Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band Talks Blood, Whiskey, Motor Oil, and Fishin'

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Reverend Peyton is a fishin', huntin', hootin', hollerin' hillbilly from the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

He can chop a tree down faster than a forest fire. He can build a cabin in his sleep. He's got more beard than a black bear.

His overalls stay covered in other people's blood, his own homemade whiskey, and an 18-wheeler's worth of motor oil. But what Rev. Peyton does best is rock the jam box. On the guitar, he's a force of nature. And every strum of the axe is a tornado at a razor blade factory.

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James Murphy Returns to Bardot Miami: "He and DFA Demand a Different Type of Crowd"

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James Murphy, in the middle of a couch sesh at Bardot Miami.

Ah, James Murphy. The former LCD Soundsystem frontman, DFA Records founder, entrepreneur, and generally amazing human will be gracing our city once again.

He'll be returning to Bardot (where last year's Red Bull Music Academy Couch Session was held during the inaugural III Points Festival) to spin some wax and rock our souls.

Anyone who is remotely familiar with Mr. Murphy's all-around genius will understand that such an intimate night is not to be missed. We, personally, are shaking with excitement at the thought of bumpin' our booties to his sweet, sweet grooves. And obviously, so are the Bardot folks.

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Win Free Tickets for James Murphy's DJ Set at Bardot Miami

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Is nightclubbing awesome? Or awful?

As former LCD Soundsystem frontman and DFA Records founder James Murphy once quipped: "It depends on your idea of fun. Champagne, music -- it could be a nightmare."

But when Mr. Murphy's handling the disc-jockeying, any trip to the club is just dreamy. Even if the champagne is flat. And especially if your tickets are free.

So ... Who wants some tix for the LCD and DFA mastermind's upcoming DJ set at Bardot Miami?

Just check the cut for contest instructions.

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Miami Record Store Days, "a Tribute to the Whole Era," From 1975 to 2000

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Relive it all with Charlie Pickett.

Like the polar ice caps, the rainforests, and the Yangtze finless porpoise, the record store remains in peril. However, there is hope.

Over the last seven years, Record Store Day has become an increasingly visible global phenomenon, encouraging fans, artists, and proprietors to unite and breathe life into this once-thriving cultural entity.

For 2014, Grand Central will be joining the festivities in an unofficial capacity with Miami Record Store Days: 1975-2000, a live concert, record sale, and photo expo.

See also: Miami's Five Best Record Stores

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Mogwai Talks Rave Tapes, Post-Rock, and Running "Very Much a Democracy"

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It took long enough, but Mogwai will finally be playing a gig in Miami. The post-rock band from Glasgow, Scotland, has been around for nearly 20 years, but as its upcoming debut show in our town proves, there are still many firsts for the quintet to experience.

Speaking via phone from his home, guitarist John Cummings also proves that Miami Vice still has an unshakable influence on his perception of the Magic City.

"It's one of the few comfortable associations that I have with your fine city, sadly," he admits, referring to the knee-jerk TV reference. "But that can all change."

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Sweatstock 2014: "Old Friends, New Bands, an Awesome Time"

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Sweat out that sugar high with Sunbears.

When the average 21st-century music fan wakes up in the morning, he or she often turns on the smartphone and taps away into the digital life that we all now share, like, 18 hours a day. Free download after free download glides past our eyes as we swipe at touch screens, and enunciate for Siri, plugging in headphones, and turning off the world.

Now, that's all fine and good. But sometimes, an audio junkie needs something to hold, even hug. And of course, we're talking about vinyl, because Record Store Day is nearly here, and it's got us thinking about wax's constantly revolving place in our culture and society. Why is it important? And how can we celebrate it?

Among the answers: Sweatstock.

See also: Miami's Five Best Record Stores

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Win Free Tickets for The Sounds at Grand Central Miami

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Oh, free tickets ...

As The Sounds' Maja Ivarsson once sang: "I think about you all the time."

In about 48 hours, that Swedish songstress and her pals will saunter into downtown Miami's Grand Central for an evening of shimmering New Wave pop. So we here at Crossfade, along with our buds at GC and Poplife, are giving away some tix.

And just thinking about those freebies: "With you by my side/I know it will be all right/We'll have the time of our lives."

Check the cut for contest instructions.

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Five Best Concerts in Miami This Week

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Rock out with the Sounds at Grand Central.

Legend has it that bizarre things happen come a full moon.

If that's true, then there must always be an invisible luna plena over Miami because here, the weird never ends. Then again, maybe this lunar phase is what's bringing Australian EDM sensation Flume, Swedish rockers the Sound, and postglam band Timur and the Dime Museum to the Magic City.

Just check out the five best concerts going down this week.

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Ron Morelli on L.I.E.S. and Greg Beato: "Expect the Unexpected"

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Ron Morelli's music is not for everyone. But that's how it usually goes with artists that make few compromises in their work. Ostensibly a techno producer, his records can be arrhythmic, atonal, and murkily atmospheric -- caustic machine noise experiments more akin to the power electronics subgenre of industrial music.

Clearly, Morelli has no interest in conforming to dance floor conventions, let alone pandering to mainstream EDM tastes. Browse through the catalog of his celebrated Long Island Electrical Systems (L.I.E.S.) imprint and you'll find that his A&R pickings can be just as subversive.

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Billboard Latin Music Conference 2014 Guide: Enrique Iglesias, Laura Pausini, Marc Anthony

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Unleash your inner "Freak" with Enrique Iglesias at the Billboard Latin Music Conference.

Who's ready for rumba y baile from some of the biggest estrellas en música Latina?

It's the Billboard Latin Music Conference. Going on its 25th cumpleaños, the four day fiesta kicks off April 21 at the JW Marriott Marquis in Downtown.

Hundreds of músicos from across the globe, including Enrique Iglesias, Marc Anthony, Elvis Crespo, and Laura Pausini will make their way to the Magic City to partake in marketing seminars, industry panels, Q&A seshs with the pros, and of course, party with some of most talented showstoppers in the biz.

There are over 30 events to attend, pero no te preocupes, Crossfade's got you covered with the full schedule and conference highlights.

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