Miami's Rolling Loud Music Festival: "Why Don't We Have an Ultra for Hip-Hop?"

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Schoolboy Q be like: "Why isn't there an all-day rap festival in Miami?"

The 305's music scene is blowing up. It's not just about Winter Music Conference and Ultra Music Festival anymore. And it's not just about dance music.

"Why is Ultra the only show in Miami with multiple stages, and it's all EDM?" asks Tariq Cherif, cofounder of Dope Entertainment. "Why don't we have that for hip-hop?"

Come Saturday, February 28, we may no longer be able to ask that question, because these local promoters are turning up the volume with Rolling Loud, an all-day rap festival at Soho Studios featuring performances from Schoolboy Q, Juicy J, A$AP Ferg, Action Bronson, and others.

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Push Fridays at Steam Miami: "Downtown for the Locals"

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Oscar G and Lazaro Casanova pushin' it at Steam Miami's Push Fridays.

The work week can be tough. It can be boring. And just when you're ready to let loose, the weekend can be expensive, especially when you live in Miami and suffer from a bass addiction.

Thankfully, there's a new surge of locals-only parties on the downtown club scene, and Push Fridays at Steam Miami is your DWNTN dealer movin' homegrown beats, live art, tasty noms, and solid drink specials.

So far, Push, produced in conjunction with Humans Alike, has booked local faves like Oscar G and Harry Romero, but they do bring talent from the wider world too. The vibe is a blend of house subgenres and techno. But it's not so much about any particular sound as the vibe.

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Lazaro Casanova, Miami's House Hustler: "I Can Never Complain About Having Too Much Work"

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Lazaro Casanova: Work hard, party harder.

How can a man be everywhere and nowhere all at once? Ask dance music professional Lazaro Casanova.

He holds down several jobs. He plays club gigs every week. But "I sometimes get into these music hermit holes," Casanova says. "I sit here and I get so caught up in work, I hardly go outside."

When he does finally leave home, it's usually during the nighttime hours for his Futro monthly at Bardot with Miami house legend Oscar G. Soon, he'll also be making a monthly scene at Steam. And he's always got a few other local and national engagements too. But for hours every day, he's stuck indoors, helping to run G's Murk Records and his own petFood label while mastering tracks, writing originals, editing remixes, and otherwise staring meticulously into a screen.

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Cocodrills Talks Exclusive Residency Deal with Space Miami: "We Feel Honored, Humbled"

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A lot of kids have dreams, and we're all told to shoot for the stars, but the unfortunate reality is a lot of us get lost along the way.

Well, the Cocodrills guys must have found some magic map, because they never wavered or wandered while reaching for the sky. After years of hard work and looking up, they finally landed in Space -- and on the Terrace, no less.

Starting this weekend, as part of a new exclusive residency, these homegrown dance music stars, Adam Cruz and Christian Diaz, will be spending at least two Saturdays a month taking control of the decks at the legendary downtown Miami nightclub.

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Kat Dahlia Talks Debut Album, My Garden:
"It's Mainly Just About Human Emotions"

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Miami's Kat Dahlia.

It's been a tumultuous three years for Miami singer-songwriter Kat Dahlia.

In 2012, the fledgling recording artist and former waitress signed a recording contract with Epic Records. A year later, she released her first single, the piano-laced hit "Gangsta," which ranked 47th on Billboard's Hop R&B Songs of 2013 list and has garnered more than 15 million views on YouTube so far.

That summer, Dahlia got pulled over for a DUI, but that hardly affected her career. And in 2014, Complex ranked her debut album, My Garden, as the year's 46th most anticipated album while she made plans for her first national tour.

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Grey 8s on Starting as a Church Band: "They Looked Down on Us Listening to Black Sabbath"

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Grey 8s' Andres Bedoya, Danny Burns, and László Piringer.

"If you add up the numbers in 2015, you get eight," says Danny Burns, singer, guitarist, songwriter, and numerologist for Miami garage rock band Grey 8s, when asked about his plans for the upcoming year.

The group began in Dania, where Burns and drummer Andres Bedoya formed the foundation of a church band. According to the guitarist, it didn't take long for them to realize their musical tastes and religion might not be a holy union.

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Cherry Pop Saturdays at Sidebar: "Not About Hype, Just Good Music and Fun"

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A typically risque Cherry Pop party poster.

Saturday night in Miami is flashy, glitzy, glamorous, and quite often expensive. So what is a party kid to do when your wallet is low and your mood is chill? Can't you just hit a club, have a drink, and listen to some dope tunes without going all out?

Sidebar thinks you should, and with Cherry Pop Saturdays, you can.

"It's not so much about hype," says Raul Sanchez, co-owner of the Brickell hangout and one of the minds behind the Cherry Pop project. "I think that's what's been my mantra with any parties or anything I've been associated with, just good music and fun."

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Torche Talks New Album, Restarter: "It's About the Demise of Humankind"

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Torche's Jonathan Nuñez, Andrew Elstner, Steve Brooks, and Rick Smith.

Torche is a kickass rock band. These guys riff, shred, and open portals of feedback into annihilating dimensions of brutality. But they do so while maintaining a welcoming, accessible tone that's drawn legions of fans and won over critics, all around the world.

Their new album, Restarter, is slated to drop on Relapse next month. And it promises a post-apocalyptic vision of the future in which machines kill people.

"Some of the album is about the demise of humankind," says bass player Jonathan Nuñez, "and computers taking over everything."

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California's Burger Records and Cheap Miami Bring Burger Revolution Fest to Churchill's Pub

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Join the Burger Revolution! It's tasty!

Rock 'n' roll and buns.

That's what California's Burger Records and Cheap Miami will be bringing to the Magic City when Burger Revolution 3 Fest hits the grill at Churchill's Pub.

"It's like a worldwide festival," explains Cheap Miami's Patrick Garcia of the Burger party. "It's open to every city. If anyone wants to, they can go ahead and participate."

Going down at Little Haiti's legendary rock club on March 7, the bash will include tuneage from Los Angeles' Corners, as well as lots of local faves.

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Monty Alexander Talks Miami Beach Jazz Festival

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For seven decades, Montgomery Bernard "Monty" Alexander has been at the forefront of jazz.

After immigrating to Miami with his family from Jamaica in 1961, it would be a chance meeting at a now-defunct Miami jazz club that would set the wheels in motion for Alexander's five decades-plus as one of the genre's most versatile pianists.

"When I was young and I started to play in Miami, I was playing at a club on the 79th Street Causeway, and one night, Frank Sinatra came into the club with Jilly Rizzo and they heard me playing," says Alexander. "They must've been taken with what I was doing, and that's how I got to New York. They sent me an airline ticket, and I came to the city."

With all roads leading home, even an adopted one, it is no coincidence that Alexander returns to Miami as a now-legendary headliner for the second-annual Miami Beach Jazz Festival.

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