Miami's Palo! Talks Latin Grammy Nomination: "Whatever Happens, We Feel We Already Won"

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"Whatever happens, we feel we already won," says Palo! pianist Steve Roitstein from Las Vegas as he waits to find out whether his Miami Afro-Cuban funk five-piece's record Palo! Live will win the 2014 Latin Grammy for Best Contemporary Tropical Album.

"Submitting the album was daunting. Not the process, which the Latin Grammys made easy, but knowing that hundreds of artists from 25, 26 countries are entering their work for only five nominations."

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Miami's Best Thanksgiving 2014 Parties

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Party off those Turkey Day calories in the club.

Feeling like a big, fat stuffed bird? About to explode with cranberry sauce? Having way more pumpkin pie than you can handle? All that, and it's not even Thanksgiving yet?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, chances are you're suffering (or shortly will be) from what's been called a post-Turkey Day food coma.

No need to panic, though. As your certified party physicians, we here at Crossfade come prepared with several highly effective remedies, all proven to make you shake that booty and burn away that holiday chub.

Just check out Miami's best Thanksgiving 2014 parties.

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Anja Schneider on Ten Years of Mobilee Records: "We Have to Have Good Music"

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Mobilee Records will be celebrating its first ten-year run soon, and so far, it has been a formidable one indeed.

Cofounded by Berlin DJ-producer and longstanding radio show host Anja Schneider in 2005, the label has managed to position itself at the helm of the international underground house and techno scene during this past decade, thanks to standout chart-topping releases by artists like And.Id, Rodriguez Jr., Sebo K, and Schneider herself.

On launching the label, Schneider tells Crossfade: "My primary reason was to give a platform for all the artists I was discovering and liking through my radio show, Dance Under the Blue Moon. A friend said, 'Why don't you have a record label and release them?'"

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Anthony Bourdain and Iggy Pop Hang in Miami: "Two Old Dudes on a Beach"


The duke of food porn meets the godfather of punk.

As Miami New Times food blog Short Order reports, Anthony Bourdain has been spotted lurking about our subtropical shores shooting a likely Miami episode of his enormously popular CNN show, Parts Unknown.

So far, Bourdain's scarfed a medianoche sandwich. He's deftly deployed the #Miami hashtag. He's gotten his ass beat by MMA master Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu.

And yes, he's apparently even squeezed in some beach time with Miami resident and rock 'n' roll legend Iggy Pop.

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Win Free Tickets for Fool's Gold Day Off During Art Basel Miami Beach 2014

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Pyrite bars. And booty-quaking beats.

Yep, the Fool's Gold crew is 'bout to be back in the 305 for some Basel madness.

For the last several years, label boss A-Trak has regularly skedded his ratchet hipster dance party, Day Off, during Miami's artiest week. And yeeeaaahh, it's all set to shake ass at #ABMB again.

Expect A-Trak, Danny Brown, DJ Mustard, another seven party pros, and even some supersecret "special guests!"

Now, the only thing better than a Fool's Gold Day Off... Free tickets.

Just check the cut for contest instructions.

See also: Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 Party Guide

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Rick Ross Makes a Workout Video

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Eat lemon-pepper wings and drop body mass like a Bawse!

"Rozay, how you lose all that weight?"

He once tipped the scales at 160 kilos. (Or 350 pounds for those hustlers not "in the distribution.") But big homie's recently shed the equivalent of a modest midweek cocaine shipment.

And in a new workout video for Funny or Die, Rick Ross, "hood billionaire and fitness guru," provides the answers and secrets behind his Bawsely slim down.

"I follow a strict daily workout routine," he barks. "And now you can too, right here with #RossFit."

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Marley Family Launches Bob Marley Natural, "World's First Global Cannabis Brand"

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As Bob Marley once said: "Herbs are good for every-ting."

Indeed, mon. And now Momma Marley and many of Bob's children have actually gotten into the ganja-selling game.

The family just launched Marley Natural, "the world's first global cannabis brand," set to start peddling product to potheads and Rastas in "late 2015."

There will be "heirloom cannabis strains, including some of Bob's Jamaican favorites," as well as "cannabis- and hemp-infused lotions and balms" and all kinds of weedy trinkets.

See also: Bob Marley: The Story of Selling Reggae's Biggest Star to "the White World"

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Martin Buttrich's #9414 Tour Celebrates 20 Years of Dance Music

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If you're a real house head, you've probably got love for Loco Dice. You're more than likely to have a few Timo Maas records in your collection. And you just may harbor a serious music crush on Martin Buttrich.

Not only is he a decorated electronic producer in his own right, with an illustrious original and remix catalog, boasting a Grammy nomination for his work on Tori Amos' "Don't Make Me Come to Vegas," Buttrich is also the man behind the curtain on a lot of house music's most seminal albums.

Through the years, he's watched as dance music grew from a purely underground phenomenon to highly profitable mainstream trend, and he's currently marking 20 years in the biz with a very special worldwide tour, #9414, featuring cameos from some of the scene's most beloved DJs.

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Diego El Cigala Talks Flamenco and the Greats: "There Will Never Be Another Paco de Lucia"

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Modern-day flamenco master Diego El Cigala.

Flamenco is the historic folk music of the Andalusia region in southern Spain. It is known for its use of the guitar, cajón, castanets, and clapping. Its singing, el cante, is evocative, heartfelt, and profoundly infused with pasión. Originally introduced to a wider audience in the late 1700s, flamenco did not explode unto the modern era till musicians like Paco de Lucía, Camarón de la Isla, and Tomatito brought it to international ears during the 1960s, '70s, and '80s.

Nicknamed the "Norway Lobster" for his slimness as a youth, Diego "El Cigala" Ramón Jiménez Salazar is today's foremost flamenco interpreter and master. His singing has transcended the borders of Spain. And as a musical explorer, noted for his work with Argentine musicians incorporating tango and his Afro-Cuban experiments with jazz legend Bebo Valdés, he has reached a global community of fans that continues to grow.

Now in his mid '40s, El Cigala still seems a young man, filled with ambition and bonhomie, as he continues to explore the nuanced facets of flamenco and the many other forms of music that fascinate him. We here at Crossfade recently had the chance to speak with Señor Jiménez Salazar about pain, pasión, and "the greats."

See also: The Spanish version, "Diego El Cigala Habla Flamenco y las Leyendas: 'Ya No Va Haber Otro Paco de Lucía'"

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Win Free Tickets for Pop That Turkey With 12th Planet and Craze at Grand Central

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Ever seen someone "Pop That Turkey"? Just ask 12th Planet 'bout it.

Pop That Turkey...

It's not some weird Japanese game show. It's the most wobble-gobble way to twerk off a million calories before you stuff your piehole with -- you guessed it -- pie.

The night before Thanksgiving, you can ready your gullet with ear-shattering, booty-sweat beats from your pals 12th Planet, Craze, and Ape Drums. These dudes know a thing or two about eating and dropping da bass. You can trust them.

Of course, it's not a holiday without presents. (Seriously, Thanksgiving, WTF?) So Crossfade teamed with Grand Central to offer free tix for the Pop That Turkey showdown. Aw yeah, dis gon' be good.

See also: Five Reasons Miami Music Fans Should Be Thankful

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