Vogue: A Seven-Part Guide to Ballroom Culture

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Dancers will do anything to impress the judges at Catwalk, once a month Sunday at the Garret.

In post-Internet society, things don't stay hidden for long. But there is a subculture with more than three decades of relevance that has inspired its own documentary, been co-opted by Madonna, and yet, remarkably, remains largely misunderstood.

"Walk down the street in Fort Lauderdale or South Beach, stop 20 gay men and ask them or mention to them the icons in the ballroom scene," says Power Infinity, mother of the House of Infinity and ballroom culture veteran of more than 20 years.

"Most of them wouldn't even know, never heard of 'em. It's such an underground world that not even most of our own community knows about it," he continues. "When you actually go to the balls, there's so much talent. It's like Cirque Du Soleil, but all this talent is so hidden. The rest of the world never gets to see it."

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Jellybean Benitez: "A Lot of EDM Is Lacking Passion"

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Dance music culture as we know it today owes much to the seminal New York City scene of the '70s and '80s, and pioneering DJs like John "Jellybean" Benitez. While he would go on to an illustrious career as a producer, putting his Midas touch on chart-topping hits by the likes of Madonna and Whitney Houston, Benitez' artistic identity today remains firmly rooted in that golden era of nightlife he helped found.

On his fondest memories of that time, Benitez tells Crossfade: "I was able to witness and hear some of the greatest DJs in NYC during their prime, at the residency that made them famous. For example, Larry Levan at the Paradise Garage, David Mancuso at the Loft, and Richie Kaczor at Studio 54."

See also: EDM's Five Greatest Delusions

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Talking to Cops at Gathering of the Juggalos

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Check out Crossfade's 183-photo slideshow: Wild Scenes at the Gathering of the Juggalos 2014.

What's different about this year's Gathering of the Juggalos in Thornville, Ohio? Well, the cops for one thing.

During last year's event, set in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, we encountered minimal security. The gatekeepers and patrol staff, which seemed to be just exceptionally large juggalos in "SECURITY" shirts, peered into backpacks to eliminate glass bottles and fireworks. Aside from that, they pretty much did nothing except hang out and then -- only after someone died of a drug overdose -- reactively shut down the Gathering's infamous drug bridge.

See also: Ten Reasons Juggalos Are Better Than You

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Finnegan's River in Brickell Closing

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Say goodbye to Finnegan's River.

"After eight years in business, the iconic Finnegan's River is closing its doors to make room for a high rise condominium."

That's how one of Brickell's best bars officially broke the news of its closure via an email sent to New Times.

Sunday will mark the end of an era of Miami Heat mayhem and some of the wildest Winter Music Conference and year-round pool parties this side of the bridge. And in celebration of its eight years, the Magic City's "sprawling urban oasis" accessible "by land or by sea" will be bidding its adieu with a farewell party.

See also: Mova Lounge Closes: South Beach and Brickell

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Miami's Life in Color Presents "World's Largest Halftime Show" at Champions Cup Final

Categories: Music Festivals

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Party on the pitch, people.

Miami's Life in Color -- the homegrown EDM production company formerly known as Dayglow -- went from epic college rager to "World's Largest Paint Party" after being acquired by entertainment mogul Robert F. X. Sillerman in 2012.

And now LIC is set to present the "World's Largest Halftime Show" at the Guinness International Champions Cup Final soccer match in Miami.

See also: Life in Color Festival on "Growing From the Bottom Up"

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Miami's Five Best New Dance Clubs

Categories: Lists, Nightlife

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"When one club closes, another one opens."

That seems to be the Golden Rule when it comes to Miami's fickle nightlife scene. Just take a look at the past 12 months.

Within the last year alone, the Magic City has lost several party gems, and with it, some of our favorite weekly bashes, DJs, and hangout spots. But at the same time, new clubs have risen from the ashes of the fallen.

While nothing can replace the forgotten memories and drunken shenanigans that took place at these nightlife havens, there are new (and by new we mean late 2013 and beyond) clubs to be excited about.

Here are Miami's five best new dance clubs.

See also: South Beach's Ten Best Dance Clubs

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


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.

See also: EDM's Five Greatest Delusions

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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."

See also: Five Signs You Might Be a Shitty Guitarist

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