Erasure's Andy Bell Talks Drag Queens and Being "a Little Old for EDM"

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Erasure's Andy Bell and Vince Clarke.

Listeners of a certain vintage will already know there was indeed such a thing as dance-based electronica between the eras of disco and EDM.

In fact, not only was there exciting music to be heard between those fabled eras, but much of the most thrilling sounds were made by duos. Throughout the '80s and '90s, dominating both airwaves and dance floors, there were the likes of Blancmange, Soft Cell, Eurythmics, and, of course, Erasure.

A product of musician-producer Vince Clarke (co-founder of Depeche Mode) and singer Andy Bell (who'd answered an ad in Melody Maker), Erasure was akin to a candy-coated stroll through the deep, dark nights of one's soulful abandon.

See also: Win Free Tickets for Erasure's Violet Flame 2014 World Tour at Fillmore Miami Beach

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Five Best Concerts in Miami This Week

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Rise and shine ... It's Labor Day!

That means it's a short week for (most of) us working-class citizens.

In honor of the American labor movement, here are the five best concerts going down in SoFla this week, from the rap bromance of Drake and Lil Wayne to Kings of Leon's Mechanical Bull to bachata royalty Prince Royce.

See also: Miami's Labor Day 2014 Party Guide

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Lily Allen on Sheezus and Kanye West: "What I Love Is He's Not a Careerist; He's an Artist"

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Google Lily Allen's name and the first news clippings that pop up are British tabloids discussing her weight and "erratic" behavior. The headlines read "Lily Allen flashes a hint of toned stomach" and "Lily Allen's behaviour 'worries pals.'"

When she launched her music career in 2006 with debut album, Still Alright, the 24-hour gossip cycle of celebrity-centric blogs and social media was still in its infancy. But now, on the heels of her latest release, the cleverly titled and perhaps opportunistically so, Sheezus, Allen finds her every move (and every pound gained or lost) monitored and often misreported by nearly every media outlet in the wired world.

See also: Win Free Tickets for Lily Allen at Fillmore Miami Beach

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The Lox's Sheek Louch on Rap Imitating Gang Life: "Like Pacino, He's Not Really Scarface"

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The Lox's Styles P, Sheek Louch, and Jadakiss.

Notorious B.I.G. used to smoke blunts and drink liquor with The Lox.

They met when Mary J. Blige delivered the group's Styles P, Sheek Louch, and Jadakiss from the streets of Yonkers to Puff Daddy's Bad Boy headquarters, where they helped make hits like "It's All About the Benjamins."

Later, they blew up with DMX and the Ruff Ryders. And then they started their own damn shit, D-Block Records. Today, they are a still vital force in New York hip-hop. And tonight, they're gonna rock downtown Miami's Grand Central, thanks to DJ Heron.

Here's what founding member Sheek Louch had to say about Scarface, guns, and the Versace Mansion.

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Prince Royce on Macking It to the Ladies: "You Gotta Have That Game On Point"

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Even Geoffrey Royce Rojas knows the meaning of hard work and hustle.

Today, todas las mujeres know him as the Latin Grammy-nominated bachata star Prince Royce. But just a few years ago, Rojas was a kid with a dream, juggling a full-time job, college classes, and late-night recording sessions in the studio.

It was the kind of struggle that all aspiring musicians face, but unlike most pop hopefuls, he actually achieved his dreams, becoming a multiplatinum-selling artist and Latin music's fastest rising star.

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Cris Cab on Where I Belong: "Great Albums Tell a Story, and That's What I Wanted to Do"

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Most 21 year olds don't spend their days traveling around the world, performing their songs for crowds of adoring fans while collaborating with some of the biggest names in the music industry. 

But Cris Cab is not most 21 year olds.

Thanks to a combination of hard work, determination, talent, and luck, he linked up with singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, musician, and fashion designer Pharrell Williams. 

The Grammy winner took Cab under his wing and exposed him to a world of superstars before young Cris was even out of high school.

Now this 21 year old is getting ready to release his debut album, Where I Belong. So we here at Crossfade caught up with him to get the story behind this first full-length record.

See also: Miami's Cris Cab on Pharrell: "I Couldn't Ask for a Better Mentor"

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De La Tierra's Alex González Talks Metal, Hardcore Punk, and Stupid Critics

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Some of the most rabid revelry in metal fandom can be found in Latin America, where the devil horns fly hard by the hundreds of thousands.

Mosh pits the size of soccer stadiums are the norm, and music about fighting oppressive and corrupt regimes hurtle the masses into cathartic euphoria.

Metal supergroup De La Tierra hails from Guadalajara, Buenos Aires, and Sao Paolo, with members from the world-famous Maná, Sepultura, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, and A.N.I.M.A.L. Here's what founding drummer Alex Gonzalez had to say about hardcore punk, Suicidal Tendencies, and stupid critics.

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35 Years of Churchill's Fest: "A Celebration of the Old, the New, and the Future"

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Here's to another 35 at Churchill's Pub.

The year was 1979. The Clash kicked off its first American tour, AC/DC released Highway to Hell, and Churchill's Pub opened its doors for the first time.

While the Clash called it quits and the AC/DC dudes have long passed their glory days, Little Haiti's live music gem, in spite of recent changes in ownership, is still thriving.

"The only thing that's really changed is we're more structured," insists Nayra Serrano, Churchill's current booking manager and the woman behind Idle Hands Productions.

"It's cleaner now, but that feeling of that diamond-in-the-rough place, that welcoming vibe, it's still there."

See also: Churchill's Pub: An Oral History

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Five Best Concerts in Miami This Week

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Slash, still shreddin' and setting the World on Fire.

With music, you can face anything ... Even Mondays.

Sure, it won't get rid of those annoying coworkers who steal your lunch, countless e-mail threads, and hour-long meetings. But at least it'll make the work week fly by quicker than an Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird.

To that end, here are the five best concerts going down in SoFla this week.

See also: Miami's Labor Day 2014 Party Guide

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Win Free Tickets for Tori Amos at Fillmore Miami Beach

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Why do wayward women have to be penitent?

That was the thought tearing through Tori Amos' mind as she gazed upon an etching entitled "Geraldine" by the Irish artist Daniel Maclise. "It got me thinking about not apologizing," the fiery (and fiery maned) singer-songwriter recalls.

Hence, Unrepentant Geraldines, her defiant and brash new album, which draws inspiration from fine art, Americana, and her own '90s-era alternative chamber-pop.

Check the cut for a chance to win free tickets for Tori Amos and the Unrepentant Geraldines tour at the Fillmore Miami Beach this weekend.

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