Downtown Miami's Five Best Bars

Categories: Lists, Nightlife

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It's finally Friday, and that means we are thirstier than a motherfucker for this workweek to be over.

Of course, the only thing that can quell our craving is a cold, delicious brewksie enjoyed in a dark setting, maybe with some music and food too.

But where do we head when the final minute is up? Try one of these downtown Miami hangouts. We certainly enjoy them. Possibly a little too much.

See also: Wynwood's Five Best Bars

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Win Free Tickets for Tori Amos at Fillmore Miami Beach

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Why do wayward women have to be penitent?

That was the thought tearing through Tori Amos' mind as she gazed upon an etching entitled "Geraldine" by the Irish artist Daniel Maclise. "It got me thinking about not apologizing," the fiery (and fiery maned) singer-songwriter recalls.

Hence, Unrepentant Geraldines, her defiant and brash new album, which draws inspiration from fine art, Americana, and her own '90s-era alternative chamber-pop.

Check the cut for a chance to win free tickets for Tori Amos and the Unrepentant Geraldines tour at the Fillmore Miami Beach this weekend.

See also: Tori Amos' Unrepentant Geraldines Echoes With a Grace and Sigh All Her Own

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Miami's Ten Best Things to Do Under $10 This Weekend

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You can drink, you can dance, but just don't eat your money.

Who's ready for some Friday night action?

We are!

And with all of the wild parties and killer tuneage to check out this weekend, from garage rock at Railroad Blues to tech-house at Treehouse to poolside vibes at the Freehand, you'll be raging from the second the clock strikes 5 p.m. till Sunday.

Here are the ten best things to do under $10 this weekend.

See also: Six Best Club Parties in Miami This Week

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Railroad Blues Opening in Downtown Miami: "There's Not Gonna Be Any Shit Music"

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Every serious music lover dreams of opening a live-music bar.

The chance to program and design your own venue, every week, six days out of seven, is the life. Sure, it can be tough, but fellow fans will recognize the quality and appreciate your vision.

That's what Steam Miami owner Russ Bruce is betting on with Railroad Blues, a new NE 14th Street speakeasy-style venue and drinking spot, celebrating its no-charge soft opening this weekend.

C'mon, the first one is always free.

See also: Steam Miami: A Photo Tour of Downtown's First Interactive Nightclub

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Rita Ora and DJ Laz - Hits 97.3 Sessions - Grand Central, Miami

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As part of HITS 97.3's HITS Sessions
Grand Central, Miami
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Finding a pop star with a real set of pipes feels like trying to win the lottery. You know it's possible, but the odds are long.

Last night, Rita Ora stopped by downtown Miami's Grand Central for a superintimate acoustic performance of her budding and Billboard hits. It was MTV Unplugged style, as she and her guitarist sat atop stools on the stage, telling little stories behind the songs. This was maybe the best possible way to enjoy Ms. Ora for the first time, because, low and behold, this girl can really, really sing.

See Also: DJ Laz Returns to Miami Radio on Hits 97.3

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GTA's JWLS and Van Toth Talk Success: "It's Crazy, and It Keeps Getting Crazier"

Categories: Local Music, Q&A

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A lot has changed for the boys of GTA. They're no longer Miami's most promising upstarts but internationally known DJ-producers. They've opened for Rihanna's world tour, played nearly every major music festival in the United States, and relocated to the West Coast.

But even though JWLS (AKA Julio Mejia) and Van Toth (AKA Matt Toth) may have become almost famous and moved to Los Angeles, they're still the same old subtropical dudes screamin' "Death to genres!"

We here at Crossfade recently spoke with the GTA bros about how far they've come and why it's so important to kick off their new cross-country party series, Good Times Ahead, in the MIA.

See also: Miami's 25 Best Electronic Music Acts

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Miami's Labor Day 2014 Party Guide

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Ready to get turnt up?

It's (almost) Labor Day weekend!

That means that in a little over a week, the Magic City will be celebrating the American labor movement with an extra day of wild partying, mindless drinking, and grinding with strangers.

Here are the 305's Labor Day bashes, so far.

See also: Six Best Club Parties in Miami This Week

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Quantic on Uniting Latin and Electronic Dance Music Lovers

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As an electronic dance music artist, you can either draw your influences from the relatively limited palette of styles within the genre itself, or reach beyond it.

If you're Quantic (AKA Will Holland), the quest for inspiration could even take you as far as crossing the Atlantic, from England to Colombia, to discover the South American country's rich folk music heritage.

As an expat living and working in Colombia for almost a decade now, the British DJ-producer has explored traditional local music flavors like cumbia and salsa through the kaleidoscopic lens of modern electronic music production. The new crown on Quantic's formidable discography is his latest long player, Magnetica, which he will be presenting at Electric Pickle, along with other choice cuts from his catalog of Latin-electronic fusion originals.

Ahead of the show, we spoke with Quantic about falling in love with Colombian music, the new album, and his return to a more dance floor-focused sound.

See also: EDM's Five Greatest Delusions

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13 Richest DJs of 2014

Categories: Lists, News

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It's been a few years since EDM became big business. But the bubble hasn't burst. And those folks who wear bulky headsets and press play (i.e. celebrity DJs) are still laughing all the way to the bank.

The giddiest jock is once again Calvin Harris. The scruffy-faced Scotsman topped Forbes' list of the highest-paid DJs of 2013 with a total of $46 million. One year later, Harris is raking in a staggering $66 million. But the second highest-earner collected a mere $30 million. And Avicii only made $28 million. Pshhh, pocket change.

Check the cut for the 13 richest DJs of 2014.

See also: EDM's Five Biggest Hacks

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Blonde Redhead and Mayer Hawthorne - Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour - Miami

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Photo by Ian Witlen
Check out Crossfade's full 46-photo slideshow of Blonde Redhead and Mayer Hawthorne in Miami.

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As part of the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour
Soho Studios, Miami
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Not everyone can afford a fancy Mercedes-Benz, but when Mercedes-Benz is putting on a party to celebrate the launch of the new GLA sports utility vehicle, everyone can afford live music.

The live music at last night's Miami stop of the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour was actually really good, bringing us a bit of post-punk romance with Blonde Redhead and soulful R&B from Mayer Hawthorne.

And what did we learn? Despite pop music and EDM's evidence to the contrary, people still get really excited over guitar tuneage.

See also: Mayer Hawthorne: "Every Song Is Based on Real Life, Otherwise People Won't Connect to It"


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