Ultra Music Festival 2015 Will Be an 18-and-Over Event

Photo by George Martinez
Ultra 2015 will be an adults-only affair.
Some may complain; others may cheer. It seems like Ultra Music Festival organizers have finally put an age restriction for the event.

EDM.com is reporting that Ultra 2015 will be a 18-and-over affair. This is according to flyers handed out at this weekend's Electric Zoo in New York City.

See also: In Defense of Ultra Music Festival

More »

Lily Allen on Sheezus and Kanye West: "What I Love Is He's Not a Careerist; He's an Artist"

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records

Google Lily Allen's name and the first news clippings that pop up are British tabloids discussing her weight and "erratic" behavior. The headlines read "Lily Allen flashes a hint of toned stomach" and "Lily Allen's behaviour 'worries pals.'"

When she launched her music career in 2006 with debut album, Still Alright, the 24-hour gossip cycle of celebrity-centric blogs and social media was still in its infancy. But now, on the heels of her latest release, the cleverly titled and perhaps opportunistically so, Sheezus, Allen finds her every move (and every pound gained or lost) monitored and often misreported by nearly every media outlet in the wired world.

See also: Win Free Tickets for Lily Allen at Fillmore Miami Beach

More »

Ten Reasons the Sax Doesn't Suck

Categories: Interviews, Lists

Courtesy of Steve Reason
The saxophone is badass. And so is Mr. Steve "Let's Have Sax" Reason.

There comes a crucial moment in every musician's life when he must decide what instrument to play.

The obvious choice is usually guitar, because everybody wants to be a sweaty rock god. But some people go with drums or bass or even piano. However, not a lot of kids dream of learning how to play the saxophone, a lame band-geek instrument.

But who wouldn't want to blow that brass like John Coltrane and Kenny G? There is plenty of badassery related to the sax. And that's why Crossfade linked up with professional saxophonist Steve Reason (also the headliner of this weekend's Let's Have Sax) to learn the ten best things about this particular wind instrument.

See also: Five Signs You Might Be a Shitty Guitarist

More »

The Lox's Sheek Louch on Rap Imitating Gang Life: "Like Pacino, He's Not Really Scarface"

The Lox's Styles P, Sheek Louch, and Jadakiss.

Notorious B.I.G. used to smoke blunts and drink liquor with The Lox.

They met when Mary J. Blige delivered the group's Styles P, Sheek Louch, and Jadakiss from the streets of Yonkers to Puff Daddy's Bad Boy headquarters, where they helped make hits like "It's All About the Benjamins."

Later, they blew up with DMX and the Ruff Ryders. And then they started their own damn shit, D-Block Records. Today, they are a still vital force in New York hip-hop. And tonight, they're gonna rock downtown Miami's Grand Central, thanks to DJ Heron.

Here's what founding member Sheek Louch had to say about Scarface, guns, and the Versace Mansion.

See also: Five Richest Rappers of 2014

More »

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

Photo by Ian Witlen
Party hard for Labor Day.

You work hard, but play harder.

So give yourself a pat on the back and celebrate the fruits of your labor with 96 straight hours of drinking, dancing, and partying ... Without going broke.

Just check out the 305's ten best things to do under $10 in this Labor Day weekend.

See also: Miami's Ten Best Labor Day 2014 Parties

More »

Guitars Over Guns' Louis Salgar Award: "He Elevated the Lives of the People Around Him"

Photo by Catalina Ayubi
The much-missed Louis Salgar.

On the afternoon of Monday, June 23, 2014, Louis Salgar was shot and killed in his own home after interrupting a home invader during the commission of a robbery.

The confessed murderer is Raul Reinosa, an ex-convict and drug addict, who used a gun found at Salgar's residence to commit this shocking, senseless crime.

But Louis wasn't just a victim. He was also a son, brother, friend, bandmate, barmate. He played in a number of local punk bands. He poured drinks at Gramps and the Broken Shaker. He was loved. He is loved.

And now he will be remembered, every year, with the Guitars Over Guns' Louis Salgar GOGO Legacy Award.

See also: Louis Salgar Murder: Suspect Identified in Fatal Shooting of Miami Musician and Bartender

More »

Rick Ross' #RossFit Program: How to Lose 100 Pounds Like the Bawse

Categories: Lists, Local Music

Via Instagram.com/richforever

We used to lovingly refer to Rick Ross as the "Fat Boy," but it must have been getting under his skin.

He's embarked on a tireless mission to get back in shape, and he's made the effort public by using the hashtag #RossFit, snapping pics along the way, and even including his exercise regimen in his latest music video, "Drug Dealer's Dream."

Big homie may be the Bawse of Wing Stop, but he's taking his health seriously. The rapper's already lost a reported 100 pounds, and that's just the beginning. So how can you get #RossFit? Just check this guide and get to steppin'. (But never on your keys, of course.)

See also: In Defense of Rick Ross

More »

2 Live Crew's Brother Marquis on New Album, Turn Me On, and Three Decades of Dirty Rap

Categories: Local Music, Q&A

The 2 Live Crew, back in the day.

Brother Marquis was 19 years old when he joined 2 Live Crew and started recording some of the most famous dirty raps that the world has ever known.

He was born in New York, moved to L.A. at 14, and flew straight to Miami when the Crew needed an extra rapper.

Nearly 30 years later, he's been to the Supreme Court, and fought and won to preserve the right for every American to record and sell songs like "We Want Some Pussy." Now Marquis and Fresh Kid Ice have an amazing new 2 Live Crew album, Turn Me On, with production by Pretty Tony and Mannie Fresh, not to mention features from Trick Daddy, Trina, Too $hort, E-40, and Insane Clown Posse.

Here's what Brother Marquis has to say about wild shows, his first Spanish girl, and how he came up with his lyrics.

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

More »

Prince Royce on Macking It to the Ladies: "You Gotta Have That Game On Point"

Courtesy of Sony Music Latin

Even Geoffrey Royce Rojas knows the meaning of hard work and hustle.

Today, todas las mujeres know him as the Latin Grammy-nominated bachata star Prince Royce. But just a few years ago, Rojas was a kid with a dream, juggling a full-time job, college classes, and late-night recording sessions in the studio.

It was the kind of struggle that all aspiring musicians face, but unlike most pop hopefuls, he actually achieved his dreams, becoming a multiplatinum-selling artist and Latin music's fastest rising star.

See also: Music's Five Dumbest Marketing Trends

More »

Cris Cab on Where I Belong: "Great Albums Tell a Story, and That's What I Wanted to Do"

Photo by Tom Clark

Most 21 year olds don't spend their days traveling around the world, performing their songs for crowds of adoring fans while collaborating with some of the biggest names in the music industry. 

But Cris Cab is not most 21 year olds.

Thanks to a combination of hard work, determination, talent, and luck, he linked up with singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, musician, and fashion designer Pharrell Williams. 

The Grammy winner took Cab under his wing and exposed him to a world of superstars before young Cris was even out of high school.

Now this 21 year old is getting ready to release his debut album, Where I Belong. So we here at Crossfade caught up with him to get the story behind this first full-length record.

See also: Miami's Cris Cab on Pharrell: "I Couldn't Ask for a Better Mentor"

More »

Now Trending

Miami Concert Tickets

From the Vault