DJ Craze's "New Slaves Routine" Video Proves Real DJs Aren't "Professional iPod Controllers"

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Don't you just hate it when dumb TV funnymen joke about DJs being nothing but "professional iPod controllers"?

Just because a few lazy douchebags get paid millions to fist-pump, mix overplayed tracks, and strike Christ poses ... It doesn't mean that "DJing is easy,"

And the 305's own DJ Craze, a three-time world DMC champ and Slow Roast Records boss, is here to show that #RealDJing is dope as shit.

See also: DJ Craze's Five Best Battle DJs of All Time

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Les Claypool Talks Primus & the Chocolate Factory: "'Candyman' Got Stuck in My Head"


Les Claypool has been the driving force behind funk metal outfit Primus since 1984. In that time, he has also written a book, South of the Pumphouse, directed a film, Electric Apricot, and become synonymous with the sounds of animated TV shows Robot Chicken and South Park. Now he's remade the Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory soundtrack.

Considering his penchant for the bizarre yet playful, it is no surprise that Claypool's had a lifelong fascination with Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka character and Gene Wilder's cinematic interpretation. This obsession eventually spawned a Chocolate Factory-themed New Year's Eve concert, and then Primus' eighth studio album, Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble.

We here at Crossfade recently got the chance to chat with Claypool. The topics of conversation included golden records, the power of "Candyman," and of course, chocolates.

See also: Win Free Tickets for Primus & The Chocolate Factory at Fillmore Miami Beach

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Sidebar Opening in Former PAX Space

Categories: News, Nightlife

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Just a tease of Sidebar.

Remember Bar?

It was the nightlife spot on NE 14th Street that became one of the city's most infamous watering holes until it closed in July 2011. A lot of people were involved with it, but the main contributors were Raul Sanchez (now of Peachfuzz fame), Pres Rodriguez, and the onetime Miami gallery OHWOW (which has since relocated to Los Angeles).

Well, surprise! It's back -- sort of.

See also: Miami's Top Ten Hipster Bars

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Emmylou Harris on Songwriting: "If You Don't Follow Your Heart, Then You're Going to Pay"

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Just as seasons change, so do musical fads. What is stylish eventually grows passé before becoming cool again.

However, legendary singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris has never paid any mind to waves of popularity. Over the course of her four-decade career, she has been too concerned with staying true to herself, no matter who wished to define her music as country or folk, cool or uncool.

"You know, they just came up with this Americana moniker, which is good, but I don't know if I ever saw myself as being in style," she tells Crossfade, in a voice as earnest and charming as one of her ballads.

See also: Miami's Ten Best Rockabilly Bands of All Time

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Fantine on Being Mentored by Emilio Estefan, Working With Gloria, and Loving Miami


Ten months of working and spending time in America was all it took for the Moscow-born, Australia-based, half-Dominican electro-soul singer Fantine to perform in front of Michelle Obama.

"The First Lady was at an event in Miami Gardens, and what happened was, a few days prior, I was singing the national anthem at a Miami Dolphins game," she tells Crossfade.

"The organizers of her event were at the game and were like, 'Hey, you should come sing the national anthem for her.' It was surreal, but it happened."

See also: Miami's 16 Best Latin Rock Bands of All Time

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Miami Beach Jazz Festival's 2014 Lineup: Bucky Pizzarelli, Monty Alexander, Four Others

Categories: Music Festivals

Jazz guitar virtuoso Bucky Pizzarelli.

"This is a music festival that can truly call itself jazz."

For a second-consecutive season, Miami Beach Jazz Festival founder Carmen J. Cartiglia has indeed assembled a fine lineup of modern masters.

Last year, celebrating the inaugural edition of the fest, he tapped headliner Michelle Coltrane, the only daughter of jazz giants John and Alice Coltrane.

And this year, Cartiglia has assembled an even more impressive roster for a show dubbed Living Legends of Jazz.

See also: Miami's Top Ten Jazz Musicians

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New Times Is Looking for an Arts and Culture Editor

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Miami New Times is looking for a writer and editor to oversee coverage of all things related to art, theater, and other cultural happenings in America's hottest city. The job entails working closely with a pool of freelancers to produce Night+Day, our weekly print guide to the city, while editing, writing, and helping promote content for our Cultist culture blog. Among the events to be covered are the Miami International Film Festival, the Miami Book Fair, and Art Basel Miami Beach.

This is a full-time position that requires some previous journalism experience, a strong voice, and diverse cultural interests. Only applicants who live in, or have lived in, the Miami metro area will be considered. Full benefits included. Send a cover letter, résumé, and your three best clips to:

Miami's Six Best Club Parties This Week

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Halloween may be just a few days away, but in the Magic City, the freak show never ends.

So grab your crew of bikini clad monsters and tri-breasted vampires and get your spook on.

Here are the six best club parties going down this week, from Drake and Marco Carola at Story to Sander Kleinenberg at Bardot.

See also: Five Best Concerts in Miami This Week

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Kill "Pitbullshit," Fake DJs in New Video Game

Still from Dr. Kucho's Ghosts 'n DJs video game trailer

Does Pitbull's "Timber" make you wanna murder? Are you effin' fed up with fake DJs like Paris Hilton getting paid $1 million per night?

Time to play Ghosts 'n DJs, a new, retro video game from a Spanish electronic music producer named Dr. Kuch.

The mission... Rid mankind of all the pop and EDM hacks who "came to take over the world and punish our ears to death."

See also: Pitbull Ranked Ninth Worst Rapper of All Time

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Ultra Lawsuit: X-Rays and Photos of Security Guard Erica Mack's Injuries

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An x-ray of Ultra security guard Erica Mack's surgically repaired right ankle.

Her skull was fractured. And her leg was broken.

However, beyond those basic facts, the seriousness of security guard Erica Mack's injuries, sustained during a gatecrashing incident at Ultra Music Festival 2014, was unknown.

At least until yesterday, when Mack spoke for the first time, after seven months of silence, about her brain bleeds and surgically repaired right ankle as well as the $10 million lawsuit she's filed against Ultra, the City of Miami, and others.

Now she and attorney Eric Isicoff have also released x-rays and photos of her broken leg, which is being held together by screws and metal plates.

See also: Erica Mack Discusses Ultra Lawsuit

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