M.I.A. (Musician)

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    March 30, 2014

    Ultra 2014's Full Lineup and Set Times

    Get to party plannin', raver. In just one week, Ultra Music Festival 2014 begins at downtown Miami's Bayfront Park. Arrive unprepared ... And you will be screwed. Of course, we mean: "Do not forget your cellphone and water-purification pills. Blah, blah, blah." But we also mean: "Put together a ti ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    Five Best Concerts in Miami This Week

    Burnt out from too much fist-pumping at all those Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week parties you crashed this weekend? Well, take a cafecito shot and put on your game face 'cause the WMC/MMW rage has just begun. Just check out the five best concerts going down this week, from new-wave le ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    Ultra 2014 Announces Set Times and Stages

    It's officially Ultra season, beat freaks. Just yesterday, the EDM fest announced its Phase Two lineup, adding Chance the Rapper, Miami's own DJ Craze, as well as the Diplo and Skrillex collab Just U, and 50 other acts to the party plan. But already the Ultra Music Festival peeps have followed up ... More >>

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    January 29, 2014

    Nine Reasons Miami Is the Best City Name Ever

    It's a weird bit of civic pride, sure, but have you thought about how lucky we are to live in a city with as pretty a name as Miami? We could live in some town with a clunk of a name like "Fresno" or "Pittsburgh" or "Fort Lauderdale," but instead we have this short, elegant name that uses just three ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013
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    December 13, 2012
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    September 7, 2012

    MTV Video Music Awards 2012's Big Winners and Even Bigger Losers

    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 >>

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    August 24, 2012

    Gentleman Jack's Art, Beats Lyrics Tour Brings Classic Beats to Art Basel Miami Beach

    Gentleman, it's time to get Jacked. Coming at you live and direct from the aged barrel of golden delicious god-nectar, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey is going on tour with Art, Beats Lyrics. Not to mention plenty of the good stuff. With eight stops across the country, Jack Daniel's and fr ... More >>

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    August 16, 2012
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    August 2, 2012
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    July 18, 2012

    Identity Festival 2012's Five Most Exciting Artists

    See also "Identity Festival 2012 Announces Tour Schedule and Lineup, Tries Again in Miami." Last year, the Identity Festival turned out to be a real tease. There was the threat of a hurricane. The party got canceled. And we here in Miami never even got the chance to get down. But this summer, ID F ... More >>

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    April 4, 2012

    Madonna's Phony Bologna Feuding: The Material Girl's Five Best Beefs of 2012

    We're not entirely sure why, but it seems that all of popular culture is rebelling against Madonna. Talk show hosts, contemporary pop stars, and LARPers have all had something nasty to say about The Queen of Pop over the past few months. In fact, the snark has been so intense, we wouldn't be surpr ... More >>

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    November 24, 2011
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    October 25, 2011

    Diplo, Dinosaurs, and Jamaican Dancehall at LIV November 9

    Facebook​Diplodocuses were some of the gnarliest dinosaurs in North America. They were friendly, survived on a diet of mostly tree branches and water plants, and generally kicked it prehistorically 'round Utah and Colorado. But the Diplodocus is also the inspiration behind one of electro music's ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011
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    May 10, 2011

    Lady Gaga Jumps into Immigration Reform Debate

    ​Rick Scott failed this year on his campaign promise to bring Arizona-style immigration laws to Florida, but if he tries to push the controversial reforms next year, he could make himself a very powerful enemy: Lady Gaga. Never one to shy away from GLBT issues, the Fame Monster has now expanded he ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    Bomba Estereo at the Heineken TransAtlantic Festival 2011, April 14

    Bomba Estereo's Simón Mejía and Liliana Saumet.​Bomba Estereo With Spam Allstars, Los Rumberos de la 8, and Mr. Pauer Presented by Rhythm Foundation Grand Central Miami Thursday, April 14, 2011 Better Than: Letting Los Perros or any other late-night South Beach hot dog joint be your only taste ... More >>

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    March 25, 2011

    Hard Miami at Grand Central, March 24

    Photo by Daniel De Las CasasDiplo live at Grand Central.​View photos from Hard Miami at Grand Central.The line stretched around the block. And inside, it was already packed. Numbers-wise, Hard Miami was a resounding success. On Wednesday, Poplife announced that the event was sold out, so dem ... More >>

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    January 14, 2011

    Pitbull Celebrates His 30th Birthday Tomorrow at Play

    ​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 >>

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    December 8, 2010

    Diplo Bringing Holiday Cheer to Grand Central December 23

    Diplo​Diplo 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 >>

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    November 11, 2010
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    June 28, 2010

    Top 10 Moments of the BET Awards 2010: Chris Brown, Drake, Rick Ross, and More (With Video!)

    We love music awards season this year, largely thanks to Twitter -- the real-time discussion and dissection of the county's pop-stars makes for an entertaining way to spend a few hours "working." (Plus, some of you all on our Twitter feed, at @Crossfade_SFL, are hilarious).Anyways, we glued ourselve ... More >>

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    April 9, 2010

    Rihanna Brings the Last Girl on Earth Tour to American Airlines Arena July 31

    Rihanna will probably wearing more clothing when she performs in Miami.​Normally we'd be the first ones to turn our noses up at pop music, but there is just something about Rihanna that is so likable. Maybe it's her seemingly down-to-earth attitude, or that she went through the whole Chris Brown s ... More >>

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    March 23, 2010

    Switch Talks Major Lazer, the New Album, and the Ultra Fest

    Left to right: Switch, the Major, and Diplo​What do you need to know that you don't already know? Over the last few years, Switch (real name Dave Tayor) has become one of the most massive masterminds of mash-up music in this new-ish millennium. He and Diplo (real name Wesley Pentz) were the guys b ... More >>

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    February 19, 2010

    Around Town This Weekend: Oscar Shorts, Delta Blues, and Spank Rock

    Granny Grimm​The SoBe Wine & Food fest and Miami International Film Festival will consume your next two weekends, so this weekend, you have our permission to take it easy. Kick back and screen some Oscar-nominated shorts, and catch a few of the concerts making their way through our clubs and a ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009

    New Deep House Mix by DJ Joaquin, Playing ON/OFF at La Folie Tonight

    ​DJ Joaquin Estevez was born in the Dominican Republic and relocated to Miami in 1992, where he's been a mainstay of the local underground EDM scene since his long-standing residency for Sobebeats and their infamous warehouse parties in 2006-2008. He has since played regularly in support of the PL ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009

    Top Ten Thursdays: The Top Ten Guitarists Right Now

    Buddy Guy plays the Arsht Center.​Blues badass Buddy Guy -- along with Big Easy piano man Dr. John -- performs Friday at the Knight Concert Hall at the Arsht Center. A huge influence on Eric Clapton and countless others, Guy continues to elate audience members with his guitar heroics at the g ... More >>

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    November 2, 2009

    Head Spins: DJ Mednas (With MP3s!)

    via​Miamians take a rightful pride in our reputation as the northern-most capital of South America. But if we're ever going to truly be considered a world-class city, it'll be because of cats like DJ Mednas. Mednas, who derives his moniker from a mix-up of his given name, ... More >>

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    August 25, 2009

    Show Announcements: The Bravery and Perpetual Groove Coming to Culture Room

    ​No not on the same ticket, but The Bravery and Perpetual Groove have both announced dates at the Culture Room. Rock and Roll darlings The Bravery, fresh off a stint opening for Green Day, are coming to Culture Room on October 16. They'll surely be trying out songs off their yet unnamed album (whi ... More >>

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    July 14, 2009

    MP3 of the Day: Billy Blue mixtape, 36 Reasons

    As we embark on another hot and sweltering summer in the M.I.A., it's bound to get hotter with the release of local hip-hop heavyweight Billy Blue's new mixtape, 36 Reasons. It's a preemptive strike before his major-label debut album, The Story of My Life, due out the end of August on Poe Boy Entert ... More >>

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    June 8, 2009

    MTV News Celebrates the M-I-Yayo With its Very Own Week

    Now that Heidi and Spencer have gotten married for realz, MTV has decided to give our fair city its very own week of in-depth musical coverage. This introductory article mentions the accomplishments of the usual suspects - Lil' Wayne, Flo Rida, Pitbull, Rick Ross, Trick Daddy, Khaled, and Cool & ... More >>

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    June 2, 2009

    Saturday Night: Sneaker Pimps, featuring the Cool Kids and the Clipse, at the Moore Building

    Pusha T of the Clipse playing to the crowd at Sneaker Pimps in Miami on Saturday.Sneaker PimpsLive Performances by the Cool Kids and ClipseSaturday, May 30, 2009The Moore Building, MiamiBetter than: A backpack full of factory-fresh, limited edition kicks.Outside the Moore Building, footwear fetishis ... More >>

  • Music

    January 29, 2009

    ¿Que Pasa, M.I.A.?

    José El Rey weighs in on the best after-club, late-night snacks.

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    January 13, 2009

    DJ Mix: DJ Ross One "Favela Chic, Vol. 2"

    It's often the complaint of many that South Beach has become stale, particularly its DJs, who seem completely content with spinning the usual Top 40/hip-hop mess that really is no different than you just turning on your car's stereo. But if there is one DJ that is try to walk the fine line of giving ... More >>

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    January 1, 2009

    Jose El Rey Shares His New Year's Resolutions

    The singer, dancer, and lover starts '09 with his own New Times column.

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    December 18, 2008

    Top Dance Albums of 2008

    Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddling, you can sample enough cheesy beats and mashups to clog arteries from here to Berlin. Simple dropdown mouse maneuvers can transform electro tracks into progressive house tracks (from dry ... More >>

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    December 17, 2008

    Top 10 Pop Songs of 2008

    Pop music often gets a bad rap for being disposable or vapid, and in many cases that's true. (Katy Perry, Danity Kane and the Pussycat Dolls, step right up!) But every year, a few irresistible bits of innovative ear candy rocket up the charts and seep into our subconscious. The following ten singles ... More >>

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    November 18, 2008

    Switch Coming to Heathrow December 13

    Chromeo, Crookers, and now Switch? Whoever is responsible for the string of bookings at Heathrow Lounge deserves a gold star because it's getting ridiculous. It almost seems like Heathrow is quickly becoming the Studio A replacement we hoped for -- except it's ill equipped to handle any kind of live ... More >>

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    August 14, 2008

    Lady Tigra

    Please Mr. Boombox (High Score Records)

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    August 1, 2008

    The Cool Kids Latest EP Brings '88 Back

    The Cool Kids The Bake Sale EP (Chocolate Industries) With frivolous brag lines and clean, minimal beats, the Cool Kids urinate willfully all over the idea of crack narratives and trigger-happy posturing, and are relishing every step of the way. At the pace of a pregnant snail, these two Chic ... More >>

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    April 30, 2008

    BREAKING NEWS: Miami's Studio A Closing

    Here come the four words many live-music junkies in Miami never wanted to hear: Studio A is closing. Rumors of its demise had plagued the venue practically since its opening in spring 2006, but staff has confirmed that after two years of live shows and alternative club nights, it's shutting its door ... More >>

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    April 30, 2008
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    February 4, 2008

    Last Night: Girl Talk at Studio A

    Girl Talk February 2, 2008 Studio A Better Than:Cocaine and Miami Subs The Review: “Bounce That”, the 12th “song” off of Girl Talk’s third album Night Ripper has kicked off almost every mix CD I’ve made in the past year. And regardless of each of my friends’ musical preference, be i ... More >>

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    December 20, 2007

    Miami's Best Albums of 2007

    Suicide Blonde picks 'em.

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    August 21, 2007

    The New M.I.A. is Finally in Stores

    The “World” section at your local music retailer is just a way to pile together all the stuff that isn’t from America or the UK. It really isn’t fair that Bossanova joints can be found right next to some Riverdance jams, but English-born Sri Lankan M.I.A.’s latest, Kala, truly deserves to ... More >>

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    August 2, 2007

    Too Hot to Care

    In the summer, perspiration has a way of eating away at the body all day

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    March 16, 2006

    She's a Lady, Yo

    Make way for the S-O-V at M3

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    September 1, 2005
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    August 25, 2005

    Missy's Recipe for Fun

    Missy Elliott is both the strangest and brightest star in MTV's galaxy

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    July 7, 2005
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