Iggy Pop, Usually Shirtless, Designs Clothing Line

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Mr. Pop's barechested glamour shot for his fashion gig with Sailor Jerry.

The man appears to be allergic to any article of clothing that covers his taut, tan sexagenarian chest.

And yet, Iggy Pop, the 67-year-old rock god, punk pioneer, and Miami resident, who's spent much of the last six decades going shirtless, is gonna be designing a clothing line.

Teaming up with Sailor Jerry, the spiced rum and lifestyle brand based on the work of the late old-school tattoo artist Norman Collins, Mr. Pop will be this year's creative director for the so-called Flash Collection. And his debut contribution: "an iconic denim vest."

Sleeveless and not quite a shirt ... So it doesn't break any of Iggy's personal sartorial rules.

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Rita Ora Playing Free Show at Grand Central Miami, Courtesy of Hits 97.3

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Which "Black Widow" once dated Calvin Harris, "Will Never Let You Down," and is coming to play a free and intimate show at downtown Miami's Grand Central?

It's bleach-blonde bombshell Rita Ora, of course! And it's all thanks to Hits 97.3's Hits Sessions series.

All you've got to do is be 21 or older and send in an RSVP to get access to the most intimate Ora affair of the year.

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Help Keep Blowfly From Going Homeless!

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Click here for Blowfly's Indiegogo campaign page.

Clarence Reid and his alter ego Blowfly have released hundreds of songs and albums since starting a recording and songwriting career in Miami in the early '60s.

From straight ahead pop hits like Betty Wright's "Cleanup Woman," to groundbreaking classics like "Rapp Dirty," he's been cited as an influence by the likes of The RZA and Snoop Dogg, both of whom grew up listening to his dirty party records.

And now, he needs the world's help to raise $11,000 and save his house from reposession by the County tax appraiser. Here's what Blowfly and his manager/bandmate Tom Bowker had to say about the situation and their Indiegogo campaign to crowdfund his way out of it.

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Pretty Tony on Freestyle Music: "I Came Up With a Whole Genre"

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Pretty Tony in the studio
"Pretty" Tony Butler's Music Specialists Inc. may be Florida's first black-owned, million-record-selling independent record label.

With Butler's confidence in his ear for hits, he launched a studio in the heart of Liberty City and took on the recording industry. At its peak, the company owned its own pressing plant and ran it 24/7 to keep up with demand for its product.

In the past couple of years, Butler has continued his success, writing for Flo Rida, Sean Kingston, Juicy J, Pitbull, Will I Am and Tiësto. Here's what Pretty Tony had to say about his old Party Down DJs crew, working with songwriters, and his newest act, the Nex Generation (TNG).


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Joe Stone on Radikal Records, Hot Productions, and Bringing Techno to America

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Y'all ready for this? Dun dun, dun dun dun dun dun.

One of the most recognizable sports anthems in modern American sports history, 2 Unlimited's "Get Ready for This" first arrived in this country in 1991, and nobody would play it on the radio.

Techno was virtually unheard of in the USA, but Miami's Hot Productions partnered with Germany's Radikal Records to license the hard-edged sounds of European electronica for manufacture, release, and distribution in North America. It ultimately resulted in a catalog totaling hundreds of techno releases that continues today. Here's how it all went down according to the son of TK Records' Henry Stone, Joe.


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

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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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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.

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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.

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