Tobacco Road Closing, Becoming Bar Aboard Norwegian Cruise Ship in 2015

Categories: News, Nightlife

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Photo by Marta Xochilt Perez

Only three days till Tobacco Road closes.

But today, a press conference was held at the almost-102-year-old club to reaffirm that "Miami's oldest bar will live on."

As reported by Crossfade seven months ago, the Road's staff, led by general manager Joel Rivera, plans to raise money and move to 69 SW Seventh Street. (Donate to the relocation campaign via kickstarter.com/profile/TobaccoRoad.)

However, the real news from this afternoon's media event: Tobacco Road has brokered a deal for a bar on a new Norwegian cruise ship, the Escape, debuting in November 2015.

See also: Tobacco Road's Last Call Closing Party: "Say Goodbye With Good Booze and Good Bands"

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Miami's Webbz on His Medicinal EP and Grinding on When "You Want to Quit"

Categories: Local Music, Q&A

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Since 2006 Miami's Webbz has worked with Rick Ross, Flo Rida, and Gunplay.

And though he's always proud of his friends' triumphs, it can still get a little frustrating when everyone around you seems to be enjoying great success. Especially if you're still considered "an up-and-comer."

But even if he's not getting major radio play and millions of dollars yet, Webbz remains a player on Miami's hip-hop and rap scene, which just might be about to blow up, as evidenced by the 305 Live showcase at this month's A3C Festival in Atlanta.

Recently, Crossfade sat down with Webbz over some Flanigan's to talk about his new Medicinal EP, cliques in Miami, working with Cam'ron, and grinding on when "you want to quit."

See also: Five Signs You Might Be a Shitty Rapper

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7 Seconds Talks 35 Years of Hardcore Punk

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For 35 years, 7 Seconds has been a stalwart of the hardcore punk scene. Founded in Reno by brothers Kevin and Steve Marvelli (rechristened Seconds and Youth, respectively), the Sacramento natives have also shared the accolades and detriments of the straight-edge movement.

An energetic man by nature, Kevin, now in his early 50s, hasn't slowed down since the band formed in 1979. Along with the band, he has maintained a busy performance and recording solo career; ran a popular coffeehouse, True Love, with his wife for a number of years in the early '00s; is an artist; and is currently organizing a documentary about his experience as a restaurateur.

We recently spoke with the hardcore veteran and discussed family, touring, and how staying busy has been the secret to staying young.

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The Dancers of Mansion Nightclub: A Video Interview

Dangling from the ceiling in diamond-studded pasties, flirting their way through the drunken crowd with snazzy props, and dancing atop the DJ booth with neon lights wrapped around their waists... these ladies are the dancers and aerialists of Mansion Nightclub.

More than pretty faces, the women behind the flashy costumes are trained performers who've been plying their trade for most of their lives.

"I've been a dancer since I was 13 and have been dancing at clubs for about five years," says Karli Manson, 27.

See also: The Six People You Meet on South Beach

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Mattress Giant Jingle Gets X-Rated 305 Remix: "Looking for That Ooh-Aah Feel"

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Courtesy of Niko Javan
Double cup + Mattress Giant = Deepest sleep ever.

"Ooh-ahh."

Whether you were a kid sitting down to cartoon time or a middle-aged perv prowling late-night TV for phone-sex ads ...

We all just couldn't stop singing that orgasmic Mattress Giant jingle: "If you're looking for that ooh-ahh feel, come to Mattress Giant/When you want that ooh-ahh deal, we've got the best price/For that ooh-ahh bed, it's only at Mattress Giant."

The Miami-founded chain store went defunct in 2012. But now that "ooh-ahh" shit's got an X-rated remix, thanks to the 305's Niko Javan.

See also: Miami Booty Bass: Ten Best Acts of All Time

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DJ Khaled Checks Into Miami Hospital

Categories: Local Music, News

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A now-deleted selfie of Khaled receiving oxygen therapy.

Suffering From Success is a lifelong condition.

And last night DJ Khaled checked into Aventura Hospital because, as the title track off his most recent album explains, "The price of fame, shit real."

Though the actual cause of the big man's visit remains a mystery, his stay might have been related to the perils of being "We the Best!"

But probably it just had to do with high blood pressure.

See also: Ten Best Miami Rap Anthems Ever

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MTV EMA 2014 Broadcasting From Miami: Nick Jonas, Jake Miller, Fifth Harmony

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No, Miami's not in Europe ... But why not kick off the MTV EMA with Nick Jonas in the 305?

Contrary to popular belief, Miami is not part of South America. Nor is it in Europe. But that's not stopping MTV from kicking off its Europe Music Awards with a special live pre-party, straight from the Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park.

The big show is being staged in Glasgow, Scotland, but the shindig heats up here with performances from VMA Artist to Watch winners Fifth Harmony, Miami's locally-grown Jake Miller, and Nick Jonas, previously known as the eldest Jonas Brother, of course. Plus, Nick Cannon and Awkward's Molly Tarlov will be there.

Tickets to the event are totally free. Disclaimer: Tween screams may be heard from at least three miles away.

See also: 22 Richest Pop Stars of 2014

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Win Free Tickets for Ben Howard's I Forget Where We Were Tour at Fillmore Miami Beach

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"Oh, hey, I wasn't listening ..."

Well, we were just saying that English folkie Ben Howard is winding his way toward the Fillmore Miami Beach for a midwinter stop in the subtropics.

This Brit Award-winning, Mercury Prize-nominated singer-songwriter will soon venture across America for the I Forget Where We Were Tour, in support of his sophomore album of the same name.

Ticket presales for the Miami show start tomorrow. But thanks to the fine folks at Live Nation, we here at Crossfade have some free tix. Just check the cut for contest instructions.

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Meet Miami's Plastic Pinks: A Video Interview

There's always tons of talk about III Points' dance music acts, but the annual fest pays serious tribute to Miami's rock scene too.

It's important to give a boost to our local bands, and we here at Crossfade were stoked to catch up with groovy garage rockers Plastic Pinks, whom you may have seen tear the house down at Wynwood's Butcher Shop, alongside the Grey 8s and Shanghai Meow.

We love their hyper energy. It's catchy enough to get stuck in your head, but still raw enough to skin your knees. They call it "rad city sticky pop," and it's something like if the Beatles and Sonic Youth had a long-haired baby.

See also: Meet the XYZA Collective, Miami's 12-Member Electronic Music Crew

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Diddy on Success and the Music Industry: "Nobody Is Going to Give You Nothing"

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Check out Crossfade's 71-photo slideshow from Revolt Music Conference 2014.

If you had the chance to ask Diddy any question, what would it be?

To be honest, we used to think Diddy was a kook. He seemed so wacky, so flashy, and so demanding on Making the Band. Then we heard him speak at this past weekend's Revolt Music Conference, and we realized this guy is where he is today because he is honest, focused, and real.

The man born Sean Combs dropped knowledge during the #AskDiddy Q&A panel. And we've collected his best quotes, from passing out mixtapes to beefs with Suge Knight.

See also: Russell Simmons at Revolt Music Conference: "The Idea of 'I'm Going to Sell a Million Records' Is Almost a Fantasy"

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