Nick Monaco Talks Mating Call: "Expect Peach Nectar Oozing From the Speakers"

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The last time we here at Crossfade spoke with Nick Monaco, the San Francisco DJ-producer was still a relative newcomer to the international dance music scene. He had just released his first panty-dropper of an EP on Soul Clap Records, and the buzz was definitely beginning to grow around his self-described sexual southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.

Fast-forward a year, and Monaco still calls the Soul Clap label home. But this time he's serving up his debut artist album, Mating Call, which spans 10 tracks boasting his signature piquant blend of disco, electro-boogie, and dub. Live instrumentation, experimental arrangements, and his own vocals make the album a definite standout among recent dance record releases.

Here's what he had to say about the new slab, ear porn, and overripe fruit.

See also: EDM's Five Greatest Delusions

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Belle & Sebastian on the Next Album and "Accepting That We're a Twee Pop Band"

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Photo by Reuben Cox

The dashing Scots of Belle and Sebastian are nothing if not prolific.

Even these days, when they seem to prefer releasing proper albums only every four years or so, the charming and hard-working Glaswegians insist on staying forever busy with collections of B-sides, world tours, and the occasional feature-length film conceived by frontman Stuart Murdoch.

So it was by some minor miracle that we here at Crossfade recently managed to secure a conversation with Chris Geddes, keyboardist and founding member of this perpetual-motion machine of a band that's come to signify a whole genre. (Just don't call it twee.)

See also: Win Free Tickets for Belle & Sebastian at Fillmore Miami Beach

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Cassette Store Day 2014 Comes to Miami: "Tapes Are Part of Our Music Culture Again"

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Photo by Michelle Grand

No one in the Magic City understands the magic of music on cassette like Patrick Garcia and Michelle Grand of Cheap Miami, the first audiotape-only record label in the 305 since the CD and MP3 takeover.

"I think I just wanted a really cool, affordable way to start releasing music," Garcia says. "Vinyl is so expensive. It costs ten times as much as a cassette to produce. Tapes are superaffordable and I like getting really creative with the packaging."

Now, going on their second year with Cheap Miami, Patrick and Michelle are joining forces with Sweat Records and Churchill's Pub to bring Cassette Store Day 2014 to Miami on Saturday, September 27.

See also: Cheap Miami and the Magic of Cassettes: "Fans Feel Part of Something Sacred, Underground"

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High on Fire's Des Kensel Talks New Album: "We Always Want to Keep It Raw"

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High on Fire's Des Kensel, Matt Pike, and Jeff Matz.

When one contemplates about all that's great in heavy metal, High on Fire should be one of the first bands that comes to mind.

The group initially emerged from the ashes of post-Sabbath stoner metal luminaries Sleep. But faster, louder, and meaner than its forebear, High on Fire's always managed to keep one foot in metal's past while making its own distinct statements. This month, the band is pummeling its way through Florida for the first time in ages before embarking on Motörhead's Motörboat cruise.

So we here at Crossfade caught up with drummer and songwriter Des Kensel to chat about the new High on Fire album, what Lemmy may (or may not) wear on a cruise ship, and staying creative and classic when you're six full-lengths deep.

See also: Win Free Tickets for Death Angel and High on Fire at Grand Central Miami

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Modern Love A/V Show: "Taking Techno Out of the Club and Into the Art Space"

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Andy Stott headlines Modern Love this weekend.

Miami's electronic music scene has grown by leaps and bounds in the past decade. But some of its local movers and shakers feel our city has yet to embrace the music's artistic potential outside the context of nightlife.

"It's important for the music to be separated from the club," SAFE's Diego Martinelli tells Crossfade. "Nightlife has nothing to do with music, if you ask me. This goes farther than just aiming to dispel the notion that all electronic music is about raving and dancing. Miami lags very far behind in this respect, and most people here still see electronic music as a mostly homogenous genre -- things could not be further from actuality. Electronic music is as hyper-specific as most other art forms, and it has a rich and beautiful history."

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Banks: "Being a Goddess Is Being Fragile at Times, Strong at Times"

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Photo by Williams Hirakawa

In just a year, singer-songwriter Banks has gone from relative unknown, producing music behind closed doors, to underground favorite and rising star.

Her first live performances ever were opening a national tour with the Weeknd. Now she's about to hit the road for her first headlining tour, in support of debut album, Goddess.

She's making a stop at Grand Central this weekend. So we here at Crossfade caught up with the soft-spoken artist to learn more about her ever-evolving sense of self and how goddesses are sometimes vulnerable even when they are strong.

See also: Win Free Tickets for Banks' Goddess Tour at Grand Central Miami

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Win Free Tickets for Death Angel and High on Fire at Grand Central Miami

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Let Death Angel drag your ass into a pit of hellfire and brutal fun.

Brrr-duhhh-brrr-duhhh-ba-dada-ba-dada-ba-dada-brrr-duhhhhhh.

In 126 hours, the streets of downtown Miami will be quaking with the apocalyptic axe thunder of Bay Area thrash destroyers Death Angel and Oakland metalheads High on Fire.

Lots of people pay good money to have their guts rumbled (and possibly emptied) by this kind of fast, furious, and sometimes sludgy sonic phenomena. But thanks to the DA dudes, the men of HOF, and the fine folks at Grand Central, you just might get to rage, headbang, and crap your pants for free this weekend.

Just check the cut to win free tix for Death Angel and High on Fire in Miami.

See also: Death Angel's Ten Best Songs, According to Guitarist Ted Aguilar

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Five Best Concerts in Miami This Week

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Via facebook.com/jackwhite

Monday, you're so unfair to us.

We're all just here, partying it up like we do every weekend and then you come around and make us put on our work clothes and be adults again ... Rude.

While we wish you would disappear forever, at least we've got some pretty good music to look forward to once you leave.

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

See also: New Times' Concert Calendar


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Why Jack White Is the Most Important Rock Star of the 21st Century

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Courtesy of Jack White/Third Man Records

There's a great scene from Shine a Light, Martin Scorsese's documentary about the Rolling Stones' 2006 performance at New York's Beacon Theatre, in which Jack White joins the band to sing and play guitar on "Loving Cup," a bluesy track off 1972's Exile on Main St.

Midway through the song, White shares a mic with frontman Mick Jagger and, for a brief second, seems to get caught up in the moment, playing music with one of the most influential groups of the 20th century -- he can't hide his this-can't-be-happening smile.

When the song ends, however, it's Jagger that appears to be in awe of the Detroit-bred musician. And that's when it hits you: Jack White may be the most important rock star of the 21st century.

See also: Win Free Tickets for Jack White at Fillmore Miami Beach

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Death Angel's Ten Best Songs, According to Guitarist Ted Aguilar

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Thrash will never die, and the crushing force of Death Angel will make sure of it.

These Bay Area masters of heavy riffing, speed, and power will arrive in Miami to unleash the beast at Grand Central for a Motörhead's MotörBoat Cruise pre-party.

Before Ted Aguilar joined Death Angel as a guitar player, he was a fan who went to every show he could, starting when he was a kid in the '80s. So we caught up with the dude himself for his ten favorite Death Angel songs of all time.

See also: Five Signs You Might Be a Shitty Guitarist

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