In This Week's Print Music Section: Cynic, the Crystal Method, and More

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Cynic plays at Culture Room on Friday.
While this blog keeps on trucking with the multiple daily updates, there is, in fact, in a nod to Stone Age tradition still a print music section that comes out weekly. That's where the longer music features live, and we've got at least one in-depth look weekly at a local act or an out-of-towner playing around these parts. 

But don't worry if you prefer not to smudge up your typing fingers with newsprint -- we don't like ink on our MacBooks either. Luckily, you can read those features on the web in our online umbrella music section, where you can see the latest blog posts along with the, uh, online version of the print edition. (Confused yet?). To simplify things, here's what you can check out this week:


In the early '90s, Cynic was a bunch of local teenagers who recorded a major-label debut for Roadrunner and who made waves in the death metal world with a relatively strange, progressive take on extreme styles. It didn't sit well with all purists, and the band broke up and moved on -- only to gain an international cult following, thanks largely to the Internet.


A couple years back, frontman Paul Masvidal got the band back together to reissue old material and release new stuff, and play the international festival circuit. Now, the group is touring the United States, and playing a semi-hometown show this Friday, August 13, at Culture Room, in which the band will play its landmark album Focus in its entirety. An excerpt from the article:

Masvidal's story is South Floridian through and through, and growing up in Miami shaped him in many ways to become a well-rounded musician. He was born in Puerto Rico in 1971 to Cuban parents who had fled Castro's regime in the late '50s. His family moved to Miami, between Coconut Grove and Coral Gables, when he was 3 years old. He met Reinert, his lifelong musical foil, while attending Gulliver Academy in junior high. He discovered extreme metal and punk by buying Slayer and Metallica records based on their covers at Spec's Music in the Gables.

Click here to read the rest of the story.


Electronica greats TCM spin a DJ set at Gryphon, at the Hard Rock, this Friday, August 13. Jeff Stratton helps you bone up on the band's history and evolution. 


Here on Crossfade, we reported that Keith Paciello had become creative director of Rokbar. We reprinted that news on tehe old paper and ink for the Luddites out there. Click here to read it if you missed it. 


We also printed David Rosario's rundown of why this new mixtape is essential. You may have caught it here on Crossfade as part of his "Mixtape of the Week" review series, but if you missed it, click here to catch up. 


Here's where we tell you why you might want to go check out the following shows this week:

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