Sandbar Coconut Grove Becomes Hot Rock Korean BBQ Joint, Thanks to Bar Rescue

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Goodbye penny beers?

Over the weekend, Sandbar Sports Grill, a beloved college kid and locals hangout in Coconut Grove that's famous for its one-cent Miller Lites, was invaded by Spike TV's Bar Rescue.

Hosted by bar-and-club expert Jon Taffer, the reality show specializes in "giving failing nightlife establishments one last chance at success."

Another of Taffer's talents... Pissing off the regulars who don't want their favorite boozing joint to become some smarmy marketing gimmick.

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Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 Bar Guide

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Get buzzed with Basel's most beautifully boozy.

Art Basel hits our city each December like a ton of very stylish, possibly graffitied, definitely expensive bricks. People with cash flock here to snap up valuable artwork, culture nerds come for the quirky performances, and party animals get ratchet at each and every live music venue, because it's still Miami.

The thing is, maybe you've never been to this weird seaside town, and you'd really like to experience a bit of the nightlife outside the December art bubble. There are plenty of other bars around Miami that fill up each Basel with those who just want to chill for a minute.

Here are our suggestions for Miami's best bars, with something for every taste and sexual preference.

See also: Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 Party Guide

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Danny Brown on Rap: "People Get Celebrated for the Bad Shit, Moreso Than the Good Shit"

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These days, iconically quirky Detroit-born rapper Danny Brown rhymes about sadness, drugs, cats, Cool Ranch Doritos-smelling poonanny, and other such stuff.

You'll get the chance to join in on the fun during this year's Art Basel Miami Beach, as part of Fool's Gold Day Off.

Danny will be taking the stage with A-Trak and DJ Mustard, among others. And we here at Crossfade were able to catch up with Danny in preparation for this momentous occasion.

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Win Free Tickets for Uncle Luke and 2 Live Crew Reunion at LIV Miami

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Booty, booty, booty, booty, booty, booty, booty, booty, booty.

In 1989, Uncle Luke and 2 Live Crew launched a rap revolution with the release of their unrepentantly filthy slab of Miami booty bass, As Nasty As They Wanna Be.

It set millions of asses a-quakin'. And it blasted that hard-core 305 party vibe 'round the world. But it terrified the American Family Association, Florida politicos, and other social conservatives, all of whom got Luke and the Crew slapped with an obscenity ruling and even arrested.

They fought for their right to freedom of speech. They took the dispute to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. And they won.

Two years later, Luke and 2 Live Crew broke up. And they haven't shared the stage since '91. But now the greatest Miami booty bass band ever is back for "one night only."

Just check the cut to win free tickets for the reunion show at LIV Miami.

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Marco Carola Talks Music On Miami: "Taking Music Seriously but Having Fun With It"

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Marco Carola's clubland reputation most certainly precedes him. Over the course of a career spanning two decades, the Italian-born DJ/producer and label magnate has become a global dance institution.

His driving, groove-laden signature sets have made Carola one of the most in-demand selectors on the international scene, particularly in the dance tourism mecca of Ibiza.

And now in its third year, his Music On Ibiza residency at legendary club Amnesia puts Carola at the epicenter of techno with a finger firmly on the pulse of its ever-evolving sounds.

"I wanted to create something special," Carola tells Crossfade about the Music On concept. "With my partners, we created Music On around my vision -- to take music seriously but have fun with it."

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Pitbull's Most Miami Moments Hosting the American Music Awards

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Even if you don't particularly like Pitbull, you have to admit, we got dude on stage hosting the American Music Awards. That's pretty baller.

Armando Christian Pérez has come a long way from his M.I.A.M.I. days. He represents the 305 worldwide. You don't have to love him, but he loves you, and he brought a little bit of Miami flavor to the entire television-watching universe as last night's host of the AMAs.

Who else would have the balls to make immigration and weed jokes to the most pop-centric audience in TV? These were, for sure, his most Miami moments.

See also: Pitbull's New Year's Revolution 2015 Broadcasting From Miami on Fox: "Daleee!"

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Gloria Estefan Talks Autobiographical Musical, On Your Feet!: "You'll Laugh, Cry, and Dance"


"Come on, shake your body, baby, do the conga."

That's what Miami's Cuban princess Gloria Estefan demands of you when she, her husband Emilio, and the Nederlander Organization bring the Estefans' autobiographical musical, On Your Feet! to Broadway next fall.

"I'm so excited!" la cantante expresses. "We have a dream team working on it. Everything has fallen into place so beautifully. We're all so excited about the entire process."

See also: Gloria Estefan Inducted Into Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame: "I Am So Honored and Blessed"

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Miami's Five Best Concerts This Week

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Party hard, no breaks, with Crossfade's concert guide.

We don't need a giant turkey to remind us of how lucky we are to be living in the Magic City. All we need is some good music.

Just check out the five best concerts going down in the 305 this Thanksgiving week, from Uncle Luke and 2 Live Crew at LIV to Tegan & Sara at the Fontainebleau.

See also: Miami's Best Thanksgiving 2014 Parties

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Andre 3000's I Feel Ya Exhibit Coming for Art Basel Miami Beach Week 2014

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Did you get the chance to see Outkast during this summer's great revival tour? If not, you missed out. If so, you were probably wondering about that weird black jumpsuit André 3000 wore with the cryptic message on it.

Always a pillar of unique and thoughtful style, André 3000 wore 47 different jumpsuits, one for each stop of the tour, and he wrote those messages in response to each day's super-saturated, Internet-driven media cycle.

Now, during Art Basel Miami Beach week, fans will finally get the chance to see all 47 put on public display as part of the mixed-media exhibit "i feel ya: SCAD + Andre 3000 Benjamin," coming to Mana Wynwood, from Wednesday, December 3, through Sunday, December 14.

See also: Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 Party Guide

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James Blake Talks New Album, Possible Kanye West Collaboration


Upon first listen, many people assume that James Blake is black. And when they do set eyes on the 26-year-old white Englishman singing, they're taken aback.

"He's like a white Erykah Badu," one smitten YouTube user commented on a video clip of Blake's 2013 live performance on the Late Show With David Letterman. "I'm a kid all over again, and it's all because of a white boy with a black voice."

Racial stereotypes aside, it's not often that the pop music world finds a male voice with Blake's pristine, shimmering tone and voluptuously soulful expression, redolent of the great black gospel singers.

"I think if anyone wants to sing pop music, and they want to leave out the black contributions to popular music, they may find themselves wanting as a singer," Blake tells Crossfade.

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