viceroy should be every Miamian's favorite dance music producer. The San Francisco-based artist loves Hawaiian shirts and keeps that sun-and-fun loving sentiment at the heart of his work. He's all about that groove, not so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    Kaskade Headlining Life in Color Festival 2014, the "World's Largest Paint Party"

    Life in Color is unlike any other music festival. Hello! They shoot paint out of cannons all over everyone! So it only makes sense that the "World's Largest Paint Party" should employ similarly uncommon techniques when announcing its famous DJ headliners. Pairing the fest's most peculiar quality ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    Miami's Five Best Nightlife Neighborhoods

    Sometimes, we like to argue that Miami isn't just a party town. We've got more to offer the world than just a great vacation get-away, and it's time the people of America took notice. This however, is not one of those times. You're damn right Miami is one of the best party cities in the country. W ... More >>

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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 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 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 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

    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 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 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 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 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 >>

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    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 >>

  • 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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    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 >>

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    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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