"50 concerts, 50 states, one day" ... Just a couple of weeks ago, we here at Crossfade announced that Bud Light Music First tour would be coming to Miami. Other cities had already gotten their headliners, including Kendrick Lamar and The Hold Steady, for "Bud Light Music First's grand finale, 50/ ... More >>
"Power supply is no big deal," says Rat Bastard, hunched over a row of disemboweled computer hard drives resting on his kitchen countertop. "I'll put one of these over there and pull one of the power supplies out. Then I'll be fuckin' with five computers." It's a Monday night at 11 p.m. and this Cr ... More >>
According to the Internet, a ten year anniversary is to be celebrated with diamonds. Because "a marriage that lasts ten years is as durable and beautiful as a diamond."Now, "durable" and "beautiful" may not be the first words one associates with Frank "Rat Bastard" Falestra's annual International N ... More >>
Rock is dead. Just ask Tenacious D. "Started with blues, Belly of lead/Then there was Elvis, Nicky some red/Beatles arrive, started a trend/Axl Rose, give me some head/It's all over, rock 'n' roll is dead." And that's exactly why Jabels & KG (otherwise known as Jack Black and Kyle Gass) are go ... More >>
Remember when Miami New Times columnist, booty bass pioneer, and free speech enthusiast Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell lambasted Pittsburgh weed rapper Wiz Khalifa (AKA "the boy behind the popular hit 'Black & Yellow'") for breaking the hip-hop code and hooking up with another rapper's ex-boo? We ... More >>
Whoa, dude ... Primus just announced its "first-ever traveling 3D-enhanced live musical performance." And it's gonna be "really trippy." That's what weirdo ringmaster Les Claypool tells Billboard, adding, "The past couple of years, Primus has gotten pretty psychedelic. We keep joking that we're bri ... More >>
See also "Soulja Boy to SpaceGhostPurrp "We Gone Eat Yo Face," Thows Bath Salts on A$AP Beef." Extraordinary swag and a mouthful of gold ... Yeah, we're talking about A$AP Rocky, the preternaturally talented 23-year-old Harlem Mob boss, rapper, and grillz model who's been beefing with SpaceGhostPu ... More >>
Johnson & Wales University announced yesterday a long-term collaboration with the Tulane University School of Medicine to improve the nation's health through the unity of chefs and doctors in a culinary health curriculum.This may be the first time a leading medical and culinary institution have ... More >>
Is that the sound of a 68-year-old screaming to the tune of the CSI: Miami theme song? Well, yeah. And you know what that means ... Legendary rock 'n' roll band The Who has just announced another arena road trip -- The Quadrophenia and Classics tour -- a two-leg, 36-show jag across North America, w ... More >>
See also "305 Fest's Completely Insane, 47-Band Lineup: Bastard Noise, Noothgrush, and So Many More." "The thing I like most about festivals," says Roger Forbes, half of live-music promotion powerhouse, Speedfreak Presents, "is that there's always going to be some bands you don't know." In fact, ... More >>
Local promotion outfit Speedfreek Presents has been on a serious mean streak lately, delivering a steady stream of otherwise unbooked concerts featuring all manner of brutality from the national hardcore, metal, and extreme music scenes. The agency was founded in 2011 when Torche drummer and lon ... More >>
In news that will shock no one who eats out on South Beach, parks in Brickell or tries to buy some influence with the Miami-Dade County Commission (those lobbying fees ain't cheap!), Miami has been honored this morning as one of the most overpriced towns in the nation.High unemployment, skyrocket ... More >>
Photo by Bleeding PalmJust wait till you hear the racket Rat Bastard has planned for this year's I.N.C. Some people really get their panties in a twist over noise music. Every year, producer-musician Rat Bastard throws his globally acclaimed International Noise Conference at Churchill's Pub. And ... More >>
Invented in the late '80s by electronics wizard Roger Linn, the Music Production Center is a pimped-out drum machine on steroids, usually equipped with eight to 16 pressure- and velocity-sensitive pads, multiple MIDI inputs and outputs, a superpowered sequencer, advanced sampling systems, and an ... More >>
In the mid '90s, noise band and performance art collective Forcefield were spawned from the damaged sounds of a Providence, Rhode Island scene revolving around Load Records and the collective's base of operations, the prolific Fort Thunder. The group donned psychedelically fetishistic full-body ... More >>
Chocolates from Andrew Shotts of Garrison Confections in Providence, Rhode IslandWhat's your idea of the good life? Is it a sprawling private event held in something called "the Sparkle Ballroom" in a glamorous over-the-top Miami Beach resort? Is it top-rated bottles of rare, aged grapes all sile ... More >>
Photo by Paul SobotaGirl Talk worms out from the underground.A night out with sample-happy psycho Girl Talk (AKA Gregg Gillis) is never gentle. Imagine your brain being force-fed 36 hours of music in 36 minutes, pushed to the brink of seizure, and then fucked by a superpowered laptop that's been ... More >>
Photo by Mike NunnGet yr noise with Clang Quartet.Hey noiseniks, it's almost time again to put your auditory system through those 72 hours of awesome sonic abuse commonly known as the International Noise Conference. As always, Rat Bastard and Laundry Room Squelchers will be helming the whole th ... More >>
Paula NiñoThomas Merolla moved to Miami from Providence, Rhode Island sixteen years ago looking for something new and different. He was only 18 but his first job, bartending at the then newly opened Delano Hotel, marked the beginning of a career creating cocktails for some of the hottest spots i ... More >>
Any attempt at actually narrowing down the sound of the Providence, Rhode Island-based quartet Deer Tick ultimately comes up short. To the band's credit, that's because it actually defies definition. The fact the foursome often falls back on an alt-country approach may enter the equation, but equ ... More >>
Miami Mayor Manny Diaz's time as head of the U.S. Conference of Mayors has come to an end, and usually the sitting American president sends administration officials to the conference -- this year held in Providence, Rhode Island -- but the Obama administration pulled out. The reason: Providence May ... More >>
This DJ's got that golden touch.
The disconnect between a culinary student's white-collar dreams and the restaurant world's blue-collar reality
True or False:
David Collins is Miami's leading bail bondsman.
David Collins has lots of friends in law enforcement.
David Collins says he's put his criminal past behind him.
More debate about "Strings Attached"
Miami Beach's premier crooked jockey reminisces
Corporate cooking culture
Hold on, Roomful of Blues is comin'
For Miami filmmaker Tag Purvis, completing his first full-length movie wasn't just a matter of going home. He also had to stay alive.
May 21 - 27, 1998
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