Ten Best Salsa Acts in the World, According to Melina Almodovar

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La Muñeca De La Salsa

Salsa is the sultry, hot, and heavy beat of life on the dance floor. It is the joy and the pain, the intimacy and lust, the freedom of spontaneous invention, and the emotional turmoil of love, loss, and all that's great in being human.

Melina Almodovar
aka La Muñeca De La Salsa is a Miami recording artist and entertainer who has dedicated her life to it. She was born in San Juan Puerto Rico, her mom was a flamenco dancer, her dad sang boleros, and her grandpa had his own radio show.

She has recorded with Ruben Blades, performed with Gilberto Santa Rosa, and she has her own orquesta too. And these are her top 10 salsa bands in the world today.


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Lily Allen on Sheezus and Kanye West: "What I Love Is He's Not a Careerist; He's an Artist"

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Google Lily Allen's name and the first news clippings that pop up are British tabloids discussing her weight and "erratic" behavior. The headlines read "Lily Allen flashes a hint of toned stomach" and "Lily Allen's behaviour 'worries pals.'"

When she launched her music career in 2006 with debut album, Still Alright, the 24-hour gossip cycle of celebrity-centric blogs and social media was still in its infancy. But now, on the heels of her latest release, the cleverly titled and perhaps opportunistically so, Sheezus, Allen finds her every move (and every pound gained or lost) monitored and often misreported by nearly every media outlet in the wired world.

See also: Win Free Tickets for Lily Allen at Fillmore Miami Beach

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Ten Reasons the Sax Doesn't Suck

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The saxophone is badass. And so is Mr. Steve "Let's Have Sax" Reason.

There comes a crucial moment in every musician's life when he must decide what instrument to play.

The obvious choice is usually guitar, because everybody wants to be a sweaty rock god. But some people go with drums or bass or even piano. However, not a lot of kids dream of learning how to play the saxophone, a lame band-geek instrument.

But who wouldn't want to blow that brass like John Coltrane and Kenny G? There is plenty of badassery related to the sax. And that's why Crossfade linked up with professional saxophonist Steve Reason (also the headliner of this weekend's Let's Have Sax) to learn the ten best things about this particular wind instrument.

See also: Five Signs You Might Be a Shitty Guitarist

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Guitars Over Guns' Louis Salgar Award: "He Elevated the Lives of the People Around Him"

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The much-missed Louis Salgar.

On the afternoon of Monday, June 23, 2014, Louis Salgar was shot and killed in his own home after interrupting a home invader during the commission of a robbery.

The confessed murderer is Raul Reinosa, an ex-convict and drug addict, who used a gun found at Salgar's residence to commit this shocking, senseless crime.

But Louis wasn't just a victim. He was also a son, brother, friend, bandmate, barmate. He played in a number of local punk bands. He poured drinks at Gramps and the Broken Shaker. He was loved. He is loved.

And now he will be remembered, every year, with the Guitars Over Guns' Louis Salgar GOGO Legacy Award.

See also: Louis Salgar Murder: Suspect Identified in Fatal Shooting of Miami Musician and Bartender

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Prince Royce on Macking It to the Ladies: "You Gotta Have That Game On Point"

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Even Geoffrey Royce Rojas knows the meaning of hard work and hustle.

Today, todas las mujeres know him as the Latin Grammy-nominated bachata star Prince Royce. But just a few years ago, Rojas was a kid with a dream, juggling a full-time job, college classes, and late-night recording sessions in the studio.

It was the kind of struggle that all aspiring musicians face, but unlike most pop hopefuls, he actually achieved his dreams, becoming a multiplatinum-selling artist and Latin music's fastest rising star.

See also: Music's Five Dumbest Marketing Trends

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Uchi's Cyborgs Party at Electric Pickle: "Bring Your Own Laser Beams"

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Cyborgs can be sexy too.

Dress-up is officially cool again. So is being a sci-fi geek.

In our opinion, that stuff never went out of style. But even if you're not a nerd for robots, the latest nightlife endeavor from sexy, dark DJ Uchi will get you bleepin' and bloopin' like a vintage automaton on the fritz.

It's called Cyborgs. And it's good, old-fashioned fun meets space-age house and techno.

See also: Miami's Ten Best Female DJs

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35 Years of Churchill's Fest: "A Celebration of the Old, the New, and the Future"

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Here's to another 35 at Churchill's Pub.

The year was 1979. The Clash kicked off its first American tour, AC/DC released Highway to Hell, and Churchill's Pub opened its doors for the first time.

While the Clash called it quits and the AC/DC dudes have long passed their glory days, Little Haiti's live music gem, in spite of recent changes in ownership, is still thriving.

"The only thing that's really changed is we're more structured," insists Nayra Serrano, Churchill's current booking manager and the woman behind Idle Hands Productions.

"It's cleaner now, but that feeling of that diamond-in-the-rough place, that welcoming vibe, it's still there."

See also: Churchill's Pub: An Oral History

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Amos Larkins II on Learning the Music Biz by Breaking Into TK Records' Studio

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Amos Larkins II playing bass in the Sunnyview Records studio.

"Bass Rock Express" was the first international Miami bass hit, and it opened the floodgates for the rush of quad-heavy records that followed.

The song was produced, engineered, arranged, and vocalized by Amos Larkins II for MC ADE, and executive produced by William "Billy" Hines on 4-Sight Records in 1985. Amos produced it under the pseudonym Leon Green to mask his identity from radio program directors who saw his credits on too many slabs to put on the air. By then, he was already an established regional hitmaker.

But his start in the record business came between stacks of Blowfly's nudie magazines at the TK Records Hialeah compound. Here's what Larkins himself has to say about his earliest days in the industry.

See also: Amos Larkins II on Miami Bass, "Ghetto Jump," and Who Left Luke's Name Off the Sunnyview Label

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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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Wood Tavern Owner's Bizerq Breathes New Life Into Former Soho Lounge Space

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Bizerq and Wood Tavern owner Cesar Morales.

Walking up the familiar stairwell of what was once Soho Lounge, there are now the sounds of hammers and electrical saws. Reaching the building's second level, it looks like Bizerq -- the newest nightclub in mainland Miami -- has a long way to go.

To say the space is in the white box stage would be generous. There's exposed framing, plumbing, and wiring everywhere. The concrete floors are cracked, making it a precarious journey as the tour continues.

But in two weeks time, according to Cesar Morales, the 36-year-old proprietor of Wood Tavern, the venue will be ready.

See also: Wood Tavern Owner Cesar Morales Leases Former Soho Lounge Space in Design District

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