Win Free Tickets for David Gray at Fillmore Miami Beach


"Back in the world again."

After nearly a half-decade, England's David Gray is finally taking another trip around America. His newly announced U.S. tour begins in Boston before eventually striding south for a September 30 stop at the Fillmore Miami Beach.

As the British singer-songwriter muses on the latest single off his new album, Mutineers, he's "got a whole different person/inside my head." And there's "no more trudging around/stony eyed through the town/like the living dead."

Which is exactly how you'll feel when you win free tix for Mr. Gray's Mutineers tour in Miami. Just check the cut for contest instructions.

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Five Best Concerts in Miami This Week

Go crazy with Animal Collective.

In the Magic City, the Monday blues are cured by one thing and one thing only: music.

That's why there's never a lack of tuneage across the SoFla region. Just check out the five best concerts going down this week from Michael Franti & Spearhead at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater up in Boca to Animal Collective at Grand Central.

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Travis Scott on Why "This Trill Ain't Just Gold Grills and Sippin' Lean"

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He growls. He flashes gold grills with fangs. He's Travi$ Scott.

Signed to the production wing of Kanye West's GOOD Music, with credits on Cruel Summer and Yeezus, many consider this 22-year-old Houston rapper and studio pro to be 'Ye's protégé and possible heir.

Now, more than a year after the release of his debut mixtape, Owl Pharaoh, Scott is preparing the release of his first full-length album, Rodeo. And before he hits downtown Miami's Grand Central tomorrow night, we here at Crossfade got the chance to ask him about the forthcoming slab, the nature of trill, and his worst nightmares.

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Jellybean Benitez: "A Lot of EDM Is Lacking Passion"

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Dance music culture as we know it today owes much to the seminal New York City scene of the '70s and '80s, and pioneering DJs like John "Jellybean" Benitez. While he would go on to an illustrious career as a producer, putting his Midas touch on chart-topping hits by the likes of Madonna and Whitney Houston, Benitez' artistic identity today remains firmly rooted in that golden era of nightlife he helped found.

On his fondest memories of that time, Benitez tells Crossfade: "I was able to witness and hear some of the greatest DJs in NYC during their prime, at the residency that made them famous. For example, Larry Levan at the Paradise Garage, David Mancuso at the Loft, and Richie Kaczor at Studio 54."

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Slow Hands on the "Constant Journey to Find Something New in Ourselves Musically"


Pitch down dance music's tempo from the manic 140 beats per minute favored by candy ravers -- pitch it way down -- and you begin to approximate the languid, sensual, baby-making rhythms of Slow Hands, AKA Ryan Cavanagh.

Of course these days, tempo is less a concern for Slow Hands than the musician's craft itself. And as a classically trained multi-instrumentalist and singer, weaned on jazz, blues, and soul, he's bringing a lush, baroquely melodic quality to his production sound.

Ahead of this weekend's highly anticipated performance at the Electric Pickle, Crossfade caught up with Ryan Cavanagh to chat about his eclectic music influences, creative process, and new EP.

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Win Free Tickets for Rodrigo y Gabriela's 9 Dead Alive Tour at Fillmore Miami Beach


Two guitars. No vocals.

They grew up in Mexico City. They busked on the streets of Dublin. They played the White House for President Barack Obama. They recorded with a 13-piece Cuban orchestra in Havana. And now they're coming to the Fillmore Miami Beach.

Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero are truly international artists who dabble in nearly all genres, from flamenco to rock and jazz. They began their career with non-electric, two guitar covers of Led Zeppelin and Metallica classics. And they've just released their latest opus, 9 Dead Alive.

Check the cut to win free tickets for Rodrigo y Gabriela in Miami.

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Five Best Concerts in Miami This Week

"Turn shit up louder" with Machine Gun Kelly at Grand Central.

Ever had that reoccurring nightmare where you're sitting in the middle of an office meeting and realize you forgot to put your pants on?

If we had to bet on it, we'd say it happens, like, almost every Sunday night. Well, good thing for everyone, it's just a dream. But aside from naked nightmares, Mondays in the Magic City always bring a new set of shows to look forward to.

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

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Haiti's Michael Brun Talks EDM Stardom and Launching Kid Coconut Label

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In 1804, Haitian drums booming through the mountains helped the country overthrow slavery and gain its independence.

In 2014, that same throbbing beat has established Haiti-born, Miami-based Michael Brun as an emerging international EDM powerhouse.

And with his own freshly minted independent record label, Kid Coconut, he's determined to further integrate his Caribbean homeland's roots into the international tapestry of electronic dance music.

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J. Cole Reveals Miami Venue for Dollar & A Dream Tour: Grand Central


Welcome to Dreamville.

As J. Cole says, "Miami. The Warm Up. $1."

Of course, he's talking about the 2014 run of his Dollar & A Dream tour -- a string of semi-secret shows in six cities across two continents.

It only costs a dollar. It features a "special commemorative performance of The Warm Up in its entirety" to celebrate his breakthrough album's fifth anniversary. And it's finally coming to the 305.

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J. Balvin Talks "Killin' It" at Premios Juventud, Pitbull, and LeBron James

Party till "6 AM" with J. Balvin at Premios Juventud.

J. Balvin may be an up-and-coming superstar, but el Colombiano's already living that reggaetonero life -- topping Billboard charts, going Platinum with his debut album, La Familia, and partying with mamis till "6 AM."

Yesterday, though, José Álvaro Osorio Balvín was all "Tranquil[o]" at the Biltmore Hotel in anticipation of his first international TV performance and awards ceremony at the BankUnited Center for Premios Juventud.

After almost two hours, el músico finally made his way to the lobby to chat with Crossfade about his hit single "6 AM" with fellow reggaetonero Farruko, his "dream come true" in touring with Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias this fall, and LeBron James leaving the Miami Heat.

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