Lil Debbie and Otto Von Schirach - The Nest, Miami

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Photo by Monica McGivern
Check out Crossfade's full 55-photo slideshow of Lil Debbie and Otto Von Schirach at The Nest.

Lil Debbie
With Otto Von Schirach
Presented by Notorious Nastie
The Nest, Miami
Saturday, August 23, 2014

Where can you go for real Miami hip-hop, booty bass jams, and general debauchery?

The Vagabond used to have the market cornered with their weekly (((Shake))) party, but that NE 14th Street club recently closed. And the young, eminently trendy crowd has since relocated across the street to The Nest, a downtown venue quickly building a name for itself with plenty of bass-friendly events, spanning genres to showcase local DJs and MCs along with big-name traveling acts.

See also: Lil Debbie's Crew Attacks, Punches Otto Von Schirach at Downtown Miami's The Nest

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Miami's Ten Best Punk Guitarists of All Time

Categories: Lists, Local Music

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The man, the punk, the legend -- Charlie Pickett.

Who shreds best?

We here at Crossfade have witnessed oh so many of Miami's punk guitarists. And today's list focuses on those ax-wielding individuals who've moved us the most with their fret-working powers.

Soon, we'll post another list in honor of the best lead/rhythm combos that the 305 has ever bred. And trust us, some old names will be repeated alongside some new ones.

But for now, here are the ten punkers who did/are doing some of the MIA's better twanging.

See also: Miami's 20 Best Punk Bands of All Time

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Tori Amos - Unrepentant Geraldines Tour - Fillmore Miami Beach

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Photo by Sayre Berman
Check out Crossfade's full 35-photo slideshow of Tori Amos at the Fillmore Miami Beach.

Tori Amos
With Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou
Fillmore Miami Beach
Sunday, August 24, 2014

Better Than: Listening to "Stairway to Heaven" again.

At first it made no sense that a medley of Led Zeppelin's greatest hits would be playing at the Fillmore Miami Beach as the seated crowd waited for Tori Amos to take the stage. If you would pick Kate Bush as number one on Tori Amos' list of musical heroes, you'd probably put Robert Plant and Jimmy Page somewhere around Tupac and Weird Al. But even a casual listen to both acts' lyrics reveals a shared love for the type of paperback fantasy novels where they always spell little, magical winged creatures as f-a-e-r-i-e-s.

See also: Tori Amos' Unrepentant Geraldines Echoes With a Grace and Sigh All Her Own


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Five Best Concerts in Miami This Week

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Photo by Travis Shinn
Slash, still shreddin' and setting the World on Fire.

With music, you can face anything ... Even Mondays.

Sure, it won't get rid of those annoying coworkers who steal your lunch, countless e-mail threads, and hour-long meetings. But at least it'll make the work week fly by quicker than an Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird.

To that end, here are the five best concerts going down in SoFla this week.

See also: Miami's Labor Day 2014 Party Guide

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Downtown Miami's Five Best Bars

Categories: Lists, Nightlife

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It's finally Friday, and that means we are thirstier than a motherfucker for this workweek to be over.

Of course, the only thing that can quell our craving is a cold, delicious brewksie enjoyed in a dark setting, maybe with some music and food too.

But where do we head when the final minute is up? Try one of these downtown Miami hangouts. We certainly enjoy them. Possibly a little too much.

See also: Wynwood's Five Best Bars

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Win Free Tickets for Tori Amos at Fillmore Miami Beach

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Why do wayward women have to be penitent?

That was the thought tearing through Tori Amos' mind as she gazed upon an etching entitled "Geraldine" by the Irish artist Daniel Maclise. "It got me thinking about not apologizing," the fiery (and fiery maned) singer-songwriter recalls.

Hence, Unrepentant Geraldines, her defiant and brash new album, which draws inspiration from fine art, Americana, and her own '90s-era alternative chamber-pop.

Check the cut for a chance to win free tickets for Tori Amos and the Unrepentant Geraldines tour at the Fillmore Miami Beach this weekend.

See also: Tori Amos' Unrepentant Geraldines Echoes With a Grace and Sigh All Her Own

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Miami's Ten Best Things to Do Under $10 This Weekend

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Photo by Lex Hernandez
You can drink, you can dance, but just don't eat your money.

Who's ready for some Friday night action?

We are!

And with all of the wild parties and killer tuneage to check out this weekend, from garage rock at Railroad Blues to tech-house at Treehouse to poolside vibes at the Freehand, you'll be raging from the second the clock strikes 5 p.m. till Sunday.

Here are the ten best things to do under $10 this weekend.

See also: Six Best Club Parties in Miami This Week

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Railroad Blues Opening in Downtown Miami: "There's Not Gonna Be Any Shit Music"

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Every serious music lover dreams of opening a live-music bar.

The chance to program and design your own venue, every week, six days out of seven, is the life. Sure, it can be tough, but fellow fans will recognize the quality and appreciate your vision.

That's what Steam Miami owner Russ Bruce is betting on with Railroad Blues, a new NE 14th Street speakeasy-style venue and drinking spot, celebrating its no-charge soft opening this weekend.

C'mon, the first one is always free.

See also: Steam Miami: A Photo Tour of Downtown's First Interactive Nightclub

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Rita Ora and DJ Laz - Hits 97.3 Sessions - Grand Central, Miami

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With DJ Laz
As part of HITS 97.3's HITS Sessions
Grand Central, Miami
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Finding a pop star with a real set of pipes feels like trying to win the lottery. You know it's possible, but the odds are long.

Last night, Rita Ora stopped by downtown Miami's Grand Central for a superintimate acoustic performance of her budding and Billboard hits. It was MTV Unplugged style, as she and her guitarist sat atop stools on the stage, telling little stories behind the songs. This was maybe the best possible way to enjoy Ms. Ora for the first time, because, low and behold, this girl can really, really sing.

See Also: DJ Laz Returns to Miami Radio on Hits 97.3

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GTA's Van Toth and JWLS Talk Success: "It's Crazy, and It Keeps Getting Crazier"

Categories: Local Music, Q&A

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GTA's Van Toth and JWLS: All gold everything.

A lot has changed for the boys of GTA. They're no longer Miami's most promising upstarts but internationally known DJ-producers. They've opened for Rihanna's world tour, played nearly every major music festival in the United States, and relocated to the West Coast.

But even though JWLS (AKA Julio Mejia) and Van Toth (AKA Matt Toth) may have become almost famous and moved to Los Angeles, they're still the same old subtropical dudes screamin' "Death to genres!"

We here at Crossfade recently spoke with the GTA bros about how far they've come and why it's so important to kick off their new cross-country party series, Good Times Ahead, in the MIA.

See also: Miami's 25 Best Electronic Music Acts

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