Another year, another Ultra Music Festival. We here at Crossfade always make the annual pilgrimage to Ultra land. And from one UMF to the next, there is a lot of stuff that's not-so-shockingly new. Or as Deadmau5 might screech: "It's the same fucking thing every year!" Inevitably, though, there's ... More >>
No lie, this Winter Music Conference was kind of a failure. WMC has always been the land where new records, artists, and genres are broken and made. If you're track catches fire at Ultra Music Festival, you're guaranteed to have the best year of your career so far. Play your cards right, and you'll ... More >>
Much like the actual weather in this era of global warming, the emotional climate at Ultra Music Festival's live stage is wildly unpredictable. The fans might love it. They might hate it. It's always tough to predict. But the fervor and size of the audience often mirrors the enthusiasm, though not ... More >>
You don't have to be an EDM junkie to know that Ultra Music Festival brings some of the best DJs on the planet to the Magic City every year. (Eric Prydz, Carl Cox, David Guetta sound familiar?) But one thing that's got us beyond ecstatic about this year's fest is its killer live-act lineup. Sure, t ... More >>
What's that barely audible uhntz-uhntz, bro? Just Ultra Music Festival oh-so-quietly releasing 2014's Phase Two lineup, exclusively via its official iPhone and Android apps. Of course, though, we here at Crossfade are never too far from our cellular devices. So we snagged UMF's adds for you. Just ... More >>
"It's lineup day!" For the last 21 hours, Ultra Music Festival has been taunting and teasing international beat freaks with its 2014 Phase One reveal. But now it's finally here ... A 105-act roster packed with big-name DJs (Avicii, Eric Prydz, Diplo, Hardwell, Tiësto) and a killer live contingen ... More >>
See also "Kanye West, Lou Reed, Offspring Headlining UR1 Festival" -- plus "M.I.A., Fun., Seven Others Added to UR1." Hey, kid. No more waiting for the man. The time has finally come. UR1 Festival tickets are on sale! Right effing now! The ambitious first-time art and music festival will be making ... More >>
If, last night, you shouted, "Screw crappy pop!" and chose Barack, then you've probably got no effing idea who won and lost at the MTV Video Music Awards. Luckily, we here at Crossfade own a DVR. So while watching Obama goin' hard at the Democratic National Convention, we were also keeping track of ... More >>
Like the History Channel, MTV is lying about itself. Despite their respective names, programming is anything but historical or musical. For example, Teen Mom and Snooki and JWoww are reality-ish shows, and they're light-years away from MTV's traditional business model built around a 24-hour music ... More >>
Big ups to British siren Adele for keeping it seriously real at last night's Brit Awards. The "Rolling In The Deep" singer was in the process of accepting the award for Album of the Year when, seconds into her speech, actor and Brit presenter James Corden interrupted her to introduce a live perf ... More >>
Today, the world got an overdose of Maya Arulpragasam, AKA M.I.A., who released not one, but two music videos. The first was a featured guest spot on Madonna's "Hollaback Girl" "Give Me All Your Luvin'". Tween SMS misspellings aside, Madonna's track is basically an ode to herself and how everyon ... More >>
Though these days he may be known as Mr. Worldwide, Pitbull will always be Mr. 305 here in the M.I.A. Which is why it's only fitting that Miami's own mayor celebrates his 30th birthday at South Beach's Club Play tomorrow night. The party, called Pitbull Birthday Affair, will feature DJs Laz and ... More >>
DiploDiplo has a lot to be grateful this year. The Mad Decent label head's career shows no signs of slowing down. And his Major Lazer side project with Switch is still going strong following the release of a new EP, Lazers Never Die, and a mixtape with La Roux. Even M.I.A.'s self-implosion this ... More >>
Shep the Selector doing work.If he wasn't a graphically ingenious (albeit conceptually vacant) international art star, would anyone give a shit about Shepard Fairey's DJ sets? Nope. Not unless they were drunk and dying for a dose of radio-ready epicness. But he's the dude who invented OBEY and O ... More >>
In a city with an economy built around tourism and service, Miami International Airport is an embarrassing black eye. Let's put it this way: If Will Smith's "Welcome to Miami" were actually about the way most visitors are welcomed to Miami -- through the airport -- it would be a painful 37-minute ex ... More >>
No gingers were harmed in the making of M.I.A. "XXXO" video.If the "Born Free" video and the subsequent PR nightmare leading up to the release of /\/\/\Y/\ hurt M.I.A.'s chances at mainstream popularity, the newly released video for "XXXO" might help fix that.The track itself is sort of a sleeper ... More >>
As you may have heard, M.I.A. has a new album out. She also performed a string of North American tour dates before jetting off to Europe for the summer festival circuit. Part of that schedule originally included a set at Hard Summer Festival in Los Angeles and New York.Unfortunately, for M.I.A. t ... More >>
M.I.A./\/\/\Y/\(XL/Interscope)By now, you are probably aware that controversial electronic artist M.I.A. has released a new album called /\/\/\Y/\ (thus referred to as Maya from now on to preserve our sanity). After two highly praised album, Arular and Kala, M.I.A. has faced some serious blacklas ... More >>
M.I.A. doesn't care for the New York Times.Got to love M.I.A., a.k.a., Maya Arulpragasam. New York Times Magazine contributor Lynn Hirschberg, wrote an fascinating and intimate piece on the Sri Lankian-by-the-way-of-London artist. In it, Hirschberg writes about Maya's past and how it influences h ... More >>
M.I.A.'s "Born Free" is angrier than you can imagineAnyone expecting M.I.A. to ease her way back into public consciousness gradually obviously doesn't remember that her biggest hit of all time features some gunshots as part of the chorus. With "Born Free," Maya Arulpragasam manages to find a far ... More >>
Judging by how many vehement Danny Gokey supporters spoke out when they found out that his Culture Room show was nixed, hopefully we can bring some American Idol-fueled joy into the world with the following: Jordin Sparks will perform at Revolution on June 22. That's right. Idol season six winner ... More >>
Peaches has, among other things, a (relatively) new LP (I Feel Cream), a new clip (for the song "Take You On"), a new band (the Berlin-based Sweet Machines), and a new tour. That last one brings her to Revolution this Friday, November 6. It also gave New Times a chance to play a quick game of "Eith ... More >>
If you missed it, and it's your kind of thing, you missed out: NeckFace's Devil's Disciple opening at O.H.W.O.W. was one of the best parties on Halloween. And Busy P's set at the afterparty at Poplife didn't disappoint, either. As much as we wanted to hate on it and find the track selection stuck in ... More >>
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MiamiKaos No offense to Serge Touissant, but there's a new Obama art king in town. Here's local graphic artist Miami Kaos, of Hardcore Designs, take on the Commander in Chief. Much like a pregnant M.I.A. at the Grammys, he's flanked by four of Hip Hop's biggest stars. [Obama Art Report via Animal Ne ... More >>
Diplo spins at LIV March 4.Really, we don't know why are shocked anymore. It's getting obvious that clubs are grasping anything in order to stay afloat. But during our daily Pitchfork read, we stumbled upon the news that M.I.A./Santogold producer/DJ Diplo would be spinning at LIV alongside Dave 1 of ... More >>
via www.villagevoice.comTV on the Radio's win for best album was not exactly a stunning upsetNew Times' sister paper, the Village Voice, has been running its annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll since 1971. And while it's among the last in the "best-of" national roundups, it's been one of the most i ... More >>
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