Though many of the Florida's struggling artists lament the difficulty of gaining national traction from the southernmost state, Pompano Beach's Postmarks and its lush, cinematic pop enjoyed quite a bit of success a few years back. The Postmarks even managed to pique the interest of America's most ... More >>
"A DJ nowadays brings their laptop and shows up at the club and they're ready to go," says Miami bass veteran Juan Basshead. "But back in the day, DJs had to have everything -- all the gear, all the decks, all the way down to the sound." The rise of digital technology and EDM has seen a shift in D ... More >>
If The Clash were from Miami and made a record in 2013, it might sound like ¡Mayday!'s new album, Believers. With rock and Caribbean guitar riffs, simple and heavy basslines, snap-and-crack drums, multilayered lyrics, and catchy hooks, this slab is the Miami rap crew's latest masterpiece. We spok ... More >>
Psychedelic Furs' Richard Butler.In the early '80s, both U2 and the Psychedelic Furs played the German TV show Rockpalast. Thirty years later, Bono's filling Sun Life Stadium while the Furs play Culture Room. What happened? Both were influenced by the Jam, the Clash, the Buzzcocks, and the Sex ... More >>
WTF is Hare Krishna hardcore? Ask Shelter.When punk started brewing in the late '60s and exploded in the '70s, no one could have predicted the exponential permutations the genre would unleash. But as it turns out, the next 40 years were a total landslide of sub-subgenres and multigenerational s ... More >>
Hardcore historian Steven Blush.It's hard to believe that three decades have slipped past since the birth of hardcore punk. And it's even harder to believe that legends like Black Flag and Minor Threat haven't let loose a loud fast riff in 25 years. But that's the truth ... Hardcore is history. ... More >>
Shep the Selector doing work.If he wasn't a graphically ingenious (albeit conceptually vacant) international art star, would anyone give a shit about Shepard Fairey's DJ sets? Nope. Not unless they were drunk and dying for a dose of radio-ready epicness. But he's the dude who invented OBEY and O ... More >>
The Basicks Basick RNR Party (Records of Rebellion) One of the cooler little records to come out in the spring of 1996 was this first effort by Miami's the Basicks. Hearkening back to that youthful element of rock and roll, Basick RNR Party talked about fucking, drinking, and drugging with a ... More >>
Photo by Michael MarkosJohnny Ramone wilds out in '77.Today we celebrate the birthday of two Ramones: Johnny and CJ Ramone. Yes, CJ (who turns 45 today) is viewed as a ringer or a hired gun. He isn't anyone's favorite Ramone, but he did a fine job filling Dee Dee's Chucks and leather jacket John ... 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 >>
Ike ReillyHard Luck Stories (Rock Ridge Music)If you took the Pogues and multiplied them by the Clash, then divided by Dylan the result would be Ike Reilly. Over the past decade, he's quietly amassed one of the most raucous and literate catalogues in rock and roll. His peculiar genius is best cap ... More >>
photo by John TwomeyBlowfly With Jacuzzi Boys and Mr. Entertainment and the PookiesmackersSaturday, January 2, 2010The Monterey Club, Fort LauderdaleBetter Than: Rotten fish cunnilingus.The Review:Happy New Year! Out with the old, in with the new. Right? Not at the Monterey Club Saturday night. T ... More >>
Punk band To Be HatedShows by local artists, or concerts that are otherwise under-the-radar this weekend in Broward and Palm Beach. Friday: Boca-based trio The Pretty Faces create the sort of garage pop that's dirty enough for a dive, but too tuneful to be wasted on shitty acoustics. They ... More >>
(Photo via Stonefox's MySpace page)Stonefox is a garage band in the purest sense of the word -- except, perhaps, for the fact that they did most of their recording in living rooms. But they did accomplish the entire recording for their first full-length LP, Dead in the Sun on "barely professional" e ... More >>
Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddling, you can sample enough cheesy beats and mashups to clog arteries from here to Berlin. Simple dropdown mouse maneuvers can transform electro tracks into progressive house tracks (from dry ... More >>
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So if you've ever visited the ice-cold city of Toronto, you'll know that when it comes to music and culture, it's one of the biggest melting pots North America has to offer. With relaxed immigration and a stronger currency than the U.S. (ahem), Toronto isn't a bad city in which to be a musician, cre ... More >>
The Skatalites: Many Rivers to Cross. More Jamaican Artists that you can shake a stick at. Bergeron Rodeo Grounds October 20, 2007 Better Than: Watching the Miami Dolphins lose to the New England Patriots in the 'Manhandle South of the Panhandle.' Jamaica as a nation has an incredibly rich musica ... More >>
I must confess that ever since The Good, The Bad and The Queen started making music around a year ago (you know, the cross Atlantic supergroup comprised of Damon Albarn from Blur, Simon Tong of the Verve, Afro-beat legend Tony Allen and Paul Simonon of the Clash) that I've been going back to my Clas ... More >>
God of War II enters the pantheon of classic games
Voodoo Shoppe (Eleven Thirty Records)
Jean Luc Godard, meet Busta
Florida Big Dada
The Libertines Rough Trade
The Sandbar Lounge
Electric Waco Chair
Is the Clash still the only band that matters?
They're tough. They're rowdy. And they're on the way up. They're L7.