Blowfly, otherwise known as Clarence Reid, is more than just the world's first recorded rapper, a smooth-singing soul crooner, and a sex prophet for profit. He is living proof of Miami's global relevance to the world of music. And there are not many people who know Blowfly as well as manager, drumm ... More >>
Beyoncé and Jay Z On the Run Tour Sun Life Stadium, Miami Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Better Than: Any power couple in the history of the world. We were somewhere around NW 175th Street, on the edge of victory and madness, when the traffic kicked in. Suddenly, a light burst into the sky at Sun Life ... More >>
For over 40 years, Tavares has been one of the best Northern Soul acts in America, smoothest R&B groups in Europe, and most celebrated disco bands in the world. The live show has always impressed, and the five brothers who make up the band continue to harmonize for packed concerts everywhere they ... More >>
Janelle Monáe With Roman GianArthur Fillmore Miami Beach Saturday, November 23, 2013 Better Than: James Brown reincarnated as a woman. Janelle Monáe's set began with four roadies dressed in matching white pants, lab coats, bowties, and glasses clustered in front of the stage, seeming to be in th ... More >>
With the 2013 Miami Dolphins football season nearing, fans of all shapes, sizes, and attitudes are readying themselves for the return of the NFL. Some of us are 75 years old and lived through a time when this franchise was second to none. Others are in our mid-30s and for the vast majority of those ... More >>
Look ... It's not like we're broke because we have a "serious drinking habit." Or because we're "lazy and just didn't manage to make it into work on time." OK, that's a lie. But still, even with only $10 in our pockets, we here at Crossfade wanna party. Thank god that there are all these dirt ... More >>
Back in the 90s, boy bands were a dime a dozen. We would flip on MTV to see who made the cut on Total Request Live, only to find that 90 percent of the videos featured three to five pouty-lipped Ken Dolls with frosted tips. Now that enough time has past and shrieking tweens have downsized the objec ... More >>
Matthew Weiner's commitment to authenticity is second to none. His Mad Men series is a televised portal back in time, a weekly peek into 1960s Manhattan, the advertising industry, and all it entails--booze, cigarettes, depression, submissive wives, etc. But the 1960s were also a time of celebri ... More >>
Lets be honest, The Office is pretty much the sitcom equivilant of the Miami Dolphins right now: Once perfect, now in the midst of their worst season ever. That didn't stop them last night from making fun of the Miami Heat in their Halloween episode.
Photo by Marta Xochilt PerezGirl Talk (AKA Gregg Gillis) getting wild at the Fillmore.View photos from Girl Talk at the Fillmore Miami Beach here.Girl Talk With Max Tundra Fillmore Miami Beach Thursday, May 19, 2011 Better Than: An impromptu cock-rocking rave in a confetti supply store. Just pa ... More >>
Americans are stupid. We like stuff that sucks, lots of us at once. That's called pop culture. Later we look back on it and laugh. That's called VH1. The crappy music we once enjoyed all together as a nation is documented in the archives of the pop music charts.Thanks to the power of the Intern ... More >>
Photo by Ian WitlenOf Montreal's Kevin Barnes at the Fillmore Miami Beach.Click here to view photos from this event.Of MontrealFriday, April 9, 2010The Filmore, Miami BeachOf Montreal took over the stage at the Filmore on Saturday, putting on a whimsical and musically captivating performance. Ope ... More >>
Here comes a kiss, Naughty by Nature, blow a kiss back to meHere begins the short, sad tale of how I missed a Naughty by Nature concert almost a decade-and-a-half ago. I've saved a lot of stubs over the years, but very few unused tickets. One exception (see above) is for the July 17, 1995 Naugh ... More >>
Few figures in the international dance music scene can wear the title of legend as aptly as Greg Wilson. The British DJ boasts a career spanning three decades, going back to the birth of house and his early days as a DJ at Manchester's seminal club The Hacienda, and he carries on the authentic mi ... More >>
Another New Yorker takes the plunge down South.
A Sunday afternoon barbecue on South Beach is probably not the best place to interview a DJ, especially if the spinner's been knocking back mojitos for a couple hours before you pose your questions. Then again, this is the Magic City, and a large part of its allure comes from the fact that pleasu ... More >>
Michael Jackson dies and all of a sudden he's the greatest entertainer of all time. Not so fast. MJ made three great albums, invented the moonwalk and, well.... Let us take another look at the performers who have truly proved most thrilling over the years.1. Elvis Presley Michael Jackson may have du ... More >>
Notes from the Soundboard is a new column appearing weekly on Crossfade, focused on pop music's history and ongoing evolution. Lee Zimmerman shares insights and observations on how music continues to connect with the weirdness of the world. Click here to read past installments.In the coming da ... More >>
I Want You Back from Miami New Times on Vimeo. Pastor Vincent Spann is a recurring New Times character. You may know him for his exploits in military style drug rehab, or for his idea to house the underbridge sex offenders in a warehouse. But you probably don't know of his singing ability or history ... More >>
Michael Jackson, the King of Pop and one of the most iconic entertainers of the past three decades, has passed on. The story is obviously developing, but reports claim that Jackson was rushed to Ronald Reagan UCLA medical center shortly after noon Los Angeles time. He was found not breathing, and ar ... More >>
And you bring the roll, Tuesday night at The Vagabond.
Songs About Girls (will.i.am Music Group/Interscope)
Hey Hey My My Yo Yo (Rykodisc)
Confessions on a Dance Floor (Warner Bros.)
Career tanking, Michael Jackson turns to Miami for redemption
For years Miami Senior High School has fielded one of the best basketball teams in the nation. But getting into the record books has meant tossing out the rule books.