Tiga on "Bugatti," Shitty Books, and Being Beautifully Weird: "There's a Personality Gap"

This is Tiga. He's reading Infinite Jest. His crime is having a personality.

When you think perks of being a DJ, you think about all the time you get to read books, right?

Is that weird to you? It isn't to Tiga, but then again, he's always been a little different. The celebrated Canadian producer has been lucky enough to find success through decades of fickle fads, and in the end, he owes much of his prosperity to just being himself.

Being Tiga most recently led him to write the runaway hit "Bugatti," a track so beloved in the dance scene, it got a rap track from Pusha T a nine more remixes. We caught up with him to learn why "Bugatti" has become one of his most treasured successes, and to hear what he's reading, of course.

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Curren$y Talks Low Riders, Weed Rap, and His Upcoming Pilot Talk 3

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Shopping for rims with Curren$y, AKA Spitta Andretti.

Curren$y's cool just can't be matched. Even if he tutored you himself.

It's effortless, as his raps about weed, cars, and women, with the occasional off-cadence flow.

Still, many fans (who he has been able to amass since the inception of Lil Wayne's Young Money Records, when the internet mixtape craze was still on an upward trend) attempt the stunt as they flock by the dozens to his shows, city by city, state to state.

Spitta chopped it up with us before tomorrow's Rolling Loud Music Festival at Soho Studios. We talked low riders, weed rap, and his upcoming Pilot Talk 3 album.

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Hundred Waters on "Moving as Far Away From What We Did Last as We Could Stomach"

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Hundred Waters' Paul Giese, Nicole Miglis, Zach Tetreault, and Trayer Tryon.

Hundred Waters is magically enigmatic.

Here's a band that uses modern technology, meticulously produced synthesizers and pianos, to create a kind of music that could only be achieved at this moment in history. Yet it also sounds as though it should've been world famous 50 years ago.

Think Nat King Cole meets Tame Impala. It's at that dusty and desolate corner of the musical sphere, where nylon-string guitars are lit by neon lights, that Hundred Waters flourishes. And how this foursome has flourished.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Talks Southern Rock and Why "Every Band Wishes They Had a 'Free Bird'"

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Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Southern rock band that just keeps ramblin' on.

It can't be easy to leave a good band just when they're about to hit it big. And once that's happened, there's never a chance to get back in and enjoy what you helped start. Or is there?

Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Rickey Medlocke has been living out that rare chance for the last 20 years, since he rejoined the legendary Southern rock band in 1996.

Medlocke and Skynyrd will kick off their 2015 touring schedule with next week's Gator Jam at Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in Miami. And then they'll head overseas before returning to the U.S. for a proper summer tour.

It's a pretty busy schedule for a band in its fourth decade. But they all still love it.

"We're looking for a good run coming up," Medlocke says. "We've got more music to put out. And we're talking about going into the studio later this year."

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Ten Best Piano-Playing Rock Stars of All Time

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Elton John: Only a piano player?

Were it not for the extroverts, rock 'n' roll piano players would be at a decided disadvantage.

Though a frontman who wields a guitar has the mobility to move about the stage and pose and posture, your average keyboardist is forced to remain in a stationary position due to the fact that most grand pianos aren't really made for portability. Still, certain exceptional showmen found a way to do gymnastics while using their pianos as props, one they can stand on, duck beneath, or somersault off, depending on their athletic prowess.

Call it compensation. After all, Elton John humbly named one of his bestselling albums Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player in an attempt to lower expectations. Regardless, here the ten best piano-playing rock stars of all time, including Elton himself.

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Miami's Five Best Concerts This Week

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Feel the beat with Miami's five best concerts.

Can you hear it?

That's the roaring whoosh of tuneage sweeping its way through the Magic City this week. While you'll still have to battle through the Monday rush for it to get here, your life will change (at least for the night) at the sound of that first note.

Here are five of the best shows SoFla has to offer this week, from Maroon 5 at the BB&T Center to the all-day hip-hop Rolling Loud Music Festival at Soho Studios to RL Grime at the Fillmore Miami Beach.

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Electric Pickle: "It's Been a Magical Six Years"

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Will Renuart and Diego Martinelli show you their deep house faces.

Do you remember you first wiggle at the Electric Pickle? The Wynwood dance hangout has grown into a world-renowned deep house institution over the past six years. Even Richie Hawtin was like, "How come y'all don't book me?" And the Pickle's people were just like, "Because we don't do techno, bruh."

That's kind of a joke, but also, it happened, along with a lot of other delicious moments that partners Will Renuart, Tomas Ceddia, and Diego Martinelli are still pinching themselves over. We don't blame them. It's hard to make it in this business for a couple of years, let alone six. And thanks to the club's recently reinstated late-night liquor license, the Electric Pickle's run is nowhere near over.

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Danny Daze and Jimmy Edgar Discuss the Arts of DJ'ing and Producing

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Danny Daze and Jimmy Edgar.

If you spent any time in a legit nightclub in 2014, there's a good chance you heard Danny Daze's "Silicon." The track was an infectious cut that blended sonic touches from Miami's dance music scene -- including repurposing the obnoxious horn FX, as well as techno's rougher edges that some find intolerable.

"Silicon" is effectively Miami's best take on German tanzmusik -- all while keeping it strictly danceable.

The EP was released through Ultramajic, a label founded by Detroit-raised, Los Angeles-based musician Jimmy Edgar, along with artist Pilar Zeta and Machinedrum.

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Etienne de Crecy Talks Super Discount 3: "You Can Dance, You Can Drive, You Can Nap to It"

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Étienne de Crécy makes "electronic music albums that you can listen to anywhere."

Cheese, wine, puff pastries, provocative movies; whatever it is the French are doing, they'll give it their signature sumptuous twist.

French dance music is no different. It's sexy and artsy but not too high-brow. It's simple in construction, and yet it has that je ne sais quoi.

You know what else the French like to do? Make you wait. It took French electro pioneer Étienne de Crécy a decade to release his latest proper album. But with Super Discount 3, fans must admit, it was worth it.

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Miami's Five Best Concerts This Week

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Party all day, rock all night.

There's no doubt Miami is the party playground of the South. And the home of some of the top nightclubs in the country. But Ms. Magic City is just as much a music snob as she is club royalty.

That's why everyone, from wannabe divas and Grammy-winning stars to up-and-coming indie artists, make it a point to bring their tuneage to Miami.

Sure, you may not be a fan of every genre or singer that brings their sound to our city, but hey, musicians are some of the hardest working people you'll ever meet. And while it's both a struggle and glory for these ladies and gents, we in the 305 get to reap the benefits of their labor.

Here are the five best concerts this week.

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