Hundred Waters on "Moving as Far Away From What We Did Last as We Could Stomach"

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Hundred Waters' Paul Giese, Nicole Miglis, Zach Tetreault, and Trayer Tryon.

Hundred Waters is magically enigmatic.

Here's a band that uses modern technology, meticulously produced synthesizers and pianos, to create a kind of music that could only be achieved at this moment in history. Yet it also sounds as though it should've been world famous 50 years ago.

Think Nat King Cole meets Tame Impala. It's at that dusty and desolate corner of the musical sphere, where nylon-string guitars are lit by neon lights, that Hundred Waters flourishes. And how this foursome has flourished.

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Miami's XYZA Collective Celebrates First Anniversary: "It's About Unique Sounds"

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XYZA's Telescope Thieves.

A year ago, Telescope Thieves' Mario De Los Santos was feeling pretty lonely.

"I always felt like the odd guy out," he says. "At the time, if you were a producer or a beat maker, you'd get booked for shows and be the only beat maker among guys with bands."

He was looking for peers to push and inspire him, like-minded musicians with whom he could talk shop or share a rough draft of a new track. And then, XYZA happened.

Neither a band, nor a record label, it is a collective of independent electronic music producers who come together to share tricks of the trade, help each other find bookings, and feel like they belong to something. Founded by four dudes in March 2014, the group has since expanded to include a dozen musicians. And next month, XYZA will celebrate its first anniversary with a proper showcase at Bardot Miami.

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Steam Miami Launches Lot 14: "A Small Amphitheater" for "Music, DJs, Day Parties"

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Welcome to Steam Miami's Lot 14.

Ain't no party like a lot party.

That's why Russ Bruce and the crew over at Steam Miami and Railroad Blues are launching Lot 14, an outdoor music hall smack in the heart of downtown, officially opening March 1.

"It's more of an industrial vibe," Bruce says of the new venue, located on the NE Miami Court block of NE 14th Street, right behind his two other clubs.

When Bruce and his business partner, Anthony Moretti, opened Steam Miami and Railroad Blues last year, the pair had plans to open a third venue, the Backyard, with the idea of having an open-air concert space in downtown.

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Miami's My Mixtapez App: "We're Proud of Doing What People Said We Couldn't"

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The My Mixtapez street team and a new MM fan.

Miami native Danny Dueñas is the co-creator of My Mixtapez, the number-one hip-hop mixtape app for Android, iPhone, and Windows operating systems.

With his brothers Juan and Ricky, Danny launched the mobile service in 2011, giving fans a resource for discovering, downloading, streaming, sharing, and favoriting the freshest, dopest beats on the street.

"I wanted the most recent mixtape that had just dropped," he says, recalling the moment when the idea for My Mixtapez came to him. "But I couldn't get my hands on it because you needed a computer or desktop."

So he thought: Why not just create an app that directly downloads the hottest new releases to your phone or tablet?

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Meet A.Mulli, Rap's 8-Bit Portraitist: "Taking Famous Rappers Into the Pixel World"

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The Bawse Rick Ross, rendered in 8-bit, eating healthy and drinking fancy.

It's gonna be a movie Nintendo game.

Famous rappers love to boast about their x-rated, violence-addled, billion-dollar blockbuster lives, as if every day were a supersexy summer action epic.

But rather than the Hollywood treatment... Maybe their flashy, larger-than-life, often ridiculous celebrity existences might be more adequately captured via candy-colored 8-bit portraiture?

A.Mulli seems to think so. Over the last two months, he's "pixeled," as he says, about 150 of rap and pop culture's most outlandish characters, from Miami's own Ricky Rozay to the fabulously cartoonish Kanye West and the only man on Earth with an ice-cream cone tattooed on his face, Gucci Mane.

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Miami's Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert Fights for Legalization: "We Will Win"

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Smoke some kush for a cause.

Remember when we all thought medical marijuana would pass in Florida, and then you were super-disappointed when Miami failed to get out the vote? Fear not, for American democracy is a revolving door, and the time to hit the polls is coming sooner than you think.

The street soldiers of the medical marijuana movement are hitting the pavement and fighting the good fight like it never ended, because it hasn't.

To help motivate and remind you to get active, Ploppy Palace of Florida and our state's branch of NORML are getting regional bud lovers together for funky jams and fun times at Miami's 17th annual Medical Marijuana Benefit Concert.

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Arsht Center's Jazz Roots Celebrates Seven Seasons of Success: "It Just Exploded"

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Dianne Reeves headlines this weekend's edition of Jazz Roots.

Miami is a budding metropolitan superpower, with a music scene that offers some of the best dance, hip-hop, and Latin music in the world. But did you know Miami is also a destination for today's international, Grammy-winning jazz legends?

For seven seasons, the Adrienne Arsht Center's monthly Jazz Roots series has brought leading musicians like Arturo Sandoval, Dave Brubek, Buddy Guy, Chick Corea, and Sonny Rollins to the Magic City.

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Etienne de Crecy Talks Super Discount 3: "You Can Dance, You Can Drive, You Can Nap to It"

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Étienne de Crécy makes "electronic music albums that you can listen to anywhere."

Cheese, wine, puff pastries, provocative movies; whatever it is the French are doing, they'll give it their signature sumptuous twist.

French dance music is no different. It's sexy and artsy but not too high-brow. It's simple in construction, and yet it has that je ne sais quoi.

You know what else the French like to do? Make you wait. It took French electro pioneer Étienne de Crécy a decade to release his latest proper album. But with Super Discount 3, fans must admit, it was worth it.

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Miami's Baez Talks New EP, A Fool's Circus: "My Biggest Breakthrough Yet"

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Baez: "As a producer, you're always trying to be different, yet everything has been done."

Back in 2013, Jason Baez was New Times' pick for Miami's Best DJ on the strength of his powers as a selector. By all accounts, he was one of the most popular and in-demand on the local underground house and techno scene.

But while he already had a couple of budding original releases under his belt by then, 2015 might be the year when Baez truly comes into his own as a producer, especially if A Fool's Circus, his new EP on Bimini Records, is anything to go by.

With hypnotic slow-burning melodic arrangements harking back to late-'90s progressive house but decidedly still in vogue with today's international deep techno Zeitgeist, the record marks a definite maturation in Baez's studio production sound.

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DJ Joey Llanos on Paradise Garage, The Choice Miami, and "Continuing the Legacy"

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The Choice Miami's DJs Richard Vasquez and Joey Llanos.

Larry Levan and NYC's seminal Paradise Garage nightclub are now the stuff of legend -- a source of nostalgia for a bygone golden era of dance music culture, even among the younger generation that never got to experience it.

But an invaluable oral history of that time and place endures with veterans like DJ Joey Llanos, who cut his teeth at the Garage alongside the great, late Levan.

"It was a sanctuary where people of all backgrounds, races, colors, creeds or sexual orientation were accepted on the the dance floor as one," Llanos tells New Times. "They all came there for one purpose, and that was to hear the greatest sound system in the world at the time, controlled by its resident DJ, Larry Levan."

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