Sweat Records' Lolo Reskin Talks Ten Years: "Miami Deserves a World-Class Shop"

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In 2015, Sweat Records celebrates a decade of selling music and supporting the Miami scene.

Sweat Records was founded in 2005 by best friends Lauren "Lolo" Reskin and Sara Yousuf, who had worked as DJs together on WVUM radio while attending the U.

After graduating, they set up shop on NE Second Avenue near 24th Street. This was back when crack was still a hotter product on the streets of Wynwood than art. Furthermore, they opened in the year of the greatest slump in vinyl sales since the format's invention.

Lolo says, "We started at the lowest point of vinyl sales. But beginning in 2006, they've gone up over 25 percent a year. So thankfully the vinyl boom grew along with us."

See also: Miami's Five Best Record Stores

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Win Free Tickets for DJ Tennis & Life and Death at Bardot Miami

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DJ Tennis, dance visionary and label boss for Life and Death.

Life and Death is serious stuff.

And we don't just mean the breathing, heartbeating, loving, fighting, and facing mortality that's being done every day by all 7 billion humans on this lonely planet.

We're also talking about the Life and Death label, run by the worldly DJ Tennis, which attempts every night to capture the ineffability of our existence in the form of electronic dance music.

It's an ambitious endeavor. And sometimes, it even costs nothing to contemplate such eternal enigmas on the dance floor.

Just check the cut to win free tickets for DJ Tennis & Life and Death at Bardot Miami.

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Rolling Loud Music Festival 2015's Lineup: Action Bronson, Schoolboy Q, 30 Others

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Action Bronson knows all about Rolling Loud.

Stop sleeping.

"The Miami scene is huge in my eyes," says Dope Entertainment cofounder Tariq Cherif, "and somehow, it's still slept on."

But he and business partner Matt Zingler got a plan for taking the 305 to the world. It's the Rolling Loud Music Festival, set to turn up on February 28 at Soho Studios in Wynwood.

The fest's lineup is stacked. There are underground Miami rap stars like Denzel Curry, Pouya, and Yung Simmie. And there are big, bold names like Action Bronson, Schoolboy Q, A$AP Ferg, Juicy J, and Curren$y too.

Just check the cut for the full Rolling Loud roster.

See also: Miami's Rolling Loud: "Why Don't We Have an Ultra for Hip-Hop?"

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Alex Omes Died the Very Day of His Trial Against Ultra Music Festival

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Alex Omes: "He was my best friend," says the brother who found him dead.

Alex Omes had been missing for 12 hours.

The morning of Monday, January 12, his big brother, Carlos, tried texting and calling. But there was no answer. Later in the day, Carlos texted and called, again and again. Still nothing. "We were extremely close," the elder Omes says. "And it wasn't like him. It gave me a bad feeling."

Around 9 p.m., Carlos headed over to Alex's fifth-floor townhouse apartment at 8101 Biscayne Blvd., in a building called the Bank Lofts. He pleaded with the property manager and a police officer to open the door. "I told them that I feared for my brother's well-being."

See also: Alex Omes, Ultra Cofounder and Miami Nightlife Icon, Has Died

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Buy Shakira's Miami Mansion for $12.9 Million

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Soon-to-be-former Miami Beach resident Shakira.

These hips real estate listings don't lie.

Wanna buy the 8,355-square-foot, six-bedroom, nine-bath home that Colombian pop superstar Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll has owned since 2001?

Well, the Colombian pop superstar's luxurious Miami Beach mansion will only cost you about $12.9 million. And that's down from her 2013 asking price of $14.95 million.

Sadly, though, Shakira lounging seductively on a king bed in the master bedroom is not included.

See also: The 10 People Who Won't Make It in Miami

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Billy Joel's Ten Most Pivotal Moments, According to Biographer Fred Schruers

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Billy Joel: Forty-four years behind the mic.

It's easy for cynics to dismiss Billy Joel's decades-long career as nothing more than a continuing cycle of hot singles, alcohol abuse, and roller-coaster relationships. But he has also earned the distinction of being one of the most successful singer-songwriters in music history with indelible melodies that inevitably become standards.

A Miami homeboy until relatively recently -- he sold his palatial La Gorce Island estate in summer 2013 -- Joel has known both universal acclaim and awkward encounters. It's all laid out in Fred Schruers' new book, Billy Joel: The Definitive Biography.

Schruers first met the singer during an interview in 1985. The singer tapped him to be a ghostwriter for a proposed autobiography in 2008. That project was scrubbed, but Joel gave Schruers his blessing to pen a book of his own.

Here, then, in chronological order, are Schruers' picks for the top ten moments that define Billy Joel as both an artist and individual.

See also: Billy Joel Announces First Miami Concert in Seven Years

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Hood Internet Talks Mashups and Turning Artists You Hate Into Artists You Love

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Do you mess with Rihanna? O.T. Genasis? Crystal Castles? Fujiya & Miyagi? Who in the world could rock such a crazy mix of musical stylings?

Well, Chicago mashup duo the Hood Internet, for one. And you probably have love for every genre on the planet too. Maybe you just aren't listening to it the right way.

The Hood Internet will soon showcase its indie-electro-hip-pop at Bardot Miami, and you can go see for yourself just how great ILoveMakonnen sounds over Penguin Prison.

Meanwhile, we at New Times caught up with THI's Steve Reidell.

See also: Five Signs You Might Be a Shitty DJ

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Miami's Five Best Concerts This Week

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Music is what gives meaning to life. Even Mondays.

Sure, waking up at the crack of dawn to face the workweek is no fun. But at least there are some pretty good shows coming up.

Just check out the five best concerts going down this week, from Napalm Death and party king Andrew W.K. at Grand Central to the "Piano Man" himself, Billy Joel, at American Airlines Arena.

See also: New Times' Concert Calendar

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Win Free Tickets for Andrew W.K. at Grand Central

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This is the face that Andrew W.K. makes when he gets to party for free.

Party. Sweat. Party. Mosh. Party. Thrash. Party.

We're pretty sure that's what one does at an Andrew W.K. concertt. And what could be better?

Did you know Andrew W.K. is, like, one of the nicest guys in rock 'n' roll? Yeah. He's also maybe one of the bloodiest. But that doesn't stop anyone from wanting to party, thrash, and rock with the guy. We're stoked on his coming to Grand Central, and you should be too, especially since there's a chance to win free tickets.

Just check the cut for contest instructions.

See also: Andrew W.K. on His Philosophy of Partying: "It's About Celebrating That You're Not Dead"

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House Nightclub Loses Its Permit, Appeals Decision

Categories: News, Nightlife

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Will the city and permitting drama at House Nightclub ever end?

House has been facing an uphill battle almost since the project was announced in 2011. The futuristic megaclub opened last May.

The latest hurdle is a letter from the City of Miami. It tells the owners that the certificate of use has been revoked. "Chapter 4 of the city code requires your establishment, which is an alcohol beverage service establishment with a 4COP quota license, to be more than 1,000 feet from a public school."

See also: City Commission Might Close House Nightclub, Owner Claims Rivals Are Behind "Witch-Hunt"

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