Mr. Entertainment Talks Book of Guinnesses and "Punk Rock 'Diarrhea'"

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Mr. Entertainment (born Steven Toth) and his Pookiesmacking punk pals.

If you like songs about cocaine, marijuana, liquor stores, tropical diseases, and booty shaking, then Last Testament: Book of Guinnesses by Mr. Entertainment and the Pookiesmackers is the rock album for you.

Making fun of life and politics since 1999, these South Florida miscreants are louder than ever, with a full-length 12-inch vinyl record coming out in 2015 on their own label.

They're also playing this Friday at Churchill's Pub, paying tribute to the life of the late Dan Hosker and raising money for spinal injury survivor Priya Ray from Kreamy 'Lectric Santa.

Here's what Mr. Entertainment had to say about independent records, stoner creations, and diarrhea.

See also: Churchill's Pub: An Oral History

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Miami's Five Best Concerts This Week

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Ever had those days when you wake up and know that the next 24 hours are gonna be epic?

Yeah, they rarely ever happen on a Monday, but today is an exception. That's because there's lots of pretty good music to look forward to this week, starting with the Black Keys at the BB&T Center tonight.

But don't worry, even if you can't make it to the show, there's still time to check out the five best concerts in SoFla this week.

See also: New Times' Concert Calendar

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Big Freedia Talks Bounce, Bad Twerkers, and All Things "Asstastic"

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Big Freedia: "Queen Diva, Late-Night Creepa."

Yeah, yeah, yeah, Miley Cyrus gets a lot of credit for bringing twerk to the masses. But Diplo told ladies to "Express Yourself" before pop's most ratchet princess ever cranked up that booty. And hell, the Ying Yang Twins sang "Whistle While You Twerk" in 2000. Still, no one's got a thang on bounce music's queen diva, NoLa's own Late-Night Creepa, Big Freedia.

A gay male born Freddie Ross who "answer[s] to either 'he' or 'she," Freedia may not be the original, but she and her raw dance crew have become global ambassadors of bounce, bringing the New Orleans-bred brand of party rap to clubs on every continent. And this week, she's returning to Miami for a real twerk throwdown.

Between writing a book, recording an album, and filming the fourth season of her successful reality show, Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce, airing on the Fuse network, she's one busy gal. But Freedia did take the time to chat with us about all things "asstastic."

See also: Rap's Ten Best Songs About Big Butts

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Giraffage on Making Music for Himself: "Fuck What People Think"

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When we saw Giraffage open for Porter Robinson's Worlds tour in October, we were completely blown away. Sure, we were familiar with the San Fran producer's quirky-yet-sexy style, but it's a whole lot different seeing someone rock a 2,000-plus venue when, up until then, they've basically played darkened clubs.

Giraffage's Charlie Yin agrees, and he learned a lot on that tour -- from having the confidence to make music on his own terms, to how to handle such a large crowd -- and he's been applying those lessons to everything he's touched since.

He won a lot of hearts on that journey. He even signed a deal with Fool's Gold Records. Now, he prepares to head out on a headlining venue tour of his own, with a stop at Grand Central Saturday, January 17. It's not quite the size of Worlds, but it's a really good first step.

See also: Five Signs You Might Be a Shitty DJ

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#Yoppin Wednesdays: Niko Javan and 18 Projectors "Turn Club Into a Giant Hamburger"

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Welcome to #Yoppin Wednesdays... Money stacks on burger stacks on stacks on stacks.

"Yop = Your Own Path."

This maxim is the essential tenet of the simple, self-empowering philosophy practiced and preached by Niko Javan, the Miami music producer, member of rap duo O'Grime, and eternal optimist whose "non-stop yoppin'" has led to festival slots at Bonnaroo and TomorrowWorld, as well as shoutouts from record labels like Diplo's Mad Decent and Skrillex's OWSLA.

Now Niko is expanding his inspirational life program to include a weekly South Beach party. And naturally, it's called #Yoppin Wednesdays.

See also: Miami's 25 Best Electronic Music Acts

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305 Fest: Four Days, Five Venues, 57 Bands

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Miami's always had good punk rock, even when the rest of the U.S. didn't know it.

Our city's punk scene has been world class since the mid '70s and the Magic City's actually developed a sound of its own, steeped in tropical sludge and sun-bleached scuzz.

That's why 305 Fest has been able to ramble on for about a decade now, in one incarnation or another, putting forth an annual deluge of homegrown bands peppered with out-of-towners.

See also: Miami's 20 Best Punk Bands of All Time

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Miami's Five Best Concerts This Week

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Having Basel withdrawals?

Good thing there's a remedy for that... Even more music.

Just check out Miami's five best concerts this week, from 305 mayor Trick Daddy at The Stage to the rockin' holiday tuneage of TSO at the BB&T to Usher's sexy, smooth abs vibes at the AAA.

See also: New Times' Concert Calendar

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Telekinetic Walrus on Little Haiti's Moksha Art Fair: "Home of All Super-Psychedelic Weirdos"

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The entire Telekinetic Walrus and The Pride of Ions crew... Minus the eminent and bearded Buffalo Brown.

Telekinetic Walrus looks like a gang of interdimensional beings on a concert tour across space-time.

This Miami band's stellar live shows are a tripped-out electronic circus of operatic vocals, rhythmic tidal waves of bass, and uplifting sonic landscapes that weave their way around your chakra like a wireless connection to a higher power. The crew's stage wear visually approximates a 1965 acid quest, and its audiences are known to follow suit.

Catch this wild band of funk droppers during Art Basel Miami Beach 2014, headlining the sixth annual Moksha Art Fair at 7th Circuit Studios in Little Haiti.

Here's what producer Y Diz had to say about Basel money, internationalism, and being called a "tropical GWAR."

See also: Basel 2014's Seven Best Local Music Shows

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Miami's Five Best Concerts This Week

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Art Basel has fallen upon the 305.

To help get you juiced up for the arty party madness, we're hooking you up with Miami's five best concerts this week.

Check 'em out, from James Blake at National YoungArts to Yung Lean at Basel Castle to Carlos Vives at the AAA.

See also: New Times' Concert Calendar

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Danny Brown on Rap: "People Get Celebrated for the Bad Shit, Moreso Than the Good Shit"

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These days, iconically quirky Detroit-born rapper Danny Brown rhymes about sadness, drugs, cats, Cool Ranch Doritos-smelling poonanny, and other such stuff.

You'll get the chance to join in on the fun during this year's Art Basel Miami Beach, as part of Fool's Gold Day Off.

Danny will be taking the stage with A-Trak and DJ Mustard, among others. And we here at Crossfade were able to catch up with Danny in preparation for this momentous occasion.

See also: Recap & Photos: Fool's Gold Day Off 2014 Dropped That Bass on Art Basel Miami Beach

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