The Sounds - Grand Central, Miami


The Sounds
With Blondfire and Ghost Beach
Grand Central
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bringing the spirit of rock 'n' roll to the stage is easier said than done.

For a band like The Sounds, however, it's an art that seems to come naturally, as they circle the globe, making dance floors tremble from continent to continent.

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Dead Milkmen - Grand Central, Miami

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Dead Milkmen
With Humbert and Sandratz
Grand Central, Miami
Friday, April 11, 2014

While it can be difficult to watch certain punk outfits age (and settle into the awkward complacency that has plagued so many legendary bands in recent years), the brand of punk peddled by Philadelphia's Dead Milkmen -- rendered with snarky, subtle intellect, rather than brute force -- still sounds great after 30 years.

The Milkmen returned from hiatus in 2008 with as close to an original lineup as possible following the tragic loss of bassist Dave "Blood" Schulthise, and have since released new material and even occasionally played live shows.

Right now, the band's in the midst of a spring tour. (Well, if you can call three total dates a tour.) And over the weekend, Miami was fortunate enough to receive the Milkmen at Grand Central. They brought out the punk rock girls and boys for a night of singing and slamming to the classics, as well as some unexpected new jams.

See also: Dead Milkmen: "We're Not Much More Politically Correct Than We Used to Be"

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Bloodshot Bill Tells True Dead Body Stories, Talks Being Banned From the United States

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Murder, blood, naked girls, weed, food, and beer ... These are the staples of life on the road for Bloodshot Bill.

The greasy-haired, foot-stomping, guitar-strangling Canadian wailer has been banned from the United States. He's rock 'n' rolled a naked dance party. He's even taken a bath in a tub once full of body parts.

Coming to Miami for a gig at Wynwood's Gramps, he's looking forward to a cold brew and some good grub. Here's what he had to say about it all.

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The Flick Coffeehouse's 50th Anniversary - Coral Gables

Alisa B. Cherry
Reunited and it felt so good

The Flick's 50th Anniversary and Benefit for the Dolphin's Project
Titanic Restaurant & Brewery, Coral Gables
Friday, March 28, 2014

It was a night of music, memories and nostalgia. Fifty years since the Flick opened its doors across the street from the University of Miami, many of the patrons and performers who once frequented those unassuming environs gathered to remember the club's glory days and share their reflections on a place that once ranked among the best folk venues the country. By the mid '70s, its doors were closed, only to be replaced by the Titanic Restaurant & Brewery which occupies the location now, but this past weekend, the sounds celebrated by an earlier generation of Miami musicians came to life once again.

See also: Interviews: The Flick, Miami's Legendary Music Club and Coffeehouse Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

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Ultra 2014: Chance the Rapper, Riff Raff, Pusha T, Dizzee Rascal

Photo by George Martinez

Winter Music Conference and Ultra Music Festival have always been the place where new dance music records, artists, and genres are broken and made.

If your track catches fire at Ultra, you're guaranteed to have the best year of your career so far. Play your cards right, and you'll definitely get that invite to play the next time around.

This year, we heard nary a new summer anthem, nor an oh-my-god-you-had-to-see-it set. Most DJs played it safe with last year's house and trap anthems, rather than revealing any killer new tunes. It felt like 2013 all over again.

If anything was to be learned from this UMF, it's that hip-hop is coming back in a big way. For the first time ever, Ultra had five rappers on the bill -- six if you count M.I.A. -- and though relegated to the live stage, they were some of Ultra 2014's most interesting and exciting sets.

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Deep Dish - Ice Palace Film Studios, Miami

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Deep Dish
With Carl Craig, Hot Since 82, and Andhim
Ice Palace Film Studios, Miami
Saturday, March 29, 2014

Deep Dish is officially back. And the Grammy-winning house duo's Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week reunion at Ice Palace Film Studios proved to be nothing but sheer perfection.

"I'm so excited! I've been waiting eight years for this," an hyped-up Deep Dish fan told us, as he anxiously stood in line to enter the Palace. But he wasn't the only party person trying to keep his head from spinning.

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Ultra 2014: M.I.A., MGMT, Basement Jaxx

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M.I.A. at Ultra 2014.

Much like the actual weather in this era of global warming, the emotional climate at Ultra Music Festival's live stage is wildly unpredictable.

The fans might love it. They might hate it. It's always tough to predict. But the fervor and size of the audience often mirrors the enthusiasm, though not always the craft, of the performers. That's about our only forecasting technique.

Last night's opening Ultra 2014 live stage bill boasted some of the fest's heaviest hitters, including Basement Jaxx, M.I.A., and MGMT. And just in that order, from most enthralling to most likely to chill-you-the-fuck-out, the three acts impressed.

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Steve Angello & Size Records' #Decade Party - RC Cola Plant, Wynwood, Miami

Photo by Yesenia Hernandez
Eat. Sleep. Rave. Repeat.

Steve Angello and Size Records' #Decade
RC Cola Plant, Wynwood, Miami
Thursday, March 27, 2012

Size Records is ten years old. And for its tin anniversary, former Swedish House Mafia member and label boss Steve Angello did what any dance music powerhouse might do -- throw a fuckin' rager in Miami.

But this just wasn't any silly party at some hotel or nightclub. Instead, Angello took over one of the city's most iconic landmarks, the long-abandoned RC Cola Plant, which is sort of Miami's answer to New York's now-gone 5 Pointz. It's a setting that you could see being regularly used for raves in a more anything-goes city like Berlin.

And while a bill that included Angello, Thomas Gold, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, AN21 & Max Vangeli, and more is nothing to scoff at, as a Miamian, I was excited to finally get inside this usually off-limits Wynwood locale.

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Skrillex' Good Times With Chance the Rapper, Zeds Dead, Ten Others - Wynwood, Miami

Photo by Laurie Charles

Good Times, Day Two
With Skrillex, What So Not, Chance the Rapper, Zeds Dead, Amtrac, Jack Beats, Annie Mac, and others
Wynwood, Miami
Thursday, March 27, 2014

When Skrillex chatted with Crossfade earlier this week about his two-day Good Times block party, the Grammy-winning DJ said he "wanted to do something outside of the typical Miami WMC week ... something different, backyard style, where it felt like a party ... not really about production or anything else -- just the music."

And that's exactly what he and the rest of the OWSLA and Poplife crew brought to Wynwood last night.

See also: Skrillex on Good Times, His Homies: "We Just F#@% With Each Other on a Creative Level"

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Miley Cyrus - American Airlines Arena, Miami - 3/22/2014

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Check out Crossfade's full 45-photo slideshow of Miley Cyrus' Bangerz Tour in Miami.

Miley Cyrus' Bangerz Tour
With Icona Pop
American Airlines Arena, Miami
Saturday, March 22, 2014

"Woo! Woooooo! I'm in Miami, bitch! I'm gonna fuck Miley Cyrus tonight! Bangerz tour! I'm gonna bang her all night!" shouted an overexcited guy in front of us.

Meanwhile, much like Halloween on South Beach, Ms. Cyrus' Miami gig seemed to give all of the girls an excuse to dress scantily.

Needless to say, ass cheek was everywhere. Some girls even drew their inspiration from Miley's music videos, rocking double hair buns and Chicago Bulls jerseys.

See also: Miley Cyrus' Top Ten Fashion Freakouts

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