In Defense of Lana Del Rey

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It seems from the very start of Lana del Rey's career, everyone was rooting for her to fail. There were articles exposing her former persona, Lizzy Grant, to accusations of plastic surgery to theories she's was manufactured by record executives.

Then came her first major live performance on television -- Saturday Night Live on January 14, 2012. You could almost hear the collective snarl from critics and journalists waiting to tear her performance apart.

And Del Rey gave them exactly what they expected -- shaky renditions of "Video Games" and "Blue Jeans." Some called it "the worst performance in SNL history," but that title still belongs to a lip-synching Ashlee Simpson (And who could forget Karmin's effort to snatch the title a month after Del Rey's performance?) Instead what happened on live television was an obviously nervous woman trying hard to prove her critics wrong.

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Full of Hell: "No Weenie Egos, Awesome Live Show"

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The International Noise Conference has come and gone this year, leaving in its wake perforated eardrums, a melted motorcycle tire, and a missing flute.

But noise as an accessory within other genres has become a very regular thing in recent years. Hell, even Kanye West has dabbled with harsh noise (though he would have you believe he invented the concept).

Of the artists incorporating noise into their sound, Maryland hardcore crew Full of Hell has done a particularly remarkable job of using squealing feedback, stuttering oscillation, and various forms of sonic decay.

See also: Churchill's Pub Owner Dave Daniels Accepts Offer to Sell

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Music Writers, New Times Needs You

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Every once in awhile, we here at Miami New Times and New Times Broward Palm Beach start looking around for some fresh meat (fresh as in sassy and new; meat as in freelance writers).

That time has come again!


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Deadmau5 Announces Free Show at Miami's Ice Palace Studios February 15

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It seems that Deadmau5 and Space made good on their promise of putting on a 100-percent free event in Miami.

This evening, Deadmau5 announced that it will take place on Saturday, February 15, at Ice Palace Studios in downtown Miami. The all-access show will have a capacity of 4,000. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis starting tomorrow, Tuesday, January 28, at 1 p.m. via icepalace.wantickets.com. The 21-and-over event will only charge a $1 processing fee, with all proceeds going to the Miami Children's Hospital.

UPDATE Deadmau5's free Miami tickets gone in under a minute, everyone upset.

UPDATE #2 Check out Crossfade's review and photos, "Deadmau5's Free Show for the Real Fans: "Miami's Been Redeemed.'"

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Nicky Bowe on Bike Night at Churchill's Pub: "You're Either a Biker or You're Not"

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Nicky burning out a tire for International Noise Conference.

All across Miami, the roar of motorcycle engines is a signal that it's time to ride. And the destination: Churchill's Pub, where the drinks are cheap, the bands are loud, and the air smells like burning oil.

Every Thursday night, the real bikers ride up to hang out, talk shop, and trade parts. There's always live music, and you can't beat the price.

As host and barman Nicky Bowe says: "If you're scared to ride to Churchill's on bike night, you may as well sell your bike. You're a poser."

And like any good biker, he knows at least five ways to tell the real from the fake.

See also: Miami's Ten Heaviest Current Metal and Punk Bands

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The Winners of the Second Voice Media Group Music Writing Awards

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William Michael Smith (left, photo by Chris Knight) and David Thorpe

The eleven alternative weeklies of Voice Media Group are responsible for a tremendous amount of music writing: This year, we produced thousands of pages of printed stories and tens of thousands of blog posts. We're proud to present the very best of that work in the second annual Voice Media Group Music Writing Awards.

Each of the eleven music editors around the country selected his or her favorite articles from 2013 in two categories: blog posts and print stories. A judging panel comprising Senior Music Editor Ben Westhoff, Houston Press Music Editor Chris Gray and me (I'm the music editor of the Dallas Observer) then voted to pick the winners, who will get a cash prize.

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Slap & Tickle Take Over Saturdays at The Garret With Bodega Weekly Party

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If there's one thing Miami doesn't lack, it's flashy, expensive parties. So Eyal Agai, AKA Pirate Stereo, and his Slap & Tickle crew are taking a cue from the gritty underground.

"I used to go to a bodega in Boston that sold high-end sneakers out the back," Agai says. "This was the rattiest, cheapest bodega you can imagine, but if you pressed a certain combination on a vending machine, doors would open, and you'd find yourself in this beautiful display room of $500 sneakers."

That's exactly the kind of more-than-meets-the-eye style that Agai and his S&T partners, Santiago Caballero and Panic Bomber, want to bring to The Garret at Grand Central's upstairs party loft with Bodega, their first foray into weekly Saturday nights.

See also: Downtown Miami's Five Best Dance Clubs

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Teajay, Miami Photographer, Robbed of Recovers $1,500 in Camera Gear Stolen at Churchill's Pub

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The thief walking with Teajay's photo gear bag in hand.

Beware Miami, there's a hipster grinch out thieving in the clubs.

On Friday night, professional photographer Teajay Smith Piersall was robbed of $1,500 worth of camera gear, stolen from a bag at her feet in Churchill's Pub.

UPDATE Thanks to DigUnderRock.com, the music community, Facebook, and Churchill's security tapes, she's gotten it all back.

We spoke to Teajay about how it happened.

See also: Juke's Evan Lamb Has $60,000 Worth of Gear Stolen, Help Catch the Crooks

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Caligula on Gucci Mane: "We Hope He Won't Sue Us"

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Bass is the explosive power of a trillion pent up neutrons elbow dropping through the moshpit of your skull. We discovered it on three shining drops of strong Miami acid and you can too. So power your speakers to the red line, drop the needle on that new Caligula, "Sublimation," and prepare to have your mind blown.

Saturday, November 30, the Smog City Series rolls into Grand Central, and the hometown homies are cracking the club open like a coconut to get the party started right.

They're debuting the four new tracks on their fresh EP, and promise so much speaker-boom your soul might leave its shell and leave you dying on the dance floor.

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Dutch Influence Runs House Music, Hits O Cinema Thursday

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"All these megastar house DJ/producers seem to come from Holland. Is it something in the water?"

We can finally put that tired-ass question to bed, because an entire documentary has been dedicated to the incredible significance and domination of Dutch artists in dance music.

Dutch Influence takes an inside look at the work of such EDM gods as Tiësto, Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell, Afrojack and more to get to the bottom of every journalism school grad's favorite go-to music question, and it's hitting O Cinema this week.

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