III Points 2014's Ten Best Satellite Parties

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There's no doubt III Points' anchor will be the amazing lineup of artists performing throughout the weekend at the fest's Soho Studios headquarters. Lykke Li and Flying Lotus alone are worth the price of admission.

But if you want to get up close and personal with your favorite acts, you'll need to dig deeper into the festival's list of music events. And why wouldn't you? Often, the most surprising part of an all-encompassing affair like III Points is the satellite party scene that surrounds the main event.

In fact, last year's festival highlights included the Juan Maclean's late-night DJ set at Gramps and a Boiler Room bash starring local DJs Oscar G, Lazaro Casanova, Dude Skywalker, Pirate Stereo, and others. And this year promises to be no different, with a slew of after-hours parties and a series of Sunday label showcases.

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Soko - Musician, Actress, Fervent French Woman - in Love with "Telling Stories"

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Stéphanie Sokolinski, better known as Soko, is a 27-year-old actress and musician who's steadily garnered accolades and critical praise for both facets of her work.

Immortalized on the screen in Alice Winocour's impeccable historical drama Augustine, SoKo's 2012 album I Thought I Was an Alien also shot to fame thanks to the viral sensation of Wren Studio's "First Kiss" video, which starred strangers kissing.

Currently on tour supporting Foster the People, Soko is an unassuming French woman, artistically driven and still in awe of the worlds that surround her. We here at Crossfade had a chance to speak with Soko about music, film, and Gallic passion.

See also: Augustine Upends Historical Doctor-Patient Sexism


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Mansion Opens New '80s-Themed Cocktail Bar

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Starting this weekend, Mansion's VIP bar will never look the same.

When you think South Beach megaclub, you think excess, sexy dancers, hand-crafted cocktails... Wait, do you?

This weekend, SoBe's Mansion will unveil the Cocktails & Dreams bar as part of its new weekly Mansion Made Me Do It party.

The bar is all '80s wham and glam, while the new Saturdays organizes performances and giveaways around a weekly theme. It heats up with "Red Light District," and yes, there will be near-naked dancers.

See also: South Beach's Ten Best Dance Clubs

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AC Slater Talks Dance Music and "Bringing Back That Underground Feel"

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AC Slater is about to take you back to a time before fancy light rigs and Jesus-posing DJs, when dance parties were messy, dark, personal affairs and nothing mattered but the bass.

Maybe some of you remember those times fondly, and perhaps some of you are tired of hearing about it, but everyone new and old to the scene is invited to experience the gritty realness of Night Bass. The LA-based monthly party is hitting the road with Hannah Wants, Jack Beats, and its fearless leader, AC Slater.

This weekend, Night Bass hits The Garret at Grand Central, the perfect Miami venue for the vibe. We here at Crossfade spoke to Slater about the state of dance music, how he plans to keep evolving, and whether or not he really influenced everyone in L.A. to start wearing black.

See also: Five Worst EDM Gimmicks

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Nas: A New Doc Looks Back on Illmatic and One of Hip-Hop's Finest Living Lyricists

Categories: Movie Review

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Nas in 1994.

One rhyme in particular crystallizes the genius of Nas' 1994 classic, Illmatic. It comes in the song "One Love," which takes the form of a letter to a friend in prison: "Congratulations, you know you got a son," Nas raps. "I heard he looks like ya, why don't your lady write ya?"

Did you get that? In 19 words, Nas swings from the perspective-upending pride of fatherhood -- a new human who is part you! -- to the heartache of separation, loneliness, disloyalty. He whispers the knife of betrayal into our gut with a simple question: "Why don't your lady write ya?" Nas paints not just a man in prison, yearning for the outside, but a whole web of relationships decaying in his absence.

See also: Five Signs You Might Be a Shitty Rapper

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Six Best Club Parties in Miami This Week

Categories: Guides, Nightlife

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Ever wondered what makes Miami so magical?

No, it's not the impeccable bodies and drop-dead gorgeous creatures that roam the streets of the city ... It's all the kick ass parties that go down almost every single night.

Just check out this week's six best club parties.

See also: Five Best Concerts in Miami This Week

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Ultra Music Festival 2015 Tickets on Sale Now

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On your mark. Get set. Go score some rave tix.

Ultra Music Festival 2015 tickets are officially on sale. So for all those party people who qualify under UMF's new 18-and-over policy, it's time to camp in front of the computer and secure a spot at America's longest-running dance fest.

This is UMF's 17th year, which is chuckle-worthy given the new age restriction. But hey, at least the price was reduced.

See also: Ultra Music Festival 2015 Cuts Ticket Prices, Selling for $299.95 to $449.95

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Gorgon City Talk Debut Album Sirens and North American Tour

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Before joining creative forces as Gorgon City, North Londoners Kye Gibbon and Matt Robson-Scott were already locally celebrated DJ-producers in their own right. Going by Foamo and RackNRuin respectively, the two came up as part of London's beloved Black Butter artist collective and label, which also gave us the likes of Rudimental and international chart-topping sensations Clean Bandit.

"We met in a club, as we had the same DJ agent at the time," the Gorgon boys tell Crossfade about first hooking up. "Then we got in the studio for fun and we worked well together, so we started a new project in itself. We never planned anything, it has all happened organically -- this makes it all more fun and interesting."

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Baauer and Boys Noize Cancel Run X Tour "Due to Deadlines Around New Music"

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Sorry, Miami.

You're not about to get your Baauer fix. And you're not going to get any Boys Noize either.

The two bass producers canceled their joint tour citing "deadlines around new music." But we kind of feel like that's the sort of thing that should be considered before you schedule a tour. But if that's the excuse they wanna use, that's the excuse we're taking. These impending albums better be stellar.

See also: Music's Five Dumbest Marketing Trends

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Ten of Miami's Oldest Bars

Categories: Lists, Nightlife

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Tobacco Road, keeping it real since 1912.

You can tell a lot about a city by its bar scene.

Just take a look at Miami. The Magic City may be home to some of the flashiest uhntz-uhntz powerhouses in the country, but the 305 wouldn't be the nightlife mecca of the south if it wasn't for the vision set by our thirsty founding fathers and their love of beer.

In honor of our hardcore party rep, here are ten of Miami's oldest bars that have kept their doors open throughout the years, dating from the 1980s and beyond.

See also: Miami's Ten Best Underground Rock Venues of All Time

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