Slow Hands on the "Constant Journey to Find Something New in Ourselves Musically"

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Pitch down dance music's tempo from the manic 140 beats per minute favored by candy ravers -- pitch it way down -- and you begin to approximate the languid, sensual, baby-making rhythms of Slow Hands, AKA Ryan Cavanagh.

Of course these days, tempo is less a concern for Slow Hands than the musician's craft itself. And as a classically trained multi-instrumentalist and singer, weaned on jazz, blues, and soul, he's bringing a lush, baroquely melodic quality to his production sound.

Ahead of this weekend's highly anticipated performance at the Electric Pickle, Crossfade caught up with Ryan Cavanagh to chat about his eclectic music influences, creative process, and new EP.

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Miami Latin Pop Singer Katherine Alexander Seeking $1 Million From Accused Rapist

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A $1 million settlement.

That's what Miami Latin pop singer Katherine Alexander is seeking from Jesus Salas, her former manager and a Spanish Broadcasting Systems Spanish Broadcasting Systems executive vice president.

Last week, Alexander filed a lawsuit against Salas accusing him of rape, sodomy, death threats, and stealing the earnings from her brief musical career.

Now she and her legal team are looking to settle out of court.

See also: Miami Latin Pop Singer Katherine Alexander Accuses Manager Jesus Salas of Rape, Sodomy

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Machine Gun Kelly - Grand Central, Miami

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Check out Crossfade's full 50-photo slideshow of Machine Gun Kelly at Grand Central.

Machine Gun Kelly
Presented by Dope Entertainment
Grand Central, Miami
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Better Than: A rock show. Or a rap show.

"Welcome to the greatest show on Earth. Lace the fuck up."

There's only one place in Miami where you can comfortably rock Lebron James' Cavaliers jersey without drawing awkward stares. And that's Grand Central. 
At least when it's a Machine Gun Kelly party.

Last night, the Cleveland spitter threw it down in the 305, rapping songs off his various mixtapes and his debut studio album, Lace Up.

See also: Machine Gun Kelly on Rap Versus Rock: "There's Only a Divide If You're Ignorant"


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People's Blues of Richmond: "We're Spanning a Lot of Genres for Only Three People"

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As the name People's Blues of Richmond might suggest, guitarist Tim Beavers and bassist Matthew Volkes began making music together to commemorate a mutual friend's funeral.

"Tim and I went to kindergarten together, but we never played music," Volkes tells Crossfade. "But in 2009, during our freshman year of college, one of our friends passed away. We played 'Wish You Were Here' on acoustic at the funeral. We were grieving and jamming, and before you know it, we were playing open-mic nights."

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Six Best Club Parties in Miami This Week

Categories: Guides, Nightlife

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"Party in the city where the heat is on, all night on the beach till the break of dawn ... Welcome to Miami."

"Miami" was the Magic City's club anthem 16 years ago, but Big Willie totally nailed the 305's party rep in four minutes.

Don't believe us? See for yourself at the six best club parties in Miami this week.

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Win Free Tickets for Rodrigo y Gabriela's 9 Dead Alive Tour at Fillmore Miami Beach

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Two guitars. No vocals.

They grew up in Mexico City. They busked on the streets of Dublin. They played the White House for President Barack Obama. They recorded with a 13-piece Cuban orchestra in Havana. And now they're coming to the Fillmore Miami Beach.

Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero are truly international artists who dabble in nearly all genres, from flamenco to rock and jazz. They began their career with non-electric, two guitar covers of Led Zeppelin and Metallica classics. And they've just released their latest opus, 9 Dead Alive.

Check the cut to win free tickets for Rodrigo y Gabriela in Miami.

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Flo Rida Talks Wrestling Pitbull, Rick Ross, and 2 Live Crew at WWE Raw in Miami

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When we heard that Flo Rida would be hosting WWE Raw, it seemed like, "That ain't gonna work." But the more we thought about it, the more that particular tag team made sense. Both are splendidly packaged celebrations of pop culture, and boy are they entertaining.

Wrestling deals in iconography. And what is Flo Rida but the perfectly anthropomorphized, walking, talking representation of fun club culture? He is Miami's icon!

If our city was in a situation that could be resolved only via body slams, we would send out Flo Rida as our champion. Well, if The Rock weren't picking up his phone, of course.

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Sir Michael Rocks Filmed "F&%k SeaWorld" Music Video at Miami Seaquarium

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Still haven't watched Blackfish, the documentary shaming Orlando's SeaWorld as one of the cruelest keepers of orcas and other fishy friends?

Well, surely, all of your couch-activist friends have related how damning it is, that it will make you cry, and how you'll never want to go to an animal theme park ever again.

In fact, one of your anti-oceanarium pals might be former Cool Kids rapper Sir Michael Rocks. He just dropped a new video "Fuck SeaWorld" (filmed after sneaking into, um, the Miami Seaquarium), and he's got some choice words for all evil zoologists.

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III Points Festival 2014 Lineup Additions: RJD2, Bob Moses, DJ Tennis, Ten Others

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Rush for Wynwood like RJD2.

Three months till III Points.

For the second straight year, Wynwood's homegrown music, art, and technology festival will flood its native hood with stellar bands and solo acts, street artists and performance types, tech startups and hacktivists.

Obviously, though, we here at Crossfade are most hyped for the tuneage. So it's awesome news that the fest has just added RJD2, Bob Moses, DJ Tennis, and another ten acts to a musical roster that already boasts Lykke Li, Flying Lotus, and 66 others.

Check the cut for III Points' full second announcement lineup.

See also: Best Music Festival: III Points

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Miami's Ten Best Uncategorizable Bands of All Time

Categories: Lists, Local Music

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Rat Bastard: Totally uncategorizable.

South Florida has long been a creative refuge for varied musical genres that have grown with little outside influence and a decidedly Floridian twist. This can be seen in our punk rock, metal, rap, and jazz.

Another of the better aspects of Miami's music scene has always been the relative freedom with which musicians of different genres will share a bill. Anyone remember that time the Crumbs split a night with drum 'n' bass artist Egg Foo Young?

If this town had the nation's ear like New York City or Los Angeles, these ten best uncategorizable bands would've been household names by now.

See also: Miami's Five Best Punk Record Labels of All Time

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