Dan Destructo has lived through five decades of punk rock, witnessing its ebb and flow from the skewering environs of Venice Beach, Florida. Now relocated to the Los Angeles area, his long-running outfit No Fraud has proudly released a 17-track collection of some demos recorded in 1984. While Destru ... More >>
In this episode we learn the power of Facebook. 100,000 people signed a Facebook page in which people begged Bourdain and crew to film in Finland. With promises of "booze and ice cream made from tar" and grandmothers who can cook and hold their vodka, Tony accepts the challenge. Which leads me to th ... More >>
Did you know that there are only 248 days left in the year? Yeah, 2012's flying by, and every minute that you spend online is a minute wasted. Unless you're getting paid to write music-related weekend guides, there's no reason for you to be bullshitting online and trolling Facebook for masturbator ... More >>
‚ÄčThere is nothing not to like about surf rock. "Wipe Out" comes on and our human bodies are hardwired to flail about stupidly, with the pure pleasure of a child. People who don't like surf are wrong. Sad and wrong. Miami hasn't had a night to celebrate the genre in quite some time, so Crossfade we ... More >>
The six dudes of Davila 666. Davila 666 With Love Handles, Snakehole, Heartstrings, and Ticks Churchill's Pub Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Better Than: Christian Bale's Masshole accent.The (and we mean the) Puerto Ricans who rock 'n' roll, Davila 666, performed at Churchill's Pub for the second time ... More >>
The McRackins Oddities & Eggcentricities Vol. 1 (Stiff Pole Records) www.stiffpolerecords.com In honor of Richard "Big Stiff" Konwinski, who passed away this July in Tampa, I'll be bouncing between the County Grind and Crossfade blogs doing my "Blast From the Past" thing on the record label ... More >>
A veteran outfit makes its most ambitious record yet.
David Johansen of the New York Dolls at the Culture Room on WednesdayNew York Dolls Wednesday, June 10, 2009 Culture Room, Ft. Lauderdale Better than: A half-authentic tribute act. Maybe I'm a natural-born negative creep. Or maybe my inner lonely planet boy has been sho ... More >>
Yesterday I posted an introduction to Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, and a link to a free Amazon download of the band's excellent song "Sugarfoot." Forgive me for waxing ecstatic, but this is one of my favorite new acts to come along in a while. In the music there's no irony, no hand-wringing o ... More >>
Black Joe Lewis, the elusive, effusive frontman of, well, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, boasts only one studio album to his credit. And already, the myth-making has commenced -- because, really, how could such an otherworldly blend of punk-fueled raw soul come from an ordinary human?Lewis pi ... More >>
The legendary Miami band ripped it up with its original lineup.
The Holy TerrorsSaturday, January 10, 2009 Churchill's Pub, MiamiBetter Than: Any other band playing last night in South Florida Sometime back in the early 90's the Holy Terrors were playing at CBGB's when an earnestly keyed-up Dee Dee Ramone stuck around and told the guys he loved their music. Dee ... More >>
Three more recent Miami music releases.
Art meets rock at a raucous new MoCA exhibition.
Todd Rundgren's space-age power-pop culture crash.
David Johansen dresses up the New York Dolls one more time.
Dick Manitoba's new book of punk rock lists.
So, in just a few hours I'm off to an opening party for Dr. Feelgood's, a new bar in West Palm Beach co-owned by Vince Neil... Of course, of Motley Crue fame. I'm a big fan of debauchery on nights it shouldn't technically happen -- like Tuesday -- so I'm stoked while I wait for the minutes to tick b ... More >>
The Eat offers a taste of Miamiís proto-punk past
Some singles are keepers
"It would be worth it to go to jail for taking his fed-up @$$ off the face of this earthĒ
Unknown artists have a few attention-grabbing tricks up their sleeves
There Is a Difference (Touch and Go)
A new all-purpose venue hopes to suit Miami's live music cravings to a T
A dog would think a dude wearing a necklace made of bones was advertising his prowess as a kindred hunter ...
Uncle Sam's Music
Our beloved Heatseekers brave torn jeans and raw nerves on the road to a garage rock battle royal
Buster Poindexter at the Jackie Gleason Theater
Poison can't get no respect
The songsmithery of Alejandro Escovedo
When the Miami Coalition for the Homeless wanted a photo study of the area's street people population, it commissioned the homeless themselves
A former Mary My Hoper draws on the past for his musical future
...of flannel. Screaming Trees carve their niche from the Northwest Passage.
The blue mood of an ex-Doll