When Raheem Devaughn sings, panties get wet. That's probably why he's been featured on songs by everyone from Ghostface Killah to The Roots. The Grammy-nominated artist has also cracked the pop charts with his own albums and singles, including "Guess Who Loves You More," "Woman," and "Customer." H ... More >>
Among the great American capitals of black culture, the Magic City has always been a beacon of music, art, and hope. But you wouldn't necessarily know it by consulting most of the supposed scholars on the subject. They'll talk for hours about Chicago blues, New Orleans jazz, the Harlem Renaissance ... More >>
Since 2007, every third Saturday in April has been set aside for the observance of Record Store Day, when vinyl lovers and music fans show love and appreciation to the their local shops. In Miami, though brick-and-mortar music retailers like Spec's, Virgin Megastore, and F.Y.E. are certainly a thin ... More >>
R. Kelly James L. Knight Center, Miami Thursday, October 17, 2013 Hotter Than: "Sex in the Kitchen" ... Uh huh. A night with Robert Sylvester Kelly is just as sexy as we'd always fantasized. But it was also weird, hilarious, filthy, absurd, and heartfelt. As Kells told Crossfade when he last cru ... More >>
Exclusive aftershow with the new king of pop on South Beach ... Priceless. Over the weekend, Justin Timberlake celebrated the end of his Legends of the Summer tour with Jay Z by playing a 3 a.m. Mastercard-sponsored JT & The Tennessee Kids set at the Fillmore Miami Beach for hundreds of his biggest ... More >>
Martin Luther King Jr. loved South Florida. He visited the region many times throughout his career. He was a contemporary of some of Miami's most upstanding citizens, like Father Theodore Gibson of Overtown, as well as some of our most venerable party starters, like WMBM disc jockey Milton "Butterba ... More >>
Workers of the world, unite! And while you're at it, would ya mind bringing along some tunes? You know the old saying: "Whistle while you work." After the jump, check out Crossfade's top ten songs about grindin', hustlin' and fighting for your right to be properly compensated.
Back in the days of the Sir John Knight Beat, the Harlem Square, Rockland Palace, Birdland Fiesta, Mary Elizabeth Hotel, Cafe Society, Red Tap, and many more, the streets of Overtown were filled with music spilling out of the many clubs, bars, and restaurants that lined its streets. For now, those ... More >>
The Aggrolites are a skinhead reggae band from Los Angeles. With a faster pace than the ska and rocksteady that came before it, the style got its name from its old-school UK fans, the black Jamaican rudeboys and white mod factory workers who pioneered the original skinhead subculture. We spoke to ... More >>
We could write a book about Henry Stone's musical contributions. The dude is a legend. Based in Miami since about 1948, he was good friends with Sam Cooke. He cut some of Ray Charles's earliest recordings out of a little studio on Flagler Street in Downtown Miami. And he personally knew every l ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Magnolia PicturesMarie Knight in Rejoice and Shout. The Swan Silvertones first performed "Only Believe" about seventy years ago, singing, "All things are possible, if you only believe." And so many years later, the haunting tune still moves Don McGlynn. It is one of the documentari ... More >>
Bobby Stringer, who captivated the crowd. This weekend,, dozens gathered in the 115-year-old Greater Bethel AME Church to witness the talents of locally born and raised gospel musicians.Amy Rosenberg of the Overtown Music Project, organized this beautiful event to support a jazz and blues resi ... More >>
via myspace.com/thelegendaryjcsThe Legendary JC's leader Eugene Snowden.Who says Coral Gables is stuffy? Um, just about everybody who doesn't live there. But this Saturday through Sunday, you can get down for free to some of the best local and national acts spread out across three big stages at ... More >>
Here's the news: Poe Boy and Strong Arm's DJ 360 has just teamed up with Ball Greezy and his We Good Entertainment imprint. A native of Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood, Greezy is probably best remembered for his 2007 single "Shone. And this past summer, he was also part of the unoff ... More >>
Dead rock stars are a dime a dozen. They usually drink themselves to death, overdose on narcotics, crash cars, or get on faulty aircrafts with drunk pilots on drugs who crash cars. But murdered musicians? That's where it gets gruesome. Check out these 10 tales of death by murder.
public domain image via Florida Guy 128 on wikimedia commons.Hallandale Beach at SunsetThe image above is of the sleepy-looking beachside town called Hallandale, Florida and gives no indication of the city's Black musical history. But the Palms in Hallandale, just north of Miami, otherwise known ... More >>
via TherapyInk.comDead Johnny Cash"It's the story of your life, and the end of it's your death, and every word that's in between is just a waste of breath." - SubhumansTheir rotting, worm ridden flesh fills the air with the stench of death, but we just can't help cracking the casket on our favori ... More >>
public domain image by Marc Averette via wikimedia commons.Construction behind the Freedom Tower, downtown Miami 2007, building for tomorrow. Downtown Miami is a special place, especially because zoning laws allow for 24 hour liquor licensing. Damn right. Art Basel 2009 Miami brings with it a wee ... More >>
"Don't fight it, we gona feel it tonight, ya understand." And with these words Sam Cooke launched into "Feel It" on what would become his "Live At The Harlem Square Club, 1963" album, though it wasn't released until 1985, well after his death. Jerry Wexler, the man who coined the term ... More >>
So this week's Throwback Tuesdays falls on the most important election in American history. There's no reason not to kick it off with a video that captures the way a lot of Americans are feeling this morning. Today is truly a historic day, and it can be an even more historic night if Senator Obama w ... More >>
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