Simon Castro

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    November 18, 2014

    Underachievers on Clockwork Indigo With Flatbush Zombies: "This Is Never Going to Stop"

    It's a good time to be a hip-hop fan. All over the country, artists and MCs are coming together to produce some of the most ambitious and memorable rap music since the '90s. New York, in particular, is a hotbed of activity, and two of Brooklyn's most heavily hyped crews, Underachievers and Flatbush ... More >>

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    November 7, 2014

    WTF Florida Friday: A Quadruple Amputee Suspected Of Murder and On the Run

    A lot of weird things happen in Florida. We're here every Friday morning to give you the week's weirdest. This week Florida reelected Rick Scott to serve a second term as governor, because in this era of big money politics even the strangest things are possible. But some other weird things happened ... More >>

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    October 28, 2014

    Jeremy Kolosine on South Florida Synth Punk and 8-Bit Operators' Depeche Mode Tribute

    In the late '70s, California bands like the Screamers and the Unit were creating what we currently refer to as synth punk. Meanwhile, South Florida -- often maligned for its geographical and cultural isolation -- was witness to the creation of a similar (if not more refined) sound through the work ... More >>

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    October 27, 2014

    Five Best Concerts in Miami This Week

    No matter what you tell yourself, you can never mentally prepare yourself for Monday. Sure, you can watch re-runs of The Walking Dead, crash one last weekend bash, or plan to call in sick the next morning, but there's just no escaping the reality of the work week. The struggle between productivit ... More >>

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    October 13, 2014

    Croquetapalooza 2014: Barley & Swine Wins People's Choice

    Yesterday, hundreds of croqueta lovers gathered to celebrate Miami's quintessential finger food: 10,000 of them. The brainchild of Sef Gonzalez (Burger Beast), the first-ever Croquetapalooza brought together the city's best fried cylinders under one roof to vie for the title of Best Croquetica. To ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    BLT Prime's Inaugural Wine Dinner: Master Sommelier and a 3D Creme Brulee

    Last night, Master Sommelier Rob Bigelow graced the Magic City with his presence at BLT Prime's inaugural wine dinner. At the restaurant located in the Trump National Doral, BLT Prime's chef de cuisine Justin Ward cooked up a five-course dinner to match wines from the Chateau Ste. Michelle Portfolio ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014

    Ex-Miami Beach Candidate Steve Berke's Grease Pot Parody Yanked From YouTube

    Two-time Miami Beach mayoral candidate Steve Berke had himself a pro-medical marijuana parody hit on YouTube with "You're the Law that I Want (Yes on 2)." Set to the song "You're the One That I Want" from the musical Grease, Berke and his crew dance and sing while urging Florida voters to yes on Ame ... More >>

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    October 1, 2014

    Palmas Cafe in Brickell: Lunch for Under $10

    If you think there isn't a decent spot where you can get lunch for under $10 in Brickell, you'd probably be right. Up until a couple of weeks ago, anyway. That's when Palmas Café quietly opened in the gorgeous courtyard shared with Deli Lane and a few other places. Palmas Café comes to Brickell ... More >>

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    September 29, 2014

    Ryan Tannehill's "F-You" Game Totally Demolished the Raiders in London

    Ryan Tannehill has one question for the haters: How does his pass taste? Fancy yourself a second helping, do you? Following an awkward week that felt like the worst dating show ever titled Joe Philbin Plays Hard To Get , Ryan Tannehill proceeded to rip the long-stemmed-rose out of his coaches hand ... More >>

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    September 16, 2014

    All 34 Cities in Miami-Dade County, Ranked From Worst to Best

    There's nowhere in the U.S. quite like Miami-Dade County. It's larger than Rhode Island, has twice as many people, and is bordered by two national parks. Its 2.5 million residents are among the most diverse in the nation. And they live in a smattering of 34 incorporated cities, which range from 400, ... More >>

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    September 12, 2014

    Why Jack White Is the Most Important Rock Star of the 21st Century

    There's a great scene from Shine a Light, Martin Scorsese's documentary about the Rolling Stones' 2006 performance at New York's Beacon Theatre, in which Jack White joins the band to sing and play guitar on "Loving Cup," a bluesy track off 1972's Exile on Main St. Midway through the song, White sha ... More >>

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    September 4, 2014
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    August 28, 2014

    Five Questions Heading Into the Dolphins' Last Preseason Game

    The Miami Dolphins complete their preseason schedule tonight against the St.Louis Rams, and a lot of questions still remain. Entering the 2014-15 season, the team wants to change its mediocre ways and get back into the playoffs for the first time still 2010. If that is to happen, a lot of things mus ... More >>

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    June 19, 2014

    Best of Miami 2014: This Year's Winning Comfort Foods

    In case you forgot to pay your favorite newspaper a visit, the 2014 Best of Miami has finally arrived. There are hundreds of categories, but the food and drink is the most vast. And the most comforting of all? Those junk food categories. If you have been wondering where to get a hearty bowl of chil ... More >>

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    June 12, 2014

    No Fraud's Dan Destructo Reflects on 30 Years of Punk and Influencing Kurt Cobain

    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 >>

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    June 12, 2014

    Ten Best Restaurants in North Miami

    North Miami may be the place you buy a car, do your Costco-ing, or hit up Yogurtland, but it's probably not where you initially think about dining outside of cookie-cutter chain restaurants. You are missing out, though, because this suburban city to the north is packed with hidden gems. What follow ... More >>

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    May 28, 2014

    16. Jack Homes: King of Opa-Locka Barbecue

    New Times' Best of Miami 2014 issue arrives June 19. To celebrate, Short Order is paying tribute to Miami's culinary all-stars. These people forged our city's food scene into what it is today -- a thriving amalgam of tastes and cultures. Through their insight and talent, they've given the city a uni ... More >>

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    May 20, 2014

    Top Ten Best Meatballs in Miami

    We've got meatballs on the mind. These rolled wonders vary in size, meat mixtures, texture, price, and quantities but when you break into a good ball, you just know. A dollop of cheese on top or spaghetti below, substantial meatballs can hold up and pass the sneeze test. We refuse to lose our poor m ... More >>

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    May 13, 2014

    Cecconi's Introduces 4-to-7 Happy Hour (Photos)

    Set in the posh Soho Beach House, Cecconi's Miami Beach serves up a taste of the sweet savory and boozy life for an affordable price. As the clock climbs from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday, you can get drinks and small and medium plates priced at either $4 or $7. "This is the first time w ... More >>

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    April 10, 2014

    Allman Brothers on Final Tour: "We Don't Want to Turn Into a Nostalgia Act"

    Now in its 45th year, the Allman Brothers Band is gearing up for its final performance at Wanee -- a three-day annual music festival that the group's so proudly organized for the fans over the past decade. The band's current roster includes founding members Gregg Allman on the organ, piano, and vo ... More >>

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    March 26, 2014

    Here's Video of a Camera Getting Eaten by an American Crocodile in Homestead

    Ever imagined that exact, excruciating moment when an American crocodile closes its iron jaws around your face and clamps out the last dying embers of your life with its razor array of teeth? No? Well, here's a Go-Pro video shot in Homestead to help fuel your newest croc nightmares.

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    February 7, 2014

    Orlando and Miami MLS Teams Already Bickering Even Though They Don't Exist

    Despite the fact that Orlando's soccer team is still more than a year away from playing in the MLS and the fact that Miami's MLS team doesn't even exist yet (to the point that it doesn't even have a name), the two future franchises are already bickering. Orlando City SC took the first shot with a ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    New York Super Bowl Stinks, Bring It Back to Miami

    There's weather-induced chaos in Atlanta. Freezing weather in the plains. And the forecast at game time Sunday in New Jersey is 40 degrees and overcast. Three of the first five Super Bowls were played in Miami -- and 10 of the big games overall. And here, on Sunday night, it is supposed to be 75 d ... More >>

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    January 28, 2014

    Rick Scott Joins Instagram! Finally, More Pictures of Rick Scott!

    Because obviously the key to getting Rick Scott reelected is to show people lots and lots of pictures of Rick Scott, the Governor's campaign has officially started its own Instagram account. Using the handle @ScottForFlorida (because @RickScott was taken by this very nice seeming husband and firefig ... More >>

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    January 1, 2014

    Miami New Times Ten Most Read Feature Stories of 2013

    Miami New Times has never had a year quite like 2013. In January, we dropped a bomb on Major League Baseball when our Biogenesis investigation revealed a massive doping scandal in Coral Gables. In April, Michael Bay released "Pain & Gain," a major production with the Rock and Mark Wahlberg based on ... More >>

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    December 20, 2013

    Miami's Top Ten Rappers on the Come-Up

    Miami's rap scene is on the come-up. There is no stopping or denying it. Over the past couple of years, numerous local talents have taken to the mic and released quality material that warrant outsiders' ears. Our city's rappers aren't only about the keys picked up at the Port of Miami at 2 a.m. fr ... More >>

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    November 21, 2013

    Ab-Soul: "Listen to Nas and Jay Z, and You'll Learn a Whole Lot"

    Disclaimer: No questions about Kendrick Lamar, Top Dawg Entertainment, the new Source magazine cover big-upping Black Hippy as "Rap's Illest Crew," or anything along those lines in this interview. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, it's been a year and a half since TDE's human dictionary, A ... More >>

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    November 19, 2013

    Joey Badass Talks Debut Album B4.Da.$$: "Just Taking My Time, Not Forcing Anything"

    Like a Sid Vicious or Johnny Rotten, the spirit of rebellion is alive in Joey Badass, the 18-year-old rapper who fronts up-and-coming Brooklyn collective Pro Era. The crew came together in 2009 at Edward R. Murrow High School, the same place that spawned renowned creatives like graffiti artist Jea ... More >>

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    November 14, 2013

    Nuri on the SoFla Rap Scene: "I'm Fortunate to Work With All These Talented Dudes"

    In this social media-driven age, it isn't rare for a producer's face to be all over your Twitter/Facebook/Instagram feed as tracks flow out by the dozens every day, feeding that need for the epic drop. But not Miami's Nuri. Aside from his profile picture on Twitter, the producer's face is rarely se ... More >>

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    November 7, 2013
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    November 1, 2013

    Kurt Vile on Computer-Free Rock: "Well, That's Cool, But Kinda Hard to Do, It's a Luxury"

    Kurt Vile likes to weave a lot of subtle texture through his songs. It can be as simple as the squeak his fingertips make by rubbing the nylon strings on the neck of his acoustic guitar. Or it can be as other-worldly as an electric pulse from a Moog phaser tuned to echo the percussive reverb of his ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013

    Four Keys to a Ghoulish Miami Dolphins Victory Tonight

    VLAAAH!!! Guess what???!!! You get an extra special, ghoulish and scaaaaary Dolphins game on Halloween!! Will you stay home from going to the Grove and looking at countless women in sexy costumes to "enjoy" the game??? PROBABLY NOT. But the friiiiiiightening Dolphins will still be playing a gam ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013

    Nik SB on Rap in the Internet Age: "Me an My Homeboys Refer to It as the ADHD Era"

    On his song "hYena," Miami's Nik SB raps: "All my bitches do drugs and I love 'em for that/Especially when she pop two of her sex appeals/Or Ms. Sims' first name for the extra thrills/I know her brother praying that she change/But what he expect when she watched him sell 36 ounces just to put some j ... More >>

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    October 29, 2013

    Pro Club's VURN Answers the Question: "Where's the Next Record?"

    Vernon Harginy, also known as VURN, sits at the table outside of a Five Guys in North Miami with fellow Pro Club rapper B.Way. Initially, his silence is as strong as the bars on songs such as "Bang" and hYena." But then he cracks a chuckle when Crossfade poses the question many of his followers as ... More >>

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    October 23, 2013

    B.Way Talks Passion Fruit Love Sessions, Girls, Relationships: "The Mind Games Are Wack"

    Life's a stage. But you still need talent. And getting paid is another thing. Ever since he first picked up the mic and aptly took on the nickname Broadway before making the change to B.Way, the Miami rapper born Kareem Brown has looked at every day as a chance to break out. Crossfade hung out wi ... More >>

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    October 8, 2013

    How to Navigate Whole Foods' Cafeteria Without Getting Burned

    It's noon on a weekday. You're running late. Alton Road traffic has sparked you to make wild, violent hand gestures. Suddenly, in the distance, you espy solar panels, pumpkins, and a Prius. It's the smallest freaking Whole Foods in the entire world! (AKA the South Beach store.) You go inside. Surr ... More >>

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    September 26, 2013

    Armed Citizens Project Is Now Offering Free Shotguns to People in Florida

    The Armed Citizens Project does exactly what its name implies: It hands out guns for free. Now the Texas-based nonprofit is turning its bullet-blasting beneficence on the Sunshine State. Promising to "deter crime by empowering neighborhoods," the ACP has already begun distributing shotguns in Orlan ... More >>

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    September 19, 2013
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    September 13, 2013

    Miami Major League Soccer Update: Stephen Ross Stepping In?

    Atlanta is getting a Major League Soccer team. Several reports today suggest that the deal is all but done. Which, in a way, is good news for Miami soccer fans, as it suggests the MLS is serious about bringing the league back to the South with Atlanta, Orlando, and Miami as their main targets. Thoug ... More >>

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    February 13, 2009

    Full Ultra Music Festival Lineup Revealed

    So in addition to yesterday's news of the unexplainable choice of booking the Black Eyed Peas for next month's Ultra Music Festival, the final phase of the lineup has been announced. Notable additions include Rinton, Rye Rye, Surkin, Para One and Shiny Toy Guns to Day 1, and MSTRKRFT, BT Laptop Symp ... More >>

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    February 9, 2009

    Republicans Call for Murder Charges in Botched Abortion

    Nearly two and half years ago, New Times covered the story of a botched abortion which resulted in a live birth. Belkis Gonzalez, the owner of the Hialeah clinic, cut the umbilical cord after staff started screaming that the child was alive, she then sealed the child in a bio-hazard bag and through ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009

    Introducing Mike Banger, Miami's Future Super Producer

    Mike Banger subscribed to our You Tube channel. He's a talented music dude. Here's the interview.New Times: How'd you get your nameMike Banger: You may know the slang term "banger" when speaking of a hard track. Well, when I first began producing I made nothing but hard mean heavy colossal beats tha ... More >>

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    December 8, 2008

    Last Night: Prefuse 73, Eliot Lipp and PG 13 at Heathrow Lounge

    Prefuse 73 with Eliot Lipp and PG 13Sunday, December 7, 2008Heathrow Lounge, Miami BeachBetter Than: Any of the usual Sunday night mainstream hip-hop club nights. One of the many cool things about Art Basel is all the cool music acts that it brings down to our sandy shores. Case in point, last night ... More >>

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    November 21, 2008

    Poisoned have Thanksgiving you may

    I just got this news release from, a "Pro American Legal Distribution Service," and it's just too delicious not to quote directly: Skilled South Florida personal injury attorney, Susan Ramsey, is proficient with consumer health law news and is reminding all Americans that the h ... More >>

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    November 11, 2008

    Chile At The Raleigh

    Lee Klein I won’t blame Pro Chile, a trade group promoting the wares of that lush Latin American country, for my eyeglasses being lost. I had them when I arrived for the Taste Chile! lunch being held at the Raleigh Hotel in South Beach. I had put them on to read the labels of Chilean food imports ... More >>

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    October 3, 2008

    Weekend Football: Hold On

    Last time we checked in with our lil' football friends the Dolphins shocked the nation and had last week off, the Canes fell apart in the last quarter of a game they should have won, and the Golden Panthers won their first game of the season. So in two cases we'll see one win wonders trying to hold ... More >>

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    October 1, 2008

    Scion A/V Tour Returns October 21 at White Room with Nick Catchdubs, Treasure Fingers

    Click the flier for full view. Last time the Scion A/V Tour came to Miami, it brought with it Frankie Chan and Drop The Lime to celebrate the release of the IHEARTCOMIX compilation. We attended the party , but don't ask how it was; many drinks were consumed to the point that we made as much sense a ... More >>

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    February 20, 2008

    Board of Education Labels Evolution a "Theory"

    The Florida Board of Education passed a new set of teaching standards that requires evolution to be taught in the classroom, but labeled as a scientific theory. This is raising an uproar, widening the divide between creationists and scientist. And caught in the middle are the children who, I’m su ... More >>

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    February 14, 2008

    Let's Talk Free Agents: Defense

    Sports Illustrated's Peter King says the Dolphins are poised to have a big off-season after releasing Trent Green, Marty Booker and L.J. Shelton. With those guys off the books, the Fins' cap number has gone from $29 million to $40 million (sadly, my cap space is holding steady at $58.12), which mean ... More >>

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