Win Free Tickets for Goblin at Grand Central Miami

It is believed a certain, as-yet-undiscovered infrasonic frequency just might exist that would cause humans to lose control of their bowels due to resonance.

To date, though, the most effective tuneage for making a music fan crap his or her pants (usually with musical astonishment and primal fear) are spooky prog rock soundtracks for insane 1970s horror flicks.

The masters of this art are the ragazzi of legendary Roma-based band Goblin, otherwise known as "the Italian Soundtrack Kings," thanks to their scary-as-shit masterpieces for film directors like Dario Argento and George A. Romero.

So ... Wanna be terrified into incontinence? For free? Excellent, because we here at Crossfade, along with Grand Central and Radio-Active Records, are giving away free Goblin tix.

Just check the cut for contest instructions.

See also: Goblin on Scoring Horror Movies: "You Have to Be Scared to Scare Other People"

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In Defense of Lana Del Rey

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Photo by Nicole Nodland

It seems from the very start of Lana Del Rey's career, the whole world was rooting for her to fail. There were articles exposing her former persona, Lizzy Grant, not to mention accusations of plastic surgery and conspiracy theories about how she'd been manufactured by record executives.

Then came her first major live performance on television -- Saturday Night Live on January 14, 2012. You could almost hear the collective snarl from critics and journalists waiting to tear her performance apart.

See also: Win Free Tickets for Lana Del Rey at Fillmore Miami Beach

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Matisyahu on Akeda, His Religious Evolution, Divorce, and "Dealing With a Lot of Rejection"

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Photo by Mark Squires

The conversation didn't start well when I asked singer Matisyahu to comment on his new album, Akeda.

"Have you heard it?" he replied.

Since it's not out until June 3, I told him the truth, that I had not.

"Listen to these songs," he said, "and call me back."

See also: Matisyahu Shaves His Beard, Says: "No More Chassidic Reggae Superstar"

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Coachella 2014's Worst Moments, Weekend Two

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Trash
While you were busy basking in the Coachella sun, the festival's fleet of custodians -- many of whom looked to be in their teens -- were running around the grounds, soaked in sweat, picking up your trash. We talked to a few, and not only do these guys get paid poorly, they get paid by the bag. When you see them next year, maybe consider buying them a water bottle before you throw yours on the ground. -Andrea Domanick

See also: Coachella 2014's 50 Most Beautiful People


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Five Richest Rappers of 2014

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Say what up to Cash Money's Birdman and this year's hip-hop cash kings.

When you're in the rap biz, it's all about the Benjamins.

No matter how many shiny awards are stacked somewhere in that multimillion-dollar mansion, you've only truly made it when you rank among Forbes' wealthiest hip-hop artists.

More than just lyrical worth, the worth of these rap moguls was calculated based on their past earnings, current holdings, and financial documents, as well as face time with analysts, attorneys, managers, and other industry players.

Check out the five richest rappers of 2014.

See also: 13 Richest DJs of 2013

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Sweatstock 2014 and Record Store Day in Miami

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Check out Crossfade's full 97-photo slideshow of Sweatstock 2014.

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Sweat Records and Churchill's Pub, Miami
Saturday, April 19, 2014

Once again, Sweatstock showed Miami how to truly celebrate Record Store Day -- with free ice cream, good people, and great bands. Oh yeah, and tons of records.

For its fifth annual anniversary party and RSD blowout, Sweat Records was filled to the brim with vinyl enthusiasts while live-music fanatics clustered around the outdoor and indoor stages that'd be showcasing local and out-of-town talent, all day and all night.

Everyone's ears are still ringing. And their heads are still spinning too.

See also: Miami's Five Best Record Stores

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Fernando Perdomo: "Miami Will Always Be the City in My Heart"

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It's never easy to see our hometown South Florida heroes venture off in search of greater glories.

Of course, we're happy for them -- just look at the successes achieved by the Mavericks, Marilyn Manson, and Johnny Depp after they took their talents to a national stage.

Still, it was particularly tough saying goodbye to Fernando Perdomo when he opted to leave Miami and move to L.A. in June 2012. Not that we blame him; as a musician, producer, and all-round entrepreneur, it's little wonder that the bright lights of the Left Coast beckoned.

See also: Space Between Words on the Miami Scene: "Live Music Has Always Been an Uphill Battle"

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Five Best Concerts in Miami This Week

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Take a trip to the "West Coast" without leaving Miami with Lana Del Rey.

Ever wished you could make stop time before Monday arrives? Well, you're not alone.

Miami may be called the Magic City, but that doesn't mean the 305 never sees the first day of the work week.

At least there's some pretty good music comin' up, from John Legend's acoustic vibes to the Wynwood Life Festival to pop sensation Lana Del Rey and LCD Soundsystem mastermind James Murphy.

Here are the five best concerts in South Florida this week.

See also: Win Free Tickets for Lana Del Rey at Fillmore Miami Beach

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Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, Subject of Historic Dylan Song, Dead at 76

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He became a fighter for justice.

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, whose wrongful conviction in a New Jersey murder became the subject of a Denzel Washington film and a Bob Dylan song, has died at his home in Toronto.

Carter grew up in Passaic, New Jersey. He was an Army boxing champion and later won more than 50 bouts, most by knockout. But he was imprisoned in a triple murder, spent years in detention, escaped, and was imprisoned again. His conviction was overturned twice, and he was finally freed in 1985.

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4/20: How to Celebrate Like a Famous Rapper

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Smoke the sweet leaf like Danny Brown.

4/20 is more than just a holiday. It's a lifestyle, man.

And there's nothing like getting high and throwing on some classic rap records. 'Cause rapping and weed go together like, well, rapping and weed. That's not to say that all rappers smoke the sticky green flower, but those that do love to boast about it in song.

For most of us, unfortunately, life is not a rap track. But if there's one day when everyone deserves to celebrate like a famous rapper, it's 4/20.

See also: Miami's 4/20 Party Guide

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