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

Photo by Khadija Bhuiyan

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

Via Churchill's Pub security camera
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, 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"

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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New Times Looking For an Assistant Web Editor

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Miami New Times and New Times Broward Palm Beach have an immediate opening for an assistant web editor. This position combines journalism with social media marketing and analytical data management to increase the audience for New Times on its desktop and mobile applications.

The assistant web editor assigns and edits photo slideshows, works with freelancers, and collaborates with blog editors. The assistant web editor works closely alongside the web editor and editor-in-chief in the planning and execution of all online coverage.

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Arcade Fire: More Tickets Released for Little Haiti Show

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"Dress up and come party with us!"

That's an excited invitation from Win Butler, Arcade Fire, and a weird bunny rabbit to this week's Reflektor concerts in Miami.

Of course, you (probably) don't have tickets. And that means you're screwed harder than a cottontail at the peak of mating season.

Oh, wait ... Win, the crew, and Rhythm Foundation just released a final batch of tickets to Thursday's show at the Little Haiti Culture Center, you lucky bunny.

UPDATE These last Arcade Fire tickets are all sold out.

UPDATE #2 Arcade Fire is reportedly returning to Miami for two nights in April 2014.

See also: Arcade Fire's Reflektor Show in Miami Sells Out in Under Five Minutes

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Uncle Sam's Music Moves to New South Beach Location

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For 22 years, Uncle Sam's Music has been one of the best record stores in South Florida, a place where you can buy a used CD, a new record, and a bag of incense, a pipe, and a t-shirt to go with it.

After nearly a quarter century, though, shop owner Lisa Teger Zhen has packed up shop and moved two blocks south to Uncle Sam's new location at 939 Washington Ave.

It's the same great store, with a bright new look. Here's what the shop's founder has to say about selling wax, the old dirty floors, and kids buying records.

See also:
-Spec's Records & Tapes Demolished to Make Space for a Chase Bank

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Five Reasons Why The Killers Don't Suck

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Every hipster millennial had their Killers moment.

These kids vehemently yelled "Mr. Brightside" in the shower, and then on the bus to school (since it was 2004, and Discmans were still in), they packed an extra set of Duracells for a habitual Hot Fuss morning sesh.

Over the years though, overweening frontman Brandon Flowers (he called the Bravery a fake band and deemed Green Day's American Idiot 'anti-American) and company have been praised and vilified for their glossy faux-Brit New Wave Duran Duran theatrics. And the band's journey into Bruce Springsteen's small town tropes on 2006's Sam's Town didn't bode well either -- though Flowers called it "one of the best albums in the past 20 years." Sheesh. Don't mess with The Boss.

The Killers released two other records (Day & Age, Battle Born), but they're pretty forgettable. Over a 12-year career, though, the Sin City rockers have sold 20 million albums worldwide, and are still touring hardcore. So we here at Crossfade give you five reasons the Killers don't suck.

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-Who Wants Free Tickets for Adam Ant at Grand Central Miami?

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Life in Color Announces Music Festival at Guinness International Championship Cup


When you're getting ready to throw your first music festival in the heart of the city that raised you, it's important to make a big impression. But how big Is big? Try reaching out to 67,000 people during the height of the International Champions Cup final between Chelsea and Real Madrid, and that ought to do it.

These days, Life in Color is exactly that big. They've come a long way from those first Dayglow days six years ago, and now, they're bringing the first-ever Life in Color music festival to Sun Life Stadium December 27. Are you prepared?

See also: Review & Photos: Life in Color Festival, a Brilliant Blast Off in Miami

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