New Times Music Showcase Announced for Coconut Grove Arts Festival 2015

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Meet New Times and our 15 bands at CGAF 2014.

Do the Peacock.

'Cause Miami New Times just became the musical party planner for the Coconut Grove Arts Festival.

Today, CGAF (that's the fest's catchy new acronym, pronounced see-gaf) announced the New Times Music Showcase, a three-day, main-stage lineup of over a dozen national and local bands set to perform February 14 to 16 at Peacock Park during this year's 52nd annual event.

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Future Brown Create "Vernaculo" Music Video, Commissioned by Perez Art Museum Miami

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A still from Future Brown's "Vernáculo."

Is music really "art"? What about music videos?

The Pérez Art Museum Miami seems to think so. For Art Basel Miami Beach 2014, PAMM commissioned and premiered a music video from NYC production collective Future Brown for the song "Vernáculo," featuring Maluca and directed by Rory Mulhere.

The museum also hosted a live performance by the group during Basel. And if you missed the gig, that's too bad. But you can still watch the video online and discern the fruitfulness of this "exercise in capitalist surrealism" for yourself.

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Win Free Tickets for Jessie J's Sweet Talker Tour at Fillmore Miami Beach

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Are you a Sweet Talker? Well, then Ms. Jessie J just might have free tix for you.

"Bang Bang," baby.

It's been that kind of 2014 for English pop star Jessie J.

She hit the Top 10 on the Hot 100 with her huge summer hit, co-starring Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. She just dropped her third studio album, Sweet Talker. And now she's touring the whole world.

Less than 24 hours after Valentine's Day, Jessie's gonna bring that "Bang Bang" to the Fillmore Miami Beach. And she's got a V-Day gift that'll "send you into overdrive."

Just check the cut to win free tix.

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DJ YNot's Juicy Thursdays: A Dose of Classic Hip-Hop for Downtown Miami

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DJ YNot, digging the crates.

Stop lettin' your tape rock till it pops. There's a new place in town to get a dose of classic hip-hop.

Every Thursday, DJ YNot is taking over downtown Miami's Therapy with Juicy, a night of real hip-hop from the edge of the golden era, played through a good sound system, in a room where the b-boys have enough dance floor to let loose while the ladies drink free till midnight.

The night just kicked off. But YNot's got a plan.

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Joeski on Three Decades of Dance: "House and Techno Will Always Thrive"

Joeski (AKA Joe Flores) just might be the busiest man in house music.

With something like 50 records released this year alone, including original cuts and remixes on top labels like Defected, Poker Flat, and his own Maya Records, Joeski's certainly as prolific as dance music producers get.

And the real kicker? This NYC underground legend has been doing it for close to three decades. Time doesn't seem to slow Joeski down, but invigorate him.

Ahead of a rare Miami headlining performance at Do Not Sit on the Furniture, we here at Crossfade spoke with Joeski about the NYC scene, the state of EDM, and his label.

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U.S. and Cuba Normalize Relations: "We're Going to See a Renaissance of Cuban Music"

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Two flags, flying side by side, from Coming Home, a documentary by Miami's Crazy Hood.

"Isolation has not worked," President Barack Obama said today, in his address on U.S.-Cuba policy. "It's time for a new approach."

At the same time, Cuba's Raul Castro, speaking to his own country from the capital city of Havana, delivered the news of the two nations' plans to normalize relations.

These announcements came in the wake of Cuba's release of American Alan Gross and a Cuban U.S. spy, in exchange for the three remaining members of the "Cuban Five" spy ring jailed in Florida.

Under the Obama's "new approach," the U.S. will reopen its embassy in Havana. Travel restrictions for Americans will be eased. (Though, tourist travel still isn't allowed.) And the ban on importing Cuban cigars and certain other goods will be lifted.

Diplomacy, travel, and trade between the U.S. and Cuba will impact the lives of millions. Average citizens. Business people. And yes, musicians too.

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Niko Javan's #Yoppin Wednesdays Party:
A Video and Photo Recap

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Niko Javan, the boss of #Yoppin.

"It's kind of like Jim Morrison if he had a laptop," says Niko Javan.

The Miami music producer and member of rap duo O'Grime is talking about #Yoppin Wednesdays, a new party that he launched at South Beach spot Haven last week.

Named after his "Yop = Your own path" saying, Javan's third day of the week is a synesthetic wonderland. Club music. Ambient soundscapes. Trippy visuals. And friendly strangers. All blurred together.

We went. It was bonkers.

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Carlos Santana, Amigos Invisibles Headlining World Golf Championships 2015 in Miami

Apparently, Carlos Santana is a fan of the 9 iron too. Not just the six string.

Who knew that Latin rock guitar gods liked to unwind with some putt-putt?

We would've guessed Carlos Santana preferred the relaxing effects of marijuana, transcendental meditation, and a marathon jam sesh. Rather than, say, six hours in the sun, 18 holes, and a frosty Arnold Palmer.

However, the psychedelic axe slinger has indeed been tapped as the headliner for Cadillac Miami Nights Live, a concert series going down during the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship 2015 at the Trump National Doral Miami.

He will be joined by special guests Los Amigos Invisibles, two still-secret co-stars, and loads of country club hippies.

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Mr. Entertainment Talks Book of Guinnesses and "Punk Rock 'Diarrhea'"

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Mr. Entertainment (born Steven Toth) and his Pookiesmacking punk pals.

If you like songs about cocaine, marijuana, liquor stores, tropical diseases, and booty shaking, then Last Testament: Book of Guinnesses by Mr. Entertainment and the Pookiesmackers is the rock album for you.

Making fun of life and politics since 1999, these South Florida miscreants are louder than ever, with a full-length 12-inch vinyl record coming out in 2015 on their own label.

They're also playing this Friday at Churchill's Pub, paying tribute to the life of the late Dan Hosker and raising money for spinal injury survivor Priya Ray from Kreamy 'Lectric Santa.

Here's what Mr. Entertainment had to say about independent records, stoner creations, and diarrhea.

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Miami's Six Best Club Parties This Week

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Do the Hump Day dance!

When you live in Miami, it's hard to fight the urge to party. Especially when that urge hits you on a Wednesday.

But since you live in the 305, the Hump Day party slump is never an issue. Whether on a Sunday night or random Tuesday, there's also some sort of rager going on.

Just check out the six best club bashes going down this week, from Matador at Trade to Arty at Story to Nick Cannon at Mansion.

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