Mr. Pauer on Cultura Dura Tour: "It's Embracing the New Sound of Latin Music"

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Go hard at The Garret with Mr. Pauer.

Gather up tu gente and get ready to go hard at the Cultura Dura Tour.

On Thursday, October 30, Mr. Pauer (AKA Toto Gonzalez) and his amigos at Mike's Harder and Remezcla will be bringing electrópico beats to The Garret at Grand Central for a night of baile, rumba, and lots of spiked lemonade.

Electrópico, as Pauer explains, is "the new sound of Latin music," the next wave on the urban scene.

"It's mixing together trap, moombahton, and everything the new generation of Hispanics listen to, and creating this new fusion."

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The Void in Wynwood: "Everything From Porn Stars to A&Rs"

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Resident DJ Betty gets the party poppin' at The Void.

Have you seen Enter the Void? It's probably the head-trippiest movie on Netflix. And while most people react with an "ohmahgawd wut?," Miami hip-hop booker, DJ, and nightlife host Sean Bang was inspired to throw a monthly party.

The film revolves around kids in Japan who get themselves into a lot of trouble after some conversations at a Tokyo nightclub called The Void. After watching this flick, Bang decided to capture that conversational vibe in a unique nightlife setting, so he started The Void at Wynwood's LMNT.

He says it's about bringing good music and people together to bridge the cultural gap. At least it's not as scary as the movie.

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The Dancers of Mansion Nightclub: A Video Interview

Dangling from the ceiling in diamond-studded pasties, flirting their way through the drunken crowd with snazzy props, and dancing atop the DJ booth with neon lights wrapped around their waists... these ladies are the dancers and aerialists of Mansion Nightclub.

More than pretty faces, the women behind the flashy costumes are trained performers who've been plying their trade for most of their lives.

"I've been a dancer since I was 13 and have been dancing at clubs for about five years," says Karli Manson, 27.

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Mattress Giant Jingle Gets X-Rated 305 Remix: "Looking for That Ooh-Aah Feel"

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Courtesy of Niko Javan
Double cup + Mattress Giant = Deepest sleep ever.

"Ooh-ahh."

Whether you were a kid sitting down to cartoon time or a middle-aged perv prowling late-night TV for phone-sex ads ...

We all just couldn't stop singing that orgasmic Mattress Giant jingle: "If you're looking for that ooh-ahh feel, come to Mattress Giant/When you want that ooh-ahh deal, we've got the best price/For that ooh-ahh bed, it's only at Mattress Giant."

The Miami-founded chain store went defunct in 2012. But now that "ooh-ahh" shit's got an X-rated remix, thanks to the 305's Niko Javan.

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Meet Miami's Plastic Pinks: A Video Interview

There's always tons of talk about III Points' dance music acts, but the annual fest pays serious tribute to Miami's rock scene too.

It's important to give a boost to our local bands, and we here at Crossfade were stoked to catch up with groovy garage rockers Plastic Pinks, whom you may have seen tear the house down at Wynwood's Butcher Shop, alongside the Grey 8s and Shanghai Meow.

We love their hyper energy. It's catchy enough to get stuck in your head, but still raw enough to skin your knees. They call it "rad city sticky pop," and it's something like if the Beatles and Sonic Youth had a long-haired baby.

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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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Photo by Rachel Epstein

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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