South Florida has long been a creative refuge for varied musical genres that have grown with little outside influence and a decidedly Floridian twist. This can be seen in our punk rock, metal, rap, and jazz. Another of the better aspects of Miami's music scene has always been the relative freedom ... More >>
The music industry is a male-dominated business. And though punk rock disturbs the status-quo, it's no exception to paternal rule. That being said, it is one of the most open and inviting genres in music. With the right attitude, anyone can be a punk rocker, and plenty of ladies have put their edg ... More >>
A tragically pea-brained swath of society doesn't believe P. Scott Cunningham and the University of Wynwood's month-long, citywide "O, Miami" poetry festival is worth its weight in heroic couplets. What? Does simultaneously flying in the guy who fucking invented indie rock and the poet Obama had r ... More >>
Hey Thurston: We love you, too! Yes, it's true. The Sonic Youth founder, Chelsea Light Moving axeslinger, and all-around Renaissance dude-nerd can't get enough of the Magic City. After attending every single event hosted throughout the entirety of Dade County during Basel 2012, Moore included a gi ... More >>
No one's really interested in reading about the actual performances taking place on this musical ship of contradictions, the S.S. Coachella, amirite? Instead, you want a spoonful of gossipy anecdotal sugar, straight from the decks of this funny ship. As you might have seen, Pulp was the largest na ... More >>
"Where's Thurston Moore?" That is the question we've been asking each other since the Sonic Youth frontman and South Florida native was first spotted at nontraditional art spaces around town during Art Basel Miami Beach week. He was in Miami to perform in honor of his late friend Kurt Cobain at t ... More >>
It's 3:30 on Saturday afternoon in Miami's Design District. A live rendition of "Canción del Mariachi" drowns out the beep, beep, beep of delivery trucks backing into alleyways behind contemporary furniture stores and restaurants that Crossfade can only afford when someone else is paying. "Soy un ... More >>
Cannibal Corpse Grand Central, Miami Thursday, December 6, 2012 Better Than: Cardboard gun shop. Stuck precariously in the middle of Miami's yearly ascension to the international spotlight of artistic and cultural relevance (AKA Art Basel Miami Beach week) was a Cannibal Corpse tour date.
No one wrote "Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit" on the wall. Still, the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts reeked, ever-so-slightly and not-so-literally, of sweaty punk armpits, greasy faded flannel, and the sweet stink of grunge. Last night, KURT, "a multi-discipline exhibit ... More >>
Most art is silent. Even during Basel week. That's why we here at Crossfade -- an admittedly hopeless gaggle of noise junkies -- just can't get through the week without offsetting our 12-hour days at the art fairs with 12-hour nights at Miami's hipster bars, rock dives, and downtown concert hall ... More >>
The Chez Deep drag showcase at Villa 221 last night demonstrated that shaven eyebrows are actually a good fashion move. The small back room -- where ambiguously gendered performers threw themselves on the floor, climbed speakers, spit out fake blood, and smooched those in the front row -- was pack ... More >>
Sure, we like to pretend the week of Art Basel Miami Beach (AKA Miami Art Week) is all about the glorified flea market happening either side of the causeway. But you just want to party. You can't afford to pay $10,000 for a bike covered in Saran Wrap and called "Untitled." But you can afford the cov ... More >>
He's considered one of the most prominent creative forces behind independent, D.I.Y filmmaking, and an inspiration to aspiring filmmakers everywhere. But Robert Rodriguez also plays a mean "Malagueña Salerosa." "For years, I wanted to record it," Rodriguez said before performing his version of th ... More >>
Some Miami-born celebrities never let anyone forget where they're from. Take Pitbull, for example, who just shouts out "305" at least once every 15 seconds.Other celebs born under the sign of the 305 aren't as conspicuous. For many, that's because they were born here but moved as young kids, and for ... More >>
All hail Annie Clark, indie rock's patron saint of distortion and raw spirit. Clark, known by fans as St. Vincent, is set to make her Miami debut at The Stage on May 31. But just because she's new to our city by the sea doesn't mean this lady hasn't been around the block. Three records deep into ... More >>
Say it ain't so. Crossfade is extremely sad to report that Sonic Youth founders and indie rock's always-cool Mom and Dad, Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, have announced a separation after 27 years of marriage. The obvious question in the wake of Kim and Thurston's shocking split ... Will Sonic Yo ... More >>
via facebook.com/turbofruitsJonas Stein is a very busy guy. Not only does his band Turbo Fruits tour regularly, but he's also co-organizing the Bruise Cruise, leaving from the Port of Miami this Friday. The Nashvillian was first introduced to an international audience as the fresh-from-high-scho ... More >>
via palilalia.comEx-Harry Pussy guitarist Bill Orcutt.Back when a president called Clinton ruled the White House, a band called Harry Pussy lorded over Miami's tiny noise rock scene. The explosively experimental unit first emerged in 1992 when guitarist Bill Orcutt and drummer Adris Hoyos decided ... 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 >>
outrockedI just came across this thanks to Rob Elba of the Holy Terrors. He seems to be orchestrating this project dedicated to the life and times of Rat Bastard, AKA Frank Falestra, the longtime noise artist, studio owner, producer, performer, promoter, and all-around impresario. Rat's been maki ... More >>
The Miami Dolphins are for sale to the highest musical bidders. Gloria Estefan and Marc Anthony have both recently bought minority shares of the franchise, leaving us all wondering: Who's next? We've compiled a list of 10 most wanted musicians with a tie to Miami who would be great partial owners ... More >>
Iggy and the Stooges are back and still searching to destroy.
You know, Radiohead, I was just about to go to sleep when I checked my email one last time. And lo and behold, the download code for your new CD, In Rainbows, popped up in my inbox. *sigh* I didn't need sleep anyway. Since the rest of the blogosphere is racing right now to review Rainbows, I figure ... More >>
Subtropics is all grown up, but its sound is still new
Sonic Nurse (Geffen)
With Xela Zaid, Alex Diaz mines the wonderful world of noise
Chore of Enchantment (Thrill Jockey)
Coconut Grove in all its hippie glory
Laundry Room Squelchers
In Bern (Ecstatic Yod); Unaccompanied Acoustic Guitar Improvisations Vol. 1-9 (Hat Noir)
How can Miami ever develop a decent music scene when its best bands keep leaving town?
Cover your ears or bask in the blare. Miami avant-skronkers Harry Pussy, Rat Bastard, and Tom Smith's To Live and Shave in L.A. have launched an audacious aural assault on the senses. But is anyone out there listening?
With films from fourteen countries, the Miami Film Festival features a volatile mix of love, lust, and crime