Bardot Miami's Fifth Anniversary: "Still Fresh, Still Exciting, Still New"

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It's tough to say what the greatest show at Bardot has been over the past five years, but that time Dwayne Wade rented out the Wynwood lounge in 2012 for Gabrielle Union's 40th-birthday pajama jam was one for the books.

"Doug E. Fresh played," recalls David Sinopoli, the guy responsible for booking all of Bardot's shows. "He's like, 'Yo, I've got a friend in the crowd, and he's gonna come spit a couple bars.' It was fuckin' Will Smith. He surprised Gabrielle Union. He had a mask on, took the mask off, and we're like, 'Wait, what?'"

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Murs and ¡Mayday! Talk ¡Mursday!: "We Like to Dice It Up"

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What do you get when you combine a veteran rapper from L.A. with a hip-hop group from Miami? Nothing less than the celebration of sound known as ¡Mursday!

The creative relationship between Murs and ¡Mayday! goes back to the band's first album, Take Me to Your Leader, which featured Murs on the track "Hardcore Bitches."

"When we first worked on a song together there was good chemistry between us," says ¡Mayday! emcee Wrekonize. "And after that, we talked back and forth about making more music. He tweeted us semi-seriously that we should make an album. He was joking, but the fans picked up on it, and it caught fire. That's when the idea of ¡Mursday! really hit the road."


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Porter Robinson on Debut Album, Worlds, and Outgrowing "the DJ Thing"

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The electronic dance music world wasn't always so obsessed with the age of its DJs. But Chapel Hill, North Carolina native Porter Robinson, who hit the international scene at 17, may have started an industry-wide mania for the so-called "prodigy." Even tweens are getting record deals in 2014.

But how young is too young to reinvent oneself? At 22, Robinson is already trying to shed his wunderkind rep. Only three years ago, the bass-heavy single "Say My Name" and subsequent Spitfire EP branded Robinson as a teenage sure thing for Top 40 success. He headlined major festivals across the world. He remixed Lady Gaga. He lived the so-called "EDM dream." The only problem: He kind of hated it.

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Red Bull Siempre Fresco: A Fiesta Starring Salsa Legends and Latin DJs

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The whole Red Bull Siempre Fresco crew, with Larry Harlow, AKA El Judio Maravilloso, ticklin' the keys.

Larry Harlow plays the piano like palm trees play the breeze, like a lizard plays the grass, like the sunrise plays the morning. He's a natural. And 50 years of practice have made him even better.

The so-called Judio Maravilloso, which translates to "Amazing Jew," was the first guy signed to Fania Records, the label that basically invented the term salsa music. He's the arranger behind the powerful horn lines that have come to define the genre. And he's the player of the magical, dancing piano lines that have sent a hundred million hips in motion.

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Meet the XYZA Collective, Miami's 12-Member Electronic Music Crew

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XYZA's The Gamma Bot.

An industrial-sized fan, huge enough to cool off hell, whirred across from Jerry, AKA the Gamma Bot. About to perform some awesome '90s R&B-influenced electronic tracks, the guy's glorious mane was not even mussed by the manmade gusts.

Originally he and the other members of XYZA (pronounced zi-zuh) were planning to play their III Points Festival showcase outside. But after lugging equipment to Wood Tavern in this heat, they opted to stay indoors.

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Enrique Iglesias: "When I'm Up Onstage, I'm the Happiest Guy in the World"

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No one knows more about Sex and Love than Spanish panty dropper Enrique Iglesias. In fact, it's the name of his new album.

"I love my fans, and they are allowed to go crazy on me," the Latin heartthrob teases. "Believe me, they keep surprising me with their creativity to get closer and closer."

But a heads up for any wild fanáticas planning to break into the Iglesias compound -- Enrique isn't at home. He's out on the road with the 305's own Armando Christian Pérez, AKA Pitbull, and rising reggaeton star J Balvin. So you'll just have to catch up with him on October 26 when the tour hits the American Airlines Arena in Miami.

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Duke Dumont at III Points 2014: A Video Interview

Serious props to III Points.

The fest has done an impeccable job of booking world-class musicians and DJs alongside local favorites. But no doubt, one of the biggest names to grace the Mainframe stage this past weekend at Soho Studios was London house hero Duke Dumont.

He's a Grammy-nominated producer who just wrapped a residency in Ibiza, but he's not too big to sit down for a silly chat with us. And yes, we caught the whole thing on video.

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Desmond Child and Rudy Perez Talk Latin Songwriters Hall, Miami, and Gloria Estefan

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With its second-annual La Musa Awards gala, the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame is inviting people to get on their feet as they induct the legendary Queen of Latin music: Gloria Estefan.

It wasn't until 2012 that music producers and songwriters Rudy Perez and Desmond Child collaborated for the first time and birthed a hall of fame dedicated to recognizing Latin talent. We Latinos, we're loud by nature, so it's not in our blood to allow ourselves to not be heard -- especially when it comes to music.

After dreaming for more than 18 years of an organization that would be dedicated to recognizing fellow Latino songwriters, Perez finally took the initiative and created one himself. Born out of his love and admiration for those who paved the way for contemporary Hispanic songwriting, Perez opened the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame (LSHOF) along with Child two years ago.

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Kaytranada: "Free Music Runs the World"

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There aren't too many musicians left like Kaytranada, not in the big leagues, anyway. His sound is hard to classify as anything more than head-knockin', and he loves to break the rules. He makes headlines for his noiseless drops, like the Whatever project, when he just dumped a file of 19 tracks onto the internet with hardly a word.

"Free music rules the world," he says. "You don't get a lot of checks from albums anyway, only if you're a pop star. If you're an indie artist, I think you should still drop music for free and then get your money from the shows and other shit you're doing."

But even his roots-first style can't be free all the time. His headlining set Saturday at III Points is preceded by the release of "Leave Me Alone," lead single off upcoming EP So Bad on XL Records. He's stoked, but the transition has been a struggle.

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Black Kvlt Fest: "We Got the Biggest Cuban and Colombian Black Metal Bands in the World"

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Thy Antichrist proclaims ... There will be blood.

When it rains in Hell, the ground cracks open and Satan's blood flows up from Hades to soak the Earth.

Maggots in the dirt gorge themselves on the devil's plasma until their tiny, ugly bodies burst and microscopic eggs spray everywhere.

Six days later, a new generation of long-haired black metal fans are born. As these creatures grow in fury, size, and power, they flock to speakerboxes blasting the loud, vicious music that feeds their undead souls. And this weekend, the satanic masses shall converge upon Little Haiti for a ritual so dark that it can only be called Black Kvlt Metal Fest.

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