Cassette Store Day 2014 Comes to Miami

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No one in the Magic City understands the magic of music on cassette like Patrick Garcia and Michelle Grand of Cheap Miami, the first audiotape-only record label in the 305 since the CD and MP3 takeover.

"I think I just wanted a really cool, affordable way to start releasing music," Garcia says. "Vinyl is so expensive. It costs ten times as much as a cassette to produce. Tapes are superaffordable and I like getting really creative with the packaging."

Now, going on their second year with Cheap Miami, Patrick and Michelle are joining forces with Sweat Records and Churchill's Pub to bring Cassette Store Day 2014 to Miami on Saturday, September 27.

See also: Cheap Miami and the Magic of Cassettes: "Fans Feel Part of Something Sacred, Underground"

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Shots Miami Launches Wynwood Live for Local Bands

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Photo by James Mann

When every club in town has a DJ, why not go back to basics.

Shots, a friendly Wynwood hangout and shooter bar with the hood's most party-ready name, is expanding its repertoire and giving customers more than just drinks and pre-recorded jams.

"We're trying to get live music going on here in Wynwood," says co-owner Jason Machado. "I know a couple other venues have done smaller, one-time events or brought a few acts every month, but we're going to do it every week."

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Modern Love A/V Show: "Taking Techno Out of the Club and Into the Art Space"

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Andy Stott headlines Modern Love this weekend.

Miami's electronic music scene has grown by leaps and bounds in the past decade. But some of its local movers and shakers feel our city has yet to embrace the music's artistic potential outside the context of nightlife.

"It's important for the music to be separated from the club," SAFE's Diego Martinelli tells Crossfade. "Nightlife has nothing to do with music, if you ask me. This goes farther than just aiming to dispel the notion that all electronic music is about raving and dancing. Miami lags very far behind in this respect, and most people here still see electronic music as a mostly homogenous genre -- things could not be further from actuality. Electronic music is as hyper-specific as most other art forms, and it has a rich and beautiful history."

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Shake 108 FM: New Non-Profit, Local Radio Station Launches in Miami

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Shake 108 FM's Peter Stebbins. Say gracias to him for a radio station that isn't trash.

If you're scanning the FM dial and miraculously land on a song that doesn't suck, chances are you've found Miami's newest low-power radio station, 107.9, AKA Shake 108. For that, you can thank Miami native Peter Stebbins.

The 44-year-old first thought to start his own station years ago, after returning from a brief stint living in Atlanta and realizing how bad South Florida radio is. "When I first looked into opening my own station, I found that it's pretty much impossible," Stebbins remembers. "You need about $20 million to start a Y100. I didn't have $20 million."

See also: Miami's Five Best Record Stores

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Banks: "Being a Goddess Is Being Fragile at Times, Strong at Times"

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Photo by Williams Hirakawa

In just a year, singer-songwriter Banks has gone from relative unknown, producing music behind closed doors, to underground favorite and rising star.

Her first live performances ever were opening a national tour with the Weeknd. Now she's about to hit the road for her first headlining tour, in support of debut album, Goddess.

She's making a stop at Grand Central this weekend. So we here at Crossfade caught up with the soft-spoken artist to learn more about her ever-evolving sense of self and how goddesses are sometimes vulnerable even when they are strong.

See also: Win Free Tickets for Banks' Goddess Tour at Grand Central Miami

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David Bowie Is Documentary: "The One Thing We Tried to Get At, the Man Is a Paradox"

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Photo by Masayoshi Sukita (© Sukita/The David Bowie Archive 2012)
Bowie in a Kansai Yamamoto costume for the Aladdin Sane tour, 1973.

It's the kind of forward-thinking experience David Bowie himself might have predicted. Just for one day, in theaters across the country, a movie about a museum exhibition (featuring the rocker's groundbreaking albums, outlandish costumes, and clips from his artistic videos) will briefly tantalize the world -- and be gone.

Screening only on September 23, the Hamish Hamilton-directed documentary David Bowie Is, serves, above all, as a reminder of Bowie's artistry, his creativity, his fearlessness. If you've forgotten why you loved Ziggy or that eerie experimenter bunking in Berlin, this thrilling bit of cinema will surely lure you back.

See also: Five Signs You Might Be Stuck in the '80s

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Nicole Salgar Launches the Louis Salgar Fund: "It's Something I Know He Would've Wanted"

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"He was superfunny. He was full of conviction. He was so talented."

Three months ago, on the afternoon of Monday, June 23, 2014, Nicole Salgar lost her 29-year-old brother, Louis, a well-known Miami punk musician and bartender, when he was fatally shot in his own home by an intruder who'd randomly decided to rob 8551 NE Eighth Court in search of money for food and drugs.

But instead of cash, the burglar found a gun. And tragically, Louis returned to his residence before the thief had left. There was a confrontation. Salgar was wounded. And he died. Two and a half weeks later, a 51-year-old convicted felon named Raul Reinosa was arrested for the murder.

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

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Death Angel's Ten Best Songs, According to Guitarist Ted Aguilar

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Thrash will never die, and the crushing force of Death Angel will make sure of it.

These Bay Area masters of heavy riffing, speed, and power will arrive in Miami to unleash the beast at Grand Central for a Motörhead's MotörBoat Cruise pre-party.

Before Ted Aguilar joined Death Angel as a guitar player, he was a fan who went to every show he could, starting when he was a kid in the '80s. So we caught up with the dude himself for his ten favorite Death Angel songs of all time.

See also: Five Signs You Might Be a Shitty Guitarist

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Miami's Minimax Events: "We're Trying to Do Things to Set Us Apart"

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As director of Minimax Events, Matthew Ohashi has helped book more than 200 international acts to play major Miami clubs, from Mansion to the Delano, Electric Pickle to Treehouse.

It's a thrill to bring high-quality dance music entertainment to discerning Miami crowds. But if Ohashi's being honest, the same old nightlife song and dance can get a little boring. That's why he and the Minimax crew have begun working on a new type of nightlife experience, focusing on fun and interesting concepts, then programming the music to fit the vibe.

See also: South Beach's Ten Best Dance Clubs

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David Gray Talks New Album, Mutineers

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Photo by Jake Walters

David Gray apparently has a fondness for Florida.

"Last time we were there, we had a day off somewhere near Tampa," he recalls, chatting by phone between gigs somewhere in the American heartland. "We got to swim and do all that kind of stuff. I love the bird life, the wildlife... it's quite an exotic, subtropical place, Florida."

Holidays aside, Gray returns to our environs with a particular purpose in mind. He's touting Mutineers, a new album which he says signals a new turn in direction.

See also: Win Free Tickets for David Gray at Fillmore Miami Beach

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