No one in the Magic City understands the magic of music on cassette like Patrick Garcia and Michelle Grand of Cheap Miami, the first audiotape-only record label in the 305 since the CD and MP3 takeover. "I think I just wanted a really cool, affordable way to start releasing music," Garcia says. "Vi ... More >>
Bars and breweries are no longer places where you can fill a to-go jug full of beer. Gas stations like Mendez Fuel are now on the list of growing places with growler filling stations. One of four gas stations in the franchise, Mendez Mobile, launched its growler station on Tuesday. See Also: Brew ... More >>
Like the polar ice caps, the rainforests, and the Yangtze finless porpoise, the record store remains in peril. However, there is hope. Over the last seven years, Record Store Day has become an increasingly visible global phenomenon, encouraging fans, artists, and proprietors to unite and breathe l ... More >>
We're sure that after yesterday the last thing you want to hear about is more taxes. But you better get ready to pay a lot more of them if you're a frequent online shopper. Amazon will start charging Floridians a sales tax on May 1, just like any brick-and-mortar store.
When the average 21st-century music fan wakes up in the morning, he or she often turns on the smartphone and taps away into the digital life that we all now share, like, 18 hours a day. Free download after free download glides past our eyes as we swipe at touch screens, and enunciate for Siri, plugg ... More >>
LeBron James is still the king in the land of NBA jersey sales. Which shouldn't come as much surprise considering he's the reigning MVP and is sporting back-to-back rings.
Benjamin Ford is a pioneer. Seven years ago, he opened Ford's Filling Station, a Culver City, California, restaurant that emphasizes fine butchery and seasonal ingredients. The chef, who's popping up at Harry's Pizzeria tonight, imported the concept out of London. It was called a gastropub. And, ... More >>
Downtown burger-and-tater tot standby The Filling Station & Garage Bar is adding a few more pumps. In doing so it's also closing Reggae Tacos, a Jamaican spot that opened in late 2012 filling tortillas with curried goat and jerk chicken. No one answered phone calls at the restaurant, and as of this ... More >>
It's finally here! Record Store Day (and cough, 4/20) is right around the corner. And that means tons of great acts are ready to get down and dirty with all y'all Miami music lovers. Whether you're looking for rock, punk, hip-hop, jazz, synth-pop, booty bass, or Latin, there's the perfect party wi ... More >>
Skeptics predict the local music shop is going extinct like the penny arcade. But for the last six years, so-called "independently owned, stand-alone brick-and-mortar retailers" around the U.S. (and the world) have been banding together under the Record Store Day banner to, paraphrasing the immorta ... More >>
If you need a car, truck or van. Who you gonna call? Not Maroone. The mega car dealership chain is changing its name, and will from now on be going using the name of its parent company, AutoNation.But does this mean that South Florida most ubiquitous jingle is going anywhere? Will we never be inform ... More >>
Plans to erect a giant Walmart smack dab in the middle of the Wynwood/Midtown area have garnered headlines, but that's just the tip of the iceberg for Walmart's plans for Miami-Dade. The controversial big-box chain is looking to add six more stores in Miami-Dade in the next two years.
Shuffling through Record Store Day release bins this past Saturday left us feeling empty. Sure, we picked up some fine RSD stuff and supported local business. But all we really wanted was a Van Halen seven-inch. Wait! What's that? If we buy Van Halen's A Different Kind of Truth after May 4, David ... More >>
See Sweatstock 2012's full lineup and set times and our guide to rockin' out at Sweatstock 2012.Take a break from celebrating 4/20 and try to remember that tomorrow is Record Store Day! And of course, Sweat Records will be celebrating the event as well as its seventh anniversary with its annual Swea ... More >>
You might not know it from trying to find parking at Aventura Mall, but apparently Miamians love to do a good bulk of their shopping online. More than residents in any other major city in America, actually, and by a large margin.
Best Coast in Miami?! Well, kinda.Now wait a second before you shit your hipster pants 'cause this blog's headline is somewhat misleading. In case you got the wrong idea, those awesomely amazing bands we just namedropped won't be performing live in concert at your favorite SoBe hangout this week ... More >>
Jeremy Hall via FlickrWe're an honest bunch at Crossfade and we do not condone illegally downloading music. It's understood that musicians -- like writers -- struggle financially, and supporting independent music by purchasing records or attending shows is the ultimate display of artistic cama ... More >>
Okay, so we don't think independent record stores in South Florida are going anywhere -- hello, Sweatstock, Record Store Day -- but that doesn't mean they're thriving everywhere else in the country. That's what I Need That Record: The Death or Possible Survival of the Independent Record S ... More >>
This blog posting was actually written from inside a dark-green Coleman tent that's perched on the sidewalk outside Radio-Active Records (1930B E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). Although the store is technically open right now, we predict a Bonnaroo-level event in the parking lot in anticipatio ... More >>
Radio-Active Records' expanded list of Record Store Day exclusives is as long as Joanna Newsom's new triple album! It's April 17, folks. (Ohmygosh, John Fahey's brilliant folk classic Yellow Princess LP!) See also: Radio-Active Records' Record Store Day Specials Include Fela Kuti, Drive By Trucke ... More >>
A Miami computer hacker who went by the screen name of "soupnazi" was indicted today in what the feds call the largest identity theft case in history.Albert Gonzalez, a 28-year-old from the Magic City, and two unnamed sidekicks from Russia hacked into the networks of major retail chains includin ... More >>
Remember record stores? They were the place you bought those plastic silvery things called CDs and also where you could pick up vinyl if you were trying to be über-authentic. Ah, yes the days before iTunes. But while Sam Goodys and FYEs might not be commonplace anymore, local records stores still s ... More >>
Well, this is just not good news for anyone. Bob Norman at the Pulp got a hold of a Miami Herald memo announcing that there's more cuts coming to the paper, very soon. Publisher David Landsberg blames a decrease in ad revenue due to the hard luck of many local retailers and auto dealers. No word on ... More >>
Circuit City, the nation-wide electronic retailer, is unplugging, and closing down all 567 of its American stores, including the one in the Shops at Midtown. Midtown has already weathered the loss of Linen-N-Things, and now Circuit City will leave another big chunk of unoccupied real estate. We held ... More >>
Tis the season to be frugal.
Hey vinyl lovers and electronic fans, the highly under publicized Karma Records in Fort Lauderdale just announced that they're having a huge sale for the rest of the summer. I normally wouldn't advertise a business specifically on the blog, but supporting independent record stores is a different ani ... More >>
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