Michael O'Brien

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    Miami's 20 Best Punk Bands of All Time

    The 305 did not invent punk rock, nor was it instrumental in the development of its subculture. As a matter of fact, South Florida was plagued by so-called "album-oriented rock" clubs, insufferable cover bands with Eagles aspirations, and misguided disco heads who were ignoring the better stuff put ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    The Drug Czars On Venus Thanks to the USSR

    ​Drug Czars On Venus (Fruit Bat Entertainment) Last time we looked at the Drug Czars, we drew little lines separating the old from the new and identified these guys as potential line-blurrers. And keeping in the tradition of skipping around in artist's catalogues, we'll be l ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Getting the Shakes with the D.T. Martyrs' Narcotics in the Carport

    ​D.T. Martyrs Narcotics in the Carport (Jeterboy Records & Tapes) D.T. Martyrs website To avoid confusion, you should now that the delirium tremens ceased at some point and the D.T. Martyrs simply became the Martyrs. And while the shortening of the name was the band's call, forgive me if I wa ... More >>

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    January 18, 2011

    Drug Czars Does Garage Punk With Twinges of Hardcore, Psychedelia, and Deranged Humor

    ​Drug Czars S/T EP (Destroy Records) For those who came of age on this scene during the '90s, the Drug Czars were a happy medium between South Florida's excellent punk rock past and the then-current state of affairs. The band represented the lore of the '70s and '80s with ... More >>

  • Music

    January 31, 2008

    Eat Your Heart Out

    A vintage punk reunion at Churchill's this weekend.

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    October 28, 2004

    Never Mind Mariel, Here's The Eat

    Old-schoolers know that The Eat were the original Miami punks

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    April 13, 2000

    Monkey Time

    Local avant-popsters the Trash Monkeys

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    September 2, 1999


    Guerillas in the mix

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    October 31, 1996
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    October 3, 1996
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    February 29, 1996
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    October 20, 1993

    Glory Days

    It's time for early-Eighties nostalgia, thanks to a record store's anniversary celebration of Miami's rip-roaring rock